Interviews: Pestilength

Welcome to our interview with Pestilength, a Death Metal and Black Metal band hailing from Spain. Known for its intense and aggressive sound, Pestilength has been making waves in the underground metal scene since its formation in 2015. With influences ranging from classic black metal to modern death metal, the band has created a unique and compelling style that is sure to appeal to fans of extreme metal. To stay updated on their latest news and releases, be sure to follow Pestilength on their Facebook page.
1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The band name is something natural. The corrosion of pestilent landscapes and their endless unknown boundaries portray our music. There is always a swampy, dark cold universe in the music, so Pestilength was a good choice.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We have been playing it since our teenage years then evolved and learnt the balance of everything we learnt, mistakes, achievements, etc. From the very beginning, we wanted to deliver our own musical dialect. The perspectives are wider than we thought, horizontal thinking and letting the extreme music flow from the rehearsal room until reaching the studio stages.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

N. and I know each other for many years, we always thought that it could be a good idea to gather forces, but at that time I was far away to make it happen. We chatted for a while and had a few drinks, and the rest came smoothly; I tried other drummers before although they were good, not as good as N., he has a great envision and performance behind the drumkit. In addition, verbal communication to describe patterns, riffs and goals to reach with songs is crucial. This makes it all happen.

4. Each band member's favourite band?

N.´s favourite bands are Arkhon Infaustus, Polluted Inheritance, Death and too many to mention. Regarding my side, my one to go is Morbid Angel, Molested, Bestial Warlust, Exmortem (first album only). It is hard to say only a single band but is more than comprehensible that pillars are the pillars.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I mostly try to add Old English words and weird phonemes to the lyrics, which are quite obvious they take their behaviour to draw those whirlwinds of rotten landscapes and non-human entities met with them. Musically speaking riffs require power and certain emotion in different moments, that is the reason why we do not feel chained to orthodox patterns of the genre, if the riffs and drums are solid we go straightforward forward, and unstoppable. As I pointed out above, verbalising the route of the songs is important and relevant to us. We often describe riffs/parts as cold/hot, dark coloured/bright coloured or more air or choking feeling. N. is conservatory taught and I am self-taught in musical terms. 

6. Where was your last gig?

Good question, we have never played live but we are thinking about it and recruiting a third member to make it happen. It is not something that urges but we would appreciate playing live someday if conditions are the right ones, we had offers in the past. Imagery, lighting and effects are mandatory for this subgenre. Also, it may sound redundant but the stage performance must be unique or at least intense and memorable to show the audience our intentions on stage.

7. Where would you like to act?

Worldwide if the right steps are taken, we are open to offers until the right ones appear. In the meantime, we will keep delivering and crafting our art until our bones break.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Hard to answer, there are tons of bands we would like to share visions with, Leviathan, Defacement, Mortiferum, Convulsing, Heresiarch, Gudveiki, Concrete Winds, Dead Congregation, Altars and the list goes on.

9. Whom not?

Sorry but no idea. We never thought about it. Way better to think about whom we want with to than whom not.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Never, just the first gig in my life, I was like 20 or so, placed my right hand in the wrong position and by half the set, I realized that I had an exploded bloody blister... played the first two riffs and nerves disappeared. Secondly, when I played as a session guitarist, felt nervous but natural excitement at equal parts, the show was tight thought and planned in our brains, so no problem, great show, tighter playing. Regarding tips, I would suggest planning the show with precision, proper timing and staying focused. If the music is solid and practice was done right, nothing should fail.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As I stated before, we all have influences but at the end of the day, when rehearsals happen we feel immersed inside our chamber of ideas, noises, and horrors, that's probably the reason for our particular style.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing weird happened yet. I guess the fans understand and see Pestilength the same way we do, an entity with two individuals who speak through music from the depths. Supporters know where they are entering when the music starts.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They normally have a wide spectrum of musical tastes and that's enriching. They are kind and if our music makes them go crazy, that's great. We are grateful to have met great fans and share thoughts, anecdotes, etc. with them. it is highly appreciated.

14. What do you think of our site?

It is quite nice. I enjoy the part reviewing albums track by track. Nowadays, more mainstream music or even certain genres just focus on isolated songs, also some listeners do not stop to enjoy the whole story of the album. The bands I enjoy most are because their albums are rounded, a cycle within cycles. So, to me, that is the root of it. A book is not meant to get a few pages to read or, a painting takes a certain portion of it. Albums obtain the same characteristics and behaviours, to be enjoyed as a whole.

15. Something to add?

I enjoyed answering this interview and thanks for it. We still have a few Lp copies left of our sophomore album "Basom Gryphos" released by Nuclear Winter and Sentient Ruin Laboratories. News coming soon regarding new sonic material and a third album is taking shape. Keep enjoying extreme music and writing for your admirable site, thanks.

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