Behemoth’s Nergal Discusses Antifa Shirt Controversy, Says He Lied About Being Kicked Out Of YMCA For Wearing A Darkthrone Shirt

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Behemoth’s Nergal discussed the controversy surrounding a shirt he shared on Instagram that said “Black metal against antifa” on the front and “Kill them. Show no mercy. Fuck antifa!” on the back. While talking about that, the frontman also admitted that he lied about getting kicked out of a YMCA for wearing a Darkthrone shirt.

Nergal said the following after being asked why he thinks the Antifa shirt caused controversy:

“Honestly, I have no idea. First of all, people misinterpret things on the spot. They don’t ask questions anymore. It made headlines everywhere. And I like stirring the shit up – that’s my nature. I like trolling, and I like provoking people. Remember that story of me being rejected from the YMCA?”

“Orion [Behemoth bassist] and I went, but we had to go back to another gym, and I just made up the story that we were rejected because of our beliefs, blah, blah, blah. Man! It made headlines all over the place. People are being fucking outraged… people saying that I should get beaten, that my opponents would just be happy about that. And I’m just reading all these comments and all these headlines and I’m going like, ‘Why?’ No-one would bother to ask me if it’s true – because it wasn’t true – I made up a story. It was again another occasion that I realised how it’s easy to manipulate people, how to fool them around and just make whatever you want to do.”

He continued:

“So we were in Finland and someone left this ‘Black metal against Antifa’ shirt, and one of the guys wore it. So, again, I took a photo of that and made a quick comment. From my observation, every time I hear about concert cancellations from bands that I know, and I know for a fact that are everything but political – the last thing you could say about Bölzer and several others – is that they’re fascists. They are not. Because if they were fascists, we wouldn’t be friends. Everyone now who knows me knows that I am anti any totalitarian regime. So I made the point that, ‘Hey, Antifa, if you guys want to fight fascism, use your brain first’, you know? Because you’re aiming [at] the wrong targets. And I’m pissed off, because it’s stupid. And it’s also the reason that the world is so imbalanced.

“It’s one radicalism replaced by another. All of a sudden, I was accused of being sentimental about Hitler, which I find, frankly, disgusting. Why would you even say that? That’s stupid. So I came up with this metaphor. The way that the world thinks, these days, in its majorities, is like, ‘Are you against Hitler?’ You say, ‘Yes, I am against Hitler.’ ‘Well then, you must be a Stalin supporter.’ Or, ‘You’re against Stalin? Then you must be pro-Hitler.’ That’s how people think these days. They think black and white. There are no in-betweens, no grey spots. There’s no middle ground. It’s either this or that. The world is bipolar, all the way through. Which is very unjust, and stupid.

“So for me, it’s like, ‘Guys, give me the right to think that both are assholes, and they killed 50 million people.’ I want to be in the middle, and I’m in the middle and I have my opinion: both [sides] are shitty. So hey, Antifa, I know that I generalise. Someone kinda gave me some extra knowledge; that there’s a German Antifa that actually know what they’re doing, and I don’t really know much about that – I just know that they attack venues, they attack people physically, but on many occasions they just don’t know who those people are.

“And if you follow my social media, you know that I’m pro-LGBT, I’m always pro-womens’ rights. When it comes to black metal, I’m way too liberal for how conservative this genre is. But then again I’m way too old to pretend. Whenever I think the world is unjust, and there is no justice, I just say something. And I understand that for some people it’s not very comfortable, what I’m saying. But the last thing you should do is to accuse me of any radicalism. I said that several times, too: I love my art to be radical and extreme. This is the spot where I go. This is my place. But offstage? Man, I’m just a liberal with a big mouth. That’s all I am.”

Nergal was also asked about Graveland and Bölzer, who have both been accused of having links to national socialist movements. It’s worth noting that a controversial photo of the frontman with Graveland’s Rob “Rob Darken” Fudali surfaced late last year. Nergal said the following after being asked about the aforementioned bands:

“I mean, how can you call Okoi [Thierry Jones] from Bölzer a fascist when his dad is black? People are not aware of what they are doing or saying. I know these guys, and they are genuine artists, and they’re pure as fuck when it comes to politics: they’re apolitical. Most of these bands are apolitical. I kind of gave up on just being an advocate. I don’t want to do that because the world is stupid these days, and it’s just getting worse and worse. So I’m like, ‘Fuck it.’ Fuck it, because it’s just wrong… But then again, if you ask me, I disagree with a lot of stuff that is happening out there.

