Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. (H.P. Lovecraft)
As I heard you first time back in 2009, I never expected to see that amazing band today. What happened between 2009 and 2014?
We have been constantly working on our two albums, developing our style and improving our craft. 5 years of devotion.
Your current line-up is a paragon how the European Union should work, ha ha. Where are you guys from and how fits that together?
Cultus and I are from Poland, Menthor is Portuguese and Dictator is from Cyprus. We all live in the UK except for Dictator, but somehow we manage to get together when it comes to gigs, so we are able to perform. The three of us who are in the UK rehearse regularly.
When you are the chaos (Kaos), how can you pull all strings together? Is LYCIFYRE governed democracy or dictatorship?
Democracy is for the weak, so you know where I stand. However, I do respect what everybody says in the band and I don’t take full credit for that, since our drummer Menthor has a real talent to drain sonic darkness out of me, so I would say Lvcifyre is the synthesis between me and him. Naturally, the rest of the boys have their own place in the band and do their job perfectly.
A sinister chaos with a strong structure, is this the secret behind the band? What keeps you driving?
LHP, Darkness, the Devil and his forms, blood sacrifice.
Tell me something about SVN EATER itself! For how long and where did you work on it? Are any conceptual ideas behind the lyrics, or are they just … lyrics?
The writing process took us 3 years and that was the most frequent and intense creation I have ever done. We have worked a lot on that, collectively and individually. We focused on feeling what we were trying to achieve before each rehearsal so it could manifest sonically in Lvcifyre.
There is no main concept lyrically; rather my attention is divided between separate subjects. I suppose Lvcifyre means the most to us, and for everybody else it is a band with songs and lyrics.
I don’t expect everybody to feel what we do – with that said, there is a decent amount of deviants who do follow us.
The new album starts with a relatively slow moving song and then it plummets into the blast – hell (mainly). Is that beginning something like a willful misleading, or just an intro…? What has driven you to this great morbid song?
We had been planning to do something unique in the studio from the moment we started our recording session, but we wanted to do it when we were totally warmed up and mentally exhausted. We were waiting to achieve this higher state of morbidity, so when the Night Sea Sorcery came forth to us we just helped it a bit and captured it. It sounds very honest and perfect to me.
To connect the vocals with the music on an emotional basis, make it some kind of homogeny and let it sound dark and scary seems to be one of the most important elements for SVN EATER, right?
I suppose it is important, like anything in music, but I'm very satisfied with my vocal work and also with Mark of the Devil’s.
As not to be a friend of modern religions you will get the bull of excommunication soon for sure, ha ha. What brings you to your ideology? Or does it just fit to Metal Music?
Metal is merely a platform for me to release what is dreamt inside of me; a spiritual path is a separate thing altogether, but it could be used together as in any art. I took my path a long time ago and there is no other way for me. Lvcifyre could be also seen as my struggle to return to my source.
You use some short samples – that fit perfectly to the music – but do they continual too? What were your criterions for choosing them?
We made those samples ourselves. All notes have been chosen and put together to create an atmosphere close to the main concept of each song. As you see we had some dark ambient work to do also, not only Black/Death Chaos. The exception here is Fyre Made Flesh, where a short intro speech was taken from a film.
Musically I see some parallels’ to NILE. Is this description of the album too easy?
I suppose people see different things, or things they want to see or hear. Classifying and comparing becomes the ultimate shortcut to explain all creation. There are no bands that inspire us, and we do not pay tribute to any musical acts, no matter how cult they are. Lvcifyre reaches deeper that human entertainment.
Do you think the line between Death and Black Metal blurs with your music?
Well spotted. Both Death and Black stand on the same Devil firmament, and I for one do not acknowledge shit like Decapitated as Death Metal. Death Metal is Metal of Death!
How modern or classical do you understand your music?
Very much classical - and will be even more classical in the new compositions. I don’t care about modern new waves on trendy scene, but I am not a diehard follower of the old school. I respect honest art and it does not abound.
In my review I wrote you are darker than Heinrich VIII, Jack The Ripper, Margaret Thatcher, the Sherriff of Nottingham and Elton John together and I’m right for sure? How important are the opinion of the people and the image for you?
That is one fucked up mix, I would never have come up with anything like this, your LSD must be much better. I'm almost certain that feedback is important to all creators, the ego won’t leave us alone and sadly most of us are weak.
The ego was important in the beginning, and then the urge became more controlled. The Might that can be brought forth in live shows is the only one that matters now.
