Interview: Paganfire

The Filipino thrash squad known as Paganfire have been stomping poser skulls and causing riots ever since their bloody inception in 2003. I caught up with the infamous Nonoy (Guitarist/vocalist) to try figure out what goes on in that mad brain of his. Read forth.

Hails Nonoy!!! I’m sure you’ve done this a million times before, but for the benefit of our readers, please give us a some background on Paganfire’s history and tell us what the band is all about – your sound, influences, etc.

N: Hails James!!! PAGANFIRE have been thrashing since 1999, but in 2002 we had major revamps in our ranks which saw us do the demos and studio fiascos, we have released our debut album back in 2013 and is hopefully still making rounds nowadays, we play true underground thrashing metal, no trendy shit!! We are into most 80’s thrash metal bands and some other genres but most of the time we do not check out erstwhile “modern” bands and albums.

Can you tell us a little about your lyrics and where you draw your inspiration from? What kind of feeling do you wish to transmit through your music? 

N: Our lyrics are about arson, violence, cannibals, poseur eradication, serial killers, religion, the cosmos and beyond, etc etc. No specific feeling but we would want to melt people’s faces with our material on and off the stage.

What can you tell us about the scene in Quezon City? Do you have much of a following? And how is the reception to local gigs?

N: There is no Quezon City scene or Philippine scene for that matter, or if there is one it’s totally shitty, everyone is just trying outplay everyone and to impress each other, haha. In the end, it’s a competition of shitheads, trendsucking rip offs. As far as we are concerned, we walk our own path and it’s either you are with us or against us. No grey areas!

 

What can you tell us about the recording/reception/format, etc of Paganfire’s last album, “Wreaking Fear and Death”? 

N: I am honored that a few metal maniac labels picked ait up and thus making it available on all formats, and I am glad that most of the time, the true underground metal maniacs realize it for what it is, and treat it is an underground gem.

 

Who did the killer artwork for “Wreaking Fear and Death” and how did you hook up with the artist?  

N: He is NORMAN TRINIDAD of KAMBING and TRIDENT NATION ‘zine fame! His artwork speaks for itself!! They reek of true metaldom! Not trendy and standard takes on all things metal, his art used on every PAGANFIRE release is representative of the sound: raw, violent, brash and most of all METAL!!

Are there any local music stores over there where you can obtain good metal? Also, what was the last album you bought?

N: NONE. Most people get their metal fix from other people who order stuff from abroad then sell it online, practically it’s a very small community of people buying and selling from each other, no shops to go to regularly where you can pick up Sarcofago or even Slayer’s old albums on a regular basis, I have traded some titles lately but most of them are “standard” thrash metal albums, some notable stuff I caught is the reissue of MUTILATOR – IMMORTAL FORCE and the forgotten RIGOR MORTIS – FREAKS cd’s and yeah I also have the MUTILATOR dvd from Peru.

You’ve done many splits, but I’m particularly interested in how the split with Nunslaughter came about – also, what are your thoughts regarding the unfortunate passing of Jim Sadist?

N: it took but a couple of years before it finally materialized as NUNSLAUGHTER’s release schedule is always busy!! I just kept in touch with Don until the earth cracked in half and spew out this monstrosity of a split!! I have never been in touch with Jim, but of course, when someone of your kind passes away it is sad, but Jim left behind a true legacy based on his music and his friends, all I can say is he is gone but will never be forgotten.

You have a very extensive discography with many demos, splits and EPs – what are the releases you’re most proud of? Which particular Paganfire release would you suggest as a “starting point” for someone new to your music? 

N: That’s a hard one, but for me ALL of them are my favorites as each reflects the true underground spirit, from the most d.i.y. to the extravagant pro releases, each of them are products of hardwork and trust, which is slowly dying away in the underground scene wherein everyone just wants to be the next flavor of the month and people measure their credibility with the number of “likes” on their profiles and update us with the food they eat rather than the true stuff that matters!! Their songs and their god damn attitude!!! A place to start with PAGANFIRE should always be the 2004 demo, if you can realize it for what it is, then you will definitely sink your teeth on the rest!! If not, then go the fuck away and look for the next trend that will suit you.

Besides making people deaf with your music, what do you do to relax? Are there any cool places in your City to venture to in case you feel the need to “escape” from the masses of shitheads?

N: I c an relax anywhere, just leave me alone and don’t bother me hahaha, I can sit down gobble up some beers by myself and I will be OK, BUT I also prefer to travel, specially going to my hometown, reconnect with friends and relatives, go for a swim (or in my case a dip), binge drink etc etc or just go out and eat with the missus and offspring, there is just not so much to do to escape in this 3rd world hellhole, ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE!

Does the members in Paganfire consume copious amounts of goat piss whilst chanting the hymns of Manggagaway during rehearsals?

N: Goat piss and pig’s blood with meat from the carcasses whilst the rambling of a thousand ogres on through the night!!!!!!!

