Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski and the Polish political party PIS (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość / Law And Justice) don't exactly have the best history. Darski has been in court numerous times over the years for accusations of blasphemy, and for using the Polish National Emblem to help promote a Behemoth tour. In the case of the latter, Darski and the band have now been acquitted for the second time in a row.
Darski said in an Instagram post that Behemoth was taken back to court after the prosecutor appealed the ruling, though the band has now been found not guilty once again. Darski also states that the legal battle is not over and for fans to have their fingers crossed.
"Fuck yeah! Acquitted again !!
"This has begun over 3 years ago, when one of the PIS politicians felt that Behemoth has offended Polish National Emblem with a design which was used to promote Polish leg of a Behemoth's tour. Obviously, nothing of such was happening. And it's been sooo clear for everyone except for the right wing politicians and their fans. Yet the the politicized prosecutor's office launched an investigation and accused us of insulting the Polish emblem.
"3 years ago the first court hearing was held. Eventually we won and were all acquitted. Then, the prosecutor appealed and the appellate court recalled the case to the 1st instance for reconsideration. And now we have been acquitted again! But the story continues, have your fingers crossed. Still, it's the second battle won in a row!
"ANOTHER battle won! Thank you all who made that happen, thank the Judge for being fair, open minded and reasonable. And brave in such strange times…
"ART & logic vs. religious fanatics 3 : 0"
Behemoth is currently slated to release their new single "Ov My Herculean Exile" on May 11. In the meantime, catch Behemoth on tour with Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, and Unto Others as they wrap up their current tour.
5/7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot [Tickets]
5/9 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo [Tickets]
5/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre [Tickets]
5/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater [Tickets]
5/13 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre [Tickets]
5/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium [Tickets]