Hit The Lights: Behemoth: 'Our Music Doesn't Come Along With A Christian Message'

Robert Gray telephoned Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski to discuss "Evangelion".

Hit The Lights: Behemoth: 'Our Music Doesn't Come Along With A Christian Message'
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Behind each act with genuine mileage, a mainman lies behind the steering wheel. That person assumes the role of leader, and is charged with the duty of never losing the group's focus. A typical leader must keep the band firmly on track, and when a said leader fails in that task, the band in question enters a downward spiral. Having said that, when a said leader fulfils their duties, the world is a band's oyster. One such mainman is Behemoth mastermind Adam "Nergal" Darski, and with the outfit's latest record, "Evangelion", that group's future is seemingly bright. Let's hope the album's success is a sign of things to come. From February 16th, 2009 until May 2009, Behemoth recorded material at Radio Gdask in Gdask, Poland. Daniel Bergstrand produced drums, and on May 12th, frontman "Nergal" flew to the United Kingdom to assist Colin Richardson in mixing ninth album "Evangelion" at Miloco Studios, London. The title, "Evangelion", comes from a Greek term meaning "Good News", the term usually referring to the crucifixion of Jesus, and subsequent resurrection. A depiction of The Great Harlot of Babylon, the album's cover artwork was designed by Tomasz "Graal" Daniowicz. Mastering, meanwhile, was handled by Ted Jensen in New York. In early July 2009, Behemoth began filming a music video for "Ov Fire And The Void". Filmed by Grupa 13 in Wroclaw, Poland, direction was overseen by Dariusz Szermanowicz. "Evangelion" was issued throughout Europe via Nuclear Blast Records on August 7th, its North American issue arriving four days later through Metal Blade Records. The full length spent three weeks at the top of the Polish Album Charts, and even charted at position fifty-five on the Billboard Top 200. From mid July to mid August, Behemoth toured North America as part of the Mayhem Festival. Performing on the Hot Topic Stage, others to play the same stage were Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Whitechapel. On October 18th at 17:00 GMT, Hit The Lights' Robert Gray telephoned Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski. Discussing "Evangelion", the act were due to perform that night in Leeds, UK at Rios. Adam "Nergal" Darski: Hello? UG: Hello. This is Robert Gray from Ultimate-Guitar.com. I have an interview scheduled with "Nergal" from Behemoth. It's me, it's me. We can talk. It's you, is it? Ok. How are you Adam? I'm very good. We're getting ready for a show. We're in Leeds, UK now, and yeah, we're ready to go. Soon. Ok. Would it be alright if I began the interview? Yeah, sure. No problem, man. First of all, could you provide some background information about 'Evangelion'? We recorded 'Evangelion' in Poland; the album was mixed in the UK by Colin Richardson, and Ted Jensen mastered it in New York. It took us up to three to four months to properly record. What can I say? The final result is crushing, and the way 'Evangelion' is being received by the media and the fans is beyond expectations. It's actually way better than we expected, so it feels great. It definitely feels great. When Behemoth entered the studio to record 'Evangelion', what did the group aim for? What did Behemoth seek to achieve with the album's songs? We wanted a record that would sound different, basically - something more sinister and more dangerous in a way. You know what I mean? We didn't want to record an album that would be predictable, but wanted to record an album that would be different for us, and at the same time, unified and completed. We wanted to record an album that would work as a whole, and where each song would work on its own, and would be as strong as it can be, and could be a potential single. When we put all the songs together, we wanted something that could be a crushing record. That's something that we will always try to maintain, though it looks like when we made 'The Apostasy' (2007), we kind of failed. There were some good songs, and some songs that didn't fit that concept. This time, we wanted to make a more conceptual record. What new directions does 'Evangelion' venture in? It was about taking all possible directions, and all possible sides. 'The Apostasy' was a death metal oriented album, pretty much. This was different. We wanted to go back to the roots, and those old experiences throughout the years, collect them all together, and bring it to the next level, and even further. It was about taking all possible ways and directions, and making a very complex and diverse album on one hand, but then on the other hand, a very complete album. Do you regret making 'The Apostasy'? No - I don't ever regret anything. If it wasn't for 'The Apostasy', there wouldn't have been 'Evangelion', and if it wasn't for 'Demigod' (2004), there wouldn't have been 'The Apostasy', and so on and so on. I never regret doing anything. Everything happens for a reason - that's my theory. What are your misgivings about 'The Apostasy' then? I think 'The Apostasy' just lost its focus; the album drifted in too many different directions, and lost its insight. That's my main excuse for this record. 