Behemoth Frontman Nergal Back In Court Defending Himself Against Accusations Of Disrespecting Poland’s National Coat Of Arms

Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski recently returned to court to defend himself after being accused of disrespecting Poland’s national coat of arms with a piece of merch. That case was previously dismissed in 2018, but has since been reopened. Nergal said the following:

“So some idiots still claim that “The Republic of the unfaithful” @behemothofficial logo is a sacrilege of Polish national emblem. It is NOT in fact. But they insisted to reopen the case to investigate further. They think that copyrights of white eagle is solely owned by Poland and every other interpretation of the bird is a blasphemy. My antagonists seem to be sooo desperate to nail their favorite scapegoat to their rotten moral cross that they missed all the common sense in the narrative. They accuse us of anti-Polish act. If u ask me, spending hours in the court, engaging all the people around (journalists, judges, lawyers etc etc) spending xxx tax money on another absurd case is DEEPLY anti-Polish. We all could have saved this time to do something creative, couldn’t we?”

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#blackmetallivesmatter?! So some idiots still claim that “The Republic of the unfaithful” @behemothofficial logo is a sacrilege of Polish national emblem. It is NOT in fact. But they insisted to reopen the case to investigate further. They think that copyrights of white eagle is solely owned by Poland and every other interpretation of the bird is a blasphemy. My antagonists seem to be sooo desperate to nail their favorite scapegoat to their rotten moral cross that they missed all the common sense in the narrative. They accuse us of anti-Polish act. If u ask me, spending hours in the court, engaging all the people around (journalists, judges, lawyers etc etc) spending xxx tax money on another absurd case is DEEPLY anti-Polish. We all could have saved this time to do something creative, couldn’t we? Photos by @karolina_misztal

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Nergal Says Behemoth’s New Album “Shouldn’t Be Longer Than 40 Minutes”

During a recent interview with Terry “Beez” Bezer of Knotfest.com, Nergal offered an update on the new Behemoth album. The band have yet to finish any songs for the effort, but the frontman did reveal that he is shooting for a 40 minute record.

Nergal said the following:

“The next BEHEMOTH album, for some reason, my mindset and the way I see that in my vision here, shouldn’t be longer than 40 minutes. I just don’t want it. And I feel it. It’s hard for me to explain.

We’ve just got bits of music here and there — no finished songs yet — but I don’t wanna go that direction. I don’t wanna deliver a 50- or 60-minute-long record. I don’t wanna do that. I don’t want an overkill of music and people being confused.”

He also added the following about wanting to make a short album:

“We recorded 17 pieces altogether for [the ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’] session, and even though the album is only 47 minutes, which is semi-long — not very long, but not very short — it feels longer, because of the way it builds up, the dynamics. So it’s not very much longer than [2014’s] ‘The Satanist’, but it feels like it’s longer. I don’t know how to explain it otherwise, but I hope it makes sense.

When some of the bands — I don’t wanna mention their names, because I’m a fan of those bands — I listen to their records, and I’m, like, ‘Why is it so long, man?’ I mean it. Enough is enough. I don’t wanna say that, because they are one of my favorite bands, but some of the big bands… I don’t know if it’s an ego thing: ‘We’ve got 13 songs. They’re all on the record.’ Sometimes, trust me, from an outsider point of view and from a producer point of view, I feel like, ‘Guys, if you get rid of three songs in between, somewhere from the very center of the record, it would be way better balanced out, it would be way more interesting as a whole.’ And then, of course, you get into arguments and people tell you, ‘Yeah, but these days it’s not album the albums anymore.’ Well, I don’t understand that we don’t have time anymore… But the fact that the global tendency is that we think [in terms of] singles [and not in terms of albums] is not gonna change my way of viewing the record as a whole. And there’s some of the bands that I don’t wanna mention names — they start with ‘I’, they start with ‘M’ — they’re amazing and I love them, but they should do shorter records.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Teaser For “Adam The Apostate” Documentary On Behemoth’s Nergal

A teaser has been shared for “Adam The Apostate,” the new documentary on Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski. The film is being directed by Claudio Marino and it is expected to be released this fall.

Behemoth Premiere Live Video For Their Cover Of The Cure’s “A Forest”

Behemoth have premiered a new live video for their cover of The Cure‘s “A Forest.“ The clip was filmed during the band’s February 24, 2020 show at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, FIN. The song, which features Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, will serve as the title track of the band’s new EP. That effort will be released on May 29 and it will include a studio version of the cover, a live version, and two previously unreleased songs from the “Loved You At Your Darkest” sessions.

Behemoth Premiere Video For Cover Of The Cure’s “A Forest”

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their cover of The Cure‘s “A Forest.“ This track features Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth and it will serve as the title track of the band’s new EP. That effort will be released on May 29 and it will also include a live version of the cover and two previously unreleased songs from the “I Loved You At Your Darkest” sessions.