“And then again, as much as I’m a supporter of minorities and I’m friends with minorities, it triggers the antagonists as well. Whenever I make a post about pro-gay rights, it immediately puts me in ‘the gay section’. Which again, is wrong. I’m not gay, and if I was gay, you’d know it. If I was transgender, you would fucking know it, because that’s my nature. I’m not here to lurk in the shadows. I’m here to be who the fuck I am. Like being honest with myself, and with fans, and with the world. That’s what I am. But what I dislike to the maximum is the fact that people just see black and white. That’s all they see. And I always advise our fans or whoever is asking, ‘Guys, please, just stop being judgmental. Just to think twice before you throw accusations.’ It’s so easy to throw shit at other people these days. Do they deserve that? In most cases, I guess not. So do some investigation. Talk. Think. Fucking wait with your language. Wait with your wording, because sometimes it’s too much. So maybe I didn’t wait with my wording when I made my post about Antifa, okay? And I admit that.

“But then again, a few days ago, I came across Nick Cave’s interview about that. And guess what? I’m reading that, like, ‘Wow!’ and I’m sorry that I can’t explain myself so well, but he said exactly what I was trying to say. I just use a more straight-up, more radical or whatever expression. But he said exactly what I mean.”

You can read more from Nergal HERE.

Behemoth To Release 10″ EP “O Pentagram Ignis“

Behemoth have announced that they will be releasing a new 10″ EP titled “O Pentagram Ignis” this fall. The effort will be available on the group’s upcoming “Ecclesia Diabolica Baltica” tour and it will be limited to 666 copies, including 333 pressed on clear vinyl and 333 pressed on white vinyl. Each copy will be signed by the band.

Nergal commented:

“The Ecclesia Diabolica Baltica tour will not only bring the most innovative concert production and a surprising setlist but will also offer new special merchandise made especially for this tour. A lot of things will be premiered and the most important one being the beautiful 10″ EP “O Pentagram Ignis”, which will be strictly limited, available ONLY during the concerts taking place in September and October! All copies will be signed by the band! Don’t miss out on this!”

“O Pentagram Ignis” Track Listing:

Side A:

01. “O Pentagram Ignis”
02. “Sabbath Mater” (live)

Side B:

01. “Wolves Ov Siberia” (live)
02. “Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica” (live)

Behemoth’s Nergal Says He Was Kicked Out Of A YMCA For Wearing A Darkthrone Shirt & Not Worshipping Jesus

Behemoth are currently on tour in the U.S. on the “Knotfest Roadshow” and during some time off, frontman Nergal decided to go workout at a YMCA. However, he ended up getting kicked out of the establishment for wearing a Darkthrone shirt and not worshipping Jesus. You can find a video of Nergal discussing that below:

Darkthrone commented as well:

Behemoth Planning To Release New Album In 2021

It looks like Behemoth’s next album will arrive in 2021. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski confirmed the news during an interview with 96.7 KCAL at the San Bernardino stop of the Knotfest Roadshow.

Nergal said the following:

“I’m inspired, and I’m going to surprise you — we’re already making new music. It’s never been that way [before]. For some reason, I’m just… first of all, there’s some unreleased music from [the ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’] session. I’m proud of the songs; we just need to find the right place, the right time, the right occasion to [release them]. It’s happening eventually. We start jamming and demoing later this year, and in the meantime, I’m putting the final touches to the second ME AND THAT MAN album as well. There’s work on several levels simultaneously. I’m very creative and very productive lately. ME AND THAT MAN is going to be [released during] the first half of 2020, and BEHEMOTH is going to be 2021, one hundred percent. ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ is still a very fresh record, but when I get back to that, I’m, like, [sighs]. You need time to process that if you really want to match that quality, and eventually overcome that and deliver quality that is different to that so you’re not really copying yourself. You’re delivering something that is fresh, and every time, it’s a higher and higher challenge. I think that’s the main reason why I’m around, because if it stopped being a challenge and we can just, ‘Oh, let’s just cash [in].’ I’m not just trying to be nice saying that, but it really feels good [now]. For all those kids today when we played, there’s a chunk of the audience that is probably familiar with what we do, but I bet that, like, two-thirds maybe never heard of us. That is the most exciting moments in our career. You have 11 records and countless tours and almost [a] 30-year career going, and there’s still people who don’t know you. That’s the point — to convert these kids, to push and don’t get too spoiled. It’s good to be [a] newcomer. It’s good to be first on the bill. It’s a good experience.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Concert Review: Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, & Behemoth In Mountain View, CA

