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Behemoth's Nergal: "Bands Forget About Emotion"

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The mighty Behemoth is out now with latest album "The Satanist" (reviewed here), which was named our most anticipated album of the year.

Behemoth was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column as part of "black metal history month."

In a recent interview with Ghost Cult, Behemoth's Nergal discussed the new album, as well as the state of metal today.

An excerpt from the interview follows:

Extreme art should be shocking and provoke a reaction. I really hope we are viewed as more than just a black metal band. We are an extreme band that can communicate our ideas on so many levels. Extreme metal music these days is often only extreme by definition. It is a never-ending process of striving for perfection. Too many bands are chasing this and the scene is becoming like the X-Factor for black metal. There is no danger and unpredictability anymore.

The majority of death metal bands from the U.S.A are so generic, they all sound perfect. It is fast and technical but there is no substance. Bands forget about emotion when they strive for perfection. You should be driven by your intuition and not just be concerned with shredding on your guitar. Perfection is boring and uninspiring. When people listen to "The Satanist," it will stimulate them in many different ways.

I saw Cabaret at the theatre recently and it was extremely moving. Extreme art must make people uncomfortable whether it is music, art or films. It has to be thought provoking. It takes a lot of energy for me to do this. I remember after my transplant when we started playing shows again. There was a time I thought I was going to pass out on-stage because it was so taxing playing the show and I did not have as much energy as before but now I am ready. I know I can give my all to this.

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