Hi, Woest. Your latest album “La fin de l’èreSauvage” was released last month via Heathen Tribes. You must be excited?
Torve : Yes we are, Heathen Tribes did a really good job on the tape, they are supportive and passionate for the dark art and working with them was a real pleasure.
First of all, we would like to know about the formation of the band. When and how was it formed? Do you think the band name ‘Woest’ perfectly describes your music and philosophy?
Malemort : We formed three years ago I think. At the time, my ex grind/crust band Filthy Charity splitted, and I wanted to do some industrial metal for a long time, then I met Dismas was on the same wavelenght. It’s only later, with Torve’sarrival, that we took a more black metal turn.
Torve: This demo has for thematic the Robert E. Howard’s universe, and it happens that the Cimmerian fictional people, which includes the Conan character, is inspired by ancient Germanic people, especially the Franks. Woestmeans “wild” in Frankish.
For our next ep we are focusing on more spiritual themes, but we remain critical of civilization and the modern world, so indeed, Woest perfectly describes our music and philosophy.
Okay now tell us something about “La fin de l’èreSauvage”, and the lyrical themes behind each track. What are the ideas you wanted to put across?
Torve: Our lyrics mainly describes a barbarian lost in the modern world. It works with wild and instinctive values, and it must struggle against the hypocritical and tentacular matrix of civilization, which is very violent when we’re not integrated into it.
We wanted to put across the idea that the world is barbaric, and civilization will soon collapse into barbarism.
Robert E. Howard explains that in this well-known quotation from a Conan’s novel :
“Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.”
Civilization doesn’t abolish primitive behavior, the civilized world exists, among other things, by violence, and it’s useless in my opinion to imagine utopias against this nihilistic observation.
Where and when did you record “La fin de l’èreSauvage”? Are you satisfied with it?
Malemort: We’ve record «La fin de l’èresauvage» in Marseille with our friend Ritchie Ricci at his studio. We’re satisfied with it for a demo quality, we’re more punks than technicians at the base and the result has some flaws, but we’re sure that it’ll be much better next time, while remaining purely underground.
Are you gonna to release some official band merch?
Malemort: For sure, the classical stuff for the future tour, t-shirts, patches, etc.
What are Woest’s musical and non-musical influences?
Malemort: I listen to different musical genres, this can range from Current 93 to Mysticum, from Venom to Killing Joke, Celtic Frost to Swans… There are too many bands that we like in common, but we don’t try to sound like any particular band or genre, the result comes from what everyone brings.
Torve: This is the same for me, but I listen mainly black metal. For the rest, I think the misanthropic moments and the solitude in the confusion of the city are the best influences.
Could you please express your personal views on religion and god?
Torve: Wow! Wide question. I don’t like religion and dogma in general. I don’t like the idea that a belief has to be real and I don’t like the truth. For me God is a collective unconscious that leads to dualistic human mediocrity, he is the conditioning of the weak by the strong, he is the leader of civilized world.
On the other hand, I am very interested in spirituality and esotericism, it guides my interpretation of my individual reality by strong symbols. This is Art. But these remain symbols, and I remain above all my own god and master of my kingdom.
Shall we expect some gigs across USA or Europe near time?
Malemort: We start in November a few concerts in France, then we’ll see with the EP’s release for concerts in Europe.
When shall fans to expect something new from you? Videoclip, single, documentary etc?
Malemort: We began to think about a videoclip, we have the person to do it, we’ll see that after the upcoming recording.
Thanks a lot for the interview. Speak out to your fans, supporters, critics and our readers before we wrap up!
Malemort: Thanks for the interview, support your extreme underground scene!
Torve: Hail to Crom and to you!