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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nergal of Behemoth

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

Nergal of Behemoth What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."

Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.

A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.

"I just fell in love with his music," says Nergal of Screaming Trees / Queens of the Stone Age veteran Mark Lanegan, whose LP box set One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums he grabbed on his visit. Nergal cites Lanegan as a very big influence on his current folk/rock project Me and That Man, and described his music as "very blues-y, and then yet very updated." Also in his bag was Rare Cult, a box of, you guessed it, rare recordings by the seminal post-punk/goth group The Cult, which Nergal reveals was borrowed from him and never returned.

But is Nergal a fan of the Japanese pop/metal band Babymetal? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Nergal of Behemoth - What's In My Bag?
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