'Demigod', in comparison, was a more considered album than 'The Apostasy' - that's how I see it today. 'The Apostasy' had more developed ideas, and a really cool sound, and an organic sound. Also, the album had a killer song like "At the Left Hand ov God", and "Prometherion", which is one of the best songs on the record, but then it had a song like "Be Without Fear", which I personally don't think really fits the concept. I don't know. Maybe the order of the songs is wrong, and should be put differently. We just wanted to make it up with this new album though, and just not make the same mistakes. That's why even journalists have said it sounds different than anything else we've done in the past. Do you feel Colin Richardson's mix is a factor in that then? Behemoth wanted Colin to mix 'The Apostasy', but he was unavailable. Yeah. We wanted him to mix 'The Apostasy', but he didn't have the time (laughs). We used him for our best record so far though, which obviously is the new album. What can I say? The guy opened like a hundred doors of experience for us. Colin suggested things that were weird to me at first; he'd say "How about using this?" and so on, and I'd say "Well, I'm not sure about it". Then though, I thought "Ok". He's the man, and has experience and the name. Colin has this actual sense of providing the right sound. I thought "Ok, I have to learn this because probably what he's doing is the best for this record". We didn't really argue, but we did have different opinions of several things. At the end of the day though, we could always find a comprise. I'm happy that it turned out that way. Daniel Bergstrand helped to produce the drum parts of "Inferno" (Zbigniew Robert Promiski). Yeah. Daniel came down to Poland, set up the drums, and made the drums sound how they sound really. 'Evangelion' is still very organic, but there's more attack to the drums, which I like more than 'The Apostasy' for instance. There's more attack on this new record. As we discussed, Colin Richardson handled 'Evangelion''s mix, whereas Daniel Bergstrand produced the drum parts, and so on. As you feel 'Evangelion' is so good, is that a set up you can see Behemoth using for the group's next album? Oh definitely, definitely. I definitely want to have Colin mixing Behemoth's next album, and maybe not just mixing. You never know. But if it's mixing, I know we're not gonna book two weeks like we did for 'Evangelion' - we're gonna book at least four weeks for the next album. It totally works. Of course it's very costly and so on, but I really think it's worth it. The guy's awesome, and knows what he's doing. He just opened a whole new level of experience, a new dimension, and that's what we were looking for with this new record. We signed to new labels, and these whole new possibilities showed up. We thought "We need to follow that up with a really, really strong and very refreshing sound". That's why we looked for someone to take good care of that. 'Evangelion''s title is a Greek term that's used in a biblical context. For those who may not know, could you explain what the album's title means? And also, why did you decide to name the album 'Evangelion'? 'Evangelion' basically stands for "messenger of good news". We bring good news, but our good news, our music, doesn't necessarily come along with a Christian message. Although the name might suggest it's a very religious title because it has religious connotations, it's actually quite the opposite. It looks at opposite values, but still uses the same title. I found it very provocative on one hand, but at the same time, I just thought about reading between the lines. It's all about just fitting the concept. It's very provocative - it was a cool idea to use this title, I think. It also sounds very anti-Christian, and definitely suits the concept of the music. According to a press release, 'Evangelion''s lyrics are about "the reclamation" of oneself. 'Evangelion''s lyrics are very complex.. I don't really know how to explain the lyrics. I wrote them, so I don't need to talk about them. You know what I mean? Same goes for the music. I really hate talking about music, the lyrics, and then the cover. It's all there; it's all about people grabbing it, reading it, and interpreting it themselves. That's how I see it. It's a lot of stuff (laughs). It's poetry, it's metaphors. If you want to talk about the lyrics, we should take one song at a time, just go through it, and do the analysis. We'll probably take thirty minutes to analyze each song if you want to do this, but I think it makes no sense. If you had to briefly summarise the lyrical topics 'Evangelion' touches upon though? I've written about millions of topics - I'm inspired by life in general. I'm talking about life.. I'm talking about all aspects of life, be it religion, philosophy, or anything really. You name it, it's there. Behemoth has a two-dimensional, very complex, multi-layered message. There's a lot of anti-establishment and anti-political attitude, but in general, there's a very heathen message behind what we do. 