Interviews: FEAR DISEASE

This is a new interview with the Extreme Metal band FEAR DISEASE from Belgium. Check out the entire interview and give them a follow on their FACEBOOK PAGE

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

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): The band started under a different name in 2014. At first, we were named ‘Limbo’. We released a self-made demo album in 2017 that featured a song called ‘Fear Disease’ in which the lyrics draw a parallel between the state of mind of pathologically living in fear and the fear of contracting the disease. When we signed with Wormholedeath there was a problem with the name because it had already been used by another band. That’s when we decided to change it. We tried to come up with new ideas until Jonas suggested using the title of the song ‘Fear Disease’ as our new name. We all liked it and thought it sounded cool as a band name. So we went for it. Mind you this was all still during the pre-covid era. So you could say it was a prophetic name choice.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): It’s a combination of different reasons. Not only is it just fun to play aggressive high adrenaline-inducing music, but it’s also a form of therapy to exorcize any dark, fucked up, or anti-societal sentiments we might have. This type of music can get quite challenging to play at times, which pushes our skills at our instruments and helps us grow as musicians as well. Personally, I also feel like this is the genre that I naturally gravitate towards. So that’s the kind of music that just happens to come out of me.

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

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Mathias and I are brothers so obviously we already knew each other. When we started looking for other musicians to join us in 2014 we played with a couple of our friends, but it never evolved into something more than just occasionally getting together to jam. I had come across Jonas’s Facebook profile before and remembered he played guitar and lived near us. In 2015 I sent him some of our music and asked if he would be interested in possibly forming a new band with us. When he came over to our practice room to try out we immediately had good chemistry and he’s been with us ever since. At that time I had also invited the bass player of the band I had been in prior. He was in the band for about half a year, but it wasn’t really working out so we parted ways. The next 2 months I spent looking for a new bass player online, messaging anybody from past and present bands in the area. It was very hard to find someone. When I was at the end of my options, one of the bass players I had contacted told me that he didn’t play anymore, but that I should try Cas who had been the guitar player in their band. So I messaged him, sent him some music and later we met in our rehearsal room. We were very impressed with his playing and during the tryout, I remember looking over at the other guys and nodding in agreement with a smile on our faces because we had found the missing piece of the puzzle. So as of August 2016, this has been our line-up.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): If we can only pick one band then Mathias would go for Sepultura. I would too, particularly in the Max Cavalera era. For Cas it’s Gojira and Jonas’s vote would go to Avenged Sevenfold.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Musically Cas’s inspiration comes from the bands he listens to as well as the music from the orchestra in which he plays. At any given moment an idea can just pop up and become a building block for a new song. Jonas usually lets his own thoughts and emotions drive him to create music. I personally like to sit down with my guitar, clear my head and play whatever comes to mind, and just let it flow naturally. If I hear something I like, I use it as a starting point and come up with matching parts until I have a full song. As far as lyrics go I get ideas from subjects that either piss me off, are dark and interesting, or things from personal experience. The themes of the lyrics really depend on the vibe of the song and the mental pictures the music evokes.

6. Where was your last gig?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Our last gig was at The Pebbles bar in Hamont, Cas’s hometown.

7. Where would you like to act?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): We would like to play many different places in many different countries. But of course, playing big festivals like Wacken and Graspop would be awesome.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): We’re open to playing with all kinds of bands across the heavier genres of metal.

9. Who not?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Nickelback or Justin Bieber.

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

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): We’ve all had stage fright, particularly with our first gigs. We still get anxious right before we go on stage. But as soon as we start playing it fades and we just enjoy the moment. A tip would be to just zone out in your head and convert that feeling of being nervous into energy and adrenaline and use that to put on a good show.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Mathias first got into the metal with Iron Maiden and later drew inspiration mainly from Igor Cavalera’s drumming in Sepultura and his other projects, which helped him in developing his own style. Cas’s influences include Gojira, Jinjer, Carcass, Behemoth, Watain, In Flames, At the gates, Tool, Death, and Korn, who had a direct impact on his slap bass playing. Jonas’s musical background ranges from Metallica to Creed, Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, and As I lay Dying. As for me, in terms of guitar playing as well as vocals I’m mostly influenced by Max Cavalera’s bands Sepultura, Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy but also Slayer, and Cannibal Corpse have had an undeniable impact on me. I think my vocal style is largely inspired by George Fisher from Cannibal Corpse and Corey Taylor from Slipknot as well. On our song ‘Victimized’ there is also a clean passage in which I do speak word/whispered vocals that are very much influenced by Cradle of Filth.

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

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): So far we hadn’t had any particularly weird encounters with fans. But we’re all receptive to it.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): We love our fans and look forward to making new ones in the wake of our debut album’s release on 2 September.

14. What do you think of our site?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): We think it’s cool that you help spread the word about new developments in the heavy music scene and give bands the needed exposure.

15. Something to add?

Hans Paesen (rhythm guitar & vocals): Thank you for the interview. Make sure to check out our debut album ‘Floodgates’ which will be released through Wormholedeath records on 2 September and keep supporting metal \m/

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