ADAM THE APOSTATE
”A look into the life of one of the most controversial figure in extreme music today”
In the realm of contemporary music, Adam “Nergal” Darski surely needs no further introduction. Yet the guitarist and singer has even made inroads into general pop culture and shaped social discourse, all the while not moving away an iota from the underground ethos his ongoing career is based on.
Rising from his humble beginnings in Cold-war Poland to global fame with his band Behemoth, striving for musical excellence throughout the ignominies of life-threatening illness and dubious legal battles, staying deeply spiritual and focused during even the most casual appearances in mundane limelight, it is safe to say the 1977-born has many faces, the sum of which defies categorization. Satanist or dexterous money spinner? Academically certified historian or shallow media figure? Inspired and inspiring spokesperson of a generation or mere agent provocateur? Make your guesses …
Now with a degree of success that is matchless in extreme heavy metal as one of the most vicious fields of art, diverse business ventures and public roles, after conquering leukemia, becoming the subject of not one but two biographical books and making a case in court for freedom of both speech as well as religious belief, the renaissance man opens up for a candid, unapologetic portrait of the multi headed beast that he is.
CLAUDIO MARINO & ARTAX FILM
”A true master of the dark arts who possesses incredible vision”
Artax Film was founded in 2014 by creative director Claudio Marino with the firm goal to explore his interest in peripheral culture through professional film production. He created his first short documentary ’Ink, Blood and Spirit’, a personal success that earned him several prizes.
During the next two years, he followed up with ’Fight, Blood and Spirit’ and ’Music, Blood and Spirit’, completing a trilogy that established Artax’ thematic spectrum. After that chapter Claudio realized several music videos while, eventually having another film festival hit with the arthouse-oriented documentary ‘Cold Void’ in 2017.
Shortly afterwards he travelled to Poland for his biggest project to date: ‘Adam the Apostate’.
Claudio have worked with extreme metal bands such as Behemoth, Entombed AD., Ghost, Marduk and Watain.
Some quotes about the film:
”The best new music doc I’ve seen this year!”
- Tobias Forge (GHOST)
"Claudio has again proven to be a beacon of limitless proportions."
- Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING)
"Simply one of the best documentaries you’ll ever see, loved every minute!"
- Gary Holt (SLAYER, EXODUS)
"Claudio is a master of dark and elegant story-telling"
- Erik Danielsson (WATAIN)