Monday, 22 August 2016

Interview with thrashing maniacs PaganFire from the Phillipines done by Patrick on 10-22-15

Metal   Hails
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

1.Hails  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  favorites?

  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!!

2. PaganFire  formed  in  2003  what  gave you  the   idea  to  start  this  band?How  did  you  choose  the  name  PaganFire  for  the  GROUP? 

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.

3.What  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?

N: 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!!

4.PaganFire's  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 the debut?

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?

N: 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 all Alvaro.

6.Has  PaganFire   started  work  on  a  new  full-length  or  demo?If  yes  how  many  songs  will you   write and record  for  the  new  release?

N: 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. 

7.What   Merchandise  and  releases  are  available  for  the  fans ?Where  can  the  maniacs  find your  releases and  merchandise?

N: 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: 

8.Does   PaganFire    play  "live"  very   often  or  do you  all  prefer the  studio?

N: 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!! 

9.Who   are  some  bands  you  all  have the  pleasure to  share  the  stage  with? What  have  been  some  of your   most  memorable  shows  over  the  years?

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!!

10.Nonoy   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?

N: I 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?

N: 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

12.Besides  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?

N: 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 beer! 

13.who  are  some  of your  favorite   vocalists and  singers? Besides the  vocals  and  guitars  do  you  play  any  other  instruments?

N: 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 my brain.

14.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 ?

N: 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.

16.Who  are  your  all time  favorite  bands  from  the Philippines ?Are  their  any  new  upcoming bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?


17.Nonoy  thank  you   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this    interview   out.Do  you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?

N: 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: thanks to you Patrick for doing this, bands for splits, labels for re-releases, traders, etc, drop us a line!!!!!

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