GHAST(uk) interview

Ghast interview for Dark Recollections 2011

1. Dark Recollections: For those not familiar with the beast known as Ghast… introduce the band.

Kz: We’re from Wales. There are three of us in the band. We practice the dark arts.

Arrr: Messy, melancholic aggression performed with the minimal of fuss.

2. Dark Recollections: Tell us about your demos, eps and Cd you have released so far…

Kz: We self-released 3 demos, one a year, 2004, 05 and 06, under the band name Souldust.

Then in 2007 released our first recordings under the moniker Ghast, on a split release with Helvette from Singapore.

Our album ‘May The Curse Bind’ came out on CD in 2008 on Todestrieb Records, re-issued on cassette in 2009 by Sinister Stench Productions, and finally released on double vinyl in 2010 by Flenser Records.

Also in 2010 our new CD ‘Terrible Cemetery’ came out on Todestrieb Records, it is also to come out on 12 inch format sometime in 2011 on Thorn Laceration Records. We are now writing our second full-length album.

what has been the response like for each release?

Kz: The response to ‘May The Curse Bind” was surprising, I didn’t really expect any response at all, but we’ve received high praise for what I consider a rough bag. Terrible Cemetery is following suit, it isn’t as rough and it has still been well-received so far.

Arrrr: MTCB: People seem to like it. Not too sure about TC, not too much feedback.

3. Dark Recollections:why was the named changed to Ghast?

Kz: I never liked the name Souldust.

Arrr: ^ Souldust was a poor name, we needed something half-decent.

4. Dark Recollections: has the line up been the same since the souldust days ?

Kz: No, on the first two demos in 2004 and 2005 we were a four-piece, had two guitar players, Arrrrrrrach and Va. By the time we recorded our 2006 demo Va had left, and we’ve been a three piece ever since.

5. Dark Recollections: what kind of response did your debut Cd receive… how did contract with record label come about?

Kz: Todestrieb contacted us via email after hearing the 2007 split release.

Surprisingly the CD received excellent reviews in the metal media, and spread across the blog downloading sites like a virus.

6. Dark Recollections: talk about your latest release “terrible cemetery” … tell us song with the same name… it has the be the longest song ever..(20 mins)

Kz: Terrible Cemetery is the longest recorded Ghast track. We were glad to record it so we could concentrate on writing new material at rehearsals.

Arrr: TC was a song that would not stop growing, which is why it doesn’t really finish. Thought there would be no more material like that from us, but two songs fr the next album seem to have wormed their way toward 15 minutes.

did you ever think you would write such an epic blackened anthem… is this song ever been played at a show?

Kz: We haven’t played Terrible Cemetery at any of our shows. It might happen one day.

Arrr: I thought about it, but more as a fancy. It happened somehow, not consciously.

7. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers from record labels outside of European Union to release your Cds?

Kz: Yes, several. ‘May The Curse Bind’ was released on 12 inch records by Flenser Records from San Francisco.

8. Dark Recollections: Tell us about some of the shows you have played… what bands have you played with, fan reaction t yer musak?

Kz: We finished up last year with a short UK tour with Skaldic Curse, Primitive Graven Image and Throes. We played all over Britain last year, and this year is looking to be the same.

Arrrr: Live, we usually get a decent response. It feels as though people appreciate that we get on with the job- no frills.

9. Dark Recollections: would Souldust demos ever by released on Cd?

Kz: That’s highly unlikely, it would have to be a limited run if so. I don’t think the material is strong enough to justify asking someone to spend money buying it.

Arrrr: I fucking hope not.

10. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers to play outside of the U.K

Kz: There has been talk of us playing overseas, I hope the talk does lead to us doing it. I’d like to see how people in other countries react to Ghast.

… if you could pick the perfect touring line up.. what bands would you tour with?

Kz: Hopefully bands I could bare to listen to every night.

Arrrr: I have no idea, I like watching all sorts of music. If it was straight BM, I would rather they could jam a bit, or let aggression and passion overshadow finesse, so I could enjoy them every night.

11. Dark Recollections: do you go to metal shows much… if so, what are some of the bands you have seen play, or bands you wish you had seen play?

Kz: I see bands play often. I wish I could see bands play in a good venue, at a reasonable volume, not over-crowded, no waiting at the bar and a comfortable seat and low table if required.

12. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available from you…(list items, prices, etc)

Kz: We have shirts.

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments, thanks for the interview

Kz: Thanks for your continued interest, and thanks for the interview.

Arrrr: Ta!

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