I demand to know your all-time favorite bands, including a list of 10 albums that are so important to you, that you would simply cease to exist without them. 

N: METALLICA – RIDE THE LIGHTNING, SLAYER – HAUNTING THE CHAPEL, HOLY TERROR – MIND WARS, DEMOLITION HAMMER – TORTURED EXISTENCE, RIGOR MORTIS – S/T, ORDER FROM CHAOS – AN ENDING IN FIRE, SODOM – OBSESSED BY CRUELTY, KREATOR – TERRIBLE CERTAINTY, SEPULTURA – MORBID VISIONS, and INFERNAL MAJESTY – NONE SHALL DEFY pretty much standard fare eh? There are tons of favorites bands, what comes to mind are VIO-LENCE, FORBIDDEN, SADUS, DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, SARCOFAGO, MUTILATOR, PROTECTOR, DEATH ANGEL, DISSECTION, DARK ANGEL, CANCER, DESTRUCTION, HOLY MOSES, ONSLAUGHT, DEATHWISH, POSSESSED, EXODUS, SABBAT (japan and UK) etc etc

What’s next for Paganfire? Will you eventually pass the fire onto your younglings, so that they may continue the legacy of the Pagancult whilst you slaughter the poser angels in the morbid afterlife?

N: Next is the release of the new 2 track demo, and the start of making the 2nd album, I would be glad if my boys pick up instruments and start a band, but I won’t make them either, it’s their choice, it’s their lives anyway, if they don’t do that I won’t encourage them either, to be honest I don’t look forward to any afterlife, we are all worm food when we go. To die is to rest but METAL is the best!!!!

Thanks for filling the blanks, mate!!! Good luck for the future and keep spreading the antichristian terror!!! 

N: thanks goes to you as well mate!! I am glad that you still do interviews and reviews, always remember that you are the one and only maniac from South Africa that I know, from the good old snail mail days to nowadays FB networks hahaha yes we will keep that in mind, and as we say TULOY ANG LABAN AT WALANG ATRASAN!!!  Interested maniacs keep in touch: paganfire13@yahoo.com, argh!!! KAMATAYAN SA HUWAD NA METAL!!!!!

Release details:

Vinyl – Anger of Metal Records (Germany)

CD – Bestial Invasion (UK)

Tape – Mandarangan (USA), Afterlife Prods (Malaysia), Eternal Darkness Creations (USA)

Cai Cai Vilu (Chile)

Discography:

 

Tasteless Revenge Demo 2004

Mapangwasak (the Sandata Manila and Laguna Metal Attack) Split 2004

Mabangis! Marahas! Demo ’04 Demo 2004

Paganfire Demo 2005

Glorious Arson Demo 2005

Thrash Metal Blitzkrieg Vol. 1 Split 2005

Dudurog! Lilipol! Demo 2006 Demo 2006

Hypnotic Thrashing Beast Split 2006

Kamatayan Sa Mga Huwad Na

Metal Compilation 2006

Apoy ng Kamunduhan Video 2006

United by Thrash and Beer II Split 2006

Warlock Moon / Paganfire Split 2007

Dreaded Peril Demo 2007 

Cum Sock / Paganfire Split 2008

Paganfire / Corrupt Insanity Split 2008

The Oath of Termination Split 2008

Warlock Moon / Paganfire 

Chamber 69 Split 2008

Hate Vanishing Point EP 2008 

Winasak ng Apoy Split 2009

Promo Tape Demo 2010 

Invoke False Metal’s Death Compilation 2010

Pagkatay sa Mapagpanggap –

Official Live Bootleg Live album 2010

Thrash Metal Superstars Split 2010

Vehemence Ensue Demo 2011

Ritwal ng Pagnanasa Split 2011

Paganfire / Moder Split 2011

Kagadanan sa Sagin na Metal:

Bicolust Devastation Live album 2012

Bakal sa Bakal, Laman sa Laman

(Huwad na Metal, Kayo ang

Hangal) Demo 2012

Rites, Camera Devastation Vol. 1 Video 2012

Wreaking Fear and Death Full-length 2013

Possessed with Metal Madness Compilation 2013

Estruendos sepulcrales tocan a

tu puerta Split 2014

The Passion of the Thunderbrawl! Live And Raw! Live album 2015

Sabbatical Vermin Born / The

Witchhammer of the Power

Elitist Split 2015 

Rites, Camera Devastation Vol. 2 Video 2015

Ang Susupil! Ang Kikitil! EP 2016

The Executor Is Back EP 2016

Obscured Visions of Satanic

Arson Split 2016

Rites, Camera Devastation Vol. 3 Video 2017

Niszczyciel Compilation 2017

반격 (反擊) EP 2017

Karumaldumal!!!

Kasuklamsuklam!!! Demo 2017

…of Chaos… and Then Some…

Death… FUKK! Compilation 2018

JH