At this moment the band managed to complete its lineup with the joining of two new guitar players. Now we are five members: Pedro (voice); Diogo (lead guitar); Daniel (rhythm guitar); Koja (bass) and Beto (drums). Although all the elements belong to other bands and projects, Festering are active and available for concerts. Furthermore we are working on new material for a future new album, we already have ten music’s in recording process. We hope to finish this work during 2017.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Festering introduces itself as an Old School Death Metal band like Entombed, Dismember, Death, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, with big influences of Grind/Gore, bands like Napalm Death or Carcass.
3.The band was broken up for a long time, what was the cause of the split?
In reality the band never ended. Festering was a project of my own and some friends. In early 90´s we were young, had some free time and a lot of willingness to play. When we liked some kind of sound that wasn’t inside our bands we created a project. With Festering it was like that, we did some Death/Grind/Gore music genre. In 2011, when I and Pedro decided to relive an old idea of creating a project within this genre, at the time of choosing a name we thought that it would be logical to pick one of the old ones that stayed in the drawer and revive it. And so it was, we chose some music, riffs and old lyrics and wrote some new material. And Festering reborn from the ashes.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Festering'?
Festering means something that is rotten, in decay. The concept and the idea behind the name Festering is of digging up the old Death Metal, the surrealism, the satire, and the dark humor linked to gore and the old horror movies from the 80’s/90’s decades, living dead, demonic prophecies… the black and white environment. The dirty, heavy, fast, extreme sonority. The morbidity and the obscurity of the human mind.
5.I have read that the band has yet to do a live show, is this going t to change in the future?
No. With the arrival of new musicians the band has initiated it´s activity in terms of live performance. Despite the elements that make up the band aren´t exclusively with Festering the band is active regarding live shows.
6.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Surprisingly, the reactions have been very positive from all around the world. Wherever our music as arrived, we got positive feedback, some reviews were very good, excellent. I really wasn´t expecting such a positive reaction, because we took a kind of death metal which wasn´t original and that was a fact assumed by the project mentors. We never had pretensions to something original or too complex. We chose a direct, heavy and fast sound, without bullshit or great technical skills. Initially it was supposed to be a studio project, something we did just for fun and pleasure of playing old Death/Grind. But since the reviews were so good we thought that we should give another life and attention to Festering. Now we shall see where it will lead us.
7.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
The band members are involved in other projects and bands among the most diverse sonorities: Crust, Black Metal, Melodic Death, Brutal e Technical Death, Grind, Doom, etc. Bands like: Analepsy, Trepid Elucidation, Verme, Tod Hubtet Ubel, Martelo Negro, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, Extreme Unction, Necro Terror… Some of them really active and with high projection.
8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In musical terms, we will be sticking to this. The new songs are within the previous album. Maybe we can consider them faster and the Gore/Grind or the groove influence is more present, but I think that it will stick to what we initially had in mind. As for a distant future… we don´t have any plans, but with the arrival of the new guitar players something could change or evolve. But we don´t have great expectations or make any prophecies. As long as we like and keep having fun Festering will go on.
9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Personally, the latest releases from Carcass, Entrails, Asphyx, Bloodbath, Daemonical… have inspired me and helped keep the moral in order to continue writing new stuff for Festering.
Lately, apart from some classics and a few recent bands I haven´t heard a lot of Death Metal. I am listening to something more melodic, Amorphis, Kamelot, Power and Heavy Metal, Doom…As long as it´s Metal I listen to a bit of everything and even somethings outside it. But to play and write songs it´s within Death/Grind/Doom that I feel more comfortable.
10.What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides music and family duties as a father and devoted husband… lol… I have a hobby that steals some time from me, I am a Futsal Coach and during the week I train at night time. It´s a passion that I have for that sport modality, it has been so since about 17/18 years. I also like football (seeing and playing) and basket. I like to cook, I´m passionate for movies and TV series (science fiction, horror, suspense, mystery, fantastic, comedy), I appreciate cartoons and animation movies. Sadly the day only has 24 hours and some of them are reserved for sleeping… lol…
11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all I would like to thank the support for the promotion of our work and the availability/opportunity of giving us room in your publication. Little bands needs people like you who support the Underground and the Death Metal. To the readers, I hope you feel tempted to look for the band, to listen, like and enjoy. I hope you help us spread our sound and try to know a little bit more of what we do in Portugal, where good bands exist within most diverse genres. Never stop supporting Death Metal underground, extreme music and bands like ours who play for pleasure without aspirations to fame or money.