Behemoth’s Nergal Working on ‘Stripped Down’ Acoustic Project
Behemoth are on top of the world right now. Having released the immensely successful album The Satanist in 2014, headlining that year's Metal Alliance tour and currently finishing off a massive string of dates with Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth have proven themselves as one of metal's darkest forces. However, frontman Nergal still has plenty more to do, like working on a "very stripped down and simple" album of "primitive, acoustic based stuff."
In a new interview with the Broward Palm Beach New Times, Nergal spoke of a new musical project far different from the chaotic and multidimensional sound of Behemoth. "I'm actually working on a project now, but I don't want to let much out about it yet," says Nergal. "I'm always creating. I always do stuff on the side, and some of it's not suitable for Behemoth, and I've got some other projects that will eventually see the light of day. Or not. Nothing is for certain! [laughs]"
As for details on Nergal's sonic explorations, the frontman was brief in his description. "Very stripped down and simple," Nergal describes. "The most primitive, acoustic-based stuff. That's what I'm really into."
Another project from Nergal comes in the form of an autobiography, Sacrum Profanum, which will receive an English language release on March 19. One of the many topics tackled in the book is Nergal's 2010 cancer diagnosis, which the Behemoth frontman describes in heartbreaking detail. “I waited until [the doctor] left and then I burst into tears. Dorota [Nergal's former fiancé] was with me, and she also cried. It lasted a while — maybe two or three minutes. There was this huge, overwhelming feeling of debility … Diagnosis was a blow, but the numbness and doubt didn’t last long. I knew that I had a challenge. When you go through a dark forest and you know that there is something hiding in the dark, you start panicking. But when you see your enemy in the light, you focus on strategy, on how you will play it. I like fighting and playing, so I treated my sickness as a challenge, like a game of chess.”
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