Sunday, July 28, 2013

Interview with Hellpreacher Johnny d,j of Merciless Onslaught&Pestilential Rites Radio shows. done by Patrick 7-28-13

Metal Hails!!
Here is a interview I have conducted with a guy from Texas d.j HellPreacher Johnny! who does the radio shows "Merciless Onslaught"{which is a mix of black,death,thrash and random styles} and a second show called "Pestilential Rites" {which is mainly supports old-school black metal!!!} both are excellent shows and can be heard on Brutal Existence Radio you can get the show times for the shows as well many other of BER'S shows at the BER web-site. {Link at bottom of interview!}
hope you all enjoy the interview,keep supporting the true warriors of the underground scene
Patrick



Interview  with Hellpreacher Johnny d.j Of Merciless Onslaught and Pestilential Rites radio shows on BER.done by Patrick



1.Metal hails  Johnny! thanks for taking the  time to do this  interview with me.How is  life treating you in Texas? Please  tell the readers little about yourself.
 
Hey Patrick, no problem glad to do an interview. Life in Texas is hot as fuck! but still fucking great. Well I'm HellPreacher from San Antonio. TX and I host 2 shows on Brutal Existence Radio and always looking for killer bands to play on them.
 
 
 


2.When  did you first discover the music  we all know and love known as metal? Was it long until you discovered  the  underground?
 
Damn discover wouldn't be the word cause my family kind of played lots of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate etc. etc. my whole life including lots of other non metal stuff as well but the metal was always there so I guess we can go with 8 years old when I first got an Unleashed in the East cassette from my uncle for my birthday. It took me awhile to dig deeper for other killer shit probably about 5 years or so. Think listening to a college radio show called Thursday Night Metal Show helped me with some bands.
 
 
3.Who  were  some of  the first metal  bands that you  discovered? Who  are some of your  current favorite bands?
 
Hmm was already listening to the usual growing up like Deep Purple, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Metal Church, Motorhead so on and so on but out on my own venture searching for bands at local record shops I found bands like At War, Nuclear Assault, Satan, Hallows Eve and of course Sodom, Destruction & Kreator. As for current favorite bands just too many to list but here are a few: Witchaven, Ketzer, Power From Hell, Mongrel's Cross, Weaponizer, Whipstriker, Bestial Holocaust, Moon, Children of Technology man I could just keep listing bands but I'll stop there. People will have to just tune into my shows for more of my favorites.
 
 
4.I  believe you told me this August will be the  third year  anniversary  for your show  "Merciless Onslaught" on Brutal  Existence Radio.  What  gave you the idea to try your  hand at  being a radio dj?Is Merciless Onslaught your first show?  How did you come across Brutal Existence Radio?
 
 
Yes you're correct, August 13 marks my 3rd year with Brutal Existence Radio and is my first ever show. Earlier I mentioned that Thursday Night Metal Show on KSYM (college radio) well at that time Tone Control was DJing and he played so much great bands, made me want to do the same and now I am but Jeff Wirth from the band Iniquitous is the one that helped with pushing me to do a show. He introduced me to Brutal Existence Radio in 2010 and said I should DJ for them, I was always promoting bands on my "Band of the Day" no one even heard of so doing the DJ thing would help spread the bands I liked to others that enjoy blasting killer metal at maximum volume. Didn't even listen to any online radio ever but BER just had me hooked with its awesomeness I had to do a show.
 
 
 
5.For  the  readers  who have never had the chance to hear Merciless Onslaught yet what styles of metal do you mainly play on your show?
 
Anyone that hasn't heard my show yet I play almost every style of music either it be Black, Death, Thrash, Grind, Doom, Hardcore etc. etc. but mainly I play a lot of Black/Thrash Death & Thrash you know to give that true punch to the face a Merciless Onslaught haha!
 
 
 

6.Also  on  Merciless Onslaught you have a really cool segment where you pick a "classic" demo and play it in it's entirety  when  did you start doing this? How has the response been so far? Who are some bands you have featured so far?
 
 
Yeah just recently decided to do that segment on the Onslut, started on June 21st but did play some last year (Sextrash & Incubus). So far its been old demos but I will also be featuring new bands, already did Womanthrower but that was before the segment. It has been good response so far since some demos you can't find online anymore and listeners rare shit. As this demo feature continues the rarer the demos and EPs get. So far I've only featured Fleshgrind, Corpse Molestation, Vader, Hobbs' Angel of Death & Preacher
 
 
 
7.In your opinion what makes  a good radio show? And what would you say are the easiest and the hardest things about  running your radio shows?
 