'Evangelion''s artwork was designed by Tomasz Danilowicz, and depicts The Great Harlot of Babylon. How did Behemoth come to use that illustration as the album's cover? I was just googling, basically. I just searched through the net, and just tried to find a concept idea. I just tried to find something that would be inspiring, something that we could use for the record, and for the album cover. Something that would be the concept, but at the same time, wouldn't be another Baphomet, or the Antichrist, or another horned being. I came across the "Whore of Babylon", and thought "Wow". I hadn't really come across any heavy metal band in the past that had used that image, and I'd seen quite a few records throughout my life. I thought that it'd be very refreshing to do that, and that it would look cool. With the whole concept behind it, and the way she looks, she's like a female aspect of the Antichrist in a way. She's something very sinister, very evil, and very creepy, but at the same time, she's very distinct, she's very noble, and she's very proud. We just developed that concept together, and added some extra elements. You can see the morning sun on both sides of 'Evangelion''s cover. Also, you can see these two saints, or the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, or whatever your interpretation really is, basically praising the Whore. And then, you have the broken Ten Commandments at her feet, which is an obvious manifestation of our feelings towards Christianity, and pretty much any form of religion. To us, it just made so much sense to use the "Whore of Babylon". Are you a lot more involved in all aspects of Behemoth than say other musicians generally are in their respective groups then? Yeah, it looks like. I'm pulling the strings (laughs). It's always been like that. I'm pretty much involved in every aspect of the band, and I have serious problems letting it being taken over by other people, because I feel so responsible for everything. It all comes out of my sense of being so much responsible for what we do. I let the other guys take things on their shoulders, but I need to have the final word. I need to have the final decision about things, and to be honest, I don't know if I can be objective here, but this is something that keeps everything in one place. Of course, I listen to my manager, and within the band, I think everyone can say their opinion and so on. We listen to each other, but it's important there's a person who's in charge, so I'm the person who's in charge. From my observations of many other bands, they're just mainly interested in playing their instruments, and just getting wasted after the show. I'm not really like that - I've never been like that. What role do you feel symbolism plays in Behemoth? Essential. It's crucial. The symbolic value of things is crucial. Behemoth has dealt with all kinds of symbolism, and yeah, it just goes through every record. There's millions of things going on there. It's very complex. So Behemoth's symbolism is something that an average listener can listen to, and interpret for themselves? Yeah. That's the whole point. I use symbols pretty much just to express myself. I'm not doing everything for people to understand it; I do it for myself in the first place, and then I just pass it over to other people. I think "Ok. Just make up your mind, and think for yourself. Just make the right use out of it - it's another tool". Behemoth is a tool for me; it's a tool to make me fucking happy, and a stronger person. It's a perfect tool to express myself in the right way, and I really hope that Behemoth can be a right tool for other people to identify with certain emotions. How would you compare Behemoth's label situation going into 'Evangelion' to the group's label situation going into 'The Apostasy'? It's not comparable, man. We dealt with idiots in the past. Regain is such a lame company; they have no will, and they're just so laid back. There's nothing happening. As a label nowadays, they mean nothing. It was a downward spiral following 'Demigod', but then again, they did a lot for 'Demigod'. For 'The Apostasy', they didn't do much, and then, it was just (whistles). We have one of the best companies in the business these days - Nuclear Blast is independent, but is probably the strongest company in Europe at least. Then, we have Metal Blade along with Roadrunner, and yeah, Roadrunner is the strongest company over in North America. It feels great. We've never been in better relations with our record companies ever; they fully trust us, and they invest a lot of money. It's a really great partnership, and we're on great terms with each other. So you feel that when Behemoth was signed to Regain Records, that's what stifled the group's progress in terms of record sales and recognition? Yeah. Everything's progressed; in Europe, we've already sold what 'The Apostasy' sold altogether within over two years. Fuck... Yeah, that's crazy, I'm telling you. 'Evangelion' has even sold twenty thousand records in two months, and it's half of what 'The Apostasy' did within over two years in the US - 'The Apostasy' sold forty thousand. 