Polish black/death metal band BEHEMOTH got into trouble with the Polish authorities again, this time over a merchandise design. It seems that the Polish authorities have taken issue with the “Republic Of The Unfaithful” design allegedly for disrespecting the White Eagle, which is found on the national coat of arms of Poland.
You might remember a few years ago that frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski faced up to two years in prison for tearing apart a bible on stage and calling it “a book of lies”, but he was later cleared of the charges.
Nergal commented on the new accusations on Facebook: “Several individuals have been already questioned, including heraldists who have made their statement clear: this is not a Polish emblem. Apparently, it’s not enough for the decision-makers in the court. Is this another attempt of the Polish government to convict Nergal and give an example for other artists? Sadly we have stopped selling shirts with this motive, but what we are gonna do with fans who have tattooed ‘The Republic of the Unfaithful’ on their back? Shall we arrest them? Peel the skin off?”
The band has stopped selling the merchandise with the design and have also asked anyone on their social media to refrain from posting it.