Emit are playing live for the first time with US headliner Panther Modern at Ryan’s Bar, London. MORE DETAILS.
Ghast are playing the Full Moon in Cardiff at 8pm. GIG PAGE.
Ghast have put out a new Maxi Single entitled Club Bearer. 4 tracks including 1 live recording, the single is limited to 100 copies and can be obtained directly from the band via their Facebook page.
Ghast have announced two shows for early 2012, more Todestrieb-related gigs listed here.
Arrrrrrrach – Vocals
Myrggh – Guitar
Andi – Bass
Kz – Drums
We are grateful to Andi from Desecration for joining Ghast on bass for our forthcoming gigs in April and May. This is to allow Myrggh to switch to guitar and Arrrrrrrach to concentrate on vocals only while he recovers from a strain injury.
Guatemalan web’zine Darkrecollection has posted a new 2011 interview with Ghast.
1. Dark Recollections: For those not familiar with the beast known as Ghast… introduce the band.
Kz: We’re from Wales. There are three of us in the band. We practice the dark arts.
Arrr: Messy, melancholic aggression performed with the minimal of fuss.
2. Dark Recollections: Tell us about your demos, eps and Cd you have released so far…
Kz: We self-released 3 demos, one a year, 2004, 05 and 06, under the band name Souldust.
Then in 2007 released our first recordings under the moniker Ghast, on a split release with Helvette from Singapore.
Our album ‘May The Curse Bind’ came out on CD in 2008 on Todestrieb Records, re-issued on cassette in 2009 by Sinister Stench Productions, and finally released on double vinyl in 2010 by Flenser Records.
Also in 2010 our new CD ‘Terrible Cemetery’ came out on Todestrieb Records, it is also to come out on 12 inch format sometime in 2011 on Thorn Laceration Records. We are now writing our second full-length album.
what has been the response like for each release?
Kz: The response to ‘May The Curse Bind” was surprising, I didn’t really expect any response at all, but we’ve received high praise for what I consider a rough bag. Terrible Cemetery is following suit, it isn’t as rough and it has still been well-received so far.
Arrrr: MTCB: People seem to like it. Not too sure about TC, not too much feedback.
3. Dark Recollections:why was the named changed to Ghast?
Kz: I never liked the name Souldust.
Arrr: ^ Souldust was a poor name, we needed something half-decent.
4. Dark Recollections: has the line up been the same since the souldust days ?
Kz: No, on the first two demos in 2004 and 2005 we were a four-piece, had two guitar players, Arrrrrrrach and Va. By the time we recorded our 2006 demo Va had left, and we’ve been a three piece ever since.
5. Dark Recollections: what kind of response did your debut Cd receive… how did contract with record label come about?
Kz: Todestrieb contacted us via email after hearing the 2007 split release.
Surprisingly the CD received excellent reviews in the metal media, and spread across the blog downloading sites like a virus.
6. Dark Recollections: talk about your latest release “terrible cemetery” … tell us song with the same name… it has the be the longest song ever..(20 mins)
Kz: Terrible Cemetery is the longest recorded Ghast track. We were glad to record it so we could concentrate on writing new material at rehearsals.
Arrr: TC was a song that would not stop growing, which is why it doesn’t really finish. Thought there would be no more material like that from us, but two songs fr the next album seem to have wormed their way toward 15 minutes.
did you ever think you would write such an epic blackened anthem… is this song ever been played at a show?
Kz: We haven’t played Terrible Cemetery at any of our shows. It might happen one day.
Arrr: I thought about it, but more as a fancy. It happened somehow, not consciously.
7. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers from record labels outside of European Union to release your Cds?
Kz: Yes, several. ‘May The Curse Bind’ was released on 12 inch records by Flenser Records from San Francisco.
8. Dark Recollections: Tell us about some of the shows you have played… what bands have you played with, fan reaction t yer musak?
Kz: We finished up last year with a short UK tour with Skaldic Curse, Primitive Graven Image and Throes. We played all over Britain last year, and this year is looking to be the same.
Arrrr: Live, we usually get a decent response. It feels as though people appreciate that we get on with the job- no frills.
9. Dark Recollections: would Souldust demos ever by released on Cd?
Kz: That’s highly unlikely, it would have to be a limited run if so. I don’t think the material is strong enough to justify asking someone to spend money buying it.
Arrrr: I fucking hope not.
10. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers to play outside of the U.K
Kz: There has been talk of us playing overseas, I hope the talk does lead to us doing it. I’d like to see how people in other countries react to Ghast.
… if you could pick the perfect touring line up.. what bands would you tour with?
Kz: Hopefully bands I could bare to listen to every night.
Arrrr: I have no idea, I like watching all sorts of music. If it was straight BM, I would rather they could jam a bit, or let aggression and passion overshadow finesse, so I could enjoy them every night.
