Back in September 2014, Behemoth frontman and guitarist Nergal sort of teased that the band might just call it quits. Since then the group has dropped a b-sides EP titled Xiądz and went on tour with Cannibal Corpse, which are both noticeably things that bands who have called it quits don't do. Now that the tour is winding down and Behemoth will son be back at home resting, Nergal assures us in a recent interview of our worst fears for the group- things might be over for a little bit.
"Well, like anything, I think the future is good with thrills and… options. I'm not really counting on my future further than the touring cycle goes these days. That's really it. We're going to surprise people with some amazing projects in the coming months, but there's no new record in sight, to be honest. I don't know even when or where we'll start working on it — it's in the last position on my list of priorities."
It'll at least be interesting to see what projects the group individually embarks on, or maybe even as smaller pairs or groups, but the prospect of hearing zero new Behemoth for an extended period of time is a little saddening. I'd imagine this isn't the end of the group completely either, considering how big the name is. There is a shiny beacon of hope though:
Do you see yourself making a solo statement entirely your own in the future?
I’m actually working on a project now, but I don’t want to let much out about it yet. I’m always creating. I always do stuff on the side, and some of it’s not suitable for Behemoth, and I’ve got some other projects that will eventually see the light of day. Or not. Nothing is for certain! [laughs]
Without giving too much away, would you be willing to tell us a little of what we might expect from a Nergal solo project?
Very stripped down and simple. The most primitive, acoustic-based stuff. That’s what I’m really into.
That or maybe they'll all work at Nergal's barber shop and that'll make its way over to the United States!