A fresh take on death and thrash metal
Scandinavia has long been a hotbed for metal in all its forms – thrash, death, black – but while Norway and Finland are, in many ways, the spiritual home of such genres, the scene in other northern countries is just as passionate and committed. Take Denmark, for instance, home to the aptly named BAEST – it translates as “beast” or “brute” in Danish, and perfectly captures their vicious sound – the latest in a long line of bands honouring the genres’ roots while bringing their own brand of brutal, ferocious energy to the stage.
Influenced by legendary bands such as Bloodbath, Grave, Entombed, and Dismember, their primary touchstone is the Boss HM-2 guitar pedal, renowned for its savage tone. As such, BAEST are something of a throwback, old school metal combined with their own creative edge – hard hitting thrash guitars, buzzsaw tones, and growling, malevolent lyrics. Live, they’re a charismatic tour de force, lauded for their windmill head banging skills and natural stage presence – not for nothing did they play 40 sell out shows within their first year of existence.
And this is no niche band or unloved sub genre either – the public have warmed to them too; alongside numerous sold out tours, debut album Danse Macabre has been streamed nearly half a million times and was Denmark’s best selling vinyl on its release last summer. With crushing songs such as ‘Crosswhore’ and ‘Vortex’, BAEST are honouring the forefathers they revere so much while creating something fresh that’s full of their own personality – and that has timeless appeal.