‘I’m here to make a f*****g statement’: Behemoth’s Nergal Talks About What He Learned From His Battle With Leukemia

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Back in 2010, Behemoth frontman Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia. While he would eventually make his way to a much more relatively healthier place, struggling with this illness made for a difficult time in his life.

During a recent conversation with Bloodstock TV, while attending Bloodstock Open Air, Nergal reflected on his battle with leukemia. In talking about this subject, the singer shares what he has learned from this struggle; considering the suffering he has endured, he speaks to how he become driven to live more intensely and to experience what life has to throw at him. Per Nergal:

“It kind of makes you realize that life is very short. And that’s it. And you’d better make the right use of it. […] It’s very existential and it just makes you think and it just makes you realize, ‘This is it.’ I know it does sound like a cliché, but it does feel like that, yes. But then again, I wasn’t really this reluctant guy that just backed off and in the shadow. It’s my nature to be upfront and just ahead and, boom — I was that. So when I had started my second life, so to say, or second coming […] I’m even more that. And it felt like I came out alive and healthy. I’m gonna jump into deep water with no security, basically. And I’m gonna enjoy the fuck out of this water and waves. And I know there’s gonna be tides and they’ll be pushing me back but I’ll keep on fucking swimming and just using all my resources, all my physical power to go through life the best I can.

“I’m still fucking making mistakes, but it’s not about not making mistakes; it’s about being aware of who you are, what you are, what you’re supposed to do here. And I just realized, okay, I’m here to make a fucking statement, and I’m gonna prove that in three hours or four [referring to Behemoth playing live that day].”

We are glad that Nergal is in a much better place today regarding his health! You can check out the full interview featuring the Behemoth frontman below; we have also included some links to other stories involving the Behemoth singer.

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