Here is a new interview with the
Phillippines old-school thrashers PaganFire who has released a
lot of demo's,E.P's and one full-length to date.If you are
interested to find out more about the band and Phillippines
metal scene take a few minutes and read this great interview.
Interview with Nonoy vocalist and guitarist for PaganFire done by Patrick
Nonoy when did you first get into metal music? Who were some
of the early bands you listened to?Who are some of your current
N: I heard metal
via my older brother’s dub tapes of Anthrax, Ramones and Metallica when I
was 8, I rediscovered it when I was 11, alongside with bands like
Beatles, Queen, Guns and Roses and other popular stuff at that time,
then in ’93 I met our drummer Jay and he had tapes of other bands that I
never knew, like Sacred Reich, Danzig, Slayer, Sodom, D.R.I. among
others, and from there as we always say, the search for heaviest, fastet
and nastiest band on the planet never ceased!!
PaganFire formed in 2003 what gave you the idea to start
this band?How did you choose the name PaganFire for the
N : Me and Jay, have
been rehearsing since 1999, in a Slayer, Sodom cover band that after key
line up changes was renamed PAGANFIRE, our 1st bass/vocals Dennis
thought of the name in ’01, and we have used it ever since.
is the current line up of the band?How do you feel
PaganFire's music has changed over the years?Who are some the
bands biggest influences?
PAGANFIRE is Jay – drums, Nonoy – axe, Vro – bass/vocals and M.A. – axe,
we have been together for quite a while and I think this is the most
potent line up we ever had, the music is still thrash metal that is
meant to melt people’s faces, since day 1! Nothing much has changed, if
any perhaps our new gears, and other hardware, as far as I am concerned
the evolution is naturally metal, no trends, no sugarcoated crap, just
pure underground d.i.y. thrash metal!!
debut full-length "Wreaking Fear And Death" was released in 2013
how long did it take the band to write and record the music for
N: it took us a
couple of years to finish the entire eight songs, most of it was due to a
key line up change happening in ’06, and when we thought about going on
as a trio or getting a new axeman, some songs on the album have already
been sitting around for years, and yes there were freshly penned
anthems on it too, overall we can say that it was worth the wait, so
play it loud!!
5.Who usually writes the lyrics for the band.What are some subjects/topics you all write about?
it is Alvaro at the helm, all lyrics are done by him, topics range from
perversion, violence,tyrants, disease, universe, religion etc. although
me and Jay did some lyrics for a pair of songs ten years ago, now it’s
PaganFire started work on a new full-length or demo?If yes
how many songs will you write and record for the new release?
as we speak, we have locally released a new demo with 3 songs, “ANG
SUSUPIL! ANG KIKITIL!” last March ’15, and we did a follow up single “
THE EXECUTOR IS BACK” last Oct. 9, ’15, we have 4 new songs, and they
will reflect the direction of the new album,we plan to do at least 8
tracks or more, we have 4 down, and we will do some more, I am thinking
of systematically re-recording our songs from 2006, as we feel that they
never got the production they deserved, but all of this extra activity
is not sure, only thing sure is the follow up to “wreaking..” will be
made soon enough.
Merchandise and releases are available for the fans ?Where can
the maniacs find your releases and merchandise?
as stated above, we did two new releases, and on top of that our DVDr
and LIVE ep series are all put out by Alvaro on his Metal Havoc
productions, there is also stuff out on various labels: WREAKING cd –
BESTIAL INVASION RECORDS, DEMO 2004 REISSUE TAPE – WARMASTER and
INCONSPIRACY RECORDS, MALAYSIA, WREAKING Euro press – KAMPF RECORDS,
POLAND, a PAGANFIRE/SABBAT split tape is out too on STYGIAN SHADOWS,
HUNGARY, CD and LP versions to follow shorlty on BESTIAL INVASION, and
ANGER OF METAL, Anger of Metal also did the “Wreaking” LP version,
anyone interested to get any of this just let me know or try and google
the labels, they are all cooperative and true maniacs of the
underground! if any label is keen on re-releasing the live series,
contact us: email@example.com
8.Does PaganFire play "live" very often or do you all prefer the studio?
we play at least 5-6 times a year, that is all, but we rehearse
regularly, at least 1 hour per week, I prefer the studio as it is more
productive in my opinion, playing live is getting bothersome at the
moment, as there is only one venue where we played for the last 3 shows,
haha playing live in different cities is better, let us see if this
will change in 2016. Argh!!
are some bands you all have the pleasure to share the stage
with? What have been some of your most memorable shows over
N: there are many, but more
often than not we play with CORRUPT INSANITY, PATHOGEN, SACROSANCT,
KARIMLAN, some memorable gigs were the nights with INFERNAL CURSE, BEAST
PETRIFY, RIVERGE, AS SAHAR, of course there are tons more of bands we
have played with for the last 16 years, listing them all here would be
tedious!! But the 1st four bands mentioned are all worthy of a good
listen!! Most memorable was the Iron Maiden tribute in 2005, that turned
into a good old fashioned bar punching incident, complete with cops!!!!
