Behemoth: Nergal Responds To The Overwhelming Response Of Those Offering Help

Since news on Nergal's recent health issues has been released, the band has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world.

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Since news on Nergal's recent health issues has been released, the band, management, and label has received an overwhelming response from fans and bands all over the world asking how they can directly help Nergal. In response to everyone offering his or her help in terms of setting up benefits and shows to raise money for the frontman of the Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth, Nergal has issued the following statement:

"I haven't intended to manifest myself in any way and, especially at this stage, to share my feelings or any other news with the world for obvious reasons. It is simply too early for it. But it was YOU who provoked me to say a few words. Regarding my personal low opinion of humankind, I'm shocked by the reaction to my illness. I actually expected NOTHING yet received feedback which surpassed all expectations. I want to ensure you I read EACH mail I receive, although I'm unable to reply to all of them. The power of your words is pure magic and I thank you all for it. You are a gigantic indestructible army that truly inspires me in this difficult time. The fact is that a fight with this illness is going to last for many months. Most of this time I will spend in hospital and I will go through various psychophysical states. If you know the history of Behemoth you also know we achieved everything by hard work and a steely determination. The same goes for my private life. I happen to be a strong son of a bitch. I have no faith but rely on a 100% victory and I am sure I will get out of it stronger than ever. Sun Tzu in his 'Art of War' said that if you know your enemy and yourself the result of a thousand battles will not surprise you I enter the ring with this Nietzschean attitude and I will leave it as a winner, as usual. Just watch and see!

"So I want to emphasize that Behemoth will by no means goes through any hibernation state. Obviously all concert plans must be postponed until some unknown point in the future, but things are happening! Lately our newest video for 'Alas, Lord is Upon Me' has premiered and stirred up quite a storm in mass media, which fills us with utter pride. Plus we've just finished the project of our new DVD; Evangelia Heretika is a three disc release, a real encyclopedia of Behemoth with nearly 5 hours of material and a bonus audio CD that will be out in November (Metal Blade US - Nuclear Blast Europe). Expect an experience of visual madness as we went to hell and back to make it! Our official Webstore has been functional for a couple of days and official merchandise and some very exclusive stuff can be bought there. At the beginning of 2011, Peaceville in Europe and Metal Blade in US will reissue the EPs with new artwork, bonuses, liner notes, and more. As you can see, despite a complicated situation and difficult circumstances we're remaining active wherever we can.

"Finally, I want to comment on some opinions which, provoked by religious circles, lead to far-fetched and inaccurate interpretations. I was surprised to hear my illness became a pretext for some people to embark on their own crusade. Opinions suggesting I might come closer to God or abandon my ideals and grovel to the only correct world view in this country not only surprised but also frightened me. This is a typical example of supporting one's own views by preying on someone's misfortune. 'He fell ill so he will convert to Christianity, he will discover the religion he fought against is actually close to him.' Halt! Why should the illness change my point of view? It is true this is a difficult time for me and the thoughts of ultimate matters are hard to chase away. But the idea that I will change my opinions, priorities, and values as a consequence of my illness sounds as if someone regards my head, and not my body, ill. Suggesting I might convert are ridiculous. To what would I convert? After all, I know Christian mythology pretty well, not only in its literary version, and I find nothing good, creative or beautiful in it. I read books better and wiser than the Bible. War, blood, blackmail, rapes, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia, collaboration and treachery each page emanates with evil. Some may say I don't understand the message of the Bible. I'd rather say the Christianity is nothing more than a rusty and archaic structure that is going to fall down any moment. It lasts only because of the gullible that follow the shepherd blindly; without any questions, without any consideration, not to any promised land, but to an intellectual slaughter. So, I say to those, who see some chances to break my rules, and myself because of the illness: over my dead body!"

Nergal's official view on benefit concerts, fund raisers, etc. is focused on marrow donations as a whole issue, not his specific situation. If you want to help Nergal the best thing you can do is set up a marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor. Every person that registers to be a donor increases the chances of survival for Nergal and every other person out there suffering from the same illness.

To learn more about how you can register to donate marrow check out marrow.org.

Fans wanting to help out, register for the marrow program, or have questions on running a marrow drive may contact the organization Music Saves Lives by email at iCare@musicsaveslives.com or visit Music Saves Lives web site.

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    Eskil Rask
    I submitted to blood and bone marrow donation when I first heard of him having blood cancer. This guy is my greatest inspiration.
    not_dead_enough
    Great to hear he's keeping his spirits up and that Behemoth is still moving. It's probably the thing keeping him sane at the moment! And great spill on christianity too!
    travislausch
    =/ I didn't really like how he was constantly getting defensive or reaffirming his br00tal hatred of humanity in this, but I guess you can't really blame him for it when you read that last paragraph. Genuinely hope he gets out of this intact, though.
    Nyhm
    Nergal wrote: christian mythology
    ohoho i'm going to use that one
    scawti
    While I strongly agree to disagree with his generalization of Christians and the bible, I wish him all the best. At the same time, I think any Christian saying this illness is due to his lack of faith or that he will turn to God because of this should be dope-slapped in the head with a big Bible. You have to respect people's beliefs - even if it's that have none - and just give support when they're going through something this intense. He's being quite a role-model and I truly hope he gets through this - but I won't go as far as say I'll pray for him.
    PRSfanatic
    You CAN'T beat a pole. You just can't. And he's great to be more proof of that
    Cranker
    Wow. I don't think I've heard anyone cut down christianity so perfectly. He really let loose on that one.
    Metalxorxdie
    I love Behemoth, and even though Nergal hates Christianity, if he wants to hate a fan like me, whatever...I still believe in praying for those in need and even though I knew he was going to mention something about "repenting to Christianity" at some point in time during his illness, I would never expect him to convert or anything like that, however, I do hope he now realizes that not all people in this world are evil, but that Christians too will pray for his recovery
    guitar77432
    this guys ****ing awesome, i totally agree one his point of view with christianity, what a ****ing retarded religion.
    Duality Ninja
    Nergal just made my life with that entire little group of paragraphs. I'm glad to see he's hard as nails in a time like this, and just like himself, considering the largest paragraph is the one calling christianity an archaic structure ready to fall. A thanks like this truly shows how appreciative he is of the fans, and he definitely went way up in my books (as if it were possible). I wish nothing but a speedy recovery, and believe me, I would be donating some marrow if I didn't live in such a rural area.
    Offworld92
    Wow, this guy sounds like a complete BAMF. Anyone know what I should start with if I want to start listening to Behemoth? Because I totally do now. Sounds like Nergal will be fine. The mind is ridiculously powerful, and it sounds like he knows that full well. He'll get through it, I have no doubt.
    Pree666
    Offworld92 wrote: Wow, this guy sounds like a complete BAMF. Anyone know what I should start with if I want to start listening to Behemoth? Because I totally do now. Sounds like Nergal will be fine. The mind is ridiculously powerful, and it sounds like he knows that full well. He'll get through it, I have no doubt.
    Start with Sventevith,it kicks major ass. Nergel's gonna get through.