It seems things don’t ever go well for the polish extreme metal band Behemoth and their vocal front man Adam Nergal Darski. The band recently posted a statement saying that they will have to remove all Republic of the Unfaithful merchandise and pictures due to an ongoing lawsuit, the details of which have not been released.
Update 2: Charges have now been filed against Adam “Nergal” Darski.
Update: our attempt to explain what is going on is linked below.
Though the information in regards to the issue is scarce, comments going around social media (and from Nergal himself) are saying the issue is with the band apparently disrespecting and dishonouring Poland’s national emblem on the bands tour shirts.
“So here I go again. On my way to the prosecutors office in Gdansk to be questioned as a suspect in “The republic of the unfaithful” case. Me and my partner in “crime” Maciek Manticore Gruszka is showing up too. Several individuals have been already questioned including heraldists who have made their statement clear: THIS IS NOT A POLISH EMBLEM.
Apparently it’s not nuff for the decision makers in the court. Are they looking for a scapegoat? Is this another attempt of the Polish government to convict Nergal and give an example for other artists? What’s the hidden message of those actions may I ask? “Do NOT fuck with us”? “Polish emblem as well as other religious symbols are meant to be untouchable”?, “art has its strict borders and thou shalt obey Nergal!”? Weird times, weird country, weird vibes… I do NOT feel safe and comfortable here I must admit but do I feel guilty? Fuck no. I worship the reason and I’m a massive fan of logic therefore it is OBVIOUS that the eagle that has NO crown can NOT be a Polish emblem. Period.
Sadly we have stopped selling shirts with this motive (but hey, it’s ALREADY the best selling shirt in our catalogue! huurraaay!) but what we r gonna do with fans who have tattooed “The republic of the unfaithful” on their back? Shall we arrest them? Peel the skin off? Cover it up? These rhetorical questions I’m gonna leave unanswered here and go to do what I do best: piss stupid people off with sincere and honest art and I shall NEVER give up on my freedom to do so. “Do what Thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”! Enjoy your day folks!”
"So here I go again. On my way to the prosecutors office in Gdansk to be questioned as a suspect in “The republic of the…
“We have an important announcement. Because of the ongoing criminal investigation we have a request of NOT putting on our profile ANY materials related to the “Republic of the Unfaithful” (“Rzeczpospolita Niewierna”) designs.
We will have to remove such posts and ban people who will post it. Thank you.”