11. Dark Recollections: do you go to metal shows much… if so, what are some of the bands you have seen play, or bands you wish you had seen play?
Kz: I see bands play often. I wish I could see bands play in a good venue, at a reasonable volume, not over-crowded, no waiting at the bar and a comfortable seat and low table if required.
12. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available from you…(list items, prices, etc)
Kz: We have shirts.
13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments, thanks for the interview
Kz: Thanks for your continued interest, and thanks for the interview.
Ghast are going to be the most monolithic of the bands featured this week, the ones exerting the slowest bone crushing pressure as opposed to the treble heavy lashings of many of the other bands. Theirs is a style that owes as much to Doom as Black Metal, but as we’ve already seen, Black Metal is as much about the personal intentions and headspace which the music is recorded in, as the sound that eventually pours from the speakers. Their lyrical themes encompass realms of fantasy, but also dreams, wakefulness and hypnogogy, and paranoia – all good dread Doom topics, but imbued with an essentially black metal oriented spite, as bassist/vocalist Myrggh elaborates “Black metal is the most negative form of heavy metal; it emphasises the sound and aesthetics of fear, death and evil. Black metal works for me because it allows me to externalise these feelings and gives me something tangible I can point at, rather than allowing them to fester internally. I suppose that, to a great extent, is the purpose of art.”
Amen to that.
Guitarist/vocalist Arrrrrrrach, is slightly more abrupt with his assertion that their form of Black Metal simply involves “Atmosphere and aggression”
Amen to that.
The savage bleakness and minimalism of their sound sets them at odds with almost the entire wave of current bands I’ve come across. Environment playing as large a part in the genre’s sound as it does, is it because of their location in the industrial town of Swansea, under the rugged mountainsides of the Welsh countryside that engenders such a gritty morbidity.
Drummer Kz: “That is something you can’t escape, music is made by humans, and humans react to their environment. Some Black Metal bands make a big deal of this, and to others it is simply obvious and not worth pointing out.”
Myrggh: “You could argue that black metal should be against nature and should deny environmental influences. Look at early Mayhem: its more about striving towards the death of everything than appreciating the forests. I wouldn’t argue that though. Environmental influences? Yeah, why not”
I pose the notion of a distinctly British Black Metal sound developing around the country, to which Kz: is quick to refute “No, although there maybe a cheap computer sound that you could associate with some current British Black Metal, but overall, I think bands are doing different things.” So do they not feel there are any unifying elements or themes simultaneously, or co-operatively, stimulating many bands across the country, other than a coincidence of a lot of interesting music emerging that is garnering attention, or is that again, simply a convenient media editorial fabrication?
Arrrrrrrach: “I’d say that when we started, we made a conscious decision to be more miserable and rough than everyone else, so it’s fair to say that my/our perceived lack of these elements in the scene was something that helped shape what we are.”
Myrggh: “People often complain about journalistic tagging, or labels, but we need them to allow us to place things in context. Its how we make sense of the world – create stereotypes, make assumptions. It’s impossible to singularly attend to every new piece of information (i.e., including new bands you’ve heard). Therefore label of UKBM is inevitable and necessary. Perhaps there is some motivational effect in feeling part of a scene, which facilitates the creativity of bands within it, but also causes a herd mentality amongst newer bands. Look at other scenes in their early days – bands start out sounding different, but as a scene is increasingly identified a ‘sound’ develops. If there is a particular sound, we’re not part of it.”
So is there nothing recognizably British in Ghast’s music, or would that even be something important to them?
Kz: “We don’t try to sound like a British Black Metal band, we are aware of sounding like ourselves, however I can also recognize a British Doom sound in some of our material.”
Arrrrrrrach: “I mean, I think we listen to a lot of British music, older northern death doom, trad doom and all that sort stuff, as well as stuff from elsewhere that was influenced by it. I’m pretty sure there is a distinct British way of harmonizing, which I fucking love and want to continue, but not because it is British, just because it is so mournful.”
Myrggh: “I’m not concerned what other British bands do, as long as it’s not consistently shit. I was concerned about 10 years ago when Thus Defiled used to be considered the frontrunners of UKBM – those were sad, sad days.”
Their new two track EP, Terrible Cemetery has just been released on Todestrieb Records and features one short 8 minute track and one expansive twenty minute saga, incorporating every element they’ve described int his discussion – evil overbearing atmosphere weighing down like a doom claw spread over a ritual anticipating the delivery of its sacrifice. The vocals are pitched just under a hysterical shriek, flung wild and feral into the night sky as the music traverses its dynamically planned course across slow climbs and rapid descents, big bursts of power riffing that casts shadows over the faster, blurred tremelo shredding then down, grinding into blown out bass noise sections where the momentum carries the track forward but everything else seems to stand still. As essential an addition to the UKBM canon as their previous 2008 demo album May The Curse Bind.
Interview by Not for Resale blog.
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