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Behemoth Frontman Nergal: I Have Satan in Me, Flowing Through My Veins and My Music

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All eyes are currently on Behemoth, who will release the new album ‘The Satanist’ this year. ‘The Satanist’ will be Behemoth’s first effort since ‘Evangelion’ was unleashed in 2009 and since frontman Nergal was diagnosed with lymphoma. With his health improving day-by-day, Nergal recently offered some interesting quotes about both ‘The Satanist’ and Satan himself.

Just before the new year came, Behemoth released ‘Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel,’ the act’s first single from ‘The Satanist.’ Along with the song came a disturbing music video, adding yet another visual piece to Behemoth’s masterful videography.

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Nergal discusses ‘The Satanist’ and how the title reflects its music. “The Satanist is a very simple title, but it is also very complex and multi-dimensional,” says Nergal. “On the surface it appears to be very primitive and raw but it is also very meaningful and complex. In a sense, I don’t want or need to explain it because everyone can find their own interpretation. I think the music on The Satanist is enough. In a way, I have no need to talk about it.”

Nergal follows up that quote with a fascinating look into how the figure of Satan plays a role in his creativity. “I wanted to make an honest statement about who I am and what life means to me, through this music,” Nergal begins. “Satan is the most misunderstood figure in the world. He represents the truth and spirit of man, the freedom and honesty of who we are. I was raised as a Catholic and so I was told a lot about Satan, but it wasn’t the truth. Satanism is about life and liberation and love for freedom. I have Satan in me, flowing through my veins and through my music.”

‘The Satanist’ will hit stores on Feb. 3. For the full interview with Nergal, pick up the most recent issue of Metal Hammer.

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