Adam Darski
Musician Info
BornJune 10 1977 (age 36)
Gdynia, Poland
GenreBehemoth, Mastiphal, Damnation, Hermh, Voodoo Gods, Fields of the Nephilim
Notable InstrumentsVocals, guitars, bass, synthesizer, drums, programming
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Adam Michał Darski[1] (born 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), also known by his stage name Nergal, is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for black/death metal band Behemoth.

Biography Edit

Darski was born in Gdynia, Poland, raised Catholic, and started playing guitar at age eight.[2] He goes by the stage name Nergal (naming himself after a Babylonian deity), and he is the founder, lyricist, main composer, frontman and manager of the band Behemoth, which he started when he was still a teenager. He also plays lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar. For a brief time he used the alias Holocausto,[3] inspired by Beherit leader Nuclear Holocausto.[4] In late 1990s he was a vocalist and guitarist of the Danzig influenced band named Wolverine,[5] which was showcasing Nergal's capability of clean singing. He is also known for his contributions with the following bands: Hermh, Nile, Damnation, Vader, Sweet Noise, Mastiphal, December's Fire, Mess Age, Corruption, Hangover, Ex Deo, and Hefeystos.

Nergal has completed six years of history, including one year of Latin at University of Gdańsk, and is qualified to be a museum curator.[2]

In 2009, ESP guitars released the first Nergal's signature guitar. It is a 7-string guitar with a V-style body, which is called the "Hex-7".[6]

In March 2010, Nergal was held on trial in Poland for publicly denouncing religion by ripping up a Bible on stage in 2007. Nergal made the argument that he has artistic license to enhance his live performances by doing such an action, and suggested that it was not meant to be offensive. He also supported that freedom of speech should come before religion in Poland. He faced up to two years in prison due to the Bible-tearing,[7] but Darski's charges were dropped on 28 June 2010.[8]

In 2011, he assumed the position of a coach on the Polish TV show The Voice of Poland.[9]

In July 2012, Nergal became the newest spokesman for Demon Energy drinks that would be distributed throughout Poland. Nergal appeared in full Behemoth attire on the front of four different flavors of the Demon Energy brand alongside the brand's slogan of "No Limits, No Laws". Darski reportedly donated the majority of funds for this limited edition placement to one of the world's most renowned bone marrow donor centers.[10]

In October 2012, Nergal returned to the Polish Supreme Court regarding the incident in 2007 where he ripped up a Bible onstage and denounced the Catholic religion. He will return to a lower court who will decide if he is guilty of this crime, possibly facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison.[11]


From mid 2009 to early 2011, he was in a highly publicised relationship with Dorota Rabczewska, a Polish pop singer popularly known as Doda.[12] On 17 March 2011, reported the couple had called off the engagement and broken up.[13]

In 2012, Darski legally changed his name to 'Nergal'[14]


On 8 August 2010, Nergal was rushed to the hematology ward of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital for treatment of a then-undisclosed illness. All Behemoth shows until November 2010, including a Russian and North American tour, were canceled.[15] As of 24 August 2010, Darski was diagnosed with leukemia. The illness was thought to have advanced far enough to the point that chemotherapy would be ineffective against it, but such reports have since been proven false.[16] His then-fiancée offered to donate her marrow, but it was not a close enough match to his type.[17][18] On 8 November 2010, reported that he has found a genetic bone marrow match and would then undergo treatment to receive a bone marrow transplant.[19]

Nergal was discharged from the Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) hospital in Gdansk on Monday January 16, 2011, three weeks after undergoing bone marrow transplant surgery. “Adam feels good and is resting comfortably but cannot see any visitors as he can’t risk viral infections,” said his ex-fiancée, Doda.[20] However, Nergal was readmitted to the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk after he developed an infection six weeks after he underwent the bone marrow transplant procedure. At the time, it was not immediately clear if the infection would affect Nergal's adoption of the bone marrow transplant and how long he would have to remain in hospital.[21] On 30 March 2011, MetalSucks published an interview with Nergal where he said that his health was improving. As of the interview, he had been out of the hospital for several weeks, and, according to Darski, "everything is going according to plan".[22]


with BehemothEdit

with Voodoo GodsEdit

  • Shrunken Head (2008)

