You should know that Adam “Nergal” Darski, the frontman for Behemoth, beat the shit out of cancer a couple of years ago, and yes, the big C plays into the lyrics on the band’s upcoming album The Satanist.
Nergal tells Decibel that the band’s tenth album is a fully realized effort that was inspired, in part, by his medical travails.
“I remember when l left hospital and started my recovery (which took a few months), I was saying to myself, as well to my doctors and friends, ‘Cancer happens for a reason.’ I was quite an aware individual before, but afterwards, I realized how much I suffered from old programming — automatic reactions that were part of my being, but wouldn’t make my life any happier. “I worked on myself a lot, mentally, spiritually and physically. But I’m happy and very much thankful for this lesson of self-awareness I was given.
“The Satanist is a fruit of this enhanced and expanded consciousness. It’s more to the core, more carnal… more human than any other record we’ve made. I’m super proud of myself and my bandmates.
“But what I wanted to say in the first place is that l experienced this sickness so that I can come out stmnger than before. There was no other option for me in life. I know there are a lot of people who, after a near-death experience, they kinda hide in the shadow of life praying for every next day. I am not afraid of life, as I am not afraid of death. I’m an integral part of the Universe that surrounds me. I embrace it and make one perfect entity with it.”
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