“A Forest” Track Listing:

01. “A Forest” (The Cure cover) (feat. Niklas Kvarforth)
02. “A Forest” (The Cure cover) (live from ‘Merry Christless‘, Warsaw Poland, December 2018) (feat. Niklas Kvarforth)
03. “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha”
04. “Evoe”

Behemoth commented:

“Legions! Our new EP “A Forest” releases May 29th including the title track featuring Niklas Kvarforth of Shining! Covering music outside of metal is a challenge – covering legendary music is an even greater challenge…that is what drove us throughout this process.

The EP contains two brand-new Behemoth songs, “Shadows Ov Ea Cast Upon Golgotha” and “Evoe”. The tracks act as a continuation on from ILYAYD – no more, no less. We hope this brings some respite for anyone struggling during these strange times on our planet! Stay safe, stay positive, Hail Satan!”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Behemoth’s Nergal Offers Update On His Ongoing Court Cases

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has offered an update on his ongoing court cases. The first one is a case in which the frontman was accused of disrespecting Poland’s national coat of arms with a piece of merch. That was previously dismissed in 2018, but has since been reopened. The second one involves a piece of artwork that shows Jesus Christ crucified on a wooden dildo. That item was given to Darski by Triptykon’s Tom Gabriel Warrior and it apparently got him into trouble due to Poland’s blasphemy laws. Darski said the following:

“In case some of you are wondering what’s going on with my legal cases while we r on quarantine… The “Polish emblem blasphemy “ has just been reopened and we r going thru this bullshit again in June. The same month I’m confronting Polish law system with “dildo jesus” case as well… “Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt. On the photo with my attorney Gosia and my fellow “criminals” @manticore677 and @too_many_skulls 🤓🥳💩”

[via The PRP]

Watch Behemoth’s “Messe Noire: Live Satanist” Set

Behemoth‘s live set from their 2018 release “Messe Noire: Live Satanist“ has been shared online. The performance finds the band playing “The Satanist” in full during a 2016 show in Warsaw, Poland. The concert was streamed earlier today on knotfest.com. Various streams have been airing on the site every Friday and they also include live chats with the artists and exclusive merch.

Behemoth’s Nergal Calls Out Polish Government For “Using Isolation Restrictions To Enact Complete Abortion Ban”

Behemoth’s Nergal has called out Poland’s parliament for trying to move forward with a “Stop Abortion” bill as everyone is currently focused on the coronavirus pandemic. If passed, the regressive bill would restrict the reproductive rights of women in the frontman’s country. Nergal said the following:

“Polish government is using isolation restrictions to enact the complete abortion ban in my home country. I’m speechless and terrified to see how shameless they are on the way to utter victory… to turn Poland into next North Korea or Belarus. Utterly disgusting. I honestly hate the fact I breathe the same air…”

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Behemoth To Release New Music In 2021

During a recent interview with Overdrive, Behemoth’s Nergal was asked if the band are planning to celebrate their 30th anniversary next year. The frontman responded by saying that he is not sure if they will be doing anything to commemorate the milestone, but he did add that they will be releasing new music in 2021.

Nergal said the following:

“Yes, it will be 30 years of BEHEMOTH. Holy fuck!! [Laughs] Well, I’m going to be straight with you here. I’ve always mocked the fact that in Poland, they always book so many anniversary gigs. No one would give a fuck otherwise. It’s just one fucking anniversary show after another one, and I’m, like, ‘So fucking what.’ I mean, no one really cares.

I am aware that people are anticipating something from BEHEMOTH on this one because we didn’t do anything for our 20th or the 25th, and, honestly, I don’t see a reason why we should do something. I’m always too busy with the stuff that’s going on now, in present day. There is so much stuff happening at the moment, so, for me, I’d rather just concentrate on the now. I’ve never been a fan of that stuff because it just shows how old we are! [Laughs]. I’d rather show you by my actions that I’m ever inspired and I’m ever driven and I have so much more to say other than just getting people to feed off my history for the sentiment of the fans.

So, I really don’t know if we will do anything, but what I know for sure is that we’ll be coming back in 2021 with new BEHEMOTH music. I’ve been very productive with both BEHEMOTH and ME AND THAT MAN [Nergal’s folk side project]. When we’ve been on tour recently, I’ve been working on a lot of new ideas, so you can definitely expect new music as there’s just no time to stop now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Behemoth Premiere “Rom 5:8” Music Video

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their song “Rom 5:8.” This track is from the band’s latest album “I Loved You At Your Darkest.” A new tour edition of that record will be released on January 24 and it will feature the original album, as well as a BBC Radio 1 session, new artwork by Nicola Samori, and a previously unreleased documentary called “Thou Darkest Art,” which was filmed at the band’s art gallery in London, England.