Last night (July 26), I attended the opening night of Slipknot’s “Knotfest Roadshow” at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA and it was one hell of a concert.

Behemoth kicked off the night with a dose of blackened death metal. The group took the stage with skull masks and blasted into “Wolves ov Siberia” much to the excitement of those who showed up early to catch their set. From there, the band removed the masks to reveal their corpse paint, before powering through tracks like “Daimonos” and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer.” The group’s sound was completely on point and they definitely proved that they are a top notch live act. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer,” “Bartzabel,” which frontman Nergal donned a Pope hat for, and “Chant For Eschaton 2000.”

After Behemoth, it was time for Gojira. The band’s brand of groove oriented death/progressive metal captured the audience from the get-go. The group opened with “Oroborus” before rocking tracks like “Backbone” and “Stranded.” They were definitely one of the strongest acts of the night with unmatched musicianship and technicality. If you have yet to see Gojira live, you are definitely doing yourself a disservice. Some highlights from their set included the aforementioned “Oroborus,” “Flying Whales,” and “Silvera.”

Once Gojira finished, it was time for the hard rock stylings of Volbeat. The band were firing on all cylinders and gave the crowd something they could dance to after the heavier nature of the previous acts. As frontman Michael Poulsen said: “Did Behemoth steal your soul? Did Gojira rip your face off? Well, we’re here to make you beautiful again.” The group kicked things of with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and after that it was nothing but killer tracks and impeccable guitar work from Rob Caggiano (ex-Anthrax) and Poulsen. Some highlights from their set included “Sad Man’s Tongue,” which was complete with a partial performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” “Slaytan,” “Doc Holliday,” “Seal the Deal,” and “Still Counting.”

After Volbeat, it was time for the headliners of the evening, nu-metal legends Slipknot. A giant banner with the band’s logo was on display as AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” rocked the amphitheatre. “(515)” then started to play through the speakers as everyone screamed. After the track, the banner fell as the group launched into “People = Shit” followed by “(sic).”

The band sounded absolutely perfect. Between Corey Taylor’s insanely powerful vocals, Mick Thomson and Jim Root’s masterful guitar work, Alessandro Venturella’s grooving bass lines, and Jay Weinberg’s incredible drumming, everything was solid on all fronts. Percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, the new percussionist, who fans have been calling “Tortilla Man,” and DJ Sid Wilson were also extremely entertaining with their stage antics. Furthermore, Wilson and sampler Craig Jones seemed to be more audible in the mix, which was cool to see. On top of the phenomenal showmanship, the band also had awesome stage production that only added to the experience.

The setlist was amazing too. Fans got all the hits like “Before I Forget,” “Psychosocial,” “Duality,” and “Vermilion,” mixed with a couple of new songs including “Unsainted” off their new album “We Are Not Your Kind” (out August 9) and their 2018 single “All Out Life.” They even pulled out a deeper cut with a performance of “Prosthetics.” It’s too hard to even choose a highlight, but “Spit It Out” is always amazing, especially since the band have everyone get down on the floor only to have them jump back up when Taylor gives the signal.

All in all, it was a stellar show and if you have a chance to catch this tour, it will definitely be worth your while.

Behemoth Premiere “Sabbath Mater” Music Video

Behemoth have premiered a new video for their song “Sabbath Mater.” This track is from the band’s latest album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest.” The group commented:

“We bring you the new video for ‘Sabbath Mater‘. The energy and vibe was made for performance and that’s exactly what we accomplished in the video. Oh, and some ungodly imagery — it is a Behemoth video after all. As always, we are fortunate to have the mighty Grupa 13 helping us to manifest our nefarious visions. Enjoy it and we’ll see you very soon.”