Good radio show huh? um I wouldn't know since I have a shitty radio show but I guess it depends on what type of show you do, DJ probably has to be funny and interesting and talk about the band with info on tours new albums and whatnot be the news for the listeners that are too lazy to search haha! Easiest thing doing my show is waiting for it to start and hardest would be preparing and talking on air cause I really don't like to talk (yes I don't like talking but became a radio DJ){ha,ha Johnny I agree I Hate Talking as well so that's why I do zines-patrick this is why you get more music and less of me talking. oh also uploading the show is a bitch sometimes hahah!!
 


8.Would you have any advice  for anyone who  might be  thinking of trying to start up their  own radio show sometime  soon?
 
Not really but only start a show if you want to really do a show cause I've seen so many shows come and go and I've only done this for 3 years, most couldn't do it every week and they just end up quitting oh yeah also have a big collection of music not just a couple albums everyone already has. 
 
 
9.Besides  Merciless Onslaught you have a second  show dedicated to old-school,pure black metal "Pestilential Rites".When  did you  start up  this show?How  has the response  been so far?
 
Yeah the second show lol Pestilential Rites is the Black Metal show I decided to do cause I wanted to play the long ass 15 minute songs I didn't want to play on the Onslaught and perfect time cause it was last year right before my 2nd year anniversary when it started it as a gift to myself (being a dumbass). Turns out people really love the show and I'm surprised they did cause I wasn't playing anything too special just some killer BM songs new and old. It has given the bands Moon & Torture Chain new fans as those two are the most requested besides USBM songs from Rubin (Blitzkrieg in the chat) who has been there for all the shows.
I like to point out that Pestilential Rites will have an end cause I write down my playlists in a 70 sheet notebook and decided once the notebook is full I would end it. Right now as I do this interview 30 pages remain. Oh yeah last episode will be a 12 hour Ritual so don't want to miss that.


10.If any bands or labels are reading this and are interested in possibly  submitting promo's for air-play where can they send it?
 
bands and labels can send an email to me at hellpreacher@brutalexistenceradio.com
this also goes to anyone that wants links and playlists to my shows or info on bands I played
 
 
 
11.You live in the great state of Texas which has always had a great metal scene for both black and death metal scenes.But I was wondering what is your opinion of your  states  current metal scene?
 
 
Yep we have some of the most killer bands but usually always overlooked just like the old school Texas bands. Current metal scene in Texas is getting stronger with Houston putting out some of the most killer bands today, local shows seem to have a little less people than before cause of all their drama bullshit but hey less fun for you and more fun for me, also people should not get scared when a circle pit breaks out you fucking pussies. As I'm always told "Texas scene in the 80s was the best and will never be like that again". 
 
 
 

12.Who are some of your all time favorite Texas bands?Any new texas bands you feel the readers should  keep an eye out  for?
 
 
 
All time favorite TX bands for me would be Hellpreacher, Morbid Scream, Absu, S.A. Slayer, Fearless Iranians From Hell, Blood Spill, D.R.I., Apocalyptic Horror, Imprecation, Death Tripper, Militia and of course Necrovore!
For newer TX bands you sluts are going to like if you haven't yet heard checkout Plutonian Shore, Hod, Sturmgewehr, Emperial Massacre, H.R.A., Birth A.D., Morgengrau, Burial Shroud, Flesh Hoarder, Vaginal Bear Trap, Steel Bearing Hand, Hexlust & Satanik Goat Ritual. I know I could keep naming lots of bands cause we have TONS of them and if anyone wants more Texas bands just hit me up and I can continue this list.
 
 
13.In your  opinion what is the best  and the  worst thing about  the  underground today? And  what does the  term underground  metal  mean to you?
 
 
Best and Worst thing today is the INTERNET, yes we can find and hear bands faster than before but just like that they won't be "underground" you also get people trying to follow a trend and fit in with the crowd and thats not Metal at all. Underground is lost to the hipsters lol I don't know just seems like underground means shit and will be for awhile as nunthing is truly "underground". To me its a person underground metalhead the ones that are at every fucking show either it be a local show, house show, mini fest in a shitty venue not complaining about anything and just living and blasting music, Fuck Everything and Fuck Everyone
 
 
 

14.When you need to  take a break from your  radio-shows and th net.  what  do you enjoy doing in your  spare time?
 
