NEST OF PLAGUES: New Possibilities

Nest of Plagues

Back in October, Hungarian metalcore act Nest of Plagues launched a new single entitled “Struggle.” In an interview for Prog Sphere the band talks about the creative process behind the track, their upcoming album, and more.

Describe the musical frameworks your new single “Struggle” explores. 

Dani: I think Struggle is more or less sounds like a hardcore or groove metal song that is basically so heavy that you just want to dance and mosh to it all day, all night.

Máté: When I wrote guitar riffs for this song, I wanted to mix heavier oldschool metalcore, catchy groove metal and hardcore or heavier nu metal like Slipknot verse themes. The choruses are metalcore, the verses are based on hardcore and the breakdown is a groove metal riff in the middle of the song.

Cilimil: Yeah, the drums also follow oldschool metalcore grooves and a little bit of a blastbeat at the end, you know it’s for the kids.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced and lessons learned during the creative process for the track?

Dani: For me what was different that it isn’t exactly like the rest of the songs on the album, in a sense that it has much less melodic vocal themes. The whole album lyrically is pretty melancholic, and even though that most of the songs have a positive message, Struggle also sounds really positive to me. Which is great, but lyrically and vocally I had to do some things differently.

Máté: For me it was a challenge to find heavy and groovy metal genres and combine them. And not just combine but it can sound as an integrated single song. I didn’t want to write a whole metalcore or hardcore song. It was really exciting for me.

Cilimili: This song was originally a thrash metal song (kind of) when we first wrote it, and then we restructured it and added some new groovy themes so that it can fit better to the rest of the songs on the album. We also had issues with some vocal themes for the chorus part, we had to record it again, but in the end I think it turned out great!

To someone who hasn’t heard any of your work, what can he or she expect from Nest of Plagues?

Dani: Anyone who hasn’t listened to us yet should expect something modern, but not too alien from aggressive styles of metal like deathcore, metalcore and groove metal, with melodic styles of harsh singing and vocals, apart from the brutal growling and blood freezing high screaming.

Máté: From the old times (debut EP Nest of Plagues and first LP End Of The Comedy) the listener can expect heavy deathcore like Thy Art is Murder or Attila and melodic groove metal riffs like Machine Head or Lamb Of God. It is mixed some synth themes and sound effects. The first song we dropped in the new era (2019) is Memento For Her Deeds. It contains more synths or sound effects or modern core riffs and it is more melodic in both vocals and instrumental parts. Similar ones to this Choke and Inferno are out now on online platforms. We didn’t leave deathcore or heavier metal themes completely – new heavy songs, Struggle and Megalomania, have already been dropped – but more melodic songs can be expected on the new album which will likely be released in the spring of 2022 as a whole album.

Cilimili: I think all in all we combine newschool and oldschool genres in a unique way, such as deathcore, metalcore & groovemetal (& a bit of deathmetal.. …for the kids..). I remember that some old dude said that we are using oldschool stuff pretty good after one of our shows. And we were looking like “whhaaat?!”, because we were only inspired by modern stuff at that time. So it doesn’t matter if you are old or young, just listen to us and you will find some good stuff!

How has your perspective on the possibilities of song arrangement expanded over the years?

Dani: Very-very differently from each other’s ideas. :D There are of course the main similar ideas that motivates us in writing music, but I think usually we approach it differently. For example, I usually think how the vocals should fit into the song, onto the riffs, and choruses etc. Thankfully we have a lot of new possibilities in this area because all of us are much better at their own instruments that they were when we started out.

Máté: Lamb of God greatly affected my guitar playing in the beginning. I think I was mostly inspired by them, and in addition to them, a little bit In Flames. Groovy and catchy riffs or fast stepping on low strings are due to LOG in our song True Craze or Succubus. In the era of the album End Of The Comedy I mainly listened to deathcore music like Thy Art Is Murder, Decapitated, Attila etc. Meshuggah was on the show sometimes as well. I wanted to keep soft choruses but the guitar riffs of verses or bridges or breakdowns went to the area of brutal, heavy deathcore. Hence, I would have provided the seriousness in the songs. Thereafter I started to listen to modern metalcore bands. It is needed to know about me, I’ve never listened to metalcore music before. More melodic parts, synths, sound effects, simplifying songs came into my life due to this metal genre. These affects combined the old groovy and catchy guitar riffs on the new album’s material and I think it will be the most self-identical music in the band’s life.

Cilimili: Lamb of God was a huge inspiration for me too, but I added some blastbeats & breakdowns to make songs heavier. Our music was guitar based especially on the first EP & LP, so the drumming concept was to support the guitar riffs most of the time. Now, as Máté said, we simplified things on the guitars, so the drumming is simplified too. On the other hand there is more room now for the drums so I want to add some Born of Osiris-like mid-section drum fills on splashes and effect cymbals.

What types of change do you feel this music can initiate?

Dani: Well I’m hoping that lyrically it can be much more convincing because the vocals are much more understandable than usually in deathcore types of music. As well as it can be much more melodic. And because of that I’m really hoping that the new songs will get the message to the listeners much clearly and that it fits perfectly with the music we are currently writing.

Máté: It can help leaving the mainstream deathcore or metalcore because of mixing these genres. And the new lyrics will be more meaningful than our older ones.

Do you tend to follow any predefined patterns when composing a piece?

Dani: We do try to stay in the patterns that there should be at least 2 choruses, and that we shouldn’t write too long songs. Mainly 3-4 minute songs. I think we do follow some usual predefined patterns, but in those patterns, we try to create something very new.

Máté: Generally, we use two choruses and we like to modify the first verse theme as second verse or leave it and put a new one instead. Of course, a song cannot exist without breakdowns so we use them often.

Cilimili: There is also a “pattern” or let’s say “steps” in writing a song. Roughly 2 months after we are done with a song, we listen to it again, and decide whether it needs a remodel or some parts need to be changed. That comes with a lot of arguing obviously, but it has to be done.

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What non-musical entities and ideas have an impact on your music?

Dani: Lyrically and musically a lot of ideas had an impact on me throughout the years. Religion, different types of feelings that society and our parents brings out from us. I also really love mythology and sometimes I like to write about some of the mythological stories I read. „Struggle” and the new album that we are going to release next year is about the same thing conceptually. About mental health, and mental health issues, and how society puts a stigm on everyone who has mental difficulties. To be more specific, it is also about how I had to change the way I live and had to watch out for my physical and mental health much more when I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder about 2 years ago.

What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?
Dani: My advice would just be that us musicians tend to be very sentimental, and because of that these mental health issues can be very difficult to adjust. Just remember that you are never alone and that there is always help. I know how hard can this be, but the one thing you can always do is use your creativity to express your feelings about this issue. This can be a recovery procedure. Trust me I know.

Máté: If you play in a band, first of all you must define your goals as soon as possible. If you have your own, discuss with your bandmates and try to figure out which ones can match any of them at all. It’s okay if it’s just a hobby or there is no goal to reach a higher level but it can be the first step to be fair to yourself and your bandmates. If you have the same goals with your partners, you have to list your abilities for example music knowledge, live performance, technical stuff, marketing knowledge etc. All of them matter, it is not nearly enough to play an instrument and wait for meeting a producer in the future. It is worth making friendships with another bands, organizing local shows and hanging out with them in the underground scene.

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