A two man project started in late 2011 with Byron recording and composing all of the songs and Brandon on vocals. The idea was to mix aggressive yet melancholic black metal passages with interweaving clean and ethereal doom parts. A two song Demo was created and released June of 2014, clocking in at just under 20 minutes. With this demo a full line-up was recruited and live shows immediately commenced for the remainder of that year. In February of 2015 the recording of a full length will begin with plans of a release by that same summer, followed by a Canadian tour in the fall.
Hi guys, welcome into The Pit of the Damned.
There is a lot of noise and hype around your name, do you guys realize that?
Byron Lemley: We are currently only concerned with what we are doing now. People have been interested in our demo, which is great for them if they can take something from it, but to us that recording was a statement of where we were in that time emotionally, and nothing more.
Rhys Friesen: Existence never rests in order to cater to any pretentious laurel resting...and neither shall we.
Could you let us know something more about the creation of the band and the choice of the moniker?
BYL: I created this band for my own personal vision to be manifested in a scene that did not represent my emotional state well enough. As time progressed, it turned into something much more. This is an outlet for everyone in the band to feel vulnerable and convey the deep emotions within themselves that need to be filtered out. One overall theme we have as a group is to always move on from what no longer matters. A great quote from Roger that we adhere to is: “The river is the best place for reflection, as it is always moving forward”. In regards to the name it is taken from Tolkien lore. The Black Númenóreans were a race of men who eventually died out because they let greed and power ultimately corrupt them. We have destroyed our earth for that very same reason. We feel this choice of a name very accurately parallels where we are now as humanity.
Which bands influenced your sound? The fact that you live in the west area of Canada, could that not be an influence for your mood and sound? Especially the proximity to the Oregon/Bay area scenes (Wolves of the Throne Room, Deafheaven, Agalloch). Has this had a profound impact on your music?
Roger LeBlanc: Personally, I seek out music that doesn't lie to me, that is honest and truthful. It is becoming extremely difficult to find that honesty in metal music and its many sub-genres. I have immense respect for Wolves, Deafheaven and Agalloch, they are all very true to themselves and from where they come from. They don't let mass opinion or any elitist bullshit get in the way of their creative vision… Mass opinion and mass approval is individual laziness.
BYL: Those influences have seeped into our music. But, anything inspiring and genuine, music and non-music related, will eventually do that. It's inevitable for that not to happen.
How is the metal scene in your area?
RL: What we are doing is vastly different than what other bands are playing where we live. However, I feel that people here have embraced what we are doing with open minds. Even if they don't like it, they certainly appreciate what we are doing.
I have reviewed your Demo (75/100), and I love your music for its vein closeness to Panopticon, Agalloch and Fen. What else have other people said about it? Do you agree with these comparisons?
Would you speak about the new upcoming album that will see the light next summer? What about the lyrics? The process of composition? What we have to expect from it? Are there any changes with the Demo EP sound?