So in October, Behemoth will kick off their first tour since Nergal was diagnosed with, a subsequently successfully completed treatment for, leukemia (read Anso DF’s incredible interview with the singer/guitarist — his first since his diagnosis — here). But as it turns out, those performances will not be Nergal’s very first time back on stage — ’cause that event has this past Friday night, when he did a guest spot with a band I’m not familiar with, Fields of the Nephilim, in Katowice, Poland (video above). Which is obviously GREAT FUCKING NEWS.

Here’s what the man himself had to say about his first time back in front of a crowd:

“I just came off stage…Katowice, Poland. It was my first performance after the transplant. I don’t remember when the last time I was THAT nervous. First of all, I had to join one of my favorite bands ever, true legends, Fields Of The Nephilim…secondly, I’m still not 100% in shape so I didn’t know how my body would react. I would risk saying I’m maybe 60% of what I used to be…but still progressing!

“Anyway, We did a song ‘Penetration’ together with Carl McCoy and Co. What a blast I have to tell you. I had a serious adrenaline rush and it was such a boost of energy I can’t even describe. My mouth dried out after 30 seconds so I could hardly breathe but the energy wouldn’t let me stop. I was carried away. The moment I saw the crowd, I felt this double bass pounding underneath my feet…I was in trance. I’m counting days ’til we come back with Behemoth full time. 5 months to go…huh.”

This footage obviously isn’t top-notch, but Nergal sounds like he’s in great shape to me.

I don’t know what else to say, except… YYYYYYAAAAAAYYYY NERGAL! Glad to have you back, dude.


[via The PRP]

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