Interview with Pandemonium.
Answered: Paul – guitars, vocals
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
P. For the time being Pandemonium is in the middle of promotion actions for its new album – we’re giving gigs all over the country. The album is pretty fresh, but it’s already gained some high notes among music critics. Pagan Records and Godz Ov War Productions keep promoting the album outside the country.
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
P. We think that Misanthropy is a complete album – essentially perfect, powerful, possessed, real. These are only some of its qualities. I could talk about it for ages, but you should really listen to it for yourself and make your opinion. Misanthropy is an incredible feast for your senses.
3. I have seen the band label their music as being satanic dark metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
P. That’s the term we invented to describe our style, which we developed our whole lives. It’s a recognizable, characteristic and unique style. We experiment with it very often, but it’s always ours.
4. What are some of the lyrical topics the band explores with the new release?
P. The lyrics regard a very delicate, metaphysical substance. We call spade a spade, and we create ideal collages of those names with music. The title of the album may suggest what the lyrics are about. We hope you will learn something from it and come to your own conclusions.
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
P. Pandemonium was born to express everything that ever inspired me, lured me and liberated me.
6. The band has a history that goes back more than 20 years, what is it that motivated you to keep going after all these days?
P. I think we had a mission to accomplish. And that mission still lasts. Sometimes I feel like some invisible power is guiding us. Most likely it gives us energy to go on.
7. I have read that the band once changed its name to Domain, what was the reason behind the name change and why did you decide to go back to your old name?
P. The reason of that was a conflict between me and our ex-drummer, but everything is clear now. To be able to still make music, I had to change the name of the band to Domain. Back then we were like savages – we couldn’t talk to each other like normal, civilized people. Luckily, those times of anarchy in the band are long gone.
8. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
P. I believe we always give good, decent gigs. Regardless the time, place or attendance. What counts is a good atmosphere. The most interesting gigs we gave must have been those with Vader, Behemoth, Hate, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Samael. We mostly play small concert, but in relation to ambience they are never inferior to those big ones.
9. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
P. The promotion tour was divided into two parts – spring and fall ones. Spring part is already over. We give concerts on weekends, which is more comfortable for us and for the fans.
10. Currently you are signed to Pagan Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they given you so far?
P. We were introduced to Pagan by our manager Greg, who owns Godz Ov War Productions. We think that the band, as well as the material for the album, fit Pagan Record’s philosophy perfectly. The promotion that Pagan provides together with Godz Ov War Productions are more than satisfactory for us.
11. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of underground metal?
P. Now, the main determinant for us are reviews in metal portals and zines. They are mainly very positive and show that Misanthropy got a feedback we expected.
12. Are there any other side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
P. We wouldn’t have time nor energy to make other projects. We focus on Pandemonium, although occasionally we take part in some bands we are in friendly terms with.
13. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
P. Surely, we will not chase the latest fashions and trends. We know where we’re heading, ideas will come to us. I think that we will not go away far from the Misanthropy climate.
14. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
P. Actually we listen not only to metal. And it’s not only metal that influences our works. In the past it was mainly bands like Samael and Bathory that inspired us.
15. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
P. I treat those concepts as a symbolic representation of human’s dark side of nature, as a representation of a rebel and resistance against hypocrisy.
16. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
P. I’m a huge fan of an active fishing, I like good movies and I work as a graphic designer.
17. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
P. We invite you to listen to Misanthropy. Hail to all of you maniacs!
Paul – gitara, wokal
Mark – gitara
Michael – bas
Khorzon – sample, instrumenty klawiszowe
Simon – perkusja
„Rehearsal” – demo ‘91
„Devilri” – demo ‘92
“The Ancient Catatonia” – CD ‘93
“The Zonei” – CD ‘01
“Hellspawn” – CD ‘07
“Promo 2010” – promo ‘10
“Misanthropy” – CD ‘12
“Pandemonium” – CD ‘95
“…from Oblivion…” – CD ‘99
“Get Etemmi” – CD ‘02
GODZ OV WAR PRODUCTIONS