Our gigs in Legazpi, Cebu, Iloilo and Baguio cities from 2011-2015, and
our one night show in Malaysia in 2014, all of this are the most
embedded in my brains, we will do this again!!
you handle the guitars for the band at what age did you
start playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take
some lessons when first beginning?
started playing when I was 13, and until now, it is not obvious in my
playing hahaha, I never had any lessons, just basic chord chart reading
with my neighbors, and then tablature reading, some tips from our
ex-guitarists, and from there I could say I learned everything and still
learning things all by myself, nothing much more to say, but practice
and more practice always!
11.Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists?
Major influences would be Hetfield, Hanneman, Mustaine, etc as they are
the reason why I picked up a guitar in the first plae, later on, I get
to admire tons of others like the axemen from Sodom, Infernal Majesty,
Kreator, Mercyful Fate, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Sacred Reich, Death and
many more guitarists that to me are doing something very interesting can
be branded as my influences, later on bands like DEMOLITION HAMMER,
HOLY TERROR, RIGOR MORTIS and ORDER FROM CHAOS became the blueprints of
how I want my playing to be, which as always is but a dream, such a goal
will be unattainable hahahaaa
the guitars you also handle the vocals for the band.When did
you first start growling and screaming? Do you do anything to
keep your throat and voice healthy?
let me correct you, nowadays I only do backing vocals for PAGANFIRE, I
was only able to sing a pair of songs 10 years ago, it was only with
this band that I tried singing, but to no avail haha, Alvaro does it
better so we let him do it, no questions asked haha back when I was
still singing I did nothing for my throat but to drink tons of cold
13.who are some of
your favorite vocalists and singers? Besides the vocals and
guitars do you play any other instruments?
there are many, Halford, Diamond, Dickinson then the insane ones like
Helmkampf, Schuldiner etc, I am more into the insane vocalists, from
Black, Death and Grind Bands, I like it when it is both gruesome and
memorable, powerfully frightening, something that will leave a mark in
your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the
underground scene today? And what does the term underground metal
mean to you?
N: Best thing is communication
is a lot faster now, emails and information can be easily passed on,
worst is the internet and social networking produced tons of pretenders,
I used to worry about them but I know in 5 years time many of them will
be out of the scene, so that it will be ok, underground metal is pure,
fresh, and free from worthless trends, that is what it is to me.
15.PaganFire comes out of the Philippines metal scene what is your opinon of the scene in the Philippines ?
the “scene” here is a series of activities that may equate to a
“scene”, some gigs, some concerts, some traders, some collectors, BUT
there are no more DIE HARDS in that aspect there is no scene around here
or I can say there is no die hard scene, a superficial scene is what is
here, but scene or no scene is that really important? With or without
this scene PAGANFIRE will still play, rehearse, and release stuff, as we
tread our own path and please no one else but ourselves.
are your all time favorite bands from the Philippines ?Are
their any new upcoming bands you feel the readers should watch
N: here is a list
CORRUP INSANITY, KARIMLAN, SACROSANCT, PATHOGEN, ANCIENT WARLORD,
TENEBRION, INTERMENT, SUNGAYAN, MONGREL BLOOD, CRYPTIC TERROR, AGNAS,
MASS HYPNOSIA and tons more that can easily match or other bands from
thank you for taking the time to fill this interview
out.Do you have any final words for the readers?
BOYCOTT THE DAVAO RIP-OFF SCENE!!!! KAMATAYAN SA HUWAD NA METAL!!
ANYONE interested with anything written here just contact me at the only
PAGANFIRE address: NONOY PADREJUAN #60 NARIG STREET, VETERAN’S VILLAGE,
PROJECT 7, 1105, QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks to you Patrick for doing this, bands for splits, labels for
re-releases, traders, etc, drop us a line!!!!!