Interview with Equimanthorn (Guitars, bass)
Interview conducted by Chris Mitchell (Desolate Gale)
Date online: September 6, 2004
Greetings, how are things Equimanthorn?
For those that are unfamiliar with Pest will you provide us with a quick history of the band?
Me and Necro started up the shit in '97, and it's still just the two of us. We have released a couple of demos ("In Eternity Skyless", "Black Thorns"), two mcd/mlp ("Blasphemy is my Throne", " Daušafęrš") and one full-length ("Desecration").
Which bands have influenced Pest's music?
Bathory along with the old Norwegian elite in the late 80/ early 90's.
There is an obvious Darkthrone influence in your music, any particular reason for choosing to play Black Metal in this style versus something along the lines of Emperor or Immortal?
We want our music to be as minimalistic and raw as possible. No overdramatic keyboardparts and so on. The first three Immortal releases are damn good and I think they have been a source of inspiration as well as the Darkthrone albums. Concerning Emperor, "In the nightside eclipse"for example, is a really great album as well but that style wouldn't fit into our concept at all.
What is your reason for wanting to create music? Who do you create it for?
It's for my own interest in the first hand, to create something that I could imagine listen to myself. And I need to have my mind focused on doing something constructive, or perhaps destructive..
Where does Pest stand on the following:
We don't stand to close to them if we can avoid it...
B) National Socialism
I detest all forms of politics.
A form of collective brainwashing that has kept the sheeps blinded throughout the ages.
It's quite inhabited by humans around here, so it's already fucked up pretty badly.
What is your opinion on the recent Suicidal Black Metal trend? Bands such as Xasthur, Leviathan, and Abyssic Hate.
I haven't really listened to any of the bands mentioned, perhaps one song each with Xasthur and AH, but they didn't impress me too much. But I really can't judge them yet.
What are your top 5 favorite albums?
Best album all times must be "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" followed by "Panzerfaust". After that I really don't know in what order I would place the rest. But it would be some of the albums by Bathory and Burzum.
What would be some of the pro's and con's of Black Metal becoming "mainstream":
It wouldn't be any pro's at all. This music is intended for only a few. On the other hand it will never become mainstream since "normal" people aren't exactly filled to the brim with good taste, if you know what I mean.
If tomorrow was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
That covers all my questions, feel free to add anything you want.<|p>
Thanx for the interview. Keep your eyes open for our upcoming full-length on No Colours Records this winter.
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