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Polish Headbangers Bring Muscle To Their Metal

Of the Oakland Press

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Adam “Nergal” Darski of the Polish heavy metal group Behemoth wants his physique to live up to the band’s name.

During this year’s OZZFest, Darski and other members of the band could be found by their tour bus, pumping iron with a full set of weights and benches they brought to each show.

“I try to do it every day; so does Seth (Sztyber, Behemoth’s guitarist),” Darski, 30, says. “It’s pretty much the two of us who try to stay in shape. The rest of the guys would rather drink and (have sex).

“We occasionally do that, too, but when I’m out on tour for two months, I just make sure that when I go back home, I’m not a wreck. I’m not on tour just to get wasted. The older you get, the more you have to care for yourself. I want to be in better shape than (when) I left for the tour.”

Darski and company get a workout onstage, too, where Behemoth engages in theatrics ranging from full facial make-up to props. Darski doesn’t spend much time standing still, either, which makes Behemoth’s shows “really energy-absorbing,” according to the singer.

“We’re not guys that just stand there and look boring” he says. “We don’t just play. We do a show that’s ... very demanding, very challenging to do what we do. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to do what I do if I wasn’t taking good care of myself.”

Behemoth, Job For a Cowboy, Beneath the Massacre and Gojira perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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