The name PANDEMIA isn’t as uncommon as one might think. I can think of at least one more band with the same name as this Czech one. © Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that could either be death or black metal. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Oh its very long history, in 1995 we wrote our first demo tape and our one from first songs called Pandemia, we like this name for our band name and Pandemia was born! 🙂
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Pandemia play already 20 years and we have our own recognizable style and our fans will clearly recognize us and they will always get what they wanted. We always played fast, rolling and melodic death metal. We have 2 demo tapes 5 CDs,1 DVD and more than 500 shows in 30 world countryes…..
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Every song have the mood and atmosfere which we feel when we were composing the song. We already recorded a lot of fast and agressive songs, but dark and melancholic momets we like more and more. It is very exciting to play with dynamics and mood of the songs, its without boundries. On this album the fast song sounds more faster and slow sounds more slow than ever. But you cant expect some style change from us. Our lives are our inspirations!
What is the extreme metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-I prefer old bands like Krabathor,Masters Hammer,Arakain,Citron,Root…… its not so much new bans what sounds interesting, you know lots of moderns metal-core shits and all sounds and looks the same……. Pandemia is front death metal band in Czech Republic but is more in world.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Play in band long time and we see it like our lifestyl ,you knoe we spend a lot of times on touring, in expample we were touring latin america for two times. First time we were there 2,5 months and second time it took 1,5 month we traveled from brazil to mexico. We also toured Europe so we have to find for us jobs which we can left. It wasnt easy, but we did it for music. Every one of us have a job, we cant live just from music. But the band is always on first place!
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Album cover artis something like our kingdom, cour hometown emblemin the middle, wings of war and skulls……. you know we live in town Cheb in west Czech,very near German border, wery historyc and beautiful town with hard history,our death metal empire is it!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Of course I prefer physical CD or LP, I love his smell and sound! But its hard for new generation,our children’s obviouslybeendifferent, I have two childrens and trying still buy tales and music on CD,DVD like evidence that physical CD,DVD still lives ,but you know times running…
What kind live scene is there for bands like PANDEMIA?
-We love play anywhere but our promised land is south and central America, there we played triumphal shows and tours!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Every show is happening and ritual for us all time. We like party after show ,but its not so hot like many years a go…… many years ago we was more wild. Now I prefer take some beers and quiet on hotel after show…… 🙂
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We can´t wait to play shows and tours and support our new killer record. We would like play also more shows in new countries ! I hope see you soon on the route! Death Metal Forever!