Aftonbladet journalist Mattias Kling conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metal veterans BEHEMOTH at this year’s edition of the Getaway Rock festival, which was held July 5-6 in Gävle, Sweden. You can now watch the chat below.
On how his battle with a life-threatening form of leukemia has changed him as a person:
Nergal: “I would say in many ways — too many to mention, actually… in numerous ways. It made me a better person, for sure. On a mental level, spiritual level… pretty much anything. Physically, I’m stronger than ever, too. It may sound controversial, but I would say that everyone should get cancer one day and learn from it, you know what I mean?! Obviously, I don’t want anyone to get sick. It’s more or less a metaphor for people to realize how much potential they can unleash if they want to, and [for them] to realize their potential.”
On the progress of the songwriting sessions for the next BEHEMOTH album:
Nergal: “I can’t tell you much, because there’s not much done yet. There’s definitely new ideas, and I would say we’ve got roughly five [song] skeletons ready. We wanna start working collectively [on new material] in the upcoming weeks. I’d say that September 2013 is a very realistic date for the release date for our next record.”
On whether fans can expect to hear “the same BEHEMOTH” on the next album:
Nergal: “I don’t know what you mean [when you say] ‘the same BEHEMOTH,’ because we’ve never really sounded the same on any record, you know what I mean?! Every time it was a huge challenge and every record sounds very much different, so I’m more than sure that this new one is gonna sound much more different than ‘Evangelion’  sounded from ‘The Apostasy’  and [on that album there] was already quite a difference, so I would say just be patient, wait and be surprised.”