Cif Belief: A Sunday satanist or the voice of new Poland?

The row over metal singer Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski is part of a renegotiation of what it means to be Polish and Catholic

A TV talent show has become the focus of a national row in Poland, with the parliamentary commission for culture and the media dramatically condemning one of the show’s judges as a “satanist who publicly offends Christian values”. Adam “Nergal” Darski, singer and guitarist in blackened death metal band Behemoth, became a hate figure when he was charged with blasphemy offences for ripping up a Bible on stage at a concert in his hometown of Gdynia, northern Poland, in 2007. Now a judge on The Voice of Poland, the controversy surrounding Darski has highlighted shifting values in Polish society…

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