Named after the Babylonian diety, Behemoth frontman Nergal (real name Adam Darski) has been forced to once again face court on previously dismissed charges of Blasphemy. Though the case was previously thrown out, Polish courts have had a change of heart over the future of the vocalist, who now faces 2 years in jail if found guilty.
The charges stem from a Bible-tearing incident while performing back in 2007. While the courts initially ruled in Nergal’s favour previously in 2010 and 2011, it now appears to be a case of third time not-so-lucky for the frontman.
A statement has been released by The Guardian, who have been following the case, (via Metal Underground) claiming that despite the audience not being offended by the practice, it is still highly offensive to those of a religious persuasion. Jail time will be on the cards if the judge agrees.
Despite what you might think of his reaction, Darski told journalists, “One should respect the court’s verdict,” But was quick to point the finger at what he claims to be the “immature”, Catholic Church, which is “trying to gag people … [and] freedom of speech”.
Jacek Potulski, the musician’s lawyer, has told Routers that “we are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements.”
Darski has also recently featured in Sacrum Profanum, a filmed autobiography about his own life. Narrated by the dark figure, you can check out the trailer below. A full English version isn’t expected until next year.