BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski says that it feels "surreal" and "amazing" to know that JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford is a fan of the Polish extreme metal band.
Halford has long spoken about wanting to work on a black metal album, with initial discussions between him and EMPEROR's Ihsahn taking place back in 2006. More recently, Rob has said that he met Nergal and told the BEHEMOTH leader that he loved his music and expressed an interest in a possible collaboration.
In a new trailer for BEHEMOTH's latest album, "I Loved You At Your Darkest", Nergal spoke about the fact that Halford has an appreciation for BEHEMOTH's musical output. "It feels surreal," Nergal said (see video below). "It feels amazing. And I feel flattered and honored. I met Rob a couple of times. Actually, I'm gonna tell you the story how I met him the second time. It was the last SLAYER show [of the North American tour], and we were just running from room to room, signing each other's posters and all the memorabilia and stuff. And I'm just rushing into SLAYER's room without even knocking on the door, because that's how chaotic the whole day looked like. And I'm just entering the room, and it's quiet. There's, like, 10 people — all the bandmembers, like SLAYER — and Kerry King [SLAYER guitarist] is standing next to Rob Halford and they're watching something and it's quiet. And I'm, like, entering the room, like, 'Sorry.' And I backed off. And then I was, like, 'Oh, shit. Ah, fuck. I'm re-entering.' And I just re-entered, just pretending it's natural circumstances for myself. 'Hi, what's up?' [Laughs] And I approached them to say hi to Rob, and Kerry was, like, 'Yeah, we were just watching a clip from you jamming with us a SLAYER song. It's cool.' And I was, like, 'Holy fuck!' I was starstruck. I love it. It's awesome."
Nergal added: "Thank you, Rob. Thanks for being The Metal God, and thanks for supporting… you know, small fish as well. [Laughs]."
"I Loved You At Your Darkest" was released on October 5 via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe.