Nergal Says Behemoth Will Be Celebrating Their 30th Anniversary “With Some Awesome Stuff”

Behemoth previously confirmed that they were working on a new album and now it looks like the band are planning something for their 30th anniversary as well. Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski said the following about the group’s current plans during an interview with Summa Inferno:

“Things are happening, let’s put it that way. We’re working hard, but we’re in no rush, because, for now, there’s really no light [at the end of] the tunnel yet. And I don’t wanna spoil anything, but I honestly don’t think any touring is happening this year. I wish it would, but it’s not. That’s my guess. I hope I’m wrong. But if I’m right, expect new music in ’22. Maybe [the new album from Nergal’s folk side project] ME AND THAT MAN will be released later this year, which would make sense, and it’s gonna be followed by the next BEHEMOTH album. But we’ve got some aces up our sleeves. And even if there’s no new music, we’re celebrating three decades — 30 years — anniversary with BEHEMOTH, and, obviously, we’ll celebrating that with some awesome stuff. So, yeah, stay tuned.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Behemoth’s Nergal Discusses His Decision To Appeal His Blasphemy Conviction

As previously reported, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski recently appealed after being convicted of “offending religious feelings” in Poland. Since he pleaded not guilty, the case is now set to go to trial. Darski has further discussed that decision with The Irish Times saying that if he got a criminal charge on his record it would make it hard for him to tour internationally.

Darski said the following:

“I don’t think the public know the details of the level of harassment I have been through. It is getting monstrous, and it is a growing tide of censorship and harassment. Every few weeks I have to check myself in at the police and go for different hearings and spend a fortune on lawyers with all the costs around court cases.

I am being the perfect target. The Polish authorities just pick on me. It is not a secret that a prosecution officer has me as his favourite scapegoat. He follows my Instagram account. Can you imagine that? It’s insane and absolutely unprecedented.”

“I am being made a criminal for posting a fucking photograph on Instagram. In Ireland you have been through all this before, but now you are a secular state. Now I give Ireland as an example of what Poland should follow in order to evolve.”

He also added:

“We are going backwards in time, more backward thinking. It is a violation of the most basic human laws. It is not just me. There are different artists being harassed by police and self-proclaimed censors. They forget that Poland is still a pluralisatic country. It is not a Catholic or a totalitarian state. We are a democratic and pluralistic democracy, which means we can say what we want about other religions. The authorities are trying to censor us and shut us down.”

“We can’t be part of the European Union if we are upholding different standards. We have a blasphemy law, and we are the only country in Europe that still holds to that law – and that is insane. That is an excuse for all of those people, all those opportunists. I must win, because we can’t see my case becoming a precedent. People like myself need to be protected to freely express themselves.”

This news comes after Darski launched an “Ordo Blasfemia” crowdfunding campaign to help artists fight back against Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws.

Behemoth’s Nergal Launches “Ordo Blasfemia” Crowdfunding Campaign To Help Artists Fight Back Against Poland’s Anti-Blasphemy Laws

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has been involved in multiple legal issues over the years due to Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws and now he is fighting back. The frontman has launched a crowdfunding campaign, which he is calling “Ordo Blasfemia,” to help “fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.”

Nergal said the following:

“My name is Nergal and I am an artist from Poland. For over a decade I have been confronted with numerous attempts to permanently destroy my career on the basis that I have harmed ‘religious feelings’. It sounds absurd and I can assure you, it is.

Many Polish artists, including myself, have been dragged into court rooms, at our own significant costs, to defend ourselves against nonsensical blasphemy laws made by tenuous Politicans. Their intent is to censor anyone who does not conform to the archaic religious laws of our country. The time has come for Polish artists to fight back – join us in the Ordo Blasfemia.

Your donation will help fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions. Help us reach the target so we can distribute to other artists facing their own legal challenges.

If you are unable to donate – thank you for your support. Please keep checking back in and sharing updates!”

This news comes after Nergal was recently convicted of “offending religious feelings” after sharing a photo that appeared to show him stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Authorities became aware of the image after ultra-conservative group Ordo luris and another organization called the Patriotic Society claimed that he “offended the religious feelings of four people.” The frontman was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of nearly 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, he has since contested the judgement, so it will now go to trial.

Behemoth Planning To Release New Album This Fall

Behemoth have expanded their contract with Nuclear Blast to a worldwide deal. The band’s new album is expected to be released through the label this fall.

Frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski commented:

“Nuclear Blast has been a household name in metal for decades, and Behemoth has been part of that long and illustrious history. But now is about the future, and we look forward to beginning Behemoth‘s next chapter with a refocused and revitalized team at Nuclear Blast!”

Jens Prüter, Nuclear Blast Europe’s head of A&R, added:

“It’s a great pleasure to extend our partnership for the worldwide release of Behemoth’s upcoming studio albums. Their 30-year journey has not yet reached its pinnacle, and we are more than proud to assist them on their way to being not only the biggest extreme metal band, but also one of the most exciting rock acts of the next decade. There are just a few bands who have the vision and will to dominate the music scene. Special thanks also to their management powerhouse 5B — namely, Adam Foster and Justin Arcangel — for making this happen on all levels.”