 
Always listening to music on spare time, going to shows every time and playing Battlefield cause I like being antisocial most of the time. Friend of mine takes me hiking, those were cool times but fucking get tired going uphill. Getting back on drums to kick some ass soon I hope as that will be something to talk about next time.
 
 
 
15.Well  Johnny  thank you again for filling this out  hope it wasn't too long for you?  do you have any  final comments for the  readers?
 
 
No problem bro I probably could have kept going on some questions but I would go off topic haha! I had final comments but I forgoat what I was going to say so checkout Brutal Existence Radio and my show and hear some killers bands you might have not heard before and also the Merciless Onslaught facebook page for a new site TBA where everything from Merciless Onslaught, Pestilential Rites & Merciless Models will be at together in one place. Thanks again and everyone keep on desecrating.
 
 
to contact Hellpreacher Johnny via email
 
 
to  get the Show-times for Both of Johnny's great shows {as well as many others} check out the "official" Brutal Existence Radio web-site.
 
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interview with Beyond done by Patrick 7-23-13

Metal Hails!!
This is a fairly new band out of the bowels of Germany's underground scene and what band!! playing HEAVY,intense old-school death metal that will crush any and all in their path but trust me it will be worth it one listen to their debut LP "Fatal  Power Of Death" on  the Mighty  Iron Bonehead Rec. and you will be hooked while most people are either trying to be the most technical or whatever or the other half the "scene" is  talking and complaing Beyond  just go  out and play!!  so if you enjoy heavy,crushing death metal with no  frills or complex shit just  PURE FUCKING DEATH then buy Beyond's  debut LP "Fatal Power Of Death" today!! also should be available on  cassette by the time you read this.
metal regards,
Patrick
.Metal hails! Please introduce the members of the band to the  readers.How  would  you best describe Beyond's music  to the readers  who  have  never heard it?

We're currently only two guys in the band: Roland vocals/guitar and myself guitar/bass. That's pretty simple to describe: A raging intercity train that destroys everything in it's way. Fast and furious death metal the way it has to be played. Raw aggression and black morbid feel. Attacking the listener right into the stomach with real punishing manpower. Nothing less than that.

2.Beyond  just  released their debut LP "Fatal Power Of Death" through the Iron Bonehead Rec. how did the band  come in contact with the label?
Initially Beyond was supposed to record the „Enter Transcendence“ EP on Detest Records. The label sadly folded before anything was recorded. Since most if not all bands he had signed went to several accompanied labels, thus a continuative deal was established between Iron Bonehead and Beyond. We recorded and released both the EP and now the LP on Iron Bonehead.


3.How  long  did it take the  band to write the songs for the debut LP.? 

If you consider that we had re-recorded two demo songs and the fact that alot of the material was already old (i.e. the titletrack is like 5 years old already) – you can pretty much sum it up to half a decade. The newest three tracks were written in a few months and one song was thrown away before entering the studio.

4.When  the begins working on a new song how long does it take to usually complete a song?Does the whole band work one music or does one or two members handle all of the music writing?

Both of what you considered applies to our methods of songwriting. There were songs like the titletrack that were written both by the guitarist Nico and Roland way before Beyond existed and also bits that Roland completely created on his own. However all pieces needed to be rehearsed, completed and perfected by the whole band so even the most dictated songs have a lot of blood by the others in them.

5.How has the response been from the press and the fans to the  "Fatal Power Of Death" LP.?

Thoroughly great. Apart from some funny blog writing blokes who misunderstood the album for a modern technical melodic band with keyboards – we've received alot of praising.

6.Does  the band have any upcoming shows or tours in support of the new LP.  or do you all prefer to work in the studio?

Unfortunately not. We are working on a lineup and have to see how this works out.

7.Who  are  some bands that  Beyond  has shared the  stage with?  If you could  set up a dream show/tour  who are some bands{past or present} you  would love to share the  stage with?

