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A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN ABILDSTEN from BAEST – February 2021

| 12 February 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Denmark’s premium death metal powerhouse BAEST release the music video for “Necro Sapiens”, the third single and title track off their upcoming full-length album. BAEST come from Aarhus in Denmark and have successfully established themselves as one of the country’s most promising metal acts in recent years. While deeply rooted in straight-forward classic death metal inspired by genre legends like Dismember, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Death, and Bolt Thrower, the 2015 formed band evolved from a Danish underground phenomenon to an internationally touring act (2018 tour with Abbath, 2019 EU/UK trek with Decapitated). Also, at festivals like Summer Breeze, Copenhell, Ruhrpott Metal Meeting, Roskilde, they left audiences impressed and begging for more. After their already praised debut album Danse Macabre the band took it to the next level in 2019 and delivered Venenum where they refined their already steamroller-like signature sound.” We get drummer Sebastian to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

When you listen to Necro Sapiens you are going to get most BAEST-sounding experience so far, and we are really proud of how it ended out. This record was recorded live, so we managed to catch the BAEST-live-experience.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

We have been driven by the will to create music and especially metal music since we can all remember. It was in-evident that we were going to do this! So when we formed in 2015 it was pretty special for all of us. We knew that we could do something creative together.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

 I remember my first concert – seeing Deep Purple some twenty years ago. It was an experience I Weill never forget. It definitely started my dreams of being a professional musician.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

We love Bloodbath, Opeth, Dying Fetus, Entombed and Iron Maiden.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

We would love to do a song with LG from Entombed AD. He is a legend and we hope that he is doing better these days.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We play old school death metal. It’s fast and it’s slow but it’s always hard-hitting. We would definitely just invite someone to a live show to experience it rather than describe it. We really make an effort out of brining the most intense energy every night.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I love to cook and usually does it when we are in the studio or hanging out. But we all have a taste for quality food and making it, I work as a chef for example. I love acoustic guitar as well but we usually don’t do that when we party. We mostly listens to music or watch Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance from 1996.

8. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Hmm good question. I was pretty starstruck last time I saw Vogg from Decapitated. He is an absolute legend in the business and an amazing guitar player and songwriter.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

We are all pretty new to being musicians so we are actually not doing it full time yet. We have various jobs. The best part of being a musician is being on tour and being able to do a thing you love and people will support you.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Hmm not really any questions we are tired of asking and I don’t have imagination to make up a good question.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

No we have pretty much followed the right road so far. We are very fortunate to have had such good first impressions of most of our steps. From playing our first show, our first tour, our first festivals and so on.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would love be a part of the Moving Pictures recording session by Rush. I would just be there and watch it happen. I would definitely NOT participate in it though haha.




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