Behemoth’s Nergal Admits He Lied About Being Ejected From A YMCA For Wearing A Darkthrone Shirt


This past August Behemoth, etc. frontman Nergal claimed to have been ejected from a YMCA gym for wearing a Darkthrone shirt. Nergal shared a video of the alleged incident which he claimed to have taken place during the band’s touring of the East Coast of the U.S. with Slipknot and more.

His video and claims made headlines around the world, including a response from Darkthrone themselves. Now Nergal has revealed he made the whole thing up. Speaking with Kerrang!, he commented:

“…I like stirring the shit up – that’s my nature. I like trolling, and I like provoking people. Remember that story of me being rejected from the YMCA?”

Orion [Behemoth bassist] and I went, but we had to go back to another gym, and I just made up the story that we were rejected because of our beliefs, blah, blah, blah. Man! It made headlines all over the place. People are being fucking outraged… people saying that I should get beaten, that my opponents would just be happy about that.

And I’m just reading all these comments and all these headlines and I’m going like, ‘Why?’ No-one would bother to ask me if it’s true – because it wasn’t true – I made up a story. It was again another occasion that I realised how it’s easy to manipulate people, how to fool them around and just make whatever you want to do.”

You can read more from Nergal, including his thoughts on the controversy surrounding a certain Antifa shirt over at

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