Like Nick Holmes from Bloodbath and Paradise Lostcame Nergal’s introduction to extreme vocals Married. “It was Cronos that really made me want to scream,” says Nergal. “He was a vocalist, but also a combination of screaming and singing, because his screaming technique also included the melody in it.”
As a child, Nergal listened Creator and attempts to emulate the sound of Mille Petrozza, and for a good part of Behemoth’s career, Nergal was ignorant of the techniques of preserving a guttural vocalist’s voice. “In the very early days and the first tours and even during our 2000s tours I tended to kill my voice every now and then. I remember the tours for Apostasy… wow… that was a lot of effort to pull it off.”
“I never practice my vocals,” Nergal continues. “It might be disappointing to some, but I never do. Even in rehearsals, I never sing, I basically speak the lyrics using my regular voice. What does the trick for me is the adrenaline and the environment, so for me it’s screaming environment when I’m doing magic with the audience or I’m in the studio setting up an altar or something. I never go into a studio that looks like a laboratory, no, I get into the mood.”
Find out more about how Nergal learned to scream and how he maintains his voice in the video below. Behemoth’s new album Opvs Contra Natvram is available now. To obtain a copy, click here.
How Behemoth’s Nergal Learned to Scream
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