Besra – Pariah

Finland’s progressive, avant-garde metal band Besra will release their awaited, debut, full-length album, Anhedonia, on September 7th with revered Swedish label Temple of Torturous. Today, the band has partnered with to premiere a severe and intense short-film for their new song, “Pariah.”

““Pariah” is a short film about mental and substance abuse, both of which are often viewed as to shameful to share by those who suffer from the afflictions. 10% of all employed Finns are alcoholics, and estimating the real amount is guesswork. Alcohol addiction is difficult to diagnose, because the nature of the illness and attitude towards it is peculiar in Finland. Alcohol abuse has strong psychological and social dimensions, which are often connected to mental health issues. This hell that encompasses the whole family is too difficult to be spoken about in the Finnish society.” – Ville Kaisla (drummer of Besra and one of the screenwriters of the film)

”We wanted to tell a story, which in its’ way depicts our own experiences. Melancholic music and especially metal genres depict the subject, yes, but often from a neutral or even glorified perspective. We should be able to talk about things with their real names. Admitting you have a problem to your close ones is the first step towards healing and breaking the cycle.” – Kaisla

Watch the short-film for “Pariah” at

Pre-order Anhedonia below:
Transparent Orange LP –
180g Black LP –

Anhedonia is a collection of stories told by Besra. The album as a whole deals with challenges and characteristics of today’s society and how they reflect on the lives of ordinary people, their mindsets and relationships with others. The stories also reflect a very personal side of the composers. Experiences with loneliness, emotional abandonment and substance abuse are present. Themes to the songs were gathered from personal and professional experiences throughout the lives of the members of the band. Carefully balanced mix of rage and gloomy mellow atmospheres lead the listener through the stories told with words, singing, screaming and instrumental drama.


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