According to reports in the Polish media, guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of the country's greatest extreme metal export, BEHEMOTH, was rushed to the Gdansk Medical University Hospital to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness. Jaroslaw Burdek, manager of Darski's girlfriend, 26-year-old Polish pop singer Doda (real name: Dorota Rabczewska), reportedly said that Nergal had been ill for several days.
It was reported by Se.pl that Darski was taken to the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.
Hematology, also spelled haematology, is the branch of internal medicine, physiology, pathology, clinical laboratory work, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.
As a result of Nergal's illness, all of the band's previously announced shows — including those in Russia and the Baltic states in September/October and the U.S. tour with WATAIN in November — have been cancelled.
Nergal has posted a Polish-language message on BEHEMOTH's official web site in which he revealed that the "multi-stage treatment" for his condition can take up to "several months" to complete.
An official statement regarding Darski's illness is expected to be issued tomorrow (Monday, August 9).
Polish media reports regarding Nergal's hospitalization:
BEHEMOTH announced on Thursday that it was forced to drop off the Finnish installment of the Sonisphere festival on August 7 due to "health issues."
BEHEMOTH will release its second DVD, "Evangelia Heretika", this fall. More details, such as the DVD content, video clips, and pre-order information, will be made available in the coming weeks.
"Evangelia Heretika" will be released in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records, in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, and in Poland via Mystic Records.
BEHEMOTH recently shot a video for the song "Alas The Lord Is Upon Me", taken from the band's latest album, "Evangelion". The clip was produced and directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and Grupa 13, which previously helmed BEHEMOTH's videos for "Ov Fire And The Void" and "At The Left Hand Ov God".
Metal Blade Records will release BEHEMOTH's early EPs, "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve", this fall as a double-disc set for North America. The same release will be out in Europe on Peaceville Records.
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