Behemoth frontman Nergal, after recovering from cancer, had decided to appear as a judge on The Voice of Poland (Poland’s equivalent of ‘The Voice’). This might seem like an odd decision for some, but the explanation is simple. Behemoth are one of the most internationally popular Polish bands, and Nergal is a prominent media personality, having appeared on talk shows before. The media has made a big deal of Nergal’s battle with cancer, especially because his ex-girlfriend was also a famous pop star. Nergal got sick of the media making an object of him, and said “If they’re going to make money off of me, I might make some money as well”, and decided to appear more on the media, as a voice of reason in a country where separation of state and church is not the norm. Nergal has spoken about this issue many times. Anyway, here’s Nergal’s apperance on The Voice of Poland, followed by a translation of what he says by Sevenstring.org member Crank:

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“Monica, you sang and I thought – my girl! Listen, you must know the story behind it. There were actually two e-mails. I wrote that the expectations are big and everyone expect you sing Tina Turner, and you know what? I want you to sing Iron Maiden and you will get those people love you. And that will be great! So she wrote me back – yes boss. And you know what? She is that kinda of girl, not only music-wise, but generally in real life, who will handle every situation and get things done. (Monica) You will sing another live TV show and you will make an art out of this. That’s funtastic. (…) I’m sorry for the comparison but you are a troian horse. I’ll explain why. I made it all in purpose. Vocalist of this band, Bruce Dickinson, had got an offer to be a trainer in The Voice of England, but he refused explaining that it was a ballock and that he wouldn’t take part in this TV Show. And then I thought – you will sing this song and make it rock leaving the competition behind, it’s well known that world is small, tomorrow the song will be on-line and some day, who knows maybe tomorrow or in a year, Bruce Dickinson will see this performance from The Voice of Poland and he will get small even though he isn’t tall at all. He will get that small, turn red and he will feel stupid and he will have to retract those words.”

As you can see, he’s trying to get the masses to listen to metal, which is pretty awesome. Also, if you want to check out one of his famous talk show appearances, you can see it after the jump. It’s pretty hilarious, and completely worth the watch. He talks about Ron Jeremy, how his mom calls him ‘Adash’, Satanism in literature, lack of secularity in Poland, and many other things. (There are subtitles)

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