Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal from Behemoth Speaks!
Confessions of a Heretic is one of the most important additions to metal literature and a must read for anyone. Darski’s philosophies on life, religion, metal and staring death in the face are refreshing, empowering and awe inspiring.
A book full of true conviction, Nergal presents an array of experiences and thoughts embued with wisdom beyond his time.
No quality has been lost between translations. Mark Eglinnton has done a phenomenal job at capturing the emotion and intent of Darski’s every word.
Darski was born Adam Michał Darski in Gdynia, Poland, raised Catholic, and started playing guitar at age eight. He goes by the stage name Nergal (naming himself after a Babylonian deity), and he is the founder, lyricist, main composer, frontman and manager of the band Behemoth, which he started when he was still a teenager. He also plays lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar.
For a brief time he used the alias Holocausto, inspired by Beherit leader Nuclear Holocausto. In late 1990s he was a vocalist and guitarist of the Danzig-influenced band, Wolverine, which was showcasing Nergal’s capability of clean singing. He is also known for his contributions with the following bands: Hermh, Nile, Damnation, Vader, Sweet Noise, Mastiphal, December’s Fire, Mess Age, Corruption, Hangover, Ex Deo, and Hefeystos.
Inspired by Norway’s Black Circle, Nergal formed together with Blasphemous (from the band Veles) and Venom (from Xantotol) the Temple of Infernal Fire.
Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond
Later other bands joined and far-right politics were introduced, and the group renamed the Temple of Fullmoon. Nergal then distanced himself from the group, mainly because he had no interest in politics. This led to remaining members of the Temple of Fullmoon to accuse Behemoth of betrayal and caused tensions between Nergal and Rob Darken, frontman of the Polish NSBM band Graveland, leading to death threats.
Several years later, the tensions are gone and Nergal and Darken are in good terms nowadays, or as Nergal said in an interview: “We don’t share the same interests but we share a mutual respect.”
Nergal has completed six years of history, including one year of Latin at University of Gdańsk, and is qualified to be a museum curator.
In 2009, ESP guitars released the first Nergal’s signature guitar. It is a 7-string guitar with a V-style body, which is called the “Hex-7”.
In March 2010, Nergal was held on trial in Poland on blasphemy charges for publicly denouncing religion by ripping up a Bible on stage in 2007. Nergal made the argument that he has artistic license to enhance his live performances by doing such an action, and suggested that it was not meant to be offensive. He also supported that freedom of speech should come before religion in Poland. He faced up to two years in prison due to the Bible-tearing, but Darski’s charges were dropped on 28 June 2010.
Recommended Book: Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors