PEST: Interview with Equimanthorn
www.pest666.cjb.net MCD: "Dauðafærð"
interview by Haavard Holm__
courtesy of Haavard Holm and Metal-Norge
HUMANITY IS A DESEASE
aren't many Black Metal bands of today that catch my interest I must
admit, but just once in a while there are those few that have the powers
I don’t think about it too much, and I think the Finnish ones have split
up so it’s just we and the Germans left I guess. Of course it was kind
of disturbing at first when we realized that there were other bands with
the same name as us. But since we had been playing together quite some
time then we didn’t feel like changing it because of that. It´s not the
first time in history that different bands use the same name. It’s up to
the people buying records to be more observant.
did you decide to call the band Pest ?
sounds like Black Metal. It’s a symbol of misery and death.
has been active now since 1997 and your first work was a MLP and CD titled
"Blasphemy is My Throne". It took you quite
I guess things went a bit slow the first years due to various reasons.
There was one period when we lived in totally different parts of Sweden
wich made it kind of hard to do songs together, and I think the band was
pretty much put on ice then for a while. But we recorded three demos
during 98 and 99 so we weren’t completely dead anyway.
has the bands sound developed since 1997 until today, in your own opinion
sounds like we actually know what we are doing now ... The music have
definitely become harder, colder and darker through the years.
first fullength album was "Desecration" though, then you had
changed to No Colours Records in Germany, which is maybe
we had released ”Blasphemy is my Throne” through Bloodstone, we
realized that things went quite slow with that label, so we decided to try
something else. No Colours was the first label that came to mind that we
knew released old school Black Metal, and had some years in the business.
So we sent a copy of the ”Desecration” recording to the labelboss and
he thought it was some killer shit and couldn’t resist releasing it...
This far I must say that things have went very smooth with this label, the
records have been released in time and he has paid for the studiocosts for
both ”Dauðafærð” and our upcoming full-length without arguing too
in my ears is a good mix of many of the older bands from the early 90s,
especially then DarkThrone and Burzum are two
Yes I think we have. But since the bands you mentioned along with Bathory and Mayhem for example, have created the purest form of Black Metal ever, it would be quite strange if there weren’t any similarities at all between us and them. I on the other hand don’t think we sound as much Darkthrone as people keep telling us, of course they are a sorce of inspiration, but it’s not like we are trying to copy them. The main thing we have in common is probably the utter minimalism when it comes to songwriting, at least on ”Desecration”.
on the follow-up MCD to "Desecration", namely "Daudafærd",
you did in my ears the best work to date with a 1 single song of 20
minutes called "Lifit es Daudafærd". More depressive than any
of your material, but certainly not less Black Metal either....
I´m pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The original idea was just
to do a more epic song with a length of thirteen minutes or so, that we
would include on a full-length. But since it got so damn long and had a
different atmosphere than our other tracks, we thought that the best thing
to do was releasing it as a MCD, containing nothing else than just this
song. It was quite a challenge to do it, but creating tracks of this kind
is probably not something we will do in the future.
"Lifit es Daudafærd" is in ancient Swedish... How come, and
what is the song really about?
reason was to do the song even more different than the others, and in some
part to include a piece of the past in it. We have made one version with
English lyrics as well, wich is included on the B-side of the MLP. The
English translation for the title is ”Life is a journey of death” wich
pretty much sums up what the track is all about.
graphical aspect of Pest is very limited, like with most bands in this
genre. Have you ever thought to use anything different than the
black and white covers suits us best I think. Since our music is
minimalistic and cold I don’t think a coloured cover would be the best
choice. I guess it could be seen as a kind of trademark, but then again
not, if you have in mind that some of the best albums ever made have
coloured and/or painted covers, refering to albums of Bathory, Mayhem etc.
as the older bands of the genre you wear the typical corpse-paint. Do you
feel also this to be a trademark that you have to take care
guess this could be seen as quite worn out once in a while, but for us
it’s a part of the whole damn concept.
thing you probably will not agree with me in, but on the
"Desecration" album it was written behind it "No Trends -
No Repentance - No Mercy - No
you are right, I don’t agree...
do you think of the Black Metal genre of today ? Do you listen to other
forms of music besides the typical Black Metal ?
think the genre is lightyears away from what it has been, and I seldom
find a new band that really leave a mark in my head. Sure, I listen to
various forms of metal like but I prefer older releases here as well.
Things used to be better...
speaking between Norway and Sweden... Who is the better ?
it’s probably the same shit, but I think I have to choose Norway as the
winner. But we are about to change that right now...
versus CD... What's the preference ? Considering the "Daudafærd"'
MLP it also has a bonustrack, so I would guess vinyl ?
vinyl sound suites Metal, and especially BM, like a glove. And the covers
look better as well. A LP feels more like a real record than a CD, even
though I have to admit that a CD could be more practical in certain
know you are now working on your new album that is scheduled in the end of
the year, where will that album take Pest ? Will it be a musical
progression to what you did
on the "Daudafærd" MCD ?
will take us as well as the listener straight to Hell. It will be quite
the opposite of ”Dauðafærð”, which will make us loose all of our
new fans, which is good since we don’t want to become too popular ha
ha... We have already
recorded most of it, except for the vocals on some tracks, and it sounds
like it will be something far beyond the ordinary. Eight intense tracks
reeking of really old, ugly Black Metal.
will then be the 3rd release to be released in just over a year from the
band, are you concerned about such a high productivity, that it can
no. ”Desecration” was recorded in November 2002 (even though it
wasn’t released until almost one year later). So we have worked with our
new songs ,parallel with ”Dauðafærð” of course, pretty much since
then. We would not torture ourselves by going into a studio, if we
didn’t think that we had material that was good enough.
and why will we see the end of the world ?
I hope. Why? Because there is no alternatives. Humanity is a disease that
must be wiped out.
I won't be more in the way of your current recordings of the new album, so
thank you for the interview and have the best of luck for the future!
thanx to you and Metal Norge for the support.
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