BLACK PESTILENCE

You ought to check out BLACK PESTILENCE. Anders Ekdahl ©2020

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-The band has grown into something far beyond what I could have imagined when I first started it out as a one-man solo project. I am happy with how things have played out over the past decade of Black Pestilence’s existence. I never thought it would have lasted this long, so I am grateful.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
I am more than satisfied with how “Hail the Flesh” turned out. I am extremely proud of it and would say it is the best Black Pestilence release to date.

Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-Absolutely. I would say Black Pestilence truly found their sound around 2015 and since then have improved on it immensely.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Of course, it is important. Generally, I write about topics including non-theistic Satanism and social issues.

How important is the cover artwork for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-The cover artwork is very important. Not as important as the music but it definitely can help sell or at least attract people to check it out. I’m not sure if the album cover artwork can completely sell an album like in the old days of record and CD stores. Back then I remember just picking a cool looking album cover of a band I had not heard of before and buying it solely off of that. Nowadays, that doesn’t happen as most people discover music online and can easily hear the music before purchasing.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I can only speak for my own experience in Canada. The biggest problem here is the fact that this country is so big and most major cities are nowhere close to each other. Touring is very difficult here. Even if you can reach some major cities, the metal scene might not be that strong. Success is subjective and an ongoing process. I believe we are successful in our own right, but it is something you never stop striving for.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-Have a good visual image. There’s nothing more boring than a band who looks like they are waiting for a bus in their band photo or on stage. It doesn’t even matter if their music is awesome. If you’re wearing sweatpants on stage and it looks like you just woke up, people will notice that before you even start playing.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The Calgary metal scene is much stronger than it was five years ago. Before it was very segregated and certain groups would ostracize others for doing something different. How ironic in the world of metal, especially considering their bands sounded like absolute shit. Currently, it is competitive, but with respect, because the bands are much more talented now.

Rock and metal have come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Metal has become more popular now than it was before. It’s not mainstream by any means but the underground is more assessable to a larger group of people. I don’t mind that at all.

What does the future hold for you?
-With shows on lockdown due to the pandemic, we have been preparing for a live stream show. Other than that, we have a European tour in the works for when the world opens back up for shows and can continue to promote our latest album, “Hail the Flesh”.

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