Beherit is a black metal band from Finland (Rovaniemi, Lapland). The band was formed in 1989 by Nuclear Holocausto (Marko Laiho), Sodomatic Slaughter (Jari Pirinen) and Demon Fornication, with the purpose of performing "the most primitive, savage, hell-obsessed black metal imaginable". "Beherit" is the Syriac word for Satan. Through the uncommercial nature of their music, visuals and live performances, the band quickly attracted a cult following. Besides the "raw" sound, the band's music is noted for its avant-garde side and emphasis on atmosphere.