Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Interview with Panychida done by Patrick on 6-22-16

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 you can get all what you need J Also at our website you can find our cds and merch:

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

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