PIOUS LEVUS is a USBM band that I found to be cool enough for me to wanting to know more. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The Song Pious shall leave us was written prior to the band name. So we decided to use that as an inspiration for the band name. Shortening it to Pious Levus. The name of the band is an order. Not a request. There is no misunderstanding of that intent. So it was not hard in the since as we were guided it to it.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-The original black death metal scene of the 80’s and early 90’s. Celtic Frost, Slayer, Venom, Necrovore and the like. Then later Blasphemy, Mayhem, Dark Throne, Marduk, Sarcofago and bands that had a fiery spirit. The early bands for the spark and attitude. The later bands for the fuel and fire. But we try to bring or own unique approach to the table. It’s good to have proper foundation, but do not be copy cats.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really. Each song flows with it’s own vibe. But the key to slower song is to capture more atmosphere. It’s not about pure aggression at that point. We try to take the listener into a void of darkness and death.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Very aggressive. It feel the power of the music more in a live setting. It’s organic. It lives and breathes at that moment. The band channels the void at that moment. It’s a magical experience and should not e treated as something mundane. Playing live should be an event.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I like to have a label support. It shows at least someone believed enough of the band to release it. But is it necessary now? No it’s not. Which to me kind of sucks. Labels at least had quality control on music. I’m not talking about huge records labels. I mean the underground ones of the 80’s and 90’s. You knew if certain labels released bands it was going to be of certain quality level. That is not the case anymore. The internet leveled the playing field but is also lowered the quality by doing so too.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all? *
-The positive people can hear your band instantly. But I found it more satisfying going thru distros and ordering CDs or records and finally receiving the package in the mail. Or going into the record show going thru actual organic products. Then purchasing the music and having the full physical packaging. It’s real. You get the whole vision of the band. Music and image. It’s just better.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A cover that captures the intent of the music. Say for instance the original Bathory. Perfect. Altars of Madness. Just perfect. Celtic Frost Morbid Tales. So occult and dark. Mysterious. The cover should lead your mind on a journey. Kreator Pleasure to Kill is another striking cover. The first two Mercyful Fates albums have such perfect imagery to match the music.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We are too new of band to really gauge were we stand nationally. If anything we are part of the Texas underground bands presently. As for the climate for metal in the US. It defers from area to area. But I think it has grown more. It was bad in the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s. But it seems extreme metal is doing better.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We don’t worry too much about stuff like that. We released our music for ourselves 1st and foremost. If people like it great. If not, no worries. But the physical form of music is endangered. People should buy at least the albums they really enjoy. Kids today make me laugh. They will bitch that music should be free, yet go spend 5 plus dollars on a cup of coffee from Starbucks every morning.
What lies in the future?
-We have new music we are working on. A couple of regional shows here in Texas. Hopefully a new EP by the beginning of next year will be ready.
“Beast of the Foulest Depths” is out now on Warfare Noise Productions. Order on digital and CD at piouslevus.bandcamp.com.
PIOUS LEVUS is:
Lord Necron – guitars
Swornghoul – guitars/vocals
Necroinferno – drums
Nazraat – bass