'Evangelion' has sold twenty thousand in two months, so the album will easily surpass those numbers. It means a lot. And also, 'Evangelion' charted at position fifty-five on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Exactly, exactly. We hit the Billboard Charts with 'The Apostasy' already, but it feels good that we finally managed to be in the top hundred. We were there for two weeks, which is a pretty great success. I mean, we're an extreme metal band. It is a success, and we're really proud of that. You must be a pretty happy man right now, then? In Poland, we were number one for three weeks. That's unheard of. What can you reveal about the music video filmed for "Ov Fire and the Void"? "Ov Fire and the Void"'s music video was filmed in Wrocaw, Poland by Grupa 13, the same company that we used to film the "At the Left Hand Ov God" video. They did an awesome job back then, and they did an even better job this time. I think it's great. It's killer, and is a great band performance. There's a cool storyline as well, a better storyline line than "At the Left Hand Ov God". "Ov Fire and the Void"'s music video is very impressive. It's very controversial; people hate it and people love it, but that's the way it should be. We have a script with us here for the next video, which should be "Shemhamforash" - that should be the next single from 'Evangelion'. What was it like to tour as part of the 2009 Mayhem Festival from mid July to mid August? It was hard (laughs). It was very hard, but it was good. Mayhem was great publicity, and great marketing for our album. Getting exposed in front of ten thousand people every day was a privilege, as was sharing the same bill with Slayer and Marilyn Manson, and some other bands. It was awesome - I watched Slayer pretty much every day. What do you feel the future holds for Behemoth? Well, I just know that there's plenty of work ahead of us. We've done a lot of interviews, and we still keep on doing fucking non-stop interviews pretty much, but there's so much interest. There's so much recognition we're getting these days. There's gonna be a lot of touring - there's gonna be touring, touring and touring. We're gonna go to every corner of this world, and we're gonna make sure that everyone has a copy of 'Evangelion', and fucking worships it. That's the plan. We'll be coming back with a new DVD next year, and we're also coming back with a book - it'll be a biography written by a friend of ours from Poland. There's a lot of surprises to come, so just keep your eyes open. We'll be coming back to the UK. We'll be going to pretty much every fucking continent with this record, making sure that we fucking dominate. Is Behemoth's future DVD a live DVD? Yeah. There's gonna be a huge double DVD coming out in the first half of 2010. And will the Behemoth biography you mentioned be released around the same time? No, no. It should come out in late 2010, but maybe around the fall. Do you have a message for the fans who've supported Behemoth over the years? My message is always the same. We're so thankful, and so grateful, for all your support and interest. I just want to say "Hey, if you don't have a copy of 'Evangelion', go out and buy it. You're never gonna regret it". If you don't like, I'll give you your money back (laughs). But no, seriously, thanks for all the support. Come down, and check us out. Ok. Thanks for the interview Adam - it's much appreciated. Cheers. Thank you so much for calling man - I appreciate it. Take care. Bye. You take care too. Bye. Interview by Robert Gray Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2009

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    duncang
    " What are your misgivings about 'The Apostasy' then? the album drifted in too many different directions" "What new directions does 'Evangelion' venture in? It was about taking all possible directions" Lawl
    EmancipatedSoul
    Awesome interview. Strange though; "Be without fear" is my favorite track on The Apostasy. Also; "all possible" and "too many different" directions are two different things. Behemoth are too focused on their message and concepts to sell out; I honestly don't believe it will happen. Although you never know really.
    shredtildeath
    Behemoth ****ing rules, the new album is amazing. @ the Christians --> Religion is a purely human invention that came about because man did not understand the phenomena of nature and the universe and so needed to invent supernatural entities to make sense of it. By 2009, science has explained almost everything around us, and with the wealth of knowledge to be found today there is no reason to be superstitious anymore. Except that most of you can't except that when you die there is nothing but oblivion. Or because you are unfamiliar with accepted theories like that of evolution. And these bands sing anti- Christian lyrics because they were raised in Catholic countries, so that would be the natural antagonist. Since Islam never directly affected their lives, they would be singing about something they know nothing or little about.
    Robert Gray
    webbtje wrote: Robert Gray wrote: webbtje wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: I kinda like these guys, but its one thing to make good metal and entirely another to make it amazing. Its like those deathcore bands of today: Too much focus on the heavy, how bout some nice melodic riffs once in a while? Because it would sound stupid. If you want melody, go and listen to a melodic band. I don't know where you got this thing about good metal needing catchy melodies. Carcass is heavy and has a melodic edge in certain instances, so I don't feel it sounds stupid. Depends on the band, really. With Behemoth's style, it would sound shoehorned and ridiculous. And Carcass only went for melodies during Heartwork, which was a bog-standard melodeath album anyway (the hint's in the name). It's not as if Reek of Putrefaction had major-scale happiness all over the place.
    Which, in a roundabout way, echoes what I said: "Depends on the band, really".
