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Origin     Rovaniemi, Kuopio, Helsinki, Finland
Genre(s)     Black metal, Dark ambient, Black metal
Years active     1989 - 1996, 2007
Label(s)     Turbo Music, Spinefarm Rec., Kvlt
Sub-label(s)     JL America, Necropolis, Rock Brigade, Vinyl Collectors, Iron Pegasus, ISO 666, Candlelight, Season of Mist, Emetic, Primitive Reaction, Kneel before the Master's Throne

Current line-up

    * Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (Marko Laiho) - Vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming (Frost, Pseudo Christ, Saatana, The Sex Grinder, Thrash Cruiser, Syntiset, Goat Vulva, Horny Malformity, The Lord Diabolus, Pentagram, Suuri Shamaani) (Ex: Black Crucifixion) (1989-1996, 2007-)
    * Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen) - Drums (Saatana, The Sex Grinder, Goat Vulva, Ex: Black Crucifixion) (1989-1993, 2007-)
    * Ancient Corpse Desekrator (Sami Tenetz) - Guitar (Thy Serpent)  (2008-)
    * Abyss, Twisted Baptizer (Pasi Kolehmainen) - Bass (Mystification, Chaosweaver, MMD) (2008-)

Former members

    * Daemon Fornication - Bass, backing vocals  (Pseudo Christ) (1989-1993)
    * Black Christ of Third Desolation (Arjo Wennström) - Bass (Ex: Black Crucifixion)(only played Kempele & Nokia)
    * Black Jesus/B.J. Savior - Bass (1993)
    * Necroperversor - Drums (1993)
    * Kimmo Luttinen - Drums (also in Impaled Nazarene, Catamenia and The Black League) (199?)
    * GoatGoddess of Necrosodomy - Synths
    * Petri - Guitars, photographer (Rovaniemi era)  (1989-1991)

Beherit is a black metal band from Finland.

The band was formed in 1989 by Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (Marko Laiho) and Daemon Fornication under the name of Pseudo Christ, with the purpose of performing "the most primitive, savage, hell-obsessed black metal imaginable, then before releasing their first demo they changed it to"Beherit", Syriac word for Satan. Through the noncommercial nature of their music, visuals and live performances, the band quickly attracted a cult following. Besides for the "raw" sound, the band's music is noted for its avant-garde side and emphasis on atmosphere; Beherit are now regarded as pioneers in their genre. Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen) joined Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (Marko Laiho) and Daemon Fornication, shortly after the band’s name was changed to Beherit.

As a full band, Beherit released two full-length albums and many demos of raw and minimalistic black metal and then short after the release of "The Oath of Black Blood" both Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen) and Daemon Fornication left the band, leaving NHV to find replacement members and he did with Black Jesus (Arjo Wennström) on bass and Necroperversor on drums and then in 1993 the second album entitled "Drawing Down the Moon"; which was experimental then, is now considered a classic in the black metal scene. After the release of "Drawing Down the Moon", NHV was again in search of members and in between he continued Beherit as a solo project by releasing two more albums "H418ov21.C" in 1994 and "Electric Doom Synthesis" in 1995; these albums are usually categorized as dark ambient. Although they were mostly electronic, the albums still carried the black metal atmosphere of previous recordings.


Early days (1989-1990)

Pseudo Christ/Beherit was formed in 1989 by three young musicians from Rovaniemi, Lapland; vocalist/guitarist Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (Marko Laiho), bassist Daemon Fornication and drummer Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen). The band released three demos the following year; Seventh Blasphemy, Morbid Rehearsals and Demonomancy, they also gathered a reputation for their live shows, which included Pentagrams, inverted crosses/crucifixes, goats, pig heads and blood on stage.

The Oath of Black Blood (1991)
The Oath of Black Blood (1992)

Beherit's first full-length album was released in 1991. The album is traditional, fast and brutal old school black metal, heavily influenced by death metal, thrash metal and grindcore. However, it is not a separately recorded studio album. Turbo Music sent a sum of money to the Beherit members so they could record a full-length album, but they didn't expect that NHV and friends to spend all of the money on drugs and booze. In the end, there was no album, so Turbo Music decided to release the "Demonomancy" demo along with "Dawn of Satan's Millennium" 7'' as a full length and named it "The Oath of Black Blood", which was originally supposed to be the name of the new album.

NHV commented on the album in an early 1992 interview for Metal Hammer magazine:

    "I hate the album! It's so bad; we never wanted to release it. The songs are from our "Demonomancy" demo and our label Turbo Music just used a regular cassette for the album pressing. Honestly, I never sent them the master tape... We're planning to release a proper LP soon, this time on my own label (Spinefarm Records). The result should be much better."

After the release of the first CD pressing, Turbo music secretly re-released a limited quantity in 1992; around the time when they released albums by Acheron, Goatlord and Mortuary, this can be authenticated by comparing both the Turbo music addresses and matrix code with those bands first CD releases; they're are also differences between the 1st and 2nd pressing, such as tray card, logo colors and printing on the CD.

The album is regarded as a full-length release; Spinefarm Records re-issued it in 2004, and Season of Mist in 2005.

