It's been nearly a year since you released the album The Measure of
Waste, what have you been doing lately as VEÉR? or have you focused on some
Paga: Were working on new VEÉR songs and wed like to record them as soon
as possible. Knot and Jim Jones are kind of busy with Kolp as well, but we also
have regular jobs, sometimes its difficult to focus on the band every single
Maybe this's gonna be a quite ordinary question but it's a "must ask"
question anyway. Your band's name was Ravenshades once, why did you change it?
Major: I reckon a couple of years ago the band reached another level where
the previous name was literally out of date. With the debut album came a fresh
start and it seemed to be a good idea to have a new name as well. It suits the
band better, it reflects us better and it is much more distinctive than the
previous name was.
As far as I see all members of VEÉR are carrying a role in other bands. Which
of these bands is your main band? I've listened to KOLP,KOPROFAAGIA and WITCHCRAFT
Major: Veér became my main band since Vortex had been put to sleep...
In your music, I see the impression from Swedish band "Craft", am I wrong?
How much do you think Craft inspired you?
Paga: I wouldnt use the word impression or inspiration. Of course, they
play fucking great music and maybe we have the same attitude toward healthy
sound, but thats all coincidence. Recently I listen to a lot of psychedelic/retro
rock music, and Pink Floyd is my all time favorite band besides early Bathory.
Was that a "one album" deal you did with Caverna abismal records which
published your last album?
Paga: Yes, but our relationship is pretty good with Caverna Abismal and
Neverheard Distro, so maybe well cooperate in the future again.
Considering your style, your song names and your album covers; you have a
minimalistic attitude compared to the other black metal bands. Where do you
think VEÉR is in all black metal area? Under what genre of black metal do you
describe yourself as?
Major: I don`t really know...is there any tag you can put on us? Veér is
definitely dark, raw and heavy with an immense negative blast. Just like black
metal should be. So let us just stay with this tag, then.
Paga: You mixed minimalism up with monochrome. Light and shadow effect is
important in visual and in musical aspects. Or if something is not showing off
you call it primitive?
M: Is it minimalistic if you dont sing about the usual and deadly boring
BM topics like devil and anti-christianity and dont use fantasy-book
illustrations with skeletons and dragons on your cover in full colour? It is not
minimalism at all. Veér reflects our age and the world around us with the
instruments of black metal.
You create your music in your own language, which turned out to be quite
fashionable to write black metal songs in own language lately. Can you express
yourself in your songs using Magyar as language? For example making Turkish
black metal songs is really hard. How is it in contrast to your language?
Major: Wow, that is a nice compliment to Koga. No mate, Koga writes the
lyrics in English, and believe it or not he even sings them in English, altough
you can hear nearly any language into it, because of his unique style of singing.
His voice is almost like another instrument, I must say I absolutely love it.
Paga: Or maybe he sings in an ancient and forgotten language that no one
knows, just him.
Negativity, depression, anti-life, suicide, overdose, alcoholism, wars,
hatred, rasism are the main topics lately in black metal. What do you think
about the fact that many bands are losing interest in occultism and satanism
which are considered as the root topics? There is kinda more intellectual lyrics
and atmosphere, which we can sense in your songs too..
Major: No wonder that people lose interest in occultism and satanism as they
grow older. Those guys in Norway who started those classic bands were 16-17
years old and most of them were just taking the piss, they didn`t take that
bullshit seriously. This music is a good channel to release all sorts of
negativity and hatred, real things that are inside you, me and everybody in this
fucked up world.
M: It was just about being extreme and finding an enemy without any
There is a question which I think it's gonna be interesting. What if alcohol
is prohibited in your country? What do you think what would happens?
Major: I reckon in Hungary a lot of people would simply make alcohol in
their homes as some of them do that even nowadays without any regulation in the
Paga: Alcohol is the cheapest and most popular legal drug in our country,
and we enjoy the benefit of this fact. Anyway if something is prohibited, the
black market blooms thats the eternal rule.
What was the reaction to your first album? The artwork, the booklet were too
minimalistic and as a band picture there was only one individual. What was the
reason chosing something like this?
Major: Too minimalistic? I don`t think it was too minimalistic at all, it
was just perfect. And why should all of our ugly faces be in the booklet? Jim
Jones pulled the shortest straw so he had been put into the booklet, he is the
most exhibitionist of us all anyway.
By the way the reactions were pretty good. Both from the critics and from the
listeners.I deliberately don`t use the term fan, I don`t think we have any. Who
would anybody be so stupid to be our fan?
M: The reason was that the cover fitted absolutely to the music of Veér.
It is bleak and dark. But not minimalistic. There is nothing mystical in it, we
dont need to put some childish metal-album-artwork to the cover. No band
picture? Who cares about our ugly faces? We liked that photo of JJ and it fitted
to the cover so we put it into.
We started hearing some really good band from Hungarian musical area.
Especially Morbid Carnage is my favourite that attracts my attention. Is there a
rise really or are we late to hear it?
Paga: Do not jump to conclusions. There always were and will be outstanding
acts in Hungary but also there are tons of shitty bands.
There are big festival held in your country which we see from time to time.
is VEÉR or your another band wanting to take place in these festivals or are you
insistant on going underground til the end?
Paga: There are only too mainstream festivals or some gigs in a nasty and
cheap clubs immoderately called festivals. So we wait for the proper
opportunity but it seems were cursed. And we are picky bitches I admit it.
Lastly thanks for the interview and thank you for this great album. We'd
like to hear out if there is anything you want to say to "extreminal.com"
Major: Start making your own alcohol in the basement. thank you for the
interview , and for the following words: sapka, szakáll, padlizsán. much
Paga: And also thank you for my wonderful given name Zoltán, and for
the stuffed cabbage, you may call it sarma.
M: Thanks for the interview.