    Robert Gray
    j_link13 wrote: Robert Gray wrote: b4t3man wrote: j_link13 wrote: Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more You mean... Guitarists -_- As an interviewer, I can say that UG commissions interviews with those who they feel the readers would be interested in reading an interview with. Given the fact that this is a guitar oriented website, guitarists obviously fall under that category. And since metal interviews seem to attract more comments, this is the reason why the site publishes a fair few metal interviews. I realize that the interviews are both about metal guitarists. What i find weird is that sometimes the same questions and answers are given. I'll read an interview in Guitar Player and then like two weeks later UG will have borderline the same interview. I was really just wondering if you also wrote for other magazines or maybe theres only so many questions you can ask
    j_link13 wrote: Robert Gray wrote: b4t3man wrote: j_link13 wrote: Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more You mean... Guitarists -_- As an interviewer, I can say that UG commissions interviews with those who they feel the readers would be interested in reading an interview with. Given the fact that this is a guitar oriented website, guitarists obviously fall under that category. And since metal interviews seem to attract more comments, this is the reason why the site publishes a fair few metal interviews. I realize that the interviews are both about metal guitarists. What i find weird is that sometimes the same questions and answers are given. I'll read an interview in Guitar Player and then like two weeks later UG will have borderline the same interview. I was really just wondering if you also wrote for other magazines or maybe theres only so many questions you can ask
    Oh right, that's odd. In an answer to your question, I don't read or subscribe to any magazines, nor do I write for any magazines (I wish I did, but I don't) - never read or picked up a copy of Guitar Player in my life. Usually though, an interview will be "borderline the same" since a band does the interview circuit surrounding the same release. So when Guitar Player, for example, interviews a band about a new record, UG will obviously be discussing that same topic if they interview the same person. Also, when a band does a whole load of interviews, you usually find they end up more or less giving very similar answers. So really, talking about the same album will mean similar questions are asked - it's just coincidental more than anything. You can probably find these similarities if you compare other publications too.
    webbtje
    j_link13 wrote: I realize that the interviews are both about metal guitarists. What i find weird is that sometimes the same questions and answers are given. I'll read an interview in Guitar Player and then like two weeks later UG will have borderline the same interview. I was really just wondering if you also wrote for other magazines or maybe theres only so many questions you can ask
    Bingo.
    Robert Gray
    SG Man Forever wrote: Honestly, I think Behemoth has gone downhill since Demigod. I didn't exactly adore the Apostasy, but IMO Evangelion just sounds uninspired, with the exception of a few tracks, such as Daimonos, and Lucifer. Robert Gray wrote:\ If someone known openly criticizes Islam, it makes them a prime target for extremists, and puts them and their family in possible danger. Not really. On my profile, there's a recording of me singing the shahada (there is no god but Allah) played backwards.
    I did explicitly say "someone known", and Behemoth falls under that category. If I, you, or someone else who's unknown does that, it wouldn't get any real publicity.
    j_link13
    Robert Gray wrote: b4t3man wrote: j_link13 wrote: Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more You mean... Guitarists -_- As an interviewer, I can say that UG commissions interviews with those who they feel the readers would be interested in reading an interview with. Given the fact that this is a guitar oriented website, guitarists obviously fall under that category. And since metal interviews seem to attract more comments, this is the reason why the site publishes a fair few metal interviews.
    I realize that the interviews are both about metal guitarists. What i find weird is that sometimes the same questions and answers are given. I'll read an interview in Guitar Player and then like two weeks later UG will have borderline the same interview. I was really just wondering if you also wrote for other magazines or maybe theres only so many questions you can ask
    SG Man Forever
    Honestly, I think Behemoth has gone downhill since Demigod. I didn't exactly adore the Apostasy, but IMO Evangelion just sounds uninspired, with the exception of a few tracks, such as Daimonos, and Lucifer.
    Robert Gray wrote:\ If someone known openly criticizes Islam, it makes them a prime target for extremists, and puts them and their family in possible danger.
    Not really. On my profile, there's a recording of me singing the shahada (there is no god but Allah) played backwards.
