Behemoth’s Nergal on Nine Inch Nails, Why Instagram Is Metal, Having No Regrets

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Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski is known for not only his explosive performances with his blasphemous Polish black metal band, but also for his candor and willingness to share his life with his fans through social media, interviews, and any other avenue he sees fit. A new interview with Kerrang! sees the growling musician get even more real on why that’s entirely in line with the original ethos of black metal, his fandom of Nine Inch Nails architect Trent Reznor, and why he doesn’t harbor any regrets.

“Is there some rule where you’re not supposed to use these things?” the singer responds when asked if his active and popular presence on Instagram is “black metal” of him. He continues, “We didn’t use them in the ‘90s because they didn’t exist! But we did have a network – we wrote letters, we had zines.”

Nergal explains that he finds joy in sharing his daily activities, from what his behind-the-scenes life is like on the road to just hanging out with friends. He uses the example of Trent Reznor, someone of whom he’s a fan, to back up his point.

Of the NIN frontman, Nergal claims, “Do I want to see the world through his eyes, see what he sees, have this very personal point of view from his perspective? Fuck yes. Because as an artist, he’s interesting to me, and I’d be interested to see what his world is like.”

In the same unapologetic vein, the conversation then steers toward the topic of regret. While he says he would in fact give fans a heartfelt “sorry” if he had to “cancel a show or something,” that’s different than renouncing his previous actions.

“That’s almost like the question of whether or not I have any regrets,” he answers. “No, because there’s nothing that can be done about things that have happened in the past, and it all adds up to where you are in your life right now. And I’m happy with where I am, and I have learned a lot over the course of my life.”

Read the rest of the interview over on Kerrang!, and see Behemoth when they hit the road in support of Slipknot in the U.K. and Ireland in January 2020.

01/14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
01/16 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
01/17 – Newcastle, @ Utilita Arena
01/18 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro
01/20 – Sheffield, England @ FlyDSA Arena
01/21 – Nottingham, England @ Motorpoint Arena
01/22 – Cardiff, Wales @ Motorpoint Arena
01/24 – Birmingham, England @ Arena
01/25 – London, England @ O2 Arena