Death and Darkness – the main topics of interest when it involves the mighty Black Metal compositions of Pest. Formed in 1997 by Necro and Equimanthorn, the collective recently unleashed their latest magnum opus of grim intrigue entitled The Crowning Horror. Now available stateside through Agonia Records, The Crowning Horror marks the first sonic outbreak Pest has unleashed in five years. Fans of old school Black Metal will thoroughly revel within the primitive melodies and sinister lyrics relentlessly spewed forth by this Swedish entity. Here is an interview we recently conducted with founding member Necro to find out more about Pest and their grand and diabolic return. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in PEST, and how long the band has been in existence.
I am Necro, one of the two founding members of Pest. I handle vocals and drums as well as one of two guitars. Pest was formed in 1997.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We are both from the south of Sweden, the scene there was/is non-existent.
We relocated to Stockholm many, many years ago. The scene here is of course better.
Is there any story or concept behind the title The Crowning Horror?
It is supposed to be cryptic. We did want a ”horror feel” to the album though and the title and artwork mirror those thoughts I think. The concept is as always darkness and death, a concept that some people may refer to as ”the crowning horror” and even though those people probably won’t buy our albums it still gives the title yet another dimension.
Please select two songs from The Crowning Horror and what inspired the lyrics.
The lyrics for ”Devil’s Mark” are biblically based, but reversed, inverted and turned inside out.
”The Abomination of the god” is about holy war and how religion is losing it’s power.
Both are, through the eyes of a christian, very blasphemous.
It’s been awhile since your last album Rest In Morbid Darkness? How frustration was it to wait so long to record and release The Crowning Horror?
At times it was frustrating. But at some point we decided that we shouldn’t rush this album. We had no reason to do so. We recorded it without any back up from a label and payed everything ourselves in advance.
Who did the cover art for The Crowning Horror and how much influence did you have on it?
I did it, so I had very much influence on it!
Will be PEST be doing any live shows anytime soon and do you like playing live?
No. We’ve never played live and we probably never will.
When you look back on your early recordings in the late 90’s, what do you think of them now?
I think we’ve evolved quite a bit since then …
Are you involved with any other bands outside of PEST?
Nothing that I wish to speak about at this point anyway.
What do you think of the state of the Black Metal scene today compare to when you first started back in the late 90’s?
We started the band because we thought the genre was awful at the time. We tried to create music that we wanted to hear. I don’t know, but I think the heavy metal scene might be a little better now, over all. Compared to the late nineties.
If the world were suddenly to come to an end, what song would you want to hear blasting through before the final explosion?
”Ostatni Tabor” (KAT), ”A Jel” (POKOLGÉP), ”1995” (GOTHAM CITY) or ”Phantom of the Opera” (IRON MAIDEN) would do just fine.
Any final words of wisdom?
Welcome darkness, hail Death!
(Interview by Ken Morton)