Death Pegasus are playing a show in Cape Town on Friday night, so caught up with frontman Marcel Marcel for a quick interview…
What is Death Pegasus?
Death Pegasus is a Thrash Metal band from JHB, with members Brian Seston (Drums), Grant Seston (Rhythm Guitar and Gang Vocals), Berneau v.d. Merwe (Base Guitar and Gang Vocals) and Marcel Marcel (Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar).
How long have you guys been a band and what came before that?
We formed the band in November 2012. Before that it was all about art, jamming together and being mega Thrash fans.
What do you do in the band and who does all the artwork?
So far I have been the main writer of the songs and lyrics in Death Pegasus, but recently we have started writing songs together as a band. I also do all the art and visuals for the band, be it cover art, flyers, logo’s etc.
How much is the music and art linked?
The art is closely tied to the music. It directly correlates with the lyrical content and general feel of the band and Thrash in general.
What’s it like being a Thrash band in Joburg and how much did growing up in Joburg influence your sound?
It is exciting being a Thrash Metal band from JHB, as there aren’t many Thrash bands out there, leaving a lot of room to expand and expose this genre of metal to the listeners. Growing up in the city of Johannesburg has had a strong influence on the lyrical content, heaviness of the sound and urgency of the vocal style, as the violence, chaos and intense energy impacts your thinking and psyche.
Which bands are your heros?
Big question, but to name a few: Exodus, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Slayer, Anthrax, Sepultura.
You guys are playing in Cape Town for the first time this Friday, what can people expect?
Coming to a Death Pegasus show you can expect some serious in-your-face Thrash and general mayhem.
What’s the art show about that will be exhibiting at the show?
The art will be reflecting on all the lyrical themes and concepts of all the songs on our E.P. Critical Madness. From War Inside that talks about inner turmoil, to Critical Madness that speaks about the chaotic and mad state of the world.
Facebook event for their show on Friday.