I don't remember all of them. I don't really care that much for all the bands that we share the stage with. These guys may be cool fuckers but I don't have to like and watch every band musicially. We played with Nocturnal in Germany and did a farewell festival with lots of ex-Detest bands in Belgium. Take a look at the Hells Pleasure flyer last year, Beyond played there as well.
The second question is a real pain in the ass because there are way too many defunct bands. However I'd rather watch these just for myself than sharing them to others. I also don't have to share the stage with them. Perhaps NECROVORE or even SADISTIK EXEKUTION?

8.In your  opinion  what  does the term  underground  metal  mean  to you ?

I have a different definition to this than most people. My underground „scene“ if you will (I hate that word) are less than ten people that I can call either comrades or close friends. Anything else doesn't exist for me. People are people....

9.Beyond  comes out of  the mighty  German  metal underground so I was curious  what is your opinion of  Germany's  underground  metal scene?

There's nothing mighty about the German metal underground. With the internet and a lot of good festivals happening over here, people always seem to get the impression that this is the heavy metal capitol of the world. Indeed, it is not. Moreover, the underground is the same as in every country. Lots attention whoring, some good music. That's it basically.

10.Who  are some of your  all-time favorite German   metal  bands? Are their any new bands you think the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

If you ask me for a list of German classics, then so be it:
KREATOR, SODOM, DESTRUCTION, PROTECTOR, POISON, ASSASSIN, MINOTAUR, VIOLENT FORCE and so on...
I've lost track on newer bands so you'd have to ask this question to someone else. I like to stick to what I know and most of it doesn't impress me anymore anyway. In my eyes most of these guys are playing way too normal riffs for my taste. I want to die when listening to something (!), not get bored by sad 08/15 attempts of trying to be Asphyx, Incantation or Autopsy. The packaging of all these bands look basically the same to me. I ignore all bands that play this style. We don't need the 3349873247th band that make stupid promo pictures with purple candles, plastic graves and skulls, dildos and whatever.

11.Coming back  to the band for  a moment I have read that Iron Bonehead Rec. will soon release a tape  version of "Fatal Power Of Death" and Necroshine  Rec. will release a cd version. Will these be available to metal fans? Are you happy to  see the release getting  released on these different formats? Do you have a personal favorite format for you enjoy listening to and collecting? cd,vinyl cassette etc.

Strange first question – but yes the album will be available to metal fans. All formats have their right to exist so I'm glad this album is released on every format. I love all formats (I listen to music, not to formats) but for old 80ies metal classics for example, I simply prefer vinyl, because of the sound, stench and the feeling of coming home from a 2nd hand record store and putting this old scary stuff on my turntable. For most new albums it isn't neccessary and only money-making to me. Vinyl these days are made from CD-R master copies and the mixing and mastering is done completely on digital equipment because nobody can afford doing it completely analogue. It's strange to record something completely analogue, promoting you'd only release it on vinyl or tape and yet send a CD-R to the pressing plant (or upload the files, it's the same). Also vinyl re-releases of old classics are useless to me because everything is done from digital source. In this case I rather have it on CD with tons of rare bonus tracks. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a collector whore, I own probably less than most of your readers but there's something wrong to me when I see the pricing of new vinyl these days. But each to his own, I listen to everything from demotapes, vinyl over cds and mp3s. Last but not least we're talking about music here - and at least our album is a real quality release done by Iron Bonehead on all formats and everyone can be glad about this.

12.Are you  or any of the members of Beyond  currently working  with any other bands or side-projects at the moment? If yes please feel free to tell the readers about them if you like

Yes, there's indeed something besides Beyond that had immense work to it for even a way longer time than Beyond actually exists. That's really all that can be disclosed at the moment for the sake of sanity.

13.Thank you all for taking the  time to fill this  interview  out, do you have  any final  comments for the readers before we  end the interview?

