Metal Monday: An Interview Behemoth Frontman Nergal

Ozzfest’s four hottest bands are playing an off-date show at the Agora Theater (5000 Euclid Ave.) Tuesday, August 13. The diverse bill brings together the kind of groups that wouldn’t have been caught dead together 10 years ago, and they’ll be raging for an audience that ranges from kids in hoodies to longhaired heavy-metal lifers. The headliners are Lamb of God (the reigning kings of Pantera emulation, always a fertile genre) and Hatebreed (the Connecticut metalcore kings who famously played Cleveland so much that the Free Times once nominated them as best local band). Scene scored a last-minute interview with Nergal, the lead singer of Polish death-metal titans Behemoth. Touted as this year’s Ozzfest breakout, Behemoth are supporting their new disc, The Apostasy, which plays like a full hour of the fastest parts from Slayer’s “Angel of Death.” Twenty years ago, if you’d have told the most die-hard metalhead that a band could play this fast for this long, he would have laughed and sprayed you with Old Milwaukee. Click “more” for the full interview …
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