Guest appearancesEdit

  • Mastiphal – Nocturnal Landscape (1994; drums)
  • Hermh – Crying Crown of Trees (1996; bass guitar)
  • December's Fire – Vae Victis (1996; vocals)
  • Damnation – Coronation (1997; bass guitar)
  • Hefeystos – Psycho Cafe (1998; vocals)
  • Hangover – Terrorbeer (2002; vocals)[23]
  • VaderRevelations (2002; vocals)[24]
  • Mess Age – Self-Convicted (2002; vocals)[25]
  • Corruption – Orgasmusica (2003; vocals)[26]
  • Sweet NoiseRevolta (2003; vocals)[27]
  • Frontside – Teoria Konspiracji (2008; vocals)[28]
  • The Amentan0n (2008; vocals)[29]
  • Ex DeoRomulus (2009; vocals)[30]
  • Vulgar – The Professional Blasphemy (2010; vocals)[31]
  • Czesław Śpiewa – Pop (2010; vocals)[32]
  • Root – Heritage of Satan (2011; vocals)[33]
  • Voodoo Gods – Shrunken Head[34] (2012; vocals)
  • Grzegorz Skawiński – Me & My Guitar (2012; guitar)[35]
  • Maciej Maleńczuk – Psychocountry (2012; vocals)[36]


  • Historia polskiego rocka (2008, documentary, directed: Leszek Gnoiński, Wojciech Słota)[37]


  1. Nergal's profile at the official website. Retrieved on 8 August 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bowman, AnneMarie. MetalManiacs interview with Nergal. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  3. Walaszczyk, Maciej. Przed "Nergalem" był "Holocausto" (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  4. Trzmiel, Antoni. Cztery oblicza Nergala (Wymagana rejestracja/Registration Required for Full Access) (Polish). Retrieved on December 26, 2011.
  5. Błachewicz, Krzysztof. Wywiad: Wolverine (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  6. Behemoth: Nergal ESP Signature Guitar Unveiled. BlabberMouth.Net. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  7. Behemoth Frontman Nergal Facing Prison Time Over Bible Tearing Incident In Poland. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  8. Behemoth Frontman Off The Hook In 2007 Bible-Tearing Case. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  9. The Voice of Poland: trenerzy (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  10. Nergal, new face of Demon energy drink. True Metalhead. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.
  11. Court Rules Against BEHEMOTH Frontman In Bible-Tearing Case. Retrieved on 29 October 2012.
  12. Behemoth Frontman Stepping Out With Polish Pop Star. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  13. BEHEMOTH Frontman Dumps Polish Pop-Star Girlfriend?. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  14. Interview: “Nergal is my legal name too” – Nergal from Behemoth discusses Bloodstock, surviving leukaemia, and *becoming* his stage name. Retrieved on 27 June 2012.
  15. Behemoth Frontman Rushed To Hospital; All Previously Announced Shows Cancelled. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  16. Behemoth Bassist Offers Update on Nergal's Leukemia. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  17. Nergal's Illness Confirmed to be Leukemia; Nergal Awaiting Marrow Transplant. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  18. Behemoth Frontman 'In Great Spirits' Following First Round Of Chemo. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  19. Behemoth: Leukemia-Stricken Frontman Finds Bone Marrow Match. Retrieved on December 26, 2011.
  20. Behemoth Frontman Leaves Polish Hospital. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  21. Behemoth Frontman Nergal Back In The Hospital Due To Infection. Retrieved on December 26, 2011.
  22. Metalsucks Exclusive: Behemoth Frontman Nergal’s First Interview Since Being Diagnosed with Leukemia. Retrieved on December 26, 2011.
  23. Hangöver, Terrorbeer, Deathstrike Records, Catalog Number DR 016
  24. Revelations, Vader, Katowice, 2002, Metal Mind Productions, MMP CD 0154 DG.
  25. Dutkowski, Lesław. Mieszanka stylistyczna (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  26. Sharpe-Young, Garry. Behemoth Biography. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  27. Łucyan, Przemek. SWEET NOISE 'REVOLTA' - wywiad z Glacą (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  28. Nergal gościnnie u Frontside (Polish). Retrieved on 11 November 2010.
  29. The Amenta Biography. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  30. Falzon, Denise. Ex Deo Give Their First New Taste of Roman-Themed Death Metal. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  31. Zegler, Zbigniew. Na pohybel... wszystkim! (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  32. Dutkowski, Lesław. Czesław śpiewa nudnawe baśnie dla dorosłych (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  33. ROOT: New Album Title, Special Guests Announced. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  34. Behemoth's Nergal, Ex-Members of Morbid Angel, Manowar Join Forces In Voodoo Gods. Retrieved on 26 December 2011.
  35. Solowy album Skawińskiego w przyszłym roku (Polish). Retrieved on 4 January 2012.
  36. Maleńczuk nagrał country z Nergalem (Polish). Retrieved on 4 June 2012.
  37. Dutkowski, Lesław. Nergal Biografia (Polish). Retrieved on 26 December 2011.

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