Thrash Hits Verdict:
This is what we said about Angist when we saw them on the final night of Iceland Airwaves 2011.
This is Angist. It’s dark, thrashy, black metal and it’s bloody brilliant. You will struggle not to headbang to their music. Their major selling point, however, is always going to be their singer. Edda is one of the most terrifying people I’ve ever seen on a stage. Obviously, she was absolutely lovely offstage but she commands her stage incredibly well.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Aggressive, anguish, groove
How did you meet?
Edda (guitar, vocals) and Halli (bass) are siblings and Gyða (lead guitar) met them through mutual friends and we found Tumi (drums) in a dumpster.
What made you want to start a band?
We all enjoy simular music, enjoy playing music and going to concerts, so why not?!
Where did the name come from?
The name describes the music and the lyrics very well in one word. Angist is an Icelandic word for anguish or torment.
How has living in Reykjavík affected the band?
The scene in Reykjavík is small and that makes it easier to get opportunities to perform and connect with people.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
It’s the awesome feeling of seeing a few riffs and thoughts forming a song and bounching back ideas of each other.
We have had the opportunity to meet many great people which have supported us, helped us and encoureged us in what we are doing and that is a great feeling.
You’ve already won some awards, right?
No, not that we know of but we got second place in the Wacken Metal Battle Iceland, which was a fantastic experience for us.
With which band would your dream tour be?
You have a female singer and guitarist. How’s that working out so far?
It’s working out really well. We really don*t think about it like that, we work really well together and it’s all about the music for us.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
The metal scene here is so small that different genres are all mixed together and everybody is really close and help each other out. There are alot of amazing bands here like Severed Crotch, Gone Postal, Sólstafir, Ophidian I, Momentum, Moldun and many more which we recommend people to check out.
What’s the metal scene like in Iceland?
As we said before the metal scene is small and close knit but also very diverse. Anyone can find something that they’ll like. When you go to a metal show here in Iceland, most of the times you’d see a show where all the bands come from different genres of metal but everyone knows each other and are good friends.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
We just came of tour in France and we playd many great shows there but the one in Paris Le Klub was probably the most memorable, alongside the one in Nancy where we got lost on that HUGE stage.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Severed Crotch, Gone Postal, Sólstafir, Ophidian I, Momentum, Moldun, Svarti dauði, Chao, Bastard, Atrum, Carpe Noctem and many, many more.
Tell us a joke.
Two peanuts were walking down the street, one was assaulted.
Angist released the Angist EP in October and are planning to tour more so look out for them.