On ‘Chapter VI : “Banishment”‘, PESTILENT HEX charge with menacing riffs, sinister screams and fast drums into their composition. Oscillating between cold grimness, nightmarish sounds, beautiful melancholy and a neo-romantic touch, the Finnish band masterfully intertwines symphonic and furious Black Metal elements throughout the following nine minutes.
In collaboration with webzine Invisible Oranges, Debemur Morti Productions premiere this ghastly track of the Finnish Black Metal band. Listen to the song here:
Author Jon Rosenthal of Invisible Oranges describes the track:
“Bringing mid-’90s black metal melodicisms and all their glory to a new generation of listeners (or a nice listen to those who remember or were lucky to experience it firsthand), PESTILENT HEX is a wolf in wolves’ clothing, offering a more modern (read as: cleaner, sharper) take on a classic style. Prepare to hear some of the finest black metal you’ll experience this year.“
‘Chapter VI : “Banishment”‘ is the closing track of the debut album which is kept together by a lyrical story. PESTILENT HEX narrate about the concept:
“The album is indeed a conceptual one and a continuous story that runs through every track in a journal-like fashion. The story dwells into witchcraft, spirit seances and communicating with a malevolent entity (a nameless gray demonic presence — referred to as the “Ashen Abhorrence”) that latched onto the person contacting them, possessing and communicating through dreams – blurring the line between reality and nightmare. This happens at first in Succubean manner and later as spiritual attacks in forms of sleep paralysis bleeding into the waking world. While in the background, it all stems from the age-old Faustian aspirations of man to gain knowledge of the other side, ending with harrowing revelations at the altars of nature.“
PESTILENT HEX – a curse that claimed our souls and plagued our dreams; a sound that still haunts and possesses us…
PESTILENT HEX is a new band hailing from Finland that drinks deep from the well of the second wave Black Metal tradition – balancing a fine line of symphonic elements but still being firmly rooted in Metal, nevertheless retaining high integrity and artistry.
The band consists of two people, perhaps more well-known from the Death and Doom Metal circles, yet Black Metal is something that has flowed in their veins since the mid-nineties and it constitutes a praxis they grew up with.
The idea of this band was born out of the necessity to pay dues to the genre that formed the musicians and their musical sensibilities. But more importantly, from the ambition to craft a vision of their own what this Art should sound like.
“The Ashen Abhorrence” is the band’s first release. It took them five years of arduous labor and maddening inspiration to complete it. It is a concept album musically and lyrically, that dwells into Faustian aspirations, witchcraft, possession, and the realm beyond – ending in harrowing results.