Last.fm will be back at the the annual Bloodstock Festival this year – the UK’s largest independent metal festival. Taking place from the 10th-12th August, Last.fm will be hosting the Sophie Lancaster stage featuring bands such as Orange Goblin, Anaal Nathrakh and Viking Skull. We were recently lucky enough to sit down with Nergal – frontman of Behemoth - to discover the artists that he’s been enjoying the most lately. The Polish black metal legends headline the first night of the festival.
“This shit is amazing. They are from San Francisco. They put out this record called Capricon and you know what? I can tell you this should have a Black Sabbath sticker on it. It’s so genuine and so great, it sounds like they recorded it in ’72. It’s an amazing band ya know, playing this hard rock/stoner and very vintage sounding metal. I love this band so much.”
“I’m gonna surprise some people here. They were like along with Duran and Duran and all these pop/new romantic bands in the 80′s. They just put out a new record and it’s amazing. It starts with a song called “Life” which is one of the best songs written ever. It’s fucking amazing, I love it! I was never a big fan of them but now I have become a fan. They’ve been around for so long and that feels great you know? Getting into a band just before they die or something!”
“One of my favourite artists. They are from Slovenia. There’s this movie called Iron Sky which came out recently – it’s a comedy about Nazis. They actually evacuated themselves in 1945 to the moon. They were continuing Third Reich on the moon so they could strike back the Earth in present times. It’s super funny but the best thing of the movie is the soundtrack, done by Leibach. They did the whole thing – it’s very Leibach-like. Some original songs they produced earlier but also some other stuff – funny sounding German music. It’s so special – I love it.”
“He is my discovery of recent months. He’s Norwegian – I’m not sure how to describe the music he plays, he just uses a guitar and a bass drum. He does this very primitive rhythm to accompany his music. There’s some rockabilly, country and blues influence to his music but it’s very special and stands out. What makes him unique is his voice – really deep and awesome voice with this typical Scandinavian accent.”
“A few years ago he put out an album called Exile and the Kingdom. It’s acoustic (he’s a great guitarist) but also with the vocal style of Jim Morrison if he was actually able to use his voice. One of the best vocalists to me ever, fucking incredible!”
You can find out more about Behemoth on their Last.fm page.