at: 29th, March 2017
"The world is barbaric, if you can’t see it at home it’s because the problem has been moved elsewhere. I think our dangerous time is just an end of cycle that will open to another barbaric world.
1. What stands behind the WOEST name? Is there any special meaning behind it? Does this name in a way or another express the music that the band is delivering?
Torve : Woest means « wild » in Frankish, the language of the Franks, an ancient Germanic people. This demo has for its theme the universe of Robert E. Howard, the author, among others, of Conan the barbarian, and it proves that the fictional people of Conan, the Cimmerians, is inspired by the Franks.
2. Sometimes Industrial, sometimes Doomy, sometimes black, everything imbued with a huge disturbing and hipnotizing atmosphere. Did you have a ‘mission’ and goal ready when you first started out? What have been your primary inspirations (either music or non-music) as you’ve written material?
Malemort : When I started with Dismas, who has since left the band, it sounded like industrial metal. It’s at Torve’s arrival that it took a more black metal turn, with the vocals and the keyboard. The actual form came naturally. Personally, I listen many kinds of music, from black metal to dark folk through post rock, as long it’s in a dark register. It’s the sum of these influences that gives the shape.
Torve : Likewise, my way of proceeding is instinctive. Our will is to do something hostile, mixing industrial inhumanity with ancestral and funerary coldness. As I quoted above, Robert E. Howard is a major element, and his philosophy expresses this duality between modern civilization and the old barbaric world.
3. What do you attempt to capture, express or communicate through your lyrics? Are those lyrics a kind of observation of the world and humankind? Tell me how do you see the things that are going right now in the world? I think that we live now in pretty confused and dangerous times…
Torve : Our lyrics mainly depict a barbarian lost in the modern world. He works with wild and instinctive values, and he must struggle against the hypocritical and tentacular matrix of civilization, which is very violent when we’re not integrated into it. At the end he’ll escape to the tundra to die alone, far from world’s noise.
The CD box opens with a well-known quotation from a Conan’s novel : "Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is the whim of circumstance. And barbarianism must ultimately triumph. "
This summarizes the substance of our thinking, or rather our observation. Whatever we think of barbarism, it’s always present, and civilization, which will soon collapse into barbarism, exists by barbarism. The world is barbaric, if you can’t see it at home it’s because the problem has been moved elsewhere. I think our dangerous time is just an end of cycle that will open to another barbaric world.
4. The fact you sing in your mother tongue opens things to interpretation, particularly for people who don’t speak the the language. Production wise, what did you propose to do different, this time?
Torve : We don’t play "pop" music, if people are curious about our lyrics, they can translate themselves. To tell the truth, I don’t understand why there aren't more bands singing in their original languages, this is the one they must speak the best. I think that if we prefer the aesthetics of English, it’s because we are conditioned on it. That's why I sing in French.
5. How does look like creating process of your music? I imagine such music as a really deep and personal opus of one mind.
Malemort : I compose the guitar riffs and the drumbox, it’s our common base. For the rest we have a very symbiotic hand, we’re going towards the same goal with the same intentions. We discuss a lot, we exchange records we like, we know each other intimately, it's the main thing to have a proper identity.
6. "La fin de l'ère sauvage" is a pretty interesting title, what´s the deeper message you intent to advertise on it?
Torve : « La fin de l’ère sauvage » expresses what I quoted earlier, namely the end of the barbaric world, as Howard saw it, in a positive way. It must surely be an actual title, at the time where everything is aseptic. But that will not last.
7. This album features programmed drums instead of a real drummer. What was the reason behind this, and does the band intend to have a drummer in the band in the future?
Malemort : We chose the drumbox to give an industrial and inhuman sound to our music. It’s quite unusual, it disturbs some people because it changes habits, but we want this kind of sound. For the next demo, we’ll continue with a drumbox and more electronic sounds again.
8. The keyboards are an important piece in the album’s resolution leading us into dark ceremonies and even funereal sceneries – all of it in ostentation of noble darkness. Can we say you used keyboards to reach that ostentation? Are you happy with the result?
Torve : We used the keyboard to give this cold and funerary touch that I quote above. This recalls the old ages, in duality with the industrial world, hammered by the drum machine. This seems to work regarding your analysis, so we're pretty satisfied with the result!
9. Now that your first full-length album is out, what are the plans for the band in the close future? Any chance to see you playing out of France? If not, do you have any music related plans personally for the time to come?
Malemort : First of all, we want to make it clear that this is a demo and not an album. We expect to release another demo at the end of the year, and an album in 2018. At the moment we don’t have the training to play live, but this should be done with the release of the album.
Torve : For my part I also sing in a dark ritual ambient project: Antelogos.
10. If you were able to put one of your songs into a film or television show, what song would you choose and what type of film or series would it go with?
Torve : I’ll put « Tout s’écroule » in Rampage from Uwe Boll, when the main character arrives in town and starts shooting in the crowd. The passage with the shot in the tracks come from this film.
11. The cover art for your album look awesome. Who is the artist? How important is the visual aspect of the band for you?
Torve : I am behind the artwork of the band, with my other artistic pseudonym « Guibz », so thanks for the compliment! In my opinion, the visual is very important in a band, although we don’t judge a book by its cover. A good album with a dirty cover is less good than a good album with a nice cover, and as we can download music, the object is even more important today.
12. Are you pleased by the reviews so far and be honest are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that matter?
Malemort : For us the opinions are obviously important, if we made music only for ourselves we wouldn’t share it.
13. As far as my knowledge goes, Woest has never performed in a live audience,so far.Did you ever think of re-cruting some more members in order to create a live unit?Or is this something that is simply out of the question?
Malemort : We are more attached to the composition and recording for now, we currently have a second guitarist/bass player for the next demo. We like to play in small committee, but we also want to go on stage, as I said, for the release of the album. One thing at a time !
14. Thanks for your patience bro, that’s my last question for now. Do you have few more words for our readers?
Malemort : Thanks for the interview, support your extreme underground scene!
Torve : Long live to The Pain Fucktory and hail to you!