A black metal group that formed in 1997 in Sweden, Pest was known for their desire to produce a ‘purer' version of black metal, one that lacked the symphonic and progressive tendencies of some of the genre's second and third generation acts. Their speedy brand of the dark stuff was first made public on a series of demos that first started hitting the scene in 1998. The duo -- members Equimanthorn (bass and guitars, and not to be confused with the similarly named former member of Dark Funeral) and Necro (guitars, vocals, and drums) (Pest would, on occasion, utilize session drummers on some works) -- released two further demos in 1999, In Eternity Skyless and Black Thorns before ‘officially' releasing the Blasphemy Is My Throne EP in 2002. Finally, a full length from the duo, now making quite a buzz in the ‘true' black metal underground, entitled Desecration, was released in 2003. A pair of EPs followed and in 2005, Pest returned with the sophomore album, In Total Contempt. Season of Mist took on the band, and in 2008 Pest returned to the world of metal with their third album, Rest In Morbid Darkness.
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