Not really besides - if you want to get blown away by a savage and real death metal record then go get your ass destroyed by a lethal copy of „Fatal Power of Death“
 
 
                                                    Label   Contact 
                                          www.ironbonehead.de
 
 
 


Interview with Mike Mccoy owner of The Metal Detector Music Promotions done by patrick 7-23-13

Metal Hails!
Here is a new interview with Mike McCoy who runs  The Metal Detector Music Promotions. It is a fairly new P.R business he has started Mike has worked with Abyss Rec.for a few yrs. and started to doing P.R for the label earlier this year and has decided to expand out and work with other labels,and bands within the scene.So far he is working with Bad God Rec,Stone Magnum,The Bukowski Family, and few others but is always looking for more so if you are a band or label and are looking for a reasonable P.r business/guy to work with/for you defintly check out Mike as he is very dedicated and hard-working.
Patrick And PrimitiveWays web-zine
fiendformetal@live.com



Interview With Mike McCoy   owner of "The Metal Detector Music Promotions"   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello Mike how is your week going man? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.
Hi Patrick, I am a 35 year old Metal Head and that is all anyone would really want to know. I have been working behind the scences for the Underground Metal Music label Abyss Records for the last few years and now I am trying to start up my own PR business The Metal Detector.

2.When did you first start listening  to metal?Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your "current" favorites?
I first got into Metal in 1994, I had heard a few things before then, but only through the main stream and that did not impress me, I guess at the time Metal was kind of going back underground and I didn't stumble upon that until 1994. The first bands that really got my attention were King Diamond / Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden, Dark Tranquillity, Edge of Sanity, Immortal, In Flames, etc...
As far as what I get into now, there is just to much stuff that gets thrown at me on a regular basis that I get overwhelmed, so I tend to stick to the albums that I actual own physical copies of. I have been on a big Entombed kick for the past few months, all their albums are great to me. I listen to alot of the bands that I promote for on a regular basis, especially have been into the new Septekh, Bukowski Family and Nocturne albums lately. And I am always a sucker for pretty much anything that Jorn Lande sings on.

3.I believe you started working for Abyss Rec. a few yrs. ago  how did you meet Dan?{owner of Abyss}
what was your job while working for Abyss for full-time ?
Yes, I have known Dan for close to 20 years now, we meet through a mutual friend and then ended up working at a small factory together for a few years... I still work for/with Abyss Records and plan to continue to do so for as long as possible. Dan runs a great label and distrubution and I like the work. I kind of keep some of the online stuff in order, help run some of the miscellaneous web pages, post reviews, make ads, flyers, promo videos, etc... and help out with whatever I can.

4.You started up "The Metal Detector Music Promotions"  about six months ago I believe.What gave you the idea to start your own promotions business?
Pretty much came down to the opportunity was there, Dan / Abyss Records needed someone to take over their PR responsibilities and I had been working with him for a while and already knew kind of how he likes to run things. It has been a great opportunity for me and I have to thank Dan for suggesting the idea and giving me the chance... After that it just made sense to try to do PR for other bands and labels, so that is how things got started.

5.Are you happy with how everything is turning out so far? I believe in all my years of doing zines you are the first promotions person I have interviewed.So I was wondering what do you feel is hardest and easiest part about your job? How many hours a day/week would you say your working for your bands/labels?
So far so good, sure things could be going better, but for the amount of time I have been doing this full time I am happy so far. I would have to say that the hardest part is trying to stay on the same page with everyone, I deal with alot of people that English is not their first language and being an American myself I  never learned a second language, so I guess communication is the hardest part and the long hours. It is kind of hard to say how many hours a day / week that I spend for each individual band, but I work between 8-12 hours, 6 days a week at minumum. The best thing so far has been that I have gotten to work with some good people, most of the bands / labels / sites / zines / etc. have been very helpful and eager to work with me.

6.Speaking of bands and labels Who are the bands and labels currently working with The Metal Detector Promotions?
I of course work with Abyss Records, but am also promoting for Do Or Die Records, they are a fairly new label out of Chicago and then some other random bands, Bukowski Family and Eshtadur (Colombia)

7.Are you currently looking for new bands and labels to work with you and your promotions company?If  yes  how can the interested bands or labels get in touch with you?
Yes, I am always looking for new bands or labels to work with, anyone interested can email me here:
releasesfromtheabyss@hotmail.com or can contact me through The Metal Detector facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheMetalDetectorMusicPromotions
I work for a fairly low rate for what I can provide and you would be hard pressed to find anyone else that will put the hours and effort in for the rate that I charge.

8.Mike you live in Indianapolis,In  have you lived here most of your life? What is your opinion of the metal scene in your town and state?
I have lived in or around Indianapolis my entire life. I don't get out much anymore, so can't really comment on the local scene to much, but from what I see online it seems to be a little more active then say back 10 years ago.