Drawing Down the Moon (1993)

Beherit's best-known and most influential album, Drawing Down the Moon was recorded between April and August in 1992. It was released in 1993 as the band's first official LP. The album was named after an ancient ritual, "drawing down the Moon". The album was highly experimental within the black metal scene, as the band used whispers and space-like electronic sounds to strengthen its hypnotic atmosphere. Drawing Down the Moon was reissued by Candlelight Records US in 2006 and then again in 2008 by Spinefarm Records with a new super jewel box edition.

Ambient era (1994-1996)

Despite the album's success, Drawing Down the Moon was to remain the band's last black metal release, as they split up the next year. NHV still recorded two albums of dark ambient music, H418ov21.C and Electric Doom Synthesis, and released them under the band's name. As the band didn't reform and Laiho had eventually lost interest in black metal, he went on to continue his musical career in dark ambient as "Suuri Shamaani" and in hardcore techno as "DJ Gamma".

Back to Black Metal (2007-)

After Beherit was laid to rest in 1996, NHV thought it was time to summon Beherit from it's tomb along with original member Sodomatic Slaughter, and with newcomers Ancient Corpse Desekrator and Abyss, Twisted Baptizer. Now after a long thirteen years, they are back with their fifth studio album entitled "Engram", it sounds like a mix between TOoBB and DDtM, but still having its own unique style; this is the album that should of been released after DDtM back in 1993.


Beherit were one of the first black metal bands. In the early 1990s, most of the bands in the scene were from Norway, but due to Beherit and groups such as Impaled Nazarene, Archgoat and Barathrum, the Finnish scene was becoming more and more recognized. This eventually resulted in a Norwegian-Finnish conflict often named the "Dark War". According to Isten magazine, the conflict originated from several misunderstandings and practical jokes, involving Marko Laiho, but Mika Luttinen of Impaled Nazarene believed he received death threats in Norwegian. His band's first album had a statement saying "no orders from Norway accepted", which Luttinen later admitted to be stupid and childish. In response to Beherit, there was allegedly a band called "Fuck Beherit” that released two rehearsal tapes in 1992. Marko Laiho commented on the conflict in an interview for January 1994 issue of Masters of Brutality magazine:

    "When we started the band about 4 years ago we knew this and so that's okay. Now there are more people against us ‘cause of these new rules and all these stupid rumours spread by our Norwegian enemies... but I don’t care so much. But that’s a bit sad that the black metal underground scene is totally split."


Turbo Music sent a sum of money to the Beherit members so they could record a full-length album, but they didn't expect that NHV and friends to spend all of the money on drugs and booze. In the end, there was no album, so Turbo Music decided to release the "Demonomancy" demo along with "Dawn of Satan's Millennium" 7'' as a full length and named it "The Oath of Black Blood", which was originally supposed to be the name of the new album.

Turbo Music sent a small sum of money(50€) for studio time in the beginning of '90 to record "The Oath of Black Blood" album; back then you couldn’t record an album for less than a few hundred euros, so Turbo Music decided to release the "Demonomancy" demo along with "Dawn of Satan's Millennium" 7'' as a full length. To this day it is still widely regarded as their first album.

Turbo Music release is not official, Turbo sent Beherit 50 usd (!!!) for studio time in the beginning of '90, but Beherit couldn't record an album with only 50 usd, so Turbo Music told everyone Beherit ripped them off and released this demo/ep collection as the album, The Oath of Black Blood.


Arjo Wennström played only played two shows, Kempele and Nokia, which was after Daemon Fornication left the band.

- SS

Jari Pirinen (Sodomatic Slaughter) and Angzerhornbroals from Black Torment (US) and Wind of the Black Mountains are cousins. He gave "Hail Sathanas" lyrics to him when WOTBM covered it and also played session drums for the first Black Torment show in 1997.

This is a funny thing, because I have no idea who this guy is, this story isn't true.

- SS

Here is a story for you (and for Beherit maniacs, get ready to WEEP!). Beherit recorded after their 2nd demo tape an album in Rovaniemi, it was never finished but it did exist. It was unmixed and there were some songs without vocals. Anyway, only two people in the world had a copy of that, NHV and me. During the years, he lost his copy so I was the only person on this planet who had this tape. I actually got offered a pretty big sum of money if I sell it. Because we used to be friends with Marko (aka NHV), I decided that I will not sell this tape. Instead I burnt the only existing copy of this album. Out of respect to him, so that no rip-off bootleggers can ever have their greedy hands on that album! This story is true. I have not seen Marko for 5 or so years, I don't know what he is up to. We were good friends back then, we opened for Beherit in 1991, and it was our first show.

- Impaled Nazarene

This story is very true, but there actually was/is three tapes of this album in existence.

Spinefarm Records and Nuclear Holocausto Vengeance (Marko Laiho) now consider the "The Oath of Black Blood" to be a full length album and not a best of...

Did you think that "The Oath of Black Blood" is your first official album? (From Deadhead #5)

I kept that for many years like it's a bootleg release, but now after 20 years it's the first Beherit record, everyone sees "The Oath of Black Blood is the first Beherit record, so it’s fine with me and I can live with that.