Thrash Hits verdict: These five youngsters take none of the black metal influences from their hometown. Clearly a product of the modern age, they’ve learnt their music from the internet. They sound like Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada. Filled with all sorts of minor harmonics and arpeggios, it’s #m0sh or screamo or whatever you want to call it and it’s pretty good. We speak to singer Joakim Vindenes to get his take.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Intense, Heavy and Desperate.
How did you meet?
The three of us who started the band, grew up together on an island outside of Bergen, called Sotra.
What made you want to start Dyst?
Oh, we were young, so young, haha. No deep intentions really, nor did we have very much patience – we actually started the band before our drummer had ever held a drumstick in his hand. So you can imagine how the sound was at first. Naturally it took some time before things started to get hot and heavy.
Where did the name come from?
Dyst is an old Norwegian word that means ‘battle’ or ‘fight’. At first it did not mean much to us, but later on as we’ve grown as a band, the name has come to be a good description as to what the lyrics are about. It also describes the aggression in the music. Though it is not about fighting great medieval wars – the lyrics are often about taking moral stands and fighting against neutrality, egoism and pride, which most often occur in our own heads.
What are your musical influences?
I wish I could talk for a long time about the history of black metal and somehow link it into Dyst and our music, but there is no link really. Most of use love bands like Norma Jean and Converge. Our guitarist Marcus Jørstad, for instance, wrote most of the songs for Judges and Butchers whilst not really listening to any metal at all.
With which band would your dream tour be?
I don´t think we would ever manage to agree on that question, haha. Some mentioned would be Norma Jean, Oh Sleeper and The Devil Wears Prada and more. So far we have only toured with our best friends in other bands, and that is awesome as well, although we do not necessarily feel the honour that we would feel with some of our favorite bands.
What bands in your scene should we find out about?
I think the scene for metalcore-ish stuff is developing in Bergen, but the only band that we feel a pure attachment to would be a band called Void of Sense. We join each other in the studio, practice at the same place, hang together all time, and so on. There are not that many bands in Norway that plays this kind of music. At least not that we know of.
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
During a breakdown, headbanging blood from a cut all over my face, hair and clothes and the audience? Haha. It might have been a nosebleed.
If I said to you, “Det er en rosin i pølse,” what would you do?
Eat it, of course!
Judges And Butchers is available now from wherever you normally get your music from. Expect to see Dyst touring Europe in the very near future.