9.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from Indiana?Are their any new upcoming bands you think the readers should  check out soon?
Like I said before I don't get out alot, so don't even really know very many bands from Indiana, but here are some that I do know and like: Radiation Sickness (Death Metal / Grindcore), Maax (Blackened Thrash Metal), The Gates of Slumber (Doom Metal), Stone Magnum (Doom Metal), Hordes of Nebulah (Black Metal), Bulletwolf (Heavy / Doom Metal).

10.I believe you and I got into the underground same time in late 80's/early 90's. So I was wondering what is your opinion  of the underground scene today compared to 20 or so years ago?
Just like most things in life there are pluses and minuses. I like the fact that I can hear a track from a new album by just jumping online and clicking a few buttons, but I don't like that it seems a large portion of the Metal community is satified with crappy Mp3's, which they propably didn't pay for to begin with. I liked back when I first got into Metal you would hear about a new album a couple months before it came out and you had to wait for it, not go online and try to find a pirated copy of a less then satisfing Mp3. I think that Metal meant more back then. I miss going to the used CD shop and digging through the used CD bin and hoping to find some long lost gem you have been wanting for years. Now you just jump on Ebay or Amazon and if you have enough cash you can find just about anything. I guess being into Metal is just easier now...

11.In your opinion  what is the best and worst thing about the underground?And  what  does the term  "underground  metal" mean  to you?
The best thing about the underground is that it will never go away, it will continue to evolve with the new generations of Metal heads, just hope that I can continue to evolve with it. And the worst is the bands / people that think they are underground but are not. If you have no following it doesn't mean you are underground it probably means you are not that good or that you haven't put out the proper effort to get your name out to the right people.

12.Well Mike  we have  reached the  end of the interview thank you for  taking the time  to fill this out.Do you have any   final comments for the  readers?
Thank you Patrick, I appreciate your continued support... Any bands that are looking to promote for upcoming albums get in touch... And finally want to say please go out and support your favorite Metal bands by picking up physical copies of their albums, if you don't support the bands / labels you like one day they won't be there anymore. Music is a big part of most peoples lives and you should show the bands your appreciation, respect and support them for what they do for you.


If you are band or label interested in working with Mike {or a zine who might be interested in reviewing,interviewing some of Mike's clients!!} you can get in touch with him through.
http://www.facebook.com/themetaldetectormusicpromotions
And any questions can be sent  to..
releasesfromtheabyss@hotmail.com

Interview with Pest done by Patrick 7-23-13

Metal Hails!!
Here is a interview I have done with a dark old-school metal band that refuses to bow down to any trends and just Follow their own path.Sweden's Pest don't really need an introduction but if you enjoy your black metal raw,simplistic with a old-school attitude and sound you won't hear a better band.So pick up Pest's latest release  "The Crowning Horror" through Agonia  Rec.
Keep the flames of metal burning bright!!
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com





Interview with Necro  drummer  for Pest  done  by Patrick


1.Metal  hails Necro! how are things in Sweden for you? Please introduce yourself to the  readers?



 Things are allright. I am one of the two founding members of the blasphemy known as PEST. PEST was babtized in fire and death in the year of 97.




2.At what age did you first discover metal?Who  were some of the first bands you listened to?Who are some of your "current" favorite bands?


 I was 6 years old and got hooked on the ”Under the Blade” album by Twisted Sister. The title track and ”Destroyer” were my favorites, I remember them as really ”dark” and ”scary” tracks. I guess that’s the truth when you are six years of age, at least. I grew up on the country side so I didn’t get ”much help” in discovering new bands that quick. But I soon discovered Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond and so on. When I was 11 I ordered ”Morbid Visions” by Sepultura. Yeah, they went crap, but that album was really harsh and different (even today it sounds weird!) and changed me somewhat. I had never heard such a display of barbaric evil before. It was this album, in combination with the early Morbid Angel records, that made me decide to someday play in a band that was just as evil soundning.
Current, allthough not very active in many cases, favorite bands include; Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Future Tense, Gotham City, Pokolgép, Kat, Brocas Helm, Sarcofagus, Black Hole, Vulcano, Berserks, Drakar, Master’s Hammer and soooo fuckin’ oooonnnn…. I have tons of favorite bands!



3.when did you and the other members of Pest first meet?Was it long until formed the band?What is the current line up?For the readers who have never heard Pest's music how would you describe the music?