There’s no mistake about it, this music expels the innocent from the innocents? Why are you such a nihilist, don´t you believe in innocence?
How would you expect me to believe in innocence? I'm aware of the existence of such a noble force, but hate, disgust and rejection play their role very well and they are much closer to me. Look around at what is happening to this promised shell, the disease of multiculturalism infects all Man-made progress, or maybe I'm merely trying to find an excuse for my nihilism. It requires deep thought, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to fully answer that question. I just don’t like people and lately all forms of existence.
It seems LVCIFYRE is regimented and pretty serious with all the things you do. Can the fun getting lost sometimes?
That depends on your definition of fun. There is hard work that comes with it, in the end fulfillment is more important than fun.
Can you remain faithful to your way in the maelstrom of modern times with shrinking number of sales, illegal downloads and all the new bands out there?
Well, we are still standing here in the underground or maybe even below. From a material point of view, we don’t get shit out of this – in fact, we constantly put our money into the band. Times are different now, I think you can define success by getting a deal that covers your recording and everything else associated with the album release. However, this system has also been destroyed by those who record in their bedrooms and give away their music for free. They have shown the labels that they can get a free recording, so I would like to send a big FUCK OFF to those maggots.
What means Metal to you? Is it maybe more than just hanging out with buddies, destroying hectoliters of beer and without the need to wash your neck? What influence has Death Metal to your real way of life?
I don’t hang out with losers who constantly getting pissed. I would rather see my friends and drain something constructive out of the meeting, like my band mates.
Metal of Death is a sonic representation of the Devil, so it means a lot, it is a platform where dark energies could manifest. Lvcifyre become as natural as brushing your teeth, there are maybe a handful of days in a given year when I am not doing something band-related, most likely when I go on holiday.
The day, when hell opens the doors, and the purgatory devours all hypocrites, you will sit relaxed on your coffee table with erected middle-finger, right? I mean I understand the music still as indictment against a dishonest establishment too? Or am I wrong?
No, you are not wrong, fuck this world!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
DISCREATION – this name means Death Metal with the best elements of European and American School. Remorseless blasts meet heavy grooves while epic melodies and great choruses complete their sounds. brutal, melodic, catchy.
Nothing more to say. That description from the band themselves fits perfectly. So we can save time, lets go straight to the interview with founding member Sebastian:
Hi Sebastian, How are you? Are you still punished by the gods with contempt by silence, or have they forgiven you in the meantime, because Discretion has released such a damn godless album?
Ha ha, well it seems our music hasn`t found its way to the heavens as we haven`t received any response from there. The earthly feedback has been really great though.
The silence of the gods – is this a message with actual aspects or more mystical shit? Interpretations are always allowed, but do you really care about your lyrics, maybe you just need some filler?
It is a message for sure. And yes, we actually do care about our lyrics. Growling is an aggressive style of singing, therefore you should sing about things that make you angry. “The Silence Of The Gods” means that all the religions claim to know the truth, referring to a god nobody has ever seen or talked to. It’s a pretty simple picture, but nonetheless it shows the ridiculousness in a fitting manner. It`s nothing new of course, but organized religion is one of humanities biggest scourges to this day. The same is true for all the “serious” occult shit.
Is your 3rd album your strongest? It sounds so unbelievable relaxed and easy. It feels like you´ve played it by the seat of one´s pants!
I would definitely agree, that “The Silence Of The Gods” is our strongest album. I guess it is a good thing to sound relaxed and easy. It means that we didn`t wanted too much.
Seriously, how much work is in it?
Well, we worked almost one year on the songs. Some were easier to write, others had to be thought over again and again. “I Reign Supreme” almost wrote itself, whereas “Tombworld” was really hard to finish. Sometimes you feel immediately what a song needs, sometimes its trial an error.
Balance seems to be important – hardness and melody, technique and harmony – or am I wrong?
I think variety is an important thing. I like to listen to an album from start to finish. And if it`s an one trick pony I get bored. I prefer to have different moods and perspectives on an album. And that’s why we try to make our music varied as well.
To take a straighter path as the last album was the right decision, what do you think?
Definitely! We wanted to get more to the point and I think we achieved that. We worked on our songwriting approach and tried to sound darker and more aggressive.
Do you understand a striking riff as base for a song and the rest fits easily around it? Or is that process complex?