Behemoth’s Nergal Convicted Of “Offending Religious Feelings” In Poland

According to Notes From Poland, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski has been convicted of “offending religious feelings” in his homeland of Poland. A court in Warsaw found the frontman guilty of violating anti-blasphemy laws due to a photo he posted in September 2019, which appeared to show him stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary. Authorities became aware of the image after ultra-conservative group Ordo luris and another organization called the Patriotic Society claimed that Darski “offended the religious feelings of four people.” The frontman was ordered to pay a fine of 15,000 złoty (approximately $4,000) and court costs of nearly 3,500 zloty (approximately $942). However, he has since contested the judgement, so it will now go to trial. Darski commented:

“Will I let superstition and fundamentalist dogmas capitalize on this and EVERY other case of the same nature? FUCK NO! Nigel has some ases up his sleeve… Just wait and see 🖕😎”

Behemoth’s Nergal Is Facing Another Anti-Blasphemy Charge In Poland

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski is apparently facing another anti-blasphemy charge in his homeland of Poland. The frontman was said to have “offended religious feelings” after sharing an altered image of the Virgin Mary online in 2019. He has since been indicted in Warsaw, Poland.

Super Express shared a statement from Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, a spokeswoman for the district prosecutor’s office in Warsaw [translated by The PRP]:

“Adam D. is accused of having on September 25, 2019, acting via the Internet, publicly insulted the object of Christian religious worship in the form of the person of the Mother of God, by placing a photo on the Facebook social network, on its official profile. presenting a damaged picture showing the image of the Mother of God with a shoe-legged figure placed in the place of the indicated figure, which was described by + on the set +, which translated means + on the set +, thus offending the religious feelings of four people. Representatives of Ordo Iuris and the Patriotic Society were informed about Nergal‘s misdemeanor. The Warsaw prosecutor added that during the investigation the victims were interrogated and an expert in the field of religious studies was appointed: -The opinion clearly concludes that treading with a shoe on the image of the Mother of God is an offense against religious feelings.”

If found guilty, Nergal can be fined and possibly hit with restricted freedoms for up to two years. He said the following:

“Another lawsuit in the process. Reason? In every case the same: offense of RELIGIOUS FEELINGS! Can u imagine this nonsense in XXl century? Poland is mentally soooo fuckin’ behind the civilized Europe that we r literally THE last bastion of so called “blasphemy casus”. Even extremely Catholic Ireland removed this paragraph from constitution lately. It WILL happen in Poland at some point …. and yea, I’m willing to be that stepping stone. FUCK religious fundamentalism in every fuckin hole. And frankly, I’m sure I will win this and EVERY other case. Just wait and see 😎 ***** ***”

Behemoth’s Nergal Blasts Polish Government For Near-Total Abortion Ban: “We Are Moving Back To The Obscure, Scary, Medieval Past”

Behemoth’s Nergal has taken to social media to blast the Polish government for their near-total ban on abortion. The frontman had the following to say about the regressive decision, which will restrict the reproductive rights of women in all instances except those relating to rape, incest, or health issues:

“Today Polish government imposed a near-total ban on all abortions, including the termination of pregnancies with fetal defect. I’m passionately enraged!! Becoz of this political discourse Poland has been on downward spiral to social oblivion for years now. We are moving back to the obscure, scary, medieval past. From now on my dear women, in the eyes of Polish political leaders you are just a breeding tool in their rigorous Catholic narration, u have NO control over your body whatsoever. The consequences of choosing religious fundamentalists as your country’s authorities: continuous limitations and censorship of main human liberties. What one can do? Well, the battle is lost… but the war is to be won by those enlightened, forward thinking. Do NOT cease your fight, spread the word, speak up and support Polish women in their relentless struggle! EXTERMINATE RELIGIOUS CANCER! Fuck the system! ***** *** !!!!”

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Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Carcass, And Unto Others Announce European/UK Tour

Arch Enemy and Behemoth will be hitting the road on a co-headlining European/UK tour next year. Carcass and Unto Others will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/28 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
09/30 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
10/01 Manchester, UK – O2 Academy
10/02 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
10/03 London, UK – O2 Academy
10/05 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
10/06 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
10/08 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo
10/09 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
10/10 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
10/12 Lyon, FRA – Le Radiant
10/13 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
10/15 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/16 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
10/17 Katowice, POL – MCK
10/19 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/20 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/22 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
10/23 Den Bosch, NET – Mainstage Brabanthallen
10/24 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
10/26 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
10/27 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
10/29 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/30 Dusseldorf, GEr – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
10/31 Hamburg, GER – Edel-optics.de Arena
11/01 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
11/03 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
11/05 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
11/06 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum

Behemoth’s Nergal Reflects On The 20th Anniversary Of “Thelema.6”

Behemoth frontman Nergal has shared a new video in which he reflects on the 20th anniversary of the band’s 2000 album “Thelema.6.” You can check that out below and purchase a new “Thelema.6” shirt HERE.

“Adam The Apostate” Documentary On Behemoth’s Nergal To Premiere This Week

“Adam The Apostate,” the new documentary on Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski, is officially set to premiere on November 27. The film was directed by Claudio Marino and it can be pre-ordered HERE.