Interviews: Plague Weaver

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Black Metal band, Plague Weaver from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

RM – I was always into medieval history. One of the things that had a big impact on the world at the time was the plague. It completely changed the understanding of death, religion, etc. It corresponded with the music I was making – black metal with a lot of doom influences.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

JC – I grew up listening to death metal, and found black metal to be a more liberating experience to write and perform. I love the unrelenting brutality and precise delivery of death metal, but black metal has always been a more effective cathartic release, as well as a more effective medium for the aesthetic choices I find myself going after.

RM – It's a natural continuation of everything I've done before. What I'm creating now in Plague Weaver contains everything I've always wanted in music.

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

No. We joined forces during the early writing process of ‘Ascendant Blasphemy’.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

JC – Picking one favorite is tough. I’m really into Imperial Triumphant, Akercocke, and Tomb Mold right now.

RM – Triptykon/Celtic Frost (especially ‘Monotheist'), old Samael, all Greek metal like Varathron, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, and Acherontas. I also like lot of old school Death Metal, and Doom metal. Really just a lot of bands who maintain a common denominator – atmosphere.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

JC – I’d really like to borrow a phrase here, and just reply with ‘Satan’. RM – Inspiration comes from various sources - music, literature, film, philosophy, occult, life ... Everything above creates a kind of environment where I can cultivate my ideas for music. It's strictly personal space and it's hard to explain how it works - it comes naturally.

6. Where was your last gig?

Plague Weaver has not played live yet. We were preparing to build a bigger lineup when the global pandemic hit. We will be ready for live performance when the time comes!

7. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

JC – The first time I played in a metal band on stage, my legs shook uncontrollably for the first two songs. I had never felt that level of worry before, and it was very strange, to say the least. The only thing that pulled me through that first set was focusing on the music. My tip for a first-time performer is this: Practice, and make sure you’re prepared. If you know you’re prepared, remind yourself of that every time you feel that worry on stage. For the period of time that you’re up there, you are the master of that stage – and you wouldn’t be there if you didn’t know your stuff!

RM – My first show was a long time ago. Fortunately, I drank enough to avoid any sensation of worry or nervousness. I applied for the same medicine for the next few shows, and eventually got used to the stage. 8. What bands have inspired you the most? See the 'favourite bands' question. Both of us are inspired by any band capable of creating diabolical music.

9. What do you think of your fans?

RM - I think it's just symbiosis - both sides need each other. Without fans, our music would just be on my hard drive. ‘Ascendant Blasphemy’ is huge step in our musical journey, and I’m hoping our fans will travel with us.

10.What do you think of our site?

This is our first contact with Breathing the Core webzine. The website looks great, and it also looks like you’re covering a lot of metal subgenres. It could be easy to get lost looking at all these bands’ content!

11.Something to add?

Thanks for checking in with us! ‘Ascendant Blasphemy’ is out on February 26th! Stop by our Bandcamp to check it out. Follow us on Youtube/Twitter/Facebook for more updates!

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