Phrenetix Talks of Current Release and Wanting to Play, Play, Play!

Elemental metal go getters PHRENETIX have been active for a while now, releasing their debut album way back in 2015. Then their sophomore album followed years later just last year in 2021! For now though they are just chilling since this last album's release, hoping to hit the road and play as many shows as possible as soon as possible! The band talks of these plans and more all below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

There was a thrash metal band from Vilnius called State of Ruin, and in the summer of 2011 two members died in a tragic car accident. After a period of doubt and depression, me (Lina) and the drummer Jonas made the decision to keep going. In 2012, bassist Daumantas and guitarist Tomas joined, and that’s how Phrenetix started. During later years, there were a couple of line up changes, but in the present moment Phrenetix are:

Lina – vocals/ guitar

Paulius – guitar

Daumantas – bass guitar

Martynas - drums

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We were quite 'messed up' at that time, so we tried to mirror that in our name. Frantic was s good word that suited us, but unfortunately - very popular. So we added a couple of letters and tadam - Phrenetix is born!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based in Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania. Atmospheric music dominates the scene. Post black, post rock, avant-garde black and etc. Also, we have strong traditions in folk music, so pagan metal also has a big following.

From faster genres in Lithuania, I would love to mention our pals Tručas (thrash metal) and Pekla (speed metal). There is a great progressive pagan metal band Juodvarnis. Also, we love a couple of stoner metal bands with catchy melodies called Black Citrus and Orb.

4. How would you describe your style?

I guess that’s one of the hardest questions for us lately. Honestly, I don’t know. Easy answer would be thrash metal, but we’ve added a lot of elements from other genres, like pop/disco, classical music, alternative metal and eventually it got messed up…Yeah, so let’s call it Messed Up Thrash Metal. It has the energy and the drama of traditional thrash, but with a little more of a melodic spice.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released our first album “Fear” in 2015, and our second one “Exuviae” in 2021. Honestly, even we don’t know what to expect from us (haha). It could be anything really, that's the exciting part of the band. All I can say is that we love riffs, melodies and experimenting - we’ll see how it turns out in the third album.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

It was a very difficult, long and jarring experience of recording our latest album Exuviae, so now we are letting ourselves get some fresh air by playing covers and just chilling. Ideas are being put together slowly, but it'll take some time. Listen to Exuviae until then! Even if it's not your cup of tea – it'll be an interesting listen, for sure.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We have local  gigs and festivals in Lithuania this Summer, but we will getting our asses abroad soon. Though, if you know someone who wants to get us to their city – let us know!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Well, our main goal is to hit the road and play as many gigs as possible. That’s our dream, that’s our passion and we see a future there.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to Phrenetix:

Our music and merch to buy:

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The feelings that you had when listening and the guitar melodies.

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