Thursday, April 12, 2018

Plague Pit Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Black/Death Metal band from Dublin, Ireland. We are a new band, formed in 2016, but we've been metal musicians for over 2 decades.

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Our first release is a self-produced effort that contains 7 metal tracks and 1 ambient outro. It's an eclectic mix of most of our influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We write exclusively about magic and Satanism. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Plague Pit'?
Plague pits were mass graves for the victims of the Bubonic Plague. The Black Death did massive damage to Ireland and it's a topic of our interest. It also conjures a horrific image and helps set the mood for our music.

5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Not as Plague Pit. We will not play live under any circumstances as this is something we've all agreed is detrimental to the atmosphere of our music and not something either of us has ever liked doing anyways.

6.There are no band pictures or social network pages, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
When we formed this band we agreed to not spend any time or energy on things that aren't musical. Our only goal with Plague Pit is to create dark satanic music that we would like to hear ourselves. Social networking is a big no for us. Our music will always be available to those who seek it -  for free - so there's no need to pander to people on the Internet.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a  label or have received any interest?
We are not actively looking for labels. There were some that showed interest in releasing our debut in physical media, and it may happen sometime in the future. We don't oppose the idea of making our material available to those that prefer it on a CD or some other format, though we personally don't care about it. We are open to collaborations with underground labels and splits with other bands, but it's not a priority for us. We will always make our music available for free download and streaming and we're comfortable with spending our own resources to record and produce the music.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The feedback has been very positive, despite our limited reach. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are currently recording our sophomore release. While I don't want to reveal much about the material, it won't stray very far from the debut. As for long-term plans, each of our future releases may have a stronger focus or either Death, Black or Doom Metal but they'll still be recognizable as Plague Pit.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are heavily into some of the Black and Death Metal classics such as Celtic Frost, Bathory, Blasphemy, old Morbid Angel, Incantation, old Norwegian Black Metal, Sarcofago, Bestial Warlust, Beherit and so on and so forth. Other than this core group of old Black and Death Metal we're always looking for the fringes of Black and Death Metal for the truly depraved and unusual bands.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
We subscribe to the understanding of magic as a psychological phenomenon and of conditioning one's mind through ritual and meditation to manipulate the astral light. Satanism fits into our worldview as a symbolic mechanism that enables us to reach out to the uninitiated through the usage of widely known symbols that they personally associate with memories, emotions and objects of the real world. The main reason why we do not reveal our lyrics is that we want the listener who truly seeks to commune with us to use these symbols we provide to craft their own magical journey.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our music and for the interest in Plague Pit. We will be making the debut release available on most digital markets, including Spotify, and it will always be available for free on our Bandcamp page. We are recording a second album at the moment, and, much like the first, it will be available for free streaming and download on Bandcamp.

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