Panychida: Infidel Interview #46

Paganism, spirituality, philosophy, and fantasy are all topics that interlatedly form a backbone for much of the lyrical imagery present in your guy's music. What has drawn you to this route of inspiration? And when it comes to exploring the mythology of your home, are their any tales in particular that resonate strongly with you guys?

Hello Matt, hello the Infidel readers! First of all I would like to thank you for interest and preparing this interview! Our lyrics are very important for us. As we strive to make an atmospheric music, a good lyric is the piece to complete the puzzle. Some bands underestimate this point, but we try to keep every part of our work as good as possible. All of us are fans of history. The above mentioned topics go with Panychida since the beginning, when the former singer wrote the lyrics based on history, mythology, fantasy. After he left, Honza, the guitarist took the part of the lyric writer. He is a cultural anthropologist with wide range of knowledge throughout human history, nations, cultures. It is easy then to pick up an interesting topic for a song lyric. So 90% of our lyrics are written by Honza. Sometimes our bass player Talič, which knows the dead orthodox Slavic language „Staroslověnština“ and it’s unique and mystic alphabet „Hlaholice“, writes a lyric in this language, picking up parts of Slavic mythology and religion (e.g. song O Orílě i Zmíji, Alatyri, or O Veliji Vězě). Yes, we’ve been picking up topics mainly from the old Slavic culture, our local one, but in every case. Sometimes we go a bit farther for a legend, or a historical event.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is their a vibrant music community for you to indulge? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

I will focus only on the metal scene, which is pretty huge in Czech Republic. Compared to Canada, we are a very small country (about 10 million residents) and we have hundreds, maybe thousands metal bands. Better ones or worse ones, it does not matter at this point. We have bands across all the various metal styles. We have lot of concerts and festivals being held, so yes – we are happy and we enjoy our lives here in this point of view (smile). As the scene is big and the „competition“ is strong, it forces everyone to do his best. Not to fight with others, but to improve himself. And this is one of the things which keep us on our feet, looking forward, improving any detail. What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?

Art means lot to us in general. „Earth without art is just Eh“ (smile). We are all metalheads since decades. We went through all styles of metal, beginning with some hard rock and heavy metal bands, thrash, black, death… And sure, it has an influence on us. E.g. for me and Honza, heavy metal and black metal are the most inspiring styles. Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Running Wild, Accept, King Diamond…I think, you can hear some influences in our music, nevertheless it sounds more like black metal. The rhytmics, melodies, guitar riffs…it’s often just a bit hardened heavy metal (smile). From the old black metal giants, we’ve been struck by Darkthrone, Satyricon, Enslaved, Deströyer666, etc. Sure, there are also some other influences, for example I have been listening to classical music since my childhood and finally, on the new album Haereticalia, I dared to compose my own orchestral parts.

Incorporating traditional instruments into your music has always been an enjoyable aspect of your guy's music. Do you guys' find it difficult to mesh the harder and traditional sounds together, or does it work naturally with your music?