It’s one thing for a musician to open for their favorite band, it’s another for them to actually get to play with them. Polish blackend death metal outfit, Behemoth, has been opening for Slayer’s farewell tour on and off for the last year-and-a-half. Their last date opening that tour took place this past Tuesday (4) at a show in Gliwice, Poland. That show turned out to be quite special, as frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski was invited onstage during Slayer’s set to perform “Evil Has No Boundaries” with the band. Video of the performance
has now surfaced online.
Back in 2017, Nergal professed his love for “Evil Has No Boundaries” and Slayer following a soundcheck in Bonner, Montana where he first had the opportunity to join the band on stage to play the song.
“Evil Has No Boundaries,” that’s the song my affair with Slayer has begun ages ago. I must have been eight or nine years old, I guess, when I heard it on a pirate cassette. Didn’t know much of an English language so we would sing whatever we hear. And the word EVIL reminded us how PIWO (beer) sounded phonetically! We would fuck around and sing ‘PIWO!!! PIWO!!! PIWO!!!’ instead until years later when we realized its meaning. The word EVIL would eventually be the key word to define my whole career with the band on so many levels and beyond.”
“When I told that story to [Slayer guitarists] Kerry [King] and Gary [Holt], they were, like, ‘Let’s do it! We are in!!’ I already knew the lyrics by heart and here I am… sharing the stage with one of the best bands on the planet in one of my favorite songs! Dunno how I’m gonna top it, but that’s not the case now. Living the fuckin’ dream and enjoying the fuck out of it.”
Behemoth released their latest album, I Loved You At Your Darkest, in October 2018. The band will be playing a string of European festival dates throughout the month of June before heading to North America at the end of July for a couple of headlining dates leading into a support slot for Slipknot’s upcoming tour with Volbeat and Gojira. Behemoth will then return to Poland at the end of September for the six-date Ecclesia Diabolica Baltica headlining tour with Zeal & Ardor, Whoredom Rife and In Twilight’s Embrace.
Slayer is currently on the final European leg of their Final World Tour, where they will be playing arena and festival dates throughout June and July. The band will then play a handful of one-off festival dates around North America, Germany and South America. Their final show is currently scheduled to be at Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on October 11.