From outward appearances, itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s easy to assume that frontman Adam Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“NergalĂ˘â‚¬Âť Darski of Behemoth is a rather intense man - and you would be right.
When he chatted with UG at the Devore, CA, date of Ozzfest, the vocalist/guitarist said that he does indeed put every ounce of his energy into writing and performing with Behemoth. If you look at the bandĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s history, that kind of work ethic isnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t surprising. Nergal has dedicated himself to the band since he was 14 (heĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s 30 now), and itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s not uncommon for the band to commit to a tour schedule lasting the majority of the year.
Along with the regular daily grind of touring, the band performs in full, foreboding makeup and usually an elaborate costume to match. A few minutes before Nergal began to perform his regular ritual of transforming into the costumed, ghost-like stage persona for Ozzfest on July 21, he talked with UG at length about BehemothĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s new record Apostasy and the often misunderstood message behind his music.