“Five Minutes With” Local Black Metal Band Black Pestilence

In the winter of 2008, Black Pestilence was formed in Calgary, Canada by bassist/vocalist Valax. Initially, Black Pestilence started as a one-man studio project, but years afterwards, evolved into a three-piece band. Over the years, Black Pestilence has been known for its unique sound by combining black metal, punk rock, thrash, and noise.

The band has released six full-length albums, filmed five music videos, and performed all over Canada and Europe. They have also shared the stage with a number of notable bands including Soulfly, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Absu, Skeletonwitch, and Wednesday 13.

Black Pestilene band Photo - credit Belfry Photography
Photo credit: Belfry Photography

Name: Black Pestilence

Genre: Black Metal/Thrash Metal/Punk/Noise

Founded: 2008

# of Albums: 6

Latest Release: Hail the Flesh

Latest Single: My Will to Power

Latest Video: My Will to Power (Lyric Video)

Favourite Local Restaurant:

Kinjo Sushi & Grill

Favourite band as a teenager:


Guilty Pleasure Song:

You shouldn’t have to feel guilty if a song brings you pleasure

Live Show Ritual:

Put on the mask and get in the zone

Favourite local artist:

Bloated Pig and/or Fjell Thyngor

Nose Hill or Fish Creek??

Nose Hill

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

Road or studio?


Where can we follow you?


Any shows or albums coming up?

“Hail the Flesh” out now on all digital and streaming platforms. CDs and other merch are available at our Bandcamp page.