1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band
The band is relatively young, most of us started to play together just a few years ago. We come from a small Finnish town called Kotka located on the shore of the Baltic Sea. The place is known for its paper mills, beautiful parks and, of course, metal bands.
2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Well, our music is a gloomy mix of different kinds of death metal. There are melodies, growls and slow doomy bits to it. The main thing is the feel of it all. We try to get a got melancholic vibe into the songs.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Usually the topics seem to revolve around different kind of nihilistic existential ponderings. Many of us living in the western world are feeling nauseated although technically we have everything we need.
It is easier than ever to be in touch with people and still there is a lot of loneliness. When our basic needs are filled, we tend to lose focus of what is really important.
As a mankind we make mistakes, and thats okay, but we should try to learn from them. Instead we keep repeating them.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Marianas Rest'?
The inspiration is our lovely Baltic Sea and its depths. It is a variation of ”Marianas Trench”, the deepest place on our planet. That name was already taken at the time we picked our name, so we came up with this. It is supposed to reflect the cold and heavy side to our music, but at the same time its kinda pretty, as the music is supposed to be.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven’t played a lot of shows yet, but hopefully that will change. The best would probably be our record releasing gig at Sam’s Pub in Kotka. The house was packed and the feeling and people were amazing. A night to remember.
On stage we are not as serious as the music is. We are easy going guys who like to have fun. The music is bleak enough, the show doesn’t need to be.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We sure have, but we cannot announce them right here. Have to wait until everything is clear.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
The feedback we received has been invigorating. People seem to like the album very much, which of course is a huge relief for us. We put so much into it that it would really had sucked balls if people had thought it was total crap.
8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
A few of us, yes. Aapo (keyboards) plays melodic death metal in Omnium Gatherum and is currently touring with them in the US. Nico M. (guitars) plays melodic metal in a band called Alcantaria and I also sing in ID: Exorcist.
We have a few side-projects as well: Pekka and the Guns of Love and Romantic Tiger. It would be best, if the world wouldn’t hear about the last two.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We hope to refine what we have started. Horror Vacui is just the beginning and it is too early to say where the road will take us.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We listen to so many different types of music that it is impossible to list everything here. Our bassist has been listening to Top Gun soundtrack a lot lately. A bit too much if you ask me. People are getting suspicious.
Besides the clear death and doom vibes, our music has elements of black metal. Bands devoted to melancholy, such as Sentenced, Katatonia and Paradise Lost, have definitely contributed to the overall mood of the music.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Drinking, scheming, house renovating, moonlight walks and occasional nude runs. We also have a tennis team together. It is called ”Crotch pain boys”.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Dont be a fool, buy our album. It is not the best, but probably good enough.
All questions answered by Jaakko Mäntymaa, vocals.