"I feel like I've been waiting for this moment for my whole career" – hmv.com talks to Behemoth's Nergal
Death metal bands don't come any bigger, more legendary or more respected than Behemoth. Formed in 1991, the band are about to release their 10th studio album The Satanist in February, their first LP since 2009's Evangelion.
Their time away wasn't planned. The band's iconic frontman Adam 'Nergal' Darski was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 and received a bone marrow transplant later that year. Now fully recovered and back on tour, we met up with Nergal to talk about the band's new record, his new acting career and his favourite albums of 2013….
So your new album The Satanist is set for release in February, are you excited for people to hear it?
Nergal: "Totally. We've been waiting for this moment for five years. It might sound pretentious, but I feel like I've been waiting for this moment for my whole career."
How long did it take to put the album together?
"A long time. We worked many hours on the songs. I spent a lot of time with Inferno and Seth working on the material. We wanted to make sure we got everything right on this album, to do it with purpose and to make a strong album."
How would you say this album moves on from Evangelion?
"I think it's a very different record. I think it's a much less predictable record, a lot more adventurous. On one hand it's probably slower, but on the other it feels like there's more layers to it, more depth.
None of us were interested in making Evangelion Part II, we all wanted to move on, to push ourselves and to create something worthwhile."
Did you have lots of material to choose from?
"We did, we had a lot of music, more than we needed. In the end, we recorded some other stuff that we're thinking we might put out late next year. We took our time with this album, but that's also given me time to push myself in other ways. I have a hunger for doing different things."
What form has that taken on?
"I wrote my autobiography, with the help of two journalists, and that's coming out soon.
I actually did some acting also, I made a comedy, it's called The EmbaSSy and it was in theatres all over Poland, I was one of the main characters. It was nine days shooting and I really enjoyed making the movie."
Would you like to do more acting?
"Why not? Obviously it depends on the script, but I've enjoyed what I've done so far."
You're back over in February for a co-headline tour with Cradle Of Filth, are you looking forward to that?
"Absolutely. I think this is going to be one of our defining tours, especially as we have such a killer bill, with Cradle and with Insolitude, Inquisition and Svattjern, I think it's going to be a fantastic show and one of the most important tours we've ever done."
Are you putting on a big show? Pyro planned?
"Oh yes, we're putting it together now, we're going to bring pyro and more besides."
Finally, what has been your favourite album of 2013?
"You've asked for just one, but I'll give you three. Nick Cave, Push The Sky Away, that's one I've played the most in 2013. He's amazing, I just the saw guy play in Paris, it was fantastic.
I'm seriously in love with the New Model Army record; I think it's an amazing piece of work. And, I also just got this record, which I think is coming out now, it's by this band called Dead Soul and the record is called In The Darkness. It's a great record."
Behemoth release their new album The Satanist in February and you can watch the video for their new single 'Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel' below. You can check their back catalogue on our digital store here.