BEHEMOTH Frontman: 'It's All About Channelling The Energy'

Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun has issued the following report:

The idea of subtitles at death metal shows — like they have at the opera — to make sure fans can clearly understand the deep, dark and meaningful lyrics hidden beneath a brutal din of furious rage and growling doom just isn't going to fly.

Nergal, lead singer of Poland's BEHEMOTH, laughs over the phone from his lair, "Imagine, people in a mosh pit trying to read lyrics. No f----ing way, man. When people go to a show, they go to release energy. They don't go for any intellectual experience. They go for a physical, primal experience. It's all about channelling the energy."

Well, it was just a thought. One will simply have to imagine the lyrics when the band performs at the annual Sounds of the Underground festival at the AgriCom on Tuesday. Here's a sample of BEHEMOTH: "Castrate thy impotent god. Vomit forth the blasphemy and forever shalt thee win."

What does this mean, you ask? Such pondering is best left for reading the lyric sheets at home, says Nergal, who is named for a Babylonian god of war and pestilence. A BEHEMOTH show is a completely different animal, monster, demon, whatever. What we have here is one of the most extreme bands on an extreme festival tour featuring 11 bands known for "one of the most extreme musical forms known to man," as Nergal puts it.

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