During a recent interview with Revolver, Behemoth frontman Nergal spoke about his social media habits and how he engages with platforms like Instagram. Among the topics discussed, Nergal spoke about the band’s upcoming new album, Opvs Contra Natvram, cancel culture, and social media.
When he is asked how he likes to engage with social media, the Behemoth singer shares that he wants to be intellectually stimulated; rather than just watch metal music videos, he wants to be fed ideas for him to mull over and contemplate. In short, he wants his brain to be “fucked.”
[Interviewer]: “YOU’VE BROUGHT UP CANCEL CULTURE, WHICH COULD IN PART TIE TO YOUR COURT BATTLES — CONSERVATIVE AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS TROLLING YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED TO FIND THE VIRGIN MARY POST. WHAT’S YOUR GENERAL STANDPOINT ON SOCIAL MEDIA?”
[Nergal]: “It’s a double-edged sword. I’m a social media whore, but at the same time I’m withdrawing from it, as well. I try to find those tools that are useful, cool and intuitive— so far Instagram is the best one. With Facebook, I’m not present there anymore. My profile is there, but I deleted the app on my phone. I’m not scrolling.
“I think I have this dysfunction: Sometimes I go to social media and I just troll my own account. Lately I’ve stopped doing that, but every now and then … I’ll go there and deliberately do something to provoke discussion. I say things I don’t really feel, to see how people would react. But lately, I’d rather read a book, workout, go for a walk or pet a dog. There are billions of better alternatives to sitting on social media.
“When I scroll Instagram or see music videos from other bands, this is my question to the world out there: Where’s the substance? Music videos are about the guys banging their heads and playing guitars. Boring! Drop that, not relevant … cringey stuff. I don’t want to listen to music or watch videos of bands that have nothing to say. I don’t want to watch movies that are just about bombs and fast cars.
“Feed me with something that’s going to stay with me, and that I can learn from. Maybe I can be a better person afterwards. Or a smarter person. Or maybe it’ll disturb me … maybe I’ll revisit my views or change them. But fuck my brain! That’s what I’m asking the world: Fuck my brain. When I read a book, I want it to stimulate me. I need a boner, and not just because it’s Fifty Shades of Grey.
“I really hope what Behemoth delivers is true substance. You may not like it. It may eat at you. It will probably disturb you. Maybe it’s too aggressive for you, that’s quite possible. But there’s substance there, there’s craftsmanship. That’s something you cannot take away from Behemoth’s new record.”