Nest of Plagues (Budapest, HU)
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: 1984, Balázs Fűr, Dániel Ivanics, Doublethink, Máté Breier, Nu Metal, Tamás Bölcskey
Dániel Ivanics (vocal, bass) had a metal band in High School called Doublethink. The band parted ways because of changing musical tastes. In time, a new line-up was formed and Máté Breier (guitar, backing vocal) became a key player in what will become Nest of Plagues.
The band is based north of Budapest, the Capital of Hungary, and has signed up to the GBOB Romania competition. Nest of Plagues will get onstage at the Youth House (Casa Tineretului) in Timisoara, Romania, for the GBOB Banat Semifinal on Saturday, October 8th.
So we did an email interview with Dani and Máté to find out more about the Metal band.
RiCo for GBOB Romania: What does Nest of Plagues mean to you?
Dániel Ivanics (vocal, bass, Nest of Plagues): We've chosen this name because we think it sounds good. We don't really have a meaning behind it. For me though it reminds me of the friendship that this band was built on, and how long it took the get the line up and music what we really wanted to play. But it was all worth it.
Máté Breier (guitar, backing vocal): Choosing a band name was very hard. Many words lose their magic when we say them - and can sound stupid. I think the "plague" and "rat" words (which we earlier considered to be "the nest of") mean a lot to Dani. We listen to Blood Mantra, a studio album by the Polish death metal band Decapitated a lot - and they composed a song called Nest on this album. We mixed these two words and we liked the combination.
RiCo for CZB.ro: How many gigs have you had; what cities have you played in?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): We have had eight gigs up to this point, mainly in Budapest but we also had 2 concerts in Szarvas. Unfortunately we have never played abroad or in festivals.
Dani: We haven't had any shows outside Budapest, other than the two concerts in Szarvas. Sadly we haven't played outside Hungary, but we are really looking forward to it.
CZB: Tell me about an interesting situation you had on the road with the band?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): In a talent show we got the funniest critique: "I think you play old school death metal music...". Well we don't.
Dani: This year we went to Szarvas to play on a talent show for the second time. Unfortunately, we didn't win, but we had lots of fun all the way. However, random guys from Szarvas we've never met before came to our concert, and slammed and moshed. They said they had a lot of fun and that we were the best band that night, and wanted us to play some more. That made us feel really great.
CZB: How do you write your music?
Dáni (Nest of Plagues): Usually Máté and Tomi write some riffs, and then we jam and we figure out the drums and how the vocals should be on the song. At home I write the lyrics and the rest of the vocals, and when the song is finished we just rehearse it a bunch of times.
Máté: Generally I listen to new metal stuff while I'm traveling. If I like a part of a song or the rhythm of it, I write down the notes. After school or work I write my riffs at home. Then I show these riffs to the others and generally 80 percent of my stuff is shit and we throw it away. We discuss together what we would like to write to the song for example breakdown, slam, epic or not epic chorus, clean parts etc. and then we finish the song together.
CZB: What is the Hungarian music scene like in 2015/6?
Dáni (Nest of Plagues): Could be better, could be worse. We don't play in a popular genre so it's hard to get recognized. Bands have to work really hard and even after that it's not sure you'll make a living out of it. But of course we, and I'm sure a lot of other hungarian bands are not in this for the money.
Máté: I can't really see what's going on at the level of professional music. The only thing I can see is the underground music level. I think in the Budapest underground clubs there are many amazing gigs. Usually the sound system is acceptable, but not the best. The atmosphere, the people, the moshing is amazing and fun and I think it's worth it for this. So the underground gigs are really cool.
CZB: Is there anything that you think should be done better in Hungary to better promote young bands?
Dáni (Nest of Plagues): We probably should focus more on Marketing, but we need a lot of money just to make a good quality EP, so first we are focusing on that, and we try to have a lot of shows.
Máté: I think the bands are thrown back on themselves. They need to make good quality records, artwork for singles/EPs/albums, have many gigs not only in the capital or bigger cities but also in the countryside and they need to organize everything themselves. If they have studio recordings, they have to send it worldwide and upload it on YouTube and every media channel. It is very expensive but I think sooner or later it will be worth it.
CZB: If you could have a superhuman power, what would this be?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): I don't need any superhuman powers.
Dani: Superspeed would make my life much easier..
CZB: What is your favorite book and your favorite movie?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): My favorite books are 1984 by George Orwell, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Shack by William P. Young and Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. I like many movies, for example The Revenant, Ex Machina, Boyhood, Her, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Ink (2009) etc.
Dani: My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, and my favorite movie is Full Metal Jacket from Stanley Kubrick.
CZB: What is your aim as a band?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): Creating together, chill, fun, lots of gigs, making acquaintance with new people, breakdown, blast beat, slam, mosh pit...
Dani: Meeting new interesting people, playing in lots of different places and hopefully going on a tour someday.
CZB: Why did you sign up for GBOB România 2016?
Máté (Nest of Plagues): Because it is an international competition and it would be a chance for progress. In addition this is an opportunity that lets us travel abroad for the first time together and show our music to foreign people, so I'm sure we will enjoy it very much.
Dani: We think this is a great opportunity to play outside of Hungary.
Interview conceived by: RiCo for CZB.ro
- Dániel Ivanics (vocal, bass, b. May 4.MAY.1995)
- Tamás Bölcskey (guitar, backing vocal, b. Sept. 29.SEP.1994)
- Máté Breier (guitar, backing vocal, b. 23.APR.1992)
- Balázs Fűr (drums, b. 15.JAN.1995)
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