    Robert Gray
    b4t3man wrote: j_link13 wrote: Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more You mean... Guitarists -_-
    As an interviewer, I can say that UG commissions interviews with those who they feel the readers would be interested in reading an interview with. Given the fact that this is a guitar oriented website, guitarists obviously fall under that category. And since metal interviews seem to attract more comments, this is the reason why the site publishes a fair few metal interviews.
    b4t3man
    j_link13 wrote: Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more
    You mean... Guitarists -_-
    fishmunky
    Astyan wrote: We wanted a record that would sound different, basically - something more sinister and more dangerous in a way. That's it, totally. "Sinister and dangerous" are perfect adjectives to describe Evangelion. You just have to listen to Ov Fire and the Void or Lucifer to be convinced that they're didn't hit the studio to record subtle classical piano. I may be biased since I absolutely love the band, but some of Evangelion's songs are absolutely evil, with crushing Death Metal riffs intertwined with a sinister Black atmosphere made of screams and such. You really get the impression that some kind of evil beast is uttering incantations at times, and the production is excellent. Anyway, yeah, Nergal is definitely Metal's Chuck Norris, and I swear I'm not a fanboy, the guy is just awesome. They were pretty good in Paris two months ago, by the way, although they did take themselves a bit too seriously, but it was totally in the mood of the show. They're pretty tight and impressive on stage, even if the sound was a bit loud, so that you could barely hear guitar solos sometimes. But man, my neck still hurts from headbanging like I had never did. And Inferno is just lightning fast at drums.
    I thinka band should take their work seriously, its the mood of the show that matters i saw Behemoth a couple years ago opening for Lamb of God and Hatebreed and they put on a killer show. yes they took themselves and the show very seriously, but they looked they were having fun playing the show and that kind of thing is infectious as opposed to a band like say whitechapel who get up there, take themselves super seriously and look like they don't have any fun at all up there, and thus puts the audience to sleep
    Robert Gray
    Vicryl 2.0 wrote: flyboyC17 wrote: I do find it weird that only christianity gets slammed by black/death metal bands...what about those who for thousands of years have been using Islam to kill and terrorize those who don't follow their religion? probably because theyre afraid of having a FATWA on their heads. but if Nergal could put up an album based on Islam extremism then that could maybe be the first.
    I agree. If someone known openly criticizes Islam, it makes them a prime target for extremists, and puts them and their family in possible danger.
    Vicryl 2.0
    flyboyC17 wrote: I do find it weird that only christianity gets slammed by black/death metal bands...what about those who for thousands of years have been using Islam to kill and terrorize those who don't follow their religion?
    probably because theyre afraid of having a FATWA on their heads. but if Nergal could put up an album based on Islam extremism then that could maybe be the first.
    webbtje
    Robert Gray wrote: webbtje wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: I kinda like these guys, but its one thing to make good metal and entirely another to make it amazing. Its like those deathcore bands of today: Too much focus on the heavy, how bout some nice melodic riffs once in a while? Because it would sound stupid. If you want melody, go and listen to a melodic band. I don't know where you got this thing about good metal needing catchy melodies. Carcass is heavy and has a melodic edge in certain instances, so I don't feel it sounds stupid. Depends on the band, really.
    With Behemoth's style, it would sound shoehorned and ridiculous. And Carcass only went for melodies during Heartwork, which was a bog-standard melodeath album anyway (the hint's in the name). It's not as if Reek of Putrefaction had major-scale happiness all over the place.
    valdean
    Bassachist wrote:when you see a christian judge someone, physically assault someone, emotionally assault someone or spew hatred, those actions are a reflection of man, not God. Religion has been greatly misused.
    Good thing any of those haven't happened yet.
    flyboyC17
    If it wasn't for religion then half of these bands wouldn't have anything to sing about...just trying to see the positive side of it i guess lol. I am a christian but i hate religion. If "christians" actually followed the teachings of God and not the teachings of men who misinterpret the Bible or use it for their personal agendas then the world(metal community in this case) would feel different towards it. Me personally i have two metal bands, one is christian where i can express my beliefs and the other is not and it is simply for the love of music, none of the other band members are christian at all but we get along just fine. I do find it weird that only christianity gets slammed by black/death metal bands...what about those who for thousands of years have been using Islam to kill and terrorize those who don't follow their religion? Anyway getting back to what i was originally going to write lol, this guy seems really cool and laid back. Don't like the lyrics much but the music is awesome.
    flyboyC17
    shredtildeath wrote: Behemoth ****ing rules, the new album is amazing. @ the Christians --> Religion is a purely human invention that came about because man did not understand the phenomena of nature and the universe and so needed to invent supernatural entities to make sense of it. By 2009, science has explained almost everything around us, and with the wealth of knowledge to be found today there is no reason to be superstitious anymore. Except that most of you can't except that when you die there is nothing but oblivion. Or because you are unfamiliar with accepted theories like that of evolution. And these bands sing anti- Christian lyrics because they were raised in Catholic countries, so that would be the natural antagonist. Since Islam never directly affected their lives, they would be singing about something they know nothing or little about.
