Behemoth’s Nergal: A Lot of Countries Are ‘Moving Backwards’

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Filed Under: Behemoth, nergalCategories: News They like to analyze things and go through details.Earlier today I was, I was showing me on the phone with my friend, Niklas [Kvarforth] from Shining. Or a movie or a show? I don't know how many — [estimates] in Poland, 40,000 copies, Europe and the world English version around 15,000 copies. But today within certain borders, I think we can fight for our freedom. or I don't know what — [something] that's musical. I want everyone to be safe and live the longest life that is possible. I don't know if it's cool or not, I just know that it's a fact.Adam the Apostate TrailerFor example, Rob Halford is releasing a new book. First of all, let's talk about the livestream concert, 'In Absentia Dei,' which happened recently and was broadcast from a church. What's that? How can we deliver our art to people? We're never free. How important is it to you to provide the same course for people through your own music, especially now?We see what's happening in the world now and it's going crazy. Let's see what the feedback is going to be on that documentary…Behemoth's first EP And the Forests Dream Eternally is being reissued. I've been touring my whole life. Based on the nature of your music and how it's presented, some people call it heresy, but it's really about freedom. It's been two years since the last full Behemoth album. That's how we could play precisely and tight. It was a big challenge for our production company [Grupa 13].It was two weeks or even the month prior to the show of work. It's important. What instills such a passion for freedom?It's hard to say. The books sold really well. I'm purchasing it because I love Judas Priest and I want to know the mindset behind Judas Priest. Bring it on because we're not giving up on our freedom."I know it sounds very cliche to think that everyone is crying for freedom and it's all about the interpretation. The biggest hurdle in pulling off the show was staging the production as the band had to work within the confines of an atypical location and rethink the concept of live performance.With touring off the table in 2020 and for the immediate future, the Behemoth guitarist and vocalist is embracing this sudden change and using it as an opportunity to soak in aspects of life off the road for an extended period of time — something he hasn't been able to do his entire adult life, which has been consumed by the band.Speaking about his home country of Poland, and elsewhere around the world, Nergal questioned the idea of freedom and wondered aloud if anyone is truly free. For a book it's a lot.It's pretty popular and there's a lot of really good feedback. I guess people will find it interesting — or maybe not. It's probably a subject for another three hour interview. I'm not talking about like the metal regime. This is a 120-year old church and it's been off service since 1945 when the world war ended in Europe.It was quite difficult to accommodate everything in the church and just make it work. So he's an artist. Obviously, there was no stage — we placed the band in there where the alter used to be.Other than that, you know, we were all using in-ear [monitors]. It's just unrelenting when it comes to fight with the oppression of Catholic system and their mindset and how limiting it is.It's hard to self-actualize but it's just something that is in my DNA to fight for that — there's a lot of lawsuits that came along the way that just tried to censor me and especially in my homeland.Matt Stasi, LoudwireAt the very root of what metal is or what black metal is is the whole rebellious spirit of the genre. You too.And don't get me wrong. I want to know the details — that's me as a fan. But then again, plagues, [pandemics and things of that nature] have always been a part of a world landscape and we're actually confronting one of those plagues now.We just need to re-learn how to deal with it and how to cope with life with earning money — with basically living our lives. Is it a long, two-hour clip? You have it in the U.S. Do you know what I mean? It has its advantages and disadvantages, but I always see the glass as half full rather than half empty.Adam The Apostate is a new documentary about your life. How is the current state of the world affecting your creative perspective?First of all, I don't think it's very popular what I am thinking and actually publicly saying is that I'm quite thankful for the lockdown. So especially if there are any forces or authorities to try to put us down or censor our art, I mean loudly, we say "No. We'll get there!Different factors have come together as a fact where I come from — It's Poland, it's a regime. I'm curious with sharing my experience — my stories are a universe. Which was more difficult, the logistics of staging a ticketed virtual event or actually getting access to the church?The access wasn't really that challenging for us because the church is no longer in service, so it was bought out. If this is my attitude toward Judas Priest and Rob Halford, maybe someone has exactly the same interests.It's the same interests in my character, in my life, my philosophy and stuff. Sometimes using fists, sometimes not, but it's, it's pretty essential.Thank you so much for being on the show and I hope you stay safe out there.Absolutely. I don't know. It was amazing. Why is it important for people to be able to trace that path of who you are?There are people who are interested in a character and in the nature of the band. There would be no point if there was no freedom within the art. For me, it's like, okay, cool, there's a lot of good.Behemoth, And the Forests Dream Eternally EP (2020 reissue)There's going to be no touring, so how can we reinvent ourselves? Are you ready for that, Jackie?Hey, I'm free! And that's what I do through my actions.Music was a pathway for your own free thinking. Obviously, we have to engage somehow and we eventually have to get sick, but it's all about the proportions and we just [need to be] smart and intelligent about everything.It's not happening within three months, but within a year-and-a-half maybe, it should go off smoothly and hopefully sooner than later, we'll be back on track and we can enjoy touring gigs and traveling because I miss that.Thanks to Nergal for the interview. He also felt that some countries are moving backward and unable to learn from past eras in history where authoritarian regimes killed their own people.There's a lot with Behemoth as usual. He's like, "Hey man, I'm disappointed because my diaries…" — or whatever he put out, he was selling so well — "And now I just put some horror stories and people are not that much interested."And to me, it's obvious people are interested if you give them a personal experience in your activity rather than your creation. citizen or British — we're never free. The guy was also a painter. That is a philosophical question that I'm just gonna throw into that ether now — are we really free in this world?Polish or a U.S. It's one regime that I, you know, I was born into, which is communism mixed up with another black regime. Throughout their discussion, the black/death metal visionary touched on the group's visually stunning "In Absentia Dei" livestream concert from an abandoned church in Poland, the And the Forests Dream Eternally EP reissue, the pros and cons of lockdown as well as his outlook on the current state of the world.Surprisingly, securing access to the church wasn't terribly problematic. I'm talking about Catholic conservative regime. How about I just sit on my ass and just pay more attention to details and try to come up with something absolutely outstanding creatively? Actually, I'm going to tell you how much. He paid for it — not even $20,000 for the church and the five acres of land. Don't get me wrong. I try to embrace and appreciate any change — I welcome any change in my life.The fact that people are hurt or dying, there's no fun in that. You tell me.But we came up with this format that is pretty unprecedented and this would have never been possible if there were ongoing shows and tours — everything would be just the same.On the one hand I would love the business to go on and I miss my traveling and I miss confronting fans.But then on the other hand… I don't know. Now, I'm so happy we did that because it really paid off on every level — seeing the reception to the show and seeing the feedback, I'm like, "Oh shit, I'm really, really fulfilled."Behemoth, "In Absentia Dei" TrailerNergal, a new EP, A Forest, was released earlier this year and 1995's And the Forests Dream Eternally is being reissued. I'll be the first reader of that book. People all over Europe and Hungry and in Turkey and a lot of countries — it feels like we're just moving backwards. What I said before, I have all fingers crossed for the regular touring life to come back so we can see each other.Just stay safe, just follow the protocol. So this situation, actually made us really stretch our brains that much to come up with this vision of a show… We're not really learning from our mistakes — past mistakes — I'm talking about the totalitarian regimes that would take over and eventually they would just kill millions and millions of Europeans.It's pretty crucial to bring that out and have an open discussion. Full Metal JackiePublished: October 27, 2020Per Ole Hagen/RedfernsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterBehemoth's Nergal was the latest guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio program. Everything was in our ears. [ laughs]At some point we'll do that.

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