Both can be true. A good riff is always the starting point. It kind of sets the mood for the song. Then sometimes the rest comes almost by itself, sometimes you have to fight to get the song properly done. Sometimes it’s a good idea to leave a song unfinished and to move on with a new idea. Later you come back it with fresh ears and maybe some new ideas come by. It`s also possible that you realize that only one part of a song is really good and the rest is crap. But overall there is no standard formula.
Is it necessary for a band being to be catchy in order to please the fans? How important is the public opinion for you?
I don`t think so. It`s necessary to be good at what you`re doing. Then it would be good to have a lot of money to get proper advertising and stuff. Gorguts aren`t catchy by any means but have great success with their new album. It`s Death Metal after all, and to everybody who isn`t already into this kind of music it all sounds like crap. So no, it`s not important to be catchy, but somehow this is how our music sounds. It`s not necessarily intended. The public opinion is important though. The more is written and said about us the more people give it a listen. And that’s great of course!
Where do you think is your musical base, where do you see yourself?
That’s always hard to say. When we started we were big fans of bands like Vader, God Dethroned, Six Feet Under and so on. These bands inspired us to start our own band. That’s where we come from. And I think we`re still developing. But I think that we have established a certain sound. We sound like Discreation. And to describe this sound is your job, mate!
Originally you wanted to release an album back in 2012– why is that noble purposes failed?
At the end of 2011 our drummer decided to leave the band because he had lost his passion for playing in a band. It took us some months to find a replacement. Additionally we also needed a new rehearsal room. Then, after Martin joined the band as our new drummer, we first had to practice our old songs to be able to play live. After that we began to write new songs from the scratch. We already had some material, but decided to dump it.
In the past you have changed your lineup several times. Getting new guys on board – is this a welcome source of inspiration – or dominates the dictatorship of the founding fathers?
Everyone in the band contributes to the songwriting. Every idea will be tried if it’s not too far off the track. But of course after doing this for 13 years we know what we want in our music and maybe we know what we don`t want even more.
You’re working brave for the band since 2001 – why is the great breakthrough still refused? Or am I too blind to see?
Oh well, that’s a difficult question. Let`s put it that way: To “break through” you need a really great album, al lot of money and a lot of time. And you need everything at once. Than you can have a chance to break through. But nowadays you also have to ask, what breaking through means anyway.
What´s actually your definition of success in a (by instinct) growing scene?
First, it’s a success that we are still around after all these years. It’s a success that almost everyone seems to love our new album. Now it would be cool if more promoters would contact us and invite us to play.
What has driven and inspired you in the past, as you started with the band and what´s your motivation today?
It was the love for metal has driven us to start a band. And we still have a lot of fun creating new music and playing shows. We have the best line-up ever and I feel that “The Silence Of The Gods” has just been the starting point for great things to come.
You started the band with no previous knowledge of how a band is ran, new to the instruments, etc... – was it blue-eyed afterwards?
Of course it was. But you have to start somewhere. We learned everything from scratch. And I think that is a good thing. Maybe we could have progressed faster if we had been more experienced. But on the other hand I believe that this is why we developed our very own perspective on playing Death Metal.
Anyway, you are still here. Do you trust the “hype” about the new album? It seems the press loves you.
There`s not much not to trust to be honest. I believe that the people who reviewed the album didn`t lie, so I think they really like it. Besides that, the sales are very okay for our means. There could be more gig offers though as I mentioned already.
Do you think death metal has still a lot to offer? What will you offer to us in future?
Death Metal still has and will always have a lot to offer. Death Metal is pretty vital after all these years. Just look at the whole underground old school movement. Or bands like Gorguts, Portal or Ulcerate who created a whole new musical language. Or the old heroes like Deicide who just released their best album in 20 years. These are great times for Death Metal. And it doesn`t matter if it`s mainstream or not. Just keep the Core out of Death and everything will be great!
Last spot is yours!
Thank you very much for this interview. Only Death is real!!!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Brutal and uncompromising, yet with a melodic touch - that has been FEROCITY's trademark for years. With Nikolaj Kjærgaard on the drums as the newest addition to the band, FEROCITY are now focusing a lot more on grind and blastbeats than when they first started out. Where other bands go from brutal to more mainsteam, FEROCITY are doing the opposite! With inspiration from both N.Y. death metal, swedish and polish death metal bands, FEROCITY are creating a style of their own... from their short – bio on facebook. But I wanted to know more, so here ist what Kasper, the singer thinks about the new album The Souvereign:
Hi Kasper. The new FEROCITY album is some days out now. Can you give me a first upshot of the response already?