 I met Equimanthorn the same year we started PEST – in 1997. We formed a band the same day we met for the first time and we soon left it to form PEST. Our current line-up, for the album, also includes Insulter. He plays the drums on most of the tracks on this release. I first met Insulter in 97 as well, but we got to know eachother around 2005 I think. I was quite often on the road with Nifelheim (the band he played with) the following years, acting as a ”roadie/fixer” and when he eventually asked us for a part in the madness, we decided It was time to let someone new into the band.
It’s hard to describe our music since we aim not to release the same album over and over again. We do what we want. We don’t care what you think. We don’t care about fame, fortune or record sales.



4.Pest  recently released their  new cd "The Crowning Horror" through Agonia Rec.how did you come in contact with Agonia Rec.? Happy with the job they have done so far?


 We sent Filip an email. He wanted to cooperate. So far all is well, he seems to listen to what we think is important. We don’t like to be ripped off so let’s hope he continues to play his cards right.


5.How long did it take the band to write/record the songs for the  new release? How has the response been from the press and  the  fans?


 Quite some time. We started working on the 7” (”Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations”, released in April 2013 by Agonia) and the album in late 2008/early 2009. At some point we realised that it (writing and recording) would take its time this time around, and we felt really ok with that. It shouldn’t be rushed, we had no reason to do so.
We’ve not received any feedback as of yet. The album isn’t released until next month (June 18th and today is May 16th).


6.How often does the band practice/work on new music?When you do start working on a new song how long does it usually take to complete a song?


 This varies very much. I try to start the writing of the next thing to come when we are in the mixing process of the current work. When I usually get a feeling of what has to come.


7.Which usually comes first for a new song the music or lyrics?Speaking of lyrics who usually writes lyrics and what are some topics/subjects you write about?


For me, it usually starts with a concept or a lead guitar riff. Me and Equimanthorn writes the music and the lyrics. The ”topics/subjects” tend to, to the common christian, be of an evil nature … No shit?! Well, you should know that it’s all about darkness and Death by now? The crowning horror, for some …
Anyway, most of the lyrics comes with both the LP and the CD.


8.Pest comes out of the  legendary Swedish metal scene,so I was wondering what is your opinion of Sweden's metal scene today comared to the late eighties/mid nineties?

 It is better now than in early 2000. But I can’t really compare it to the 80’s or early 90’s.


9.Who are some of your all-time favorite Swedish metal  bands?Are their any new metal bands you feel the readers should check out soon?




Old: Bathory, Treblinka, Morbid, Gotham City, Dissection. Nifelheim, Neptune, Explusion, Mefisto ... to mention a few.
New: Black Trip, Dagger … (I am too possessed by the old stuff to manage to keep up!)



10.In your opinion what does the term underground metal mean to you?



 No shortcuts, no trends.



11.Are you or any member of Pest currently working with any other bands/side projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them.



Yes, some underground things. But this interview is for PEST and PEST only.



12.Necro you handle the drums for the band at what age did you start playing drums?Are you self taught or did take lessons when you were younger?




I got my first kit when I was 7. I took lessons from around 89-90 to 92-93, but it was rubbish. They didn’t accept the things I wanted to play. So I quit and didn’t bother playing again until around 97. I am not a skillful drummer, I am chaos with a burning will. But some people seem to actually like my ”style”. From the beginning I had to play the drums, because we had no alternative. I will continue to play, I think, even if Insulter stays with us, I enjoy doing it as much as it frustrates me.



13.Who are some of your  influences/favorite drummers? Do you play any other instruments besides drums?



 I like different kinds of drummers. Pete Sandoval (Pure genious!), Witchhunter (Iron will!), Fenriz (in the old days, when he did exactly what the tracks needed, no more, no less). Mike Mangini is maybe the sickest drummer of them all, but he’s forever doomed to play in shitty bands so you could only enjoy his drum solos really. I also like the perfection of the 70’s drummers, it’s just so fuckin’ perfect!
To answer the second part of your question, I play the guitar as well and I still handle most of the vocals.




14.Well Necro we have reached the end of the interview,thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Do you have any final comments?



 Thanks for the support. Buy the LP, fuck the digital mp3-torture. Hail the darkness, welcome Death! 


To  Order your copy of  Pest-The Crowning Horror from Agonia Rec.  check out the label site here.
www.agoniarecords.com