    Well that is your opinion. If someone wants to beleif in a higher power then let them. I don't like getting into religious debates on UG because i only come here to talk about music but if the theory of evolution is a "fact" then why have there been no apes or monkeys or whatever evolving into humans for the last 2,000 years...or why for the past 2,000 have humans not evolved into something else? I do agree with your second statement about anti-christian lyrics to some extent.
    SharpObject
    flyboyC17 wrote: if the theory of evolution is a "fact" then why have there been no apes or monkeys or whatever evolving into humans for the last 2,000 years...or why for the past 2,000 have humans not evolved into something else?
    Well it takes a little longer than that, haha. This is a good interview, but I wish Nergal had something a little more meaningful to say to us fans. I mean, we're only his livelihood.
    MaidenandEddy
    duzit89 wrote: i am a christian.. but when it comes to music.. i put my beliefs aside.. and enjoy the aspect of what comes from the music, ppl take religion too seriously to say "I am right your wrong" from both sides of ppl who believe in this and that.. and i've heard quite a few ppl oppose what i believe in.. but why let that get in the way of the aspect of what music is supposed to be about.. bring the ppl together who love to hear it and love to play it.
    Agreed. I buy Metal Hammer Magazine and 'Ov Fire and the Void' was one of the tracks on the free CD a few month back and I loved it. Im a Christian as well, but I wont listen to a band if they slam my religion, I see what theyre like musically before i make a judgement on them.
    mynamesbetter
    hahahaha 123-Trav's got a point. but i'm not into that type of music, but at least they seem nice..or just in the interview.
    123-Trav
    Behind each act with genuine mileage, a mainman lies behind the steering wheel .
    Mixed metaphor FAIL.
    AstheticsOfHate
    even deeper wrote: Because its so cool and original to hate on relgion. seriously find something new to hate on.
    It's actually called an opinion. It's their music, they can say what ever they want in it. That was a sweet interview, Behemoth is so bad ass, and i love the album cover and all the symbolism, awesome band!
    ticklemeemo wrote: Anarion614 wrote: flyboyC17 wrote: theory of evolution is a "fact" then why have there been no apes or monkeys or whatever evolving into humans for the last 2,000 years...or why for the past 2,000 have humans not evolved into something else? I don't think you understand the concept of the theory of evolution at all. How about I rephrase his question? Why in the 10,000+ years of recorded human history, plus fossil records, has there been no evidence of macro-evolution? I don't think you understand the concept of a theory; it is the "hypothesis" of evolution, there has been no proof to justify calling evolution a theory whatsoever.
    So you're asking for proof of evolution, and yet you believe in something that asks you to blindly accept stories as truth with no evidence? Seems kind of backwards to me. Personally after looking into where religions come from, their origins etc, i find it easier to believe that Big Bird from Sesame St is a god.
    Like I Is
    Selig_Free wrote: Oh, they are so intelligent and edgy for being nihilistic.
    This seemed like an odd title for the interview. Why couldn't it have been something like, "Nergal Talks About New Album"? Also, I'm suprised there hasn't been a firestorm of religious debates on here. Thank goodness. However, I think it's a tad sacrilegious to take a holy word like "Evangelion" and go out of your way to make it "anti-Christian". It just seems excessive and unneccesary. I'm just saying. Good, fun band.
    EpiExplorer
    Robert Gray wrote: webbtje wrote: Robert Gray wrote: webbtje wrote: EpiExplorer wrote: I kinda like these guys, but its one thing to make good metal and entirely another to make it amazing. Its like those deathcore bands of today: Too much focus on the heavy, how bout some nice melodic riffs once in a while? Because it would sound stupid. If you want melody, go and listen to a melodic band. I don't know where you got this thing about good metal needing catchy melodies. Carcass is heavy and has a melodic edge in certain instances, so I don't feel it sounds stupid. Depends on the band, really. With Behemoth's style, it would sound shoehorned and ridiculous. And Carcass only went for melodies during Heartwork, which was a bog-standard melodeath album anyway (the hint's in the name). It's not as if Reek of Putrefaction had major-scale happiness all over the place. Which, in a roundabout way, echoes what I said: "Depends on the band, really".
    But surely having it purely heavy all the time would be a bit boring? I like Behemoth, but Empyreal Soul do it so much better with their melodies.
    Tubyboulin
    ticklemeemo wrote: How about I rephrase his question? Why in the 10,000+ years of recorded human history, plus fossil records, has there been no evidence of macro-evolution? I don't think you understand the concept of a theory; it is the "hypothesis" of evolution, there has been no proof to justify calling evolution a theory whatsoever.