Hi! Worldwide it has been received very well and with high ratings. It´s been overwhelming for us and we’re truly thankful.
Give me some details about it!
We have worked on the album for quite some time now; most of the material was tested at concerts. We wanted to show our musical ambitions, and took the time to pick the right songs. It seems like this paid off very well with the fans.
Let´s go deeper. Behind the album title conceals a topic that never loses its actuality, right?
We are quite aware of the importance of the topic even though the record should not be seen as a concept record at all. Unfortunately this topic never seems to fade out, and even though it is described in so many books and songs it is still important to focus on.
Is the hardness that the new one shows to us your way of denying compromises?
We´d like to think so. We wanted to make an album where we peeled off all the unnecessary ingredients that may have given us some challenges in the past. I think we managed to do this and we certainly are planning to continue this process on the next album.
Grooves and blasts are close together like Fussball and beer - or is this thought too easy?
True, like Ferocity and the love of uncompromising brutal death metal!
The grinding moments on it were the most surprising parts for me. Where did you get that?
The grinding is an important part of our music, and is a big part of the brutality we want people to experience when listening to us. We have wanted to do this for many years and took this one a step further with the addition of our drummer Nikolaj, so definitely props to him for doing a nice grinding job.
And about the lyrics, are you afraid it becomes secondary when the music rides that massive way? Do you think anyone reads the lines from the booklet?
The lyrics and the music are really one and the same, what matters is the full expression you get when you hear it.
When I hear some older Illdisposed hooks, is my perspective correct?
I’m a big fan of Illdisposed, so maybe there are some hints here and there.
Of course I´m sure the influences and the way you implement them are much more comprehensive, right?
For sure. We are all big death metal fans, but the influences and the bands we each listen to are very diverse, even though good old stuff like Suffocation is a mutual favorite.
You want to entertain your fans and not stretch their patience, make music ambitious and taking your listeners always with you, do I understand it right?
We are very aware of our audience and try to keep them entertained. This has always been a goal for us without trying to suck up to them. It has always been a fine balance between making music that we really love end like to play and on the other hand make music that we know that our fans will enjoy moshing to.
Is the album something like professional calculus? Or was there enough space for spontaneity during the writing and production?
We spend some time on getting it just like we wanted and only small bits were done differently in the final hours. And our good friends from Dawn of Demise, Bjørn and Scott Jensen, were in on making some guest vocals on the song Son of Sam. Much of the stuff was prerecorded and we have worked on it for quite some time, so there was not too much doubt about the songs in the recording process.
How do you want the listeners to understand the album?
We want the listeners to know what the essence of Ferocity is at the moment, and brutality is here to stay, just wait for the next album. 3 songs almost ready.
What new songs are part of the live set and why?
So far there are two new songs on the set list. In January a third. Why? Because we like to share the new stuff with the fans at once and test the new material. Also we think our new songs have so much potential that we proudly share them already now.
The band changed bass and drum positions often in the last years. Is this always a step back or is it immaterial?
It’s always a small set back while waiting for a new member to be included in the band. But it eventually brings new ideas and energy to the band and the music. We have worked with this line up for almost 3 years now and it always goes to show that when we have a stabile line up, we are productive and deliver quality. That is why we also have great expectations for the next album.
As measured by the time FEROCITY has been part of the scene, you are not really productive, why actually?
Basically the many lineup changes that we have had forced us out on unwanted breaks. But the team we are now is the most dedicated, therefore things are happening right now.
How much can you invest in FEROCITY personally?
Ferocity is my main project, so whatever it takes.
Are you able to afford to take a breath for a longer time in this overcrowded scene, without getting overrun by 100 new bands every week? That fucking scene is congested like a German Autobahn on a Friday afternoon!
We have a breakthrough now, and we are going to try to defend our position, that meaning no longer break, since this is poison to both we and, I think other bands in this genre. Always let the fans know you are still alive. Updates... videos and so forth. Keep'em coming.
What do you think, where leads the way in the future? Yours and the whole rest of all this insane maniacs?
Death metal is her to stay, and so are we. The death metal scene is stronger than it has been in many years and we will certainly work our asses off to keep pace and deliver an even more brutal and uncompromising album next time. We look forward to this.
Last spot is yours!
Thanks for the support. We plan on doing a spring tour and hopefully we will get to go to Germany and share the brutality with the German metal fans as well! Whatever may happen…stay metal!
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