Recent Anti-Blasphemy Case Against Behemoth’s Nergal Has Been Dismissed

Earlier this year, Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski was convicted of “offending religious feelings” in Poland after allegedly violating anti-blasphemy laws by stepping on a picture of the Virgin Mary in 2019. The frontman previously pleaded not guilty and has since been acquitted.

Nergal commented:

“Case DISMISSED. There’s NOTHING controversial about the jury’s verdict so fuckin’ DEAL with it. AFTER ALL we live in civilized and democratic country… still. Common sense beats the shit out of fundamentalist agenda which means on more step towards Poland remaining a secular state!

Moreover, I know it’s like talking to the wall but to all my adversaries: dont’t give me that “do the same with Koran” bullshit coz it’s old and irrelevant. I keep on spamming here coz I simply LOVE polarization between half of u dear followers congratulating me for the battle won and the other half… that would love see me crucifucked 😂🤓😎”

This news comes after Nergal previously launched an “Ordo Blasfemia” crowdfunding campaign to help “fund a sustainable legal challenge to squash the existing and incoming bogus prosecutions.”

Behemoth Members Launch New Sub-Label Artefacts, Release New Pressing Of Ulver’s “Vargnatt”

Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski and Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski have launched a new sub-label, which they are calling Artefacts. The first release from that venture will be new vinyl pressings of Ulver‘s “Vargnatt.“

The following was said about the label in a press release:

“Having some experience in releasing limited edition Behemoth records for our Webstore, we decided to try something even more sophisticated in form. From an idea to reality, it took us some time to kick off, but here we are. ARTEFACTS is a sub label of New Aeon Musick. It’s all about how we believe black metal history deserves to be presented. We search for the jewels, and grant them a new, unprecedented form. Royal analogue, enriched with a unique connection of vintage print and paper making methods invented in the XVth century. Yet with a modern touch. The ultimate editions.”

Nergal added:

“I’m officially bursting with pride! Not just another re-release but a stunning state of the ART collector item is what we are presenting here: Ulver, one of the pioneers of the second wave of Norwegian Black Metal and my personal favorites is THE first of many releases to be released under the banner of ARTEFACTS! Strictly limited to 500, these are all signed by Garm himself! Enjoy!”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy And Emperor’s Ihsahn Have Finished The Debut Album From Their Ibaraki Project

During an appearance on Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Trivium’s Matt Heafy confirmed that he has finished recording the debut album from his Ibaraki project with Emperor’s Ihsahn. Notably, he also revealed that Behemoth’s Nergal will be guesting on the effort.

Heafy said the following:

“During this (lockdown) I was able to finally finish my black metal record with Ihsahn from Emperor. He’s been producing and co-writing that with me for about 11 years, and it finally comes out in the middle of next year, which should be fun.

It used to be called Mrityu, which I got from Ashtanga yoga, it means the concept of life and death, same thing as the ouroboros, same thing as the Japanese Enso, the idea that life and death are always symbiotic with each other. I didn’t really know what to write about lyrically, and I was talking to Ihsahn because I’ve always loved Scandinavian mythology, Norse mythology, and Swedish mythology, I wish I could write about Thor and Jörmungandr, I love these stories.

He’s like, ‘Yeah, but Matt, those have been done a lot, and you have your own rich history to tap into with your Japanese side…’ And then a lightbulb went off, I was like. ‘I need to just write about that.’ I started writing all the lyrics about Japanese stories because that’s something that hasn’t really happened.

There isn’t really a band that writes about Japanese folklore or the Shinto gods and goddesses and fictitious stories of Japanese history. So I changed the band name to Ibaraki, which is actually Trivium‘s mascot – an easter egg in there – and the entire project is Japanese-themed. The art, the lyrics, I’m actually singing in Japanese, Ishahn‘s on the record, Nergal‘s on the record.”

[via Bravewords.com]

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’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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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.