Here is a new interview with Czech Republic's Panychida who discuss the bands newest cd. past and future plans for the band and more read it today and if you are a fan of well written and performed metal then be sure to buy the new cd.
Interview with Panychida done by Patrick
1.Hails! How are things going with you and the band these days? When did you first meet the other members of the band?
Hi, thanks for the space in your magazine. Well, things are going nicely, we just recently put out the album, we had the release party, what was really fun and lots of people showed up. And we also finished one round of touring – first short tour with ANGANTYR and SVARTA, then Mexico tour and then 3 gigs with DORDEDUH. Now we will be a bit quiet and may be write some new stuff. More gigs will come in the autumn.
And when we fist meet? Well it was an coincidence of course, as always… When I moved to Pilsen for studies, then I met the other guys and we started the band, which was actually originally a project of our guitarist and former singer. The singer is gone, but we are still here and working together with people who wanna be in.
2.When did you all come up with the name Panychida to use as the name of the band? Does it have a special meaning? What is the current line-up of the band?
The idea of the name comes from the original vocalist and it mean a memorial ceremony for the dead. It comes from the orthodox liturgy and beyond you can trace it in some old pagan religions.
We are five people now, been together for some years, and it feels like a good line up for what we wanna do.
3.Panychida is getting ready to release their fourth cd "Haeticalia--The Night Battles" how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
It took us like two years to get the album together and also the recording was done in sequences. We started last summer and ended up this spring, so quite a time. But we have our civil jobs and if we also wanna do some tours and gigs, we have to take it step by step. We normally work on music with the guitarist Sinneral. Me and him compose the most of the music, then we work together. I take care of the lyrics as well.
4.Who usually takes care of the lyrics and what are some subjects you all wrote about on the newest release?
As already said, I do most of the lyrics. This time I drew inspiration from the Ginzburg study about Benandantes of northern Italy – the witches who fight for the crop of the community. It is a kind of conceptual album.
5. Panychida formed in 2004 how would you the music has changed over the years?
We were always based on strong melodies and even though we have left some of the more so called “pagan” feelings, we still play metal with melodies. We take inspiration from many different styles, that you can hear in the music itself – heavy metal, death metal, black metal. In fact we are metalheads, so that´s what counts and we live it. But people still call it pagan metal, even though it has nothing to do with the humpa humpa metal that more easy fans prefer.
6.Has Panychida ever made a video for any of your songs/releases? Are their any plans to make one for any of the new songs? If you had your choice which songs would you like to see made into a video?
We only made a live video – it has been compiled from the shooting of our set at Phantoms of Pilsen. We never felt like having enough resources to do a really good video, so we so far live only with this one. For this album we are not gonna shoot any video, but we would like to do something for the next one. But it will take some time and there is no need to talk about it at this very moment ;-)
7. Panychida recently got back from a tour of Mexico how did the tour go? Who were some bands you shared the stage with?
We did the whole tour with our friend from INFERNO and ARMADA, we are very good friends with both bands and it was really fun to do this tour. For us it was a big experience. Mexico is totally different from what we know here in Europe, it was more of a wilderness, but also kind of more friendly environment. We traveled over the central Mexico, visited the pyramids, the Pacific ocean, met so many cool people and had great talks with them. People in Mexico are great fans. What is a bit crazy on that country is that time has not much meaning over there, so delays were everyday experience, but after time you just don´t give a shit. It was definitely worth doing and we wanna come back there in few years.
8.Are their any other tours or shows coming up that the readers should watch out for? If yes where are some countries and places the band will be playing?
We plan something for the autumn, but only single gigs. But at this very moment, I have not much to say about it. We will definitely do our own festival Phantoms of Pilsen in October and we hope for some more touring next year.
9.Does the band have any past releases or merchandise available for the readers? And if yes where can the fans find your merchandise?
By visiting our bandcamp at panychida.bandcamp.com you can get all what you need J Also at our website you can find our cds and merch: www.panychida.com
10. Panychida comes out of the Czech Republic metal scene what is your opinion of the Czech Republics metal scene?
There is plenty of bands over here but only few are trying to push it a bit more to get over the borders. But we also have some kind of legends like ROOT or MASTERS HAMMER which are well known I the worldwide metal scene. I think stronger than bands we have the festivals like Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme, Hell Fast Attack and may be even our own Phantoms of Pilsen… what else to say… if you wanna hear some names worth checking I would definitely name INFERNO, MALLEPHYR, CULT OF FIRE, POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, SEKHMET, AVENGER, from Slovakia I would recommend INFER or ANCESTRAL VOLKHVES.
11.Who are your all-time favorite bands that came out of the Czech Republic scene? And are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
I think that´s what I have just mentioned.
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you all have any final words for the readers?
Thanks a lot. I hope people will rather download our music from our bandcamp than from unknown sources, but if some of them wish, we are able to send the albums for free. Definitely I is better if they get it from us, than from elsewhere. Thanks for support and in case you can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org