- Introduce us to your band!
Baest is a Danish death metal band, playing tribute to the old school classics, and developing a hard-hitting Scandinavian sound of their own. Touring with Abbath in ‘18, going out on the road with Decapitated in ‘19 and waiting to unleash the fury of our second album upon the world as well!
- How did you guys start out?
We met in the city Aarhus, started riffing our in each other’s apartments and soon after had our first rehearsal (October ‘15) Had our live debut in April ‘16, went on the play all the venues in Denmark, the two biggest festivals in the north (Roskilde and Copenhell) in the summer of ‘17, and have played about 100 shows since.
- Describe your band’s sound
We take use of the legendary HM2 pedal, inspired by the legendary Entombed and Bloodbath. The songwriting derived from these bands, with a lot of Florida inspiration as well. Opeth is also a huge inspiration.
- What influences your craft?
Bands we tour with, the underground scene, and our different creative inputs. Lasse (lead guitar) tends to be really extreme in his writing, ripping faces off with all his riffs, while Svend (rhythm guitar) leans more to a simpler riff recipe. The mix of these two ideas blends nicely, not creating any dull moments. Sebastian (drums) is a Rush/Opeth/Dream Theater lover and gives the death metal riffs a needed tasty turn. Muddi (bass) lays the low end in the simplest of ways, giving air and space for the guitars and vocals to go nuts. Simon (vocals) is actually the Cookie Monster, so he can’t do anything wrong.
- What makes your band different? Why should people
listen to you?
Baest plays with an extreme live confidence, natural joy, drive and love for the genre that makes every show the best yet. It’s fast, brutal, experimenting and catchy. People should listen to Baest if they need some classic death metal with a fire that is alive and well.
- When introducing people to your music, what song should
I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
‘Ego Te Absolvo’ from the debut album showcases the technical abilities and ambitions within the band, and the experimental songwriting. The album ‘Danse Macabre’ is only 34 minutes long, so give the whole thing a spin while you are at it.
- What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The size of Denmark hasn’t offered to many options to play live – so the urge to play live hasn’t been fully satisfied. Our touring career begins now, and we have been hungry for this since the beginning.
- What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Roskilde festival and Copenhell, and the Abbath tour. Huge concerts at the festivals, gathering 4-5000 concert goers at each show. We are all fans of Abbath and his character, so to have our first real tour experience with him was a dream come true.
- How bright is the future of your band – what are the
The plans are many and well thought out. Tour, tour, tour, album #2, and more touring!
- When all is said and done, how would you like to be
As a hardworking band, playing more and harder than everyone else.