Faustus Discusses Music, Music, and More Music!

Metal go getters FAUSTUS has not one but two album's currently, with a lot much in-store for themselves. No shows or touring yet in the works, just focusing upon more music than anything else really. The band discusses their music content and everything else with it!

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

From the forests in the middle of Sweden the foundation of the band was formed in 2011 by the two brothers Anton Pärlenskog (guitars), Oskar Pärlenskog (drums) and Mattias Lövhaga (guitars) soon after they met at a local School. During the first years our main focus was to find a solid lineup, as well as writing material for our first demo.

As a session musician for an upcoming show Nils Hedberg (bass) joined in 2013, and has since been a member of the group. Since then, we parted ways with our first vocalist Victor to find our next vocalist, Jonas.  Shortly thereafter, we began writing our first album Laments of an Obscure Mind. Featuring 11 tracks and released on all major platforms. 

Jonas had to, due to personal reasons, step down from the role as vocalist and Faustus were left without a front man. During that time Ludvig Setterlind (vocalist) was in a band called Amentia, friends of ours. As we of Faustus were in need of a vocalist, having booked some gigs in Sweden we reached out to Ludvig to help us.

After the tour we felt we had found the perfect match and asked Ludvig to join permanently, he kindly accepted. Faustus started to write our magnum opus,THE record “Memoriam” right away.  One year after we started the writing process, the album was done. Scheduled to enter Obsidian Recordings Located in the well-known Studio Fredman In the fall of ‘21.

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

The origin of the name is based on a combination of the iterations of Dr. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Christopher Marlowe. More attuned to the tragic and mystic parts of the character.

In Marlowes drama Faustus sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and a life of 24 years in success and bliss. But as we all know, selling your soul to the devil might come with some complications.

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

The band Faustus originated in Bollnäs, Hälsingland, Sweden (pronounced: HELL-sing-land) is a small town but despite its size there are a lot of musicians and bands located here. The live music scene in this town is unfortunately not the most popular for metal music anymore… 

But this town has A LOT of great metal musicians! We have a ton of really good bands such as: Morgana Lefay, Tad Morose, Gormathon, Bloodbound, Caedem and of course ourselves Faustus. We all started in this little town in the middle of nowhere!

4. How would you describe your style?

It is very hard to put yourself in a genre, we don't really fit the specifics. To make life a little easier we call it “knövelmetal” as coined by the Djentlemen of Meshuggah.

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

We have  one self-released album prior to this release "Laments of an Obscure Mind". What you can expect is brutal technical polyrhythmic madness but with an emphasis on groove and also at times doomish. Tuned down to hell and let's not forget about those tasty leads.

Due to severe personal loss and terrible events that we in Faustus have experienced in the last couple of years, the upcoming album “Memoriam” is an amalgamation of those feelings and experiences as well as us taking things to the next level with some unadulterated thinking.

We all managed to harness our darkest thoughts, grief and hate to write this record!

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

Well we have the album of course. Other than that it's just bits and pieces here and there and ideas that we want sooner than later to transition into a few songs.

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

Nothing planned, yet! 

We have been focused on releasing this fucking beast of an album. As for now, the planning of shows and touring has started! 

Want us to come to your town?

Contact: official.faustus@gmail.com

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

Our plans are to play shows as much as possible showing the world what we have to offer, and we're already conjuring up ideas for album #3. We are also planning on making one more music video for this album after it's release.

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

We’re actually on every streaming platform, just type our name in the search bar. Otherwise, you can pre-order our upcoming album "Memoriam" very soon and also buy the recent album and merch from bandcamp. (https://faustus.bandcamp.com/releases).

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

The music can be used as an outlet for any kind of emotion. Enjoy the ride, the album is a journey. Try to have a fresh mind listening to it, from start to finish and we don’t recommend disturbances around you.

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