Published Aug 09, 2010Polish blackened death metal power trio Behemoth seem to be the only Scandinavian/European band worth their salt in controversy as of late. You might recall how they were recently cleared of anti-religious charges after frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski tore up a bible onstage while on tour supporting latest Metal Blade Records affair Evangelion. Unfortunately, it would seem that even if the law is forgiving, higher powers aren't so easygoing when one messes with the Lord's word.
The band have been forced to call off all their remaining 2010 tour dates after Darski was taken to hospital for treatment to an as-yet-undisclosed illness. Darski released the following statement on his condition:
I'd like to announce that Behemoth won't be able to tour for the foreseeable future. I don't wanna bore you with details here, but I'm sick and am receiving some serious medical treatment. It's gonna take another few weeks or more for full recovery, and so we have been forced to cancel all the Behemoth shows in August, planned dates in Russia and Baltic States for September and October, and our American tour in November.
I know how much it sucks but health comes first. I can assure all of you that when we return, I'll be stronger than death, and we'll reschedule every tour as soon as logistics allow. I feel good and strong, my mind is focused, I've got my loving woman by my side, my band mates, friends (never thought there are so many, haha), management, agents and label people are giving me massive support. I can't ask for more but a little patience now. The fact that we won't be touring for the next few months doesn't mean we'll hibernate. Behemoth will be active on several other levels.
According to Blabbermouth, band manager Jaroslaw Burdek revealed that Darski has been sent to the hospital's hematology division Gdansk Medical University Hospital yet confirmation is still pending.
Just prior to this emergency, Darski had issued a message to fans via the band's official website that his illness can require "multi-stage treatment over several months."