Michael Baronas of Worcester Magazine recently conducted an interview with BEHEMOTH mainman Adam "Nergal" Darski. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On how the group's new album, "The Apostasy", is being received:
"I have to tell you, it was received way better than I expected it would be received. It's probably the most extreme album we've put out so far, and at the same time the most musical, the most challenging and the most demanding. Some people have even said it's also quite a progressive record."
On BEHEMOTH's live performance:
"The performance is super-important to us. You'll never see us being boring onstage. You know, being completely focused only on our guitar work or our drum work. You'll see us running around the stage and just going completely chaotic and crazy. We're doing some extra things on this tour that we're finally bringing to the States. We've got some new armor and we have big metal silver eagle carvings on stage. We've got two huge neon crosses and it looks incredible.We use blood onstage too and I'm using my mask from 'The Apostasy' cover, so it's a very complete show, I have to say."
On how he spends months at a time keeping pace on the road:
'I work out every day. We all do long warm-ups in order to do the best show we can. I also know it's important for me to get decent sleep. If I don't get enough sleep, I'm the worst person to be around. I pretty much don't eat any fast food either. I don't eat pizza, no Coke, nothing. Just healthy food. And we're always sober onstage."
"I try to be as healthy as possible, so I can put on the best show I can for the people who come to the shows and buy our tickets, because they pay our bills. These are the people who keep us motivated. They give us motivation to go on and I don't want to fail them."
On how the demographics for this type of music seem to be shifting:
"It's great because it's like a whole new generation coming into the scene right now and it's very refreshing. I believe that many of them will be our die-hard fans for the next decade. That's why it's important to educate them, show them it's awesome. Especially on this tour [Radio Rebellion], it seems that — maybe it's too big of a word for what it really is — but I think it's some kind of renaissance of extreme metal."
On BEHEMOTH's longevity:
"This music has big balls. When we go onstage we have the adrenaline going and there's something magical that happens. It's very difficult to explain. I really can't attribute it to this or that, but it keeps us excited every time we go onstage. We're very passionate about what we do and I think it comes from balls."