|Interview by Burt Wolf with Dol, drummer for PANCHRYSIA.
Interview done September 20th, 2005.
CAN YOU GIVE A HISTORY OF THE BAND UP TO NOW? HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER? ANY
PREVIOUS BANDS? SIDE PROJECTS?
We put out some quality demo tapes "NIMISQUE INHUMANE" & "EXALTATION" has brought us under
attention of Belgian excellent albums. "IN OBSCURE DEPTHS" (2002, LSP COMPANY), their first positioned
them as a talented new comer & transformed them from an 100% underground band into a professional 4 piece.
"MALICIOUS PARASITE" (2004, SOUL REAPER RECORDS) marked a step up to ultra intense,
uncompromising & hyper fast Black Metal. Full of cold December chords, this album takes you on a journey
through fear, desperation & aggression. We all live in the same area so we knew each other as we all were in
other bands going from old school Hardcore to technically Death/Black bands. Members of PANCHRYSIA were
found in INFURIATED, VICTIMS OF SOCIETY, END OF ERNIE, DARKNESS BY OATH, PRIAPISM &
WHY WAS THE NAME PANCHRYSIA CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
Our original singer came up with that name, it means everything in gold & we liked the sound of it.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HELPED INFLUENCE YOU IN CREATING YOUR MUSIC & IN LIFE IN
Nobody had a real influence on my life, I still do things I like, like I always did. Musical influences: the moon fog
bands, SATYRICON, DISIPLIN, THORNS, DARKTHRONE, but also the big classic bands like
IMMORTAL, EMPEROR, MARDUK & so on.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF PANCHRYSIA?
Tough one. Our music recalls the grim antics of DARKTHRONE, the urgency of SATYRICON, served with
the tightness of EMPEROR (to name some). Deep down under, you may find a small hint of CELTIC FROST.
I ONLY HAVE YOUR DEBUT CD "IN
OBSCURE DEPTHS", WHICH HAS
BEEN OUT FOR A WHILE NOW.
HOW WELL DID THIS CD DO?
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN
LIKE TO THIS CD?
The "IN OBSCURE DEPTHS" opened
many doors for us as we took our first
steps into the underground Black Metal
scene. The CD sold very well, especially
for a new Belgian Black Metal band & the
responses were mostly positive.
THIS CD WAS PUT OUT ON LSP
COMPANY. HOW DID YOU GET
HOOKED UP WITH THEM? HOW'S
IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
There aren't many labels in Belgium & we chose not to do it all by ourselves, so when LSP COMPANY offered
us a deal, we immediately signed it. It wasn't easy to work with them because they signed lots of bands &
couldn't promote their stuff in the way it should be.
YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT NOW CALLED "MALICIOUS PARASITE". HOW HAS THIS ALBUM
BEEN DOING? IS IT ALSO PUT OUT ON LSP COMPANY?
No, it's out on SOULREAPER RECORDS. (also a Belgian label) & again it sold pretty well, but again in the
promotion of the album it all went the wrong way as SOULREAPER is a sub label of GOODLIFE RECORDS a
major Hardcore label, so we've got stuck in the wrong magazines & so on.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT PANCHRYSIA HAS IMPROVED OR CHANGED FROM YOUR FIRST
ALBUM TO THIS NEW ONE?
The sound improved a lot & it's a more aggressive album than "IN OBSCURE DEPTHS"
WHAT IS SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR SONG LYRICS?
All of our lyrics are written by our singer/guitar player Zahrim, most of them tell us views on modern society.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEWER MATERIAL IN THE WORKS?
Yeah, we recently recorded 3 new songs as a try out, which will be used to contact new labels.
DOES PANCHRYSIA PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED?
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
Most of the time we've played in Belgium, but we've also played some X-mass fests in Holland, France, did a
tour with MALEVOLENT CREATION in Holland, Germany & Swisse, recently did a tour with MARDUK &
MYSTIC CIRCLE in France, Spain & Portugal. Played with bands as NARGAROTH, CORPUS CRISTI,
GOREROTTED & so on at Barrosellas Metal fest in Portugal & we've shared stages with bands like
CANNIBAL CORPSE, VADER, NAPALM DEATH, RAGNAROK, RED HARVEST, HYPOCRISY,
CARPATHIAN FOREST, ABORTED, ENTHRONED, ANCIENT RITES & so on...
ARE THERE ANY OF YOUR SHOWS THAT STAND
OUT FOR ANY REASON? ANY INTERESTING BAND
STORIES YOU COULD SHARE?
All the shows we've done so far are for the promotion of
our band & Black Metal in general dude & I can tell you,
we've had a great time so far, so we'll continue on this path.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST 7 WORST PART
ABOUT BEING IN A BAND?
Best: Able to be at places where I wouldn't be if I wasn't in
this band. Worst: Are there?
WHO DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME OF THE BETTER
BANDS, LABELS, ZINES, ETC... IN YOUR SCENE?
Pfff, too many to mention.
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE BELGIUM
SCENE TO THE SCENE HERE IN THE U.S.?
I don't know the scene in the USA, but the Belgian scene is
growing strongly the last years (for example ABORTED!),
all though it's more Death Metal oriented, we surely can't
complain with our position in the Belgian scene.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO?
Yeah, I also like a few Belgian bands like NOVASTAR or OZARK HENRY, which is more a chilly style of
music, just to relax on, but most of all I listen to Black Metal.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT? WHO WAS THE FIRST BAND YOU SAW IN
Must be GUNS N ROSES or something. First band must be NOFX in 1992 I guess, during my Punk period.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF PANCHRYSIA DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
JOBS? HOBBIES? ETC...?
I work in a big bus constructor factory. Zahrim for Belgian television. Web for a chemical factory. Joris tries to
be awake the whole night at his PC. Web has a kid so he doesn't have much time besides PANCHRYSIA &
family life. I cycle a lot. Zahrim likes to play some snooker. Joris: graphic design, 3D, modeling, nature.
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
See previous question.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM PANCHRYSIA?
I hope some new material brought to you by a new label.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE
THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU
DO NOW THAT IT'S DONE?
THANX FOR DOING THIS
INTERVIEW. DO YOU HAVE
ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO SAY OR
ADD TO CLOSE OUT?
Brave black world, behold, as for these 4
iconoclasts worm their way to the fore
ground of contemporary Black Metal
scenery. In an era where superficiality
rages & the disadvantages of devastating
technology (for nature as well as for
culture) becomes clearly visible day by
day, these 4 men grasp the banner of
revolt & move forth in the battle against
modern day alienation.