With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to PATHETIC (Canada). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-So far yes it has, we never created the band to have unrealistic hype and popularity off our first 2 demos and what not..weve played a few places and organically grown our fanbase. We feel that in 10 albums time, people and ourselves will be able to look back on a whole collection and story of music, rather than one flavour of the month, instant hit album like alot of metal bands these days.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We are quite happy with it. It was the first album we mixed and recorded ourselves and the songs were constructed over a long period of time. Minor mistakes and criticisms in our own work is normal we will use those to improve our next releases.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-I think the core of our sound has now been cemented with this album, however we will always be striving to push ourselves to make original sounding music, stick to original classic influences, and pull from the various styles of metal we like, to deliver absolute death!
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Most of our lyrics cover real topics and themes. We love gore and absolute hatred and evil but we try to incorporate reality within all our lyrics. Folklore that we find interesting ,or stories and events we think contribute to how shitty this world is.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Extremely important. Since our split with peruvian maniacs we decided to entrust Our friend Kati from temple.of kahlighat artworks in Lima Peru. She is a true fan of our music and an extreme metal musician aswell, that takes every idea we give to her very seriously, and gets exactly what we want. I cant see us changing that formula.we believe that having an artist do our projects is very personal and once they do so, they are part of the band, and would rather have them grow with us then use someone different from album to album.
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?
-mostly i think because touring canada is hard, its been alot of bands who struggle and realize canada is pointless to tour in, besides a few cities that are miles apart from each other with much smaller populations than europe or usa. The goal of our band has always been to be an international act and we will try our best to stay outside our country as much as we can . Something alot of the feeble local bands of our country have failed to do.
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?
-by being true and patient and doing it for the right reasons.. fuck fame and hype.. we just create music for us. We make things as available as we feel they need to be. We dont want everyday hipsters listening to Pathetic. We want metal freaks, criminals, and absolutley unhinged maniacs.
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?
-Its extremely important to get out as far as you can, and as often as you can.. our local scene is garbage besides a couple bands, Detherous, Cultist, Vile Insignia, Black sorcery, thats pretty much it. Everyone else sucks or sounds nu metal or play watered motley crue music and call it “speed metal”. Very Gross… and we do not associate with embarassing abominations of heavy metal.
Rock and metal has 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?
-There are too many bandwagon jumpers , we are stuck in a old school mentality, few people here are true about what they like and play, but that doesnt affect us. The purity of music in the 1970s is what is missing today. 10 years ago the people who were listening to slipknot and emo music are the ones now with revenge shirts and vegan mental health conflicts but claim to be war metal freaks or Old school death metal nerds, or some stupid shit. Its pathetic, metal isnt for weak normal humans , its for strong freaks and hateful individuals. Lets keep it that way. Keep metal underground. Fuck the fads.
What does the future hold for you?
-European and American, assaults, 2 eps for 2020 and more touring and day to day disgust!