Darski at Empik, 2009
|Birth name||Adam Michał Darski|
|Also known as||Nergal, Holocausto|
10 June 1977 |
|Genres||Death metal, blackened death metal|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, manager|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer, drums, programming|
|Associated acts||Behemoth, Mastiphal, Damnation, Hermh, Voodoo Gods, Fields of the Nephilim|
|ESP Nergal Signature Model|
Adam Michał Darski (born 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), also known by his stage name Nergal, is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for black/death metal band Behemoth.
Darski was born in Gdynia, Poland, raised Catholic, and started playing guitar at age eight. He goes by the stage name Nergal (naming himself after a Babylonian deity), and he is the founder, lyricist, main composer, frontman and manager of the band Behemoth, which he started when he was still a teenager. He also plays lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar. For a brief time he used the alias Holocausto, inspired by Beherit leader Nuclear Holocausto.[verification needed] In late 1990s he was a vocalist and guitarist of the Danzig influenced band named Wolverine, which was showcasing Nergal's capability of clean singing. He is also known for his contributions with the following bands: Hermh, Nile, Damnation, Vader, Sweet Noise, Mastiphal, December's Fire, Mess Age, Corruption, Hangover, Ex Deo, and Hefeystos.
Inspired by Norway's Black Circle, Nergal formed together with Blasphemous (from the band Veles) and Venom (from Xantotol) the Temple of Infernal Fire. Later other bands joined and far-right politics were introduced, and the group renamed the Temple of Fullmoon. Nergal then distanced himself from the group, mainly because he had no interest in politics. This lead to remaining members of the Temple of Fullmoon to accuse Behemoth of betrayal and caused tensions between Nergal and Rob Darken, frontman of the Polish NSBM band Graveland, leading to death threats. Several years later, the tensions are gone and Nergal and Darken are in good terms nowadays, or as Nergal said in an interview: "We don't share the same interests but we share a mutual respect."
In 2009, ESP guitars released the first Nergal's signature guitar. It is a 7-string guitar with a V-style body, which is called the "Hex-7".
In March 2010, Nergal was held on trial in Poland for publicly denouncing religion by ripping up a Bible on stage in 2007. Nergal made the argument that he has artistic license to enhance his live performances by doing such an action, and suggested that it was not meant to be offensive. He also supported that freedom of speech should come before religion in Poland. He faced up to two years in prison due to the Bible-tearing, but Darski's charges were dropped on 28 June 2010.
In July 2012, Nergal became the newest spokesman for Demon Energy drinks that would be distributed throughout Poland. Nergal appeared in full Behemoth attire on the front of four different flavors of the Demon Energy brand alongside the brand's slogan of "No Limits, No Laws". Darski reportedly donated the majority of funds for this limited edition placement to one of the world's most renowned bone marrow donor centers.
In October 2012, Nergal returned to the Polish Supreme Court regarding the incident in 2007 where he ripped up a Bible onstage and denounced the Catholic religion. He will return to a lower court who will decide if he is guilty of this crime, possibly facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
From mid 2009 to early 2011, he was in a highly publicised relationship with Dorota Rabczewska, a Polish pop singer popularly known as Doda. On 17 March 2011, News.pl reported the couple had called off the engagement and broken up.
In 2012, Darski legally changed his name to 'Nergal'
On 8 August 2010, Nergal was rushed to the hematology ward of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital for treatment of a then-undisclosed illness. All Behemoth shows until November 2010, including a Russian and North American tour, were canceled. As of 24 August 2010, Darski was diagnosed with leukemia. The illness was thought to have advanced far enough to the point that chemotherapy would be ineffective against it, but such reports have since been proven false. His then-fiancée offered to donate her marrow, but it was not a close enough match to his type. On 8 November 2010, Ultimate-Guitar.com reported that he has found a genetic bone marrow match and would then undergo treatment to receive a bone marrow transplant.
Nergal was discharged from the Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) hospital in Gdansk on Monday 16 January 2011, three weeks after undergoing bone marrow transplant surgery. “Adam feels good and is resting comfortably but cannot see any visitors as he can’t risk viral infections,” said his ex-fiancée, Doda. However, Nergal was readmitted to the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk after he developed an infection six weeks after he underwent the bone marrow transplant procedure. At the time, it was not immediately clear if the infection would affect Nergal's adoption of the bone marrow transplant and how long he would have to remain in hospital. On 30 March 2011, MetalSucks published an interview with Nergal where he said that his health was improving. As of the interview, he had been out of the hospital for several weeks, and, according to Darski, "everything is going according to plan".
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- Mastiphal – Nocturnal Landscape (1994; drums)
- Hermh – Crying Crown of Trees (1996; bass guitar)
- December's Fire – Vae Victis (1996; vocals)
- Damnation – Coronation (1997; bass guitar)
- Hefeystos – Psycho Cafe (1998; vocals)
- Hangover – Terrorbeer (2002; vocals)
- Vader – Revelations (2002; vocals)
- Mess Age – Self-Convicted (2002; vocals)
- Corruption – Orgasmusica (2003; vocals)
- Sweet Noise – Revolta (2003; vocals)
- Frontside – Teoria Konspiracji (2008; vocals)
- The Amenta – n0n (2008; vocals)
- Ex Deo – Romulus (2009; vocals)
- Vulgar – The Professional Blasphemy (2010; vocals)
- Czesław Śpiewa – Pop (2010; vocals)
- Root – Heritage of Satan (2011; vocals)
- Voodoo Gods – Shrunken Head (2012; vocals)
- Grzegorz Skawiński – Me & My Guitar (2012; guitar)
- Maciej Maleńczuk – Psychocountry (2012; vocals)
- Historia polskiego rocka (2008, documentary, directed: Leszek Gnoiński, Wojciech Słota)
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