Some of the most exciting discoveries we’ve made during the last five years of running GigRadar have been from the Hungarian metal and hardcore scene. And we’ve got another monster of a heavy Hungarian band to add to the list in Nest of Plagues.
The band consists of, in their words, “three idiots” in the form of Daniel Ivanics (bass and vocals), Balázs Fűr (drums) and Máté Breier (guitar), who “dragged another innocent soul” Evelin Kövecses (guitar) along for the ride “through thousands of bottles of alcohol and parties.”
As Dani explains: “Evi drank us under the table numerous times and then decided that she wanted to play with us, and we were absolutely happy about that. That was about two years ago. Before that, like eight years ago, me and Máté had a previous band which disbanded. When Balázs joined us, that was the start of Nest really, but with Evi I think the last piece of the puzzle has finally fitted in.”
The band has since honed a huge metalcore meets deathcore sound that their members select a delicious collection of adjectives for. For example, Dani summarises it as “heavy, disgusting and happy” before going on to say: “”‘Dzssszzsszs Dszsszzss, Breeeeee, Do you want to feel pain? Hopeful screams and tears, happy growling and harsh singing.” While Evi sums their sound up as “angry, hurt and euphoric,” Balázs goes for “dynamic, unique and modern,” and we especially enjoy Máté’s oxymoronic fusion of “filthy, beautiful and enthusiastic.”
Máté goes on to explain the band’s sound as: “We attempt to write groovy, catchy music with varied growls/screams and melodic vocals based on the deathcore or metalcore genre. We try to find a balance between heavy elements and catchy or melodic elements.”
And Balázs adds: “Groovy guitar riffs and heavy breakdowns with tasteful drum grooves and blastbeats. Various screams, most of which are pretty understandable, and the lyrics are meaningful too!”
Our latest taste of this is new single Inferno, which launches straight into brutal screamed vocals “You think there was a goal that you achieved, But only misery and grand lies you believed, ‘Cause you’re weak motherfucker and I am strong, There is no victory for what you have longed, You’re born from death and you deserve every second of it, I fought for every moment for the fire I lit” over crushing low-tuned guitars.
The intense vocals continue, while the aggressive opening guitars eventually feed into more atmospheric and melodic guitars. Then heavy stabbing guitars come in and give way to a cool atmospheric section supporting spoken vocals.
That explodes into a booming riff alongside crushing drums and distant piercing guitar notes. Then another cool atmospheric section supports the more uplifting closing vocals “I wanna believe in mankind, Every mind want peace like mine, I have gained a new sight, ‘Cause now I see the light.”
On the track, Dani told us: “The reception has been pretty good here in Hungary, but we would really like to get our music out to the whole world as much as we can. Anyone who hasn’t listened to it yet should expect something modern, but not too alien from aggressive styles of metal like deathcore, metalcore and groove metal.” Check it out in the video here:
That follows a series of crushing singles over the last couple of years, which follow album and EP releases in 2018 that we firmly recommend giving a listen. The latest singles include the absolutely huge Megalomania. It opens up with piercing guitars and a cool diving riff supporting Dani’s intense opening vocals. A guttural scream unleashes pounding drums and a fun bouncy riff, then another scream launches into intense vocals.
A lively riff takes over and feeds into a chorus “Praise every evil that you couldn’t name, I’m every fucking plague that you wanted to blame, Die for every fabricated mortal hero, Your body returns to absolute zero,” which ends on guttural screams of “I was weak, I was lost, Then I became God.” That unleashes darker guitars, that give way to more intense screams before huge blastbeat drums and a wild guitar solo drop into a huge atmospheric section.
Another chorus kicks in and gives way to a fun riff and savage screams as the track comes to a massive dark conclusion. Check it out in the video below:
Equally huge is the Memento For Her Deeds, which opens up with a lively riff and intense drums. An opening verse drops into a huge riff and fast-paced drums as the intensity increases and builds into an almost melodic but at the same time hard-hitting chorus.
There’s nothing melodic about what follows it, as the chorus ends on a vicious scream of “Hell is as fucked up as me” that ushers in a booming low-tuned guitar. A brief pause for breath gives way to a breakdown of crushing guitars and cymbals with cool little flurries of guitar, before building up to a big final chorus. Check it out here:
The intense Nest of Plagues sound has been inspired by a wide range of metal and deathcore bands. For example, Dani tells us he’s mainly into Machine Head and Gojira plus deathcore bands like Thy Art is Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Attila, Fit for an Autopsy.
Evi is more into Attila, Lamb of God, Miss May I, Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps, Make Them Suffer and VOLA. While Balázs names his early influences as Lamb of God and Machine Head before getting into Thy Art is Murder and Fit for an Autopsy. And Máté gives us a chronological list of metal influences: Korn, Metallica, Nightwish, Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, In Flames, Lamb of God, Thy Art Is Murder, Attila, Architects, Born of Osiris, Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Crown the Empire, Make Them Suffer, Eskimo Callboy, as well as the likes of Porcupine Tree, Twenty One Pilots.
While on what influences them to write music, Dani tells us: “The lyrics on this new album that we will hopefully release later this year is entirely about my last two years. My General Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder developed to a point where I had to change several things in my life to successfully fight anxiety, my addictions and my fears and turn it around so I could live every day happily and be grateful for it.”
As mentioned, we love the Hungarian metal bands we’ve discovered in the past, including the likes of HARMED, Faminehill, Omega Diatribe and Before We Fall. But it’s been a little while since we featured any, so we asked the band for their thoughts on their local scene.
Evi told us: “I think we have a strong and convergent underground metal scene in Hungary, centralizing in Budapest of course. The people who are in it are really committed to what they’re doing, which expands not only to playing music and forming bands together, but to help keep the underground alive in different ways like organising gigs, writing blogs about music, doing concert photography, making music videos and so on.
“Once the feeling catches you, you can’t let it go, you can’t not be part of the community. I think we help each other as we can, but it stays between us, I mean you can’t really hope much support from above, you have to find your own way to prevail. It’s not easy especially if you play heavy music like us, but we’re trying to reach more people with our music over the border.”
And Balázs adds: “Yeah, the underground scene is like a family here. You know everyone, most people are helping each other, and of course there are some people you don’t wanna deal with… It has its benefits, like there is a core audience that goes to every venue, but it has its downsides too, like your growth as a band is very limited.”
There’s much more to come from Nest of Plagues including their second full length album, which should be out either at the end of this year or early 2022, and looking ahead to a third album beyond that. They’ll also be releasing more music videos from the upcoming album and plan to take it on tour, including a busy autumn of playing concerts across Hungary.
They’re also keen to find help to take them spread their wings. As Evi explains: “We’re currently looking for an agency abroad, who would help us expand beyond Hungary, so that we can play gigs abroad and spread our music to more people.”
Nest of Plagues also offer an important message around mental health and wellbeing. As Dani explains: “With this new album we would like to emphasise how important mental wellbeing is. How we should not look down on others who have mental disorders, rather we should lend our hands to help them. How all the imprints these people get throughout their life should dissolve, and most importantly we would like to tell you that there is absolutely no shame in reaching out and getting help. Hopefully this message will get to as many people as possible.”