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‘It Feels Good To Be Alive’

Guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH, who underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure in December 2010 after being diagnosed with a life-threatening form of leukemia, has posted the following message on the band’s official Facebook page:

“December 17th. It is a celebration day in my personal calendar, you know? That’s why I often say my birthday’s twice a year;)…

“It was exactly five years ago where I was sitting in my hospital isolation ward waiting for bone marrow delivery. Due to harsh weather conditions, the dealer has been delayed. I remember I was wearing WATAIN shirt on that day. And I was excited yet calm and relaxed. I kinda felt it’s all going to be just fine. The intuition. The deep inner voice. You name it. I just had this self-confidence and felt no fear whatsoever. My mindset was set for unconditional victory.

“Five months of relentless chemo, TBI, steroids and strict diet did the trick. I was soooo ready. The transplant went smooth as it took maybe 1.5 hours to get fully injected and after that, it took 2-3 weeks for my body to absorb my ‘twin brother’s’ DNA. My organism welcomed him warmly and in mid-January I was released from the hospital. My recovering had pretty impressive tempo, but I was far from feeling OK. My friend, Rob Ferguson, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM manager, sent me a message about FIELDS‘ one-off show in Poland, in April. I knew I couldn’t miss it. And then this idea we had before came back to my head. Maybe I could join McCoy & Co. on stage? The question was my ability to perform: sing, scream plus all the physical work that it requires. I had billion of doubts, but, again, my intuition told me to go, and at least give it a try. I had nothing to lose. And the concept of joining my all-time favorite band on stage was beyond tempting.

Nietzsche said ‘No victor believes in a chance,’ therefore I do not believe this show is happening on THAT day accidentally.

“I’m immensely privileged to be a part of it again, performing one of the best songs in their career, ‘Penetration’.

“I can’t think of celebrating my ‘second’ birthday in a more epic way. I’m living my dream!

“Thursday, December 17th, 02 Academy Islington, London. Join us! It feels good to be alive…!”

Nergal

(via Blabbermouth)

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