Adding to what’s already been a terrible 2010 in the world of metal, Behemoth first pulled out of the Finnish stop of the Sonisphere festival, then cancelled the remainder of their touring schedule following frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski being taken to a hospital following an undisclosed ailment that has him “seriously ill.” Nergal left a statement on their official website, and the translation of his statement is as follows:
“I do not want to bore you with details, but I can no longer hide the fact that I am seriously ill and waiting for my multi-stage treatment, which can take up to several months. Thus, we have not choice but to cancel the coming summer festivals, planned for September and October tour of Russia and the Baltic States and the November tour of the USA. I’ve got a rather difficult period, and a lot of work but I became hardened in the fire, is not it? You know me, so that you know that out of this I will become stronger than ever. We will then rebook all the concerts and return with greater momentum. At this time, I feel good, my head is ready to fight the disease, everything is under the control of professionals. I have with me the most wonderful and loving woman, family, team, managers and people from publishing companies who are doing everything to support me. I do ask of you just a little bit of patience. I would add that the fact that in the near future we will not be touring but will not be in hibernation. We have a lot to offer you in the coming months, Behemoth will be working on many other fronts. In coming days expect release of our latest clip “Alas, Lord Is Upon Me.” Ensures that this is the most perfect, the most provocative and stimulating I have ever made a picture. In addition, we will finish work on the DVD release “Evangelia Heretika” which will be released in November of this year. We will keep you informed about what is happening in our camp. Horns Up!”
This sounds like it’s pretty serious. On the other hand, it seems like he’s got enough of his faculties about him to both address rumors of his health and make a statement. The 33 year-old has age on his side, and from the way the press release reads, at least has a positive enough mental attitude to get him through whatever the ailment is. The Polish media reported that he was taken to the hematology division of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Either way, their November and December tour of the States is now off, and we join the metal community worldwide in wishing him a speedy recovery.