Nergal: “I use a Peavey 6505+ because for touring you need a Kalashnikov... and Peavey are the Kalashnikov of amps”

(Image credit: Krzysztof Wiktor)

It’s no secret that Behemoth are one of the most ferocious live bands on this planet. But even by their own standards, new cinematic release In Absentia Dei – filmed in an abandoned church with all kinds of pyro and theatrics thrown in for good measure – depicts some truly jaw-dropping heaviness. 

Singer/guitarist Nergal talks us through his weapons of war...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).