Sunday, November 4, 2012

Song of the Day: Behemoth, "Conquer All"

This week, the Polish Supreme Court ruled that Behemoth's Adam "Nergal" Darski can be tried for tearing up a bible onstage. This probably won't make much a splash in the States, where prayer in public school cases still go to court and we still have to vote on flag-burning amendments. But if Nergal ends up going to jail, his case is going to need as much support as Pussy Riot's.

In his day job, Nergal leads one of the most intentionally funny black metal bands of all time. His stage banter reminds me of a Satanic Paul Stanley. The American equivalent of the Polish Supreme Court's decision would probably be to prosecute Oderus Urungus.

"Conquer All," from Demigod, made me a fan of Behemoth. The main riff owes as much to Anthrax's "Be All, End All" as Kanye does to "I Got a Woman," but I still love hearing it with blast beats.

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