    Well, we as humans don't need to evolve further at this point. Our environment has changed very little over the past few centuries. You don't seem to grasp natural selection. We aren't going to evolve unless there is a need to. There is quite a lot of proof supporting it, unlike any story of a deity.
    ticklemeemo
    Anarion614 wrote: flyboyC17 wrote: theory of evolution is a "fact" then why have there been no apes or monkeys or whatever evolving into humans for the last 2,000 years...or why for the past 2,000 have humans not evolved into something else? I don't think you understand the concept of the theory of evolution at all.
    How about I rephrase his question? Why in the 10,000+ years of recorded human history, plus fossil records, has there been no evidence of macro-evolution? I don't think you understand the concept of a theory; it is the "hypothesis" of evolution, there has been no proof to justify calling evolution a theory whatsoever.
    Duality Ninja
    I really have a lot of respect for this band. They always take it to the next level with their albums, each one being better than the last, and haven't sold out yet, as opposed to Metallica, which sort of lost with Black Album. With the way things are going, the next album should be absolute brainrape.
    Anarion614
    flyboyC17 wrote: theory of evolution is a "fact" then why have there been no apes or monkeys or whatever evolving into humans for the last 2,000 years...or why for the past 2,000 have humans not evolved into something else?
    I don't think you understand the concept of the theory of evolution at all.
    Tubyboulin
    For a black metal singer, he seems like a pretty nice and polite guy. Bit like Alice Cooper, i suppose. Gonna check out the new album soon.
    Nwright14
    duzit89 wrote: i am a christian.. but when it comes to music.. i put my beliefs aside.. and enjoy the aspect of what comes from the music, ppl take religion too seriously to say "I am right your wrong" from both sides of ppl who believe in this and that.. and i've heard quite a few ppl oppose what i believe in.. but why let that get in the way of the aspect of what music is supposed to be about.. bring the ppl together who love to hear it and love to play it.
    I agree, people need to just shut up and listen to the music.
    duzit89
    i am a christian.. but when it comes to music.. i put my beliefs aside.. and enjoy the aspect of what comes from the music, ppl take religion too seriously to say "I am right your wrong" from both sides of ppl who believe in this and that.. and i've heard quite a few ppl oppose what i believe in.. but why let that get in the way of the aspect of what music is supposed to be about.. bring the ppl together who love to hear it and love to play it.
    ZombieDuck
    ^Dante is awesome, haha. And I totally lol'd when I saw the title. Not a Christian, but I understand what you guys are saying and concure.
    This Is Fun
    I think that seeing Behemoth was easily the greatest part of this year's Mayhem Fest. Hopefully they can do a proper tour of the US and play more than seven songs.
    avatar666
    GUYS - this man is supposed to date with Doda - just type her name in google and see what I mean - DODA (I'm from Poland)
    Astyan
    (Erm, a correction and an ugly typo : "like I had never done", and their show was 1 month and a half ago, not two)
    Astyan
    We wanted a record that would sound different, basically - something more sinister and more dangerous in a way.
    That's it, totally. "Sinister and dangerous" are perfect adjectives to describe Evangelion . You just have to listen to Ov Fire and the Void or Lucifer to be convinced that they're didn't hit the studio to record subtle classical piano. I may be biased since I absolutely love the band, but some of Evangelion's songs are absolutely evil , with crushing Death Metal riffs intertwined with a sinister Black atmosphere made of screams and such. You really get the impression that some kind of evil beast is uttering incantations at times, and the production is excellent. Anyway, yeah, Nergal is definitely Metal's Chuck Norris, and I swear I'm not a fanboy, the guy is just awesome. They were pretty good in Paris two months ago, by the way, although they did take themselves a bit too seriously, but it was totally in the mood of the show. They're pretty tight and impressive on stage, even if the sound was a bit loud, so that you could barely hear guitar solos sometimes. But man, my neck still hurts from headbanging like I had never did. And Inferno is just lightning fast at drums.
    j_link13
    Anyone notice that UG interviews the same people as Guitar World? I thought it was just a conincidence the first time but it happened with Slayer, Behemoth, and Children of Bodom, maybe its happened more
    EREV777
    rebornmaster9 wrote: nergal is a god
    maybe... nah nergal is awesome...
    Dregen
    I just wanted to come in here and say that the picture on the front page scared the shit out of me when it loaded.