Behemoth’s Nergal philosophizes about music theory and how it may hamper creativity

Behemoth’s Nergal philosophizes about music theory and how it may hamper creativity

well we are usually we arrange things collectively
usually I come up with the main ideas the main themes and the riffs and we just put
it together collectively that’s how we’ve been doing it for quite some time now and
I am not the right person to advise musicians what they should do I think that everyone
should do exactly what they feel like doing and it deals with everything be it like musical
theory or whatever you know just do whatever you feel like doing that’s it you know I have
no theory at all and I don’t think that I will ever learn to read notes I did a couple
of times but you know my brain basically rejects that kind of knowledge so I don’t force myself
to I mean the same goes for me with math I have like a serious problem with math you
know it’s just not me it’s not my energy so I give up I gave up like several times so
I don’t give a fuck but if you feel like doing that just go ahead you know it might enrich
you in many ways but then on the other hand you know I’ve got another theory that says
that you know there is a certain knowledge that can actually I am just thinking you know
I am just guessing maybe I am wrong you know but if let’s say guys like some of the classics
you know like Euronymous of Mayhem or let’s take Varg Vikernes you know they are all like
self taught musicians you know they have no theory they didn’t know how to read notes
but still they put out the records like De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas or Filosofem I am just
naming two of them you know but there are plenty of musicians within the extreme metal
genre that have no theory but they made milestones of the genre and I am guessing that if they
had known the theory they would never ever commit to those kinds of records they would
never ever have made it but maybe I am just wrong


  • Sahil Makhija says:

    That is an interesting way to look at it. I think the greatest musicians have a message, they are fearless and they are unapologetic in their approach. I think very few people are truly artistic to the point where they are the ones who create the scene rather than be part of it. But I think for the average musician, which most of us are, the theory is just something to create a larger vocabulary with which to express yourself. 🙂

  • Vic Rattlehead says:

    He's like a good & non racist version of Varg Vikernes. Very good speaker.

  • Riffs From The Abyss 666 says:

    music theory is fluid and allows the musician to articulate creativity. it's not a set of laws that hamper creativity. if the old school Norwegian black metal musicians had some theory behind harmony, trust me their music would only have that much more impact.

  • Luke Martin says:

    behemoth your a awesome person and you inspire me a lot keep doing what you do man

  • Júlio Salotti says:

    I agree with him

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  • domeanik says:

    Dum dum dum dum dum!

  • John Prentice says:

    As a musician, trying to play with other musicians who don't know any theory is very frustrating. Play with a few drummers who can't keep time and bassists who can't play in key then tell me about how theory "hampers creativity".

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