Behemoth Frontman: Metal and Christianity Are Incompatible
"That was just ridiculous," Nergal says. "The promoter signed us for the tour three months ago. I mean, we have a band on the bill called The Devil's Blood. That says it all right there! And then a few weeks before he says 'I'm a religious person. I can't have these savages playing my venue.'"
Nergal is also outspoken on Christians in heavy metal. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine was in the news earlier this year for his crusade against gay marriage; he also said some quite outlandish things to us. Nergal says he's quite confused how a metal musician or fan can identify as Christian.
"Everyone has their reasons for getting involved with metal music. To me, it was the rebellious spirit, attitude, and life philosophy of this music. Being Christian in this genre just seems against that. There are religious people in metal that we deal with. That's fucked up and crazy to me. But I'm sure when you talk to Dave Mustaine, he'll give you the opposite angle of the situation."
In the end though, Nergal still welcomes fans and colleagues of all faiths and beliefs.
"There are people that are huge Behemoth fans, but when you look at their life code and their philosophies, they stand on the other side of the barricade yet they like the music that we do. The biggest compliment I can get is from people that see us and have no clue of what we do, or have opposite opinions to us, but they'll talk about how our energy was undeniable. "