BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Says Many Of Today's Extreme Metal Bands Lack 'Rock Spirit'
EMP Rock Invasion earlier in the year conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about BEHEMOTH's propensity for writing music that, despite its extreme nature, possesses a lot of "hooks," Darski said: "I like hooks. I mean, we all [grew up on] rock and roll, and I like rock and roll song structures."
He continued: "I'm officially [an] anti-fan of today's extreme metal bands that are just taking part in this rat race, trying to play as many notes as they can, play as many arpeggios within three-minute-long songs as they can, and it's just missing hooks, it's just missing the point. There is no rock spirit within the music."
Asked what defines "rock spirit" for him, Darski said: "Balls. There's balls in riffs and in the songwriting and in the approach. I don't think it's definable. It's either there or it's not, and I'm sure that [BEHEMOTH's latest album] 'The Satanist' has a lot of balls."
BEHEMOTH released a limited-edition, hand-numbered 12-inch EP called "Xiadz" in November. The EP was made avaialble in three vinyl colors.
"Xiadz" is strictly limited to 500 vinyl copies worldwide and was not made available on CD. Black vinyl, black-gold splatter, and gold vinyl gatefold, 180-gram editions containing the previously unreleased tracks "Xiadz" and "Towards The Dying Sun We March", as well as a re-recorded version of "Moonspell Rites" were made available to order at this location.
BEHEMOTH's latest album, "The Satanist", sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's ninth full-length studio CD, 2009's "Evangelion", opened with around 8,500 units to land at No. 56.
"The Satanist" was released on February 3 in the U.K., February 4 in North America and Poland, February 5 in Japan, and February 7 in the rest of the world.
STEEL PANTHER: Acoustic Performance Of Christmas Track 'The Stocking Song'
UK's Metal Hammer magazine has uploaded professionally filmed video footage of Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER performing their first-ever original Christmas track, "The Stocking Song", on Monday, December 8 at the 12 Bar Club in London, England. Check it out below.
Featuring STEEL PANTHER's signature hooks and naughty take on the holiday season, "The Stocking Song" is available for purchase on iTunes and on Amazon.
"We bring happiness to millions of people around the world. Why not during the holidays?" frontman Michael Starr tells Billboard.com. "We love to spread the love. The holiday season is the best time to pick up strippers at a strip club. The ones that are working on Christmas Eve usually have no family and are really lonely. So it's super easy to take them home and do some kissin' underneath the camel toe."
Adds bassist Lexxi Foxx, "I like the holidays â I like to call them the highlidays. I'm definitely a Christmas kind of guy. For me, it snows all year 'round, if you know what I'm talking about. There's always a bunch of snow, so I'm down with the holiday season. So when you listen to the song it's about all kinds of cool presents you can get your chicks, or a chick, all kinds of bits and stocking stuffers that only we would think of."
Having just wrapped a highly successful run as main support for JUDAS PRIEST in North America last month, STEEL PANTHER will now head out on a North American headlining run beginning this week in Charlotte, North Carolina at The Fillmore. Following the North American headlining dates, the band will be play a series of "Threesomes", two three-night residencies, one in their hometown of Los Angeles and the other in nearby Las Vegas, at the cities' respective House Of Blues venues in February.
STEEL PANTHER's third album, "All You Can Eat", sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Open E/KLS.
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