Ebby Sasi of Imhotep fame presents an exclusive and extensive interview with Menthor; the drummer man of the band. T. Kaos and Dictator also contributed in this interview. Get the band’s history through their words...
These four people (with modification) have been part of a death metal band for the better part of the last five years. Going alphabetically, Cultus on bass, Dictator on guitar, Menthor on drums, and T. Kaos on vocals and guitars. Lvcifyre was invoked in late 2007 by T. Kaos and T. Slutsodomizer (guitars), both involved in the death-breath erection of Adorior. A few months into existence Lvcifyre welcomed S. Bonewhipper on the drums. In 2008 Alexandros Antoniou (The One, Macabre Omen) joined for bass. In October 2008, Lvcifyre entered BST Studio in Paris to record two songs for the first EP titled "Dying Light OvGod", which released by Blood Harvest Records. Shortly thereafter the band started experiencing line-up issues, and in 2009 Lvcifyre welcomed Menthor from Corpus Christii. Cultus and his axe bass supported the Lvcifyre forces in 2010. In 2011 Lvcifyre welcomed Dictator from Necrosadist on the second axe.
Anyway so much for history. Cut to the present. In 2011, the band’s first full length album entitled as “The Calling Depths” were released by Blood Harvest and Pulverized Records. They’ve maintained a level of heaviness on the new record heavier than "Dying Lights Ov God". This album is death metal perfection to my ears and shall always stay crush and pristine. A musician evolves and establishes an identity. The drums he plays acquires a definitive identity.
“Lvcifyre raises a black flag salute to the ancient powers of Chaos! Our creation is a scream heard in the deep abyss”. Menthor starts off by giving us a brief history of the band?
"Lvcifyre came to life with T. Kaos and T. Slutsodomizer somewhere around 2006/2007. They had both been involved with Adorior. Shortly afterwards they found new band members and it became very big and powerful. This manifestation also stood apart from the primitive spirit that they tried to achieve, so they simply decided to create this as something separate and thus Lvcifyre was born. By 2008 the EP/demo "Dying Light Ov God" was released, and after a few line-up changes I joined Lvcifyre and shortly afterwards T. Kaos and I started working on the debut album "The Calling Depths", which was released in late 2011. We are presently working on the next album."
First of all congratulations on "The Calling Depths". Menthor wasn't in the band when the EP was written and recorded.
"Well I wasn't in the band when "Dying Light ov God" was written and recorded, so I had no input on that EP. When I joined Lvcifyre T. Kaos gave me all the freedom on the songwriting process, so of course things would come out differently since this time around it's two minds rather than one (as opposed to the previous album). I find the two releases to be very different. Working with T. Kaos has been amazing and very rewarding. In all my experience, I find him to be the first person as devoted to the creation of this ancient black art as me (or even more)."
“Husk Of Impurity” and “The Faceless One” are two of my favorite tracks from the record. The guitar/drum works executed on this album are majestic. Receiving new death metal albums these days often leave me disappointed but Lvcifyre have provided a good example of creating an enjoyable and worthy death metal album in these days. It’s a fucking credit to you, Menthor and Lvcifyre.
"Thank you for the compliment. Yes, it's true: there are lots of bands out there and only a few bring something worthy. I guess with all that is happening in the world at the moment it is hard for people to focus on what is really important, and to be true to their art, and that's what I hear the most nowadays: unfocussed, untruthful and not so honest creations."
What does “LCF” deal with? The lyric to LCF begins quite nicely. “Hail prince of death! Hail thy lord Lvcifer; Oh great manifestor! Oh Fallen star!”. T. Kaos explains.
"LCF stands for Lucifer. The lyric itself is based on a dream working towards acQliphotic world where piercing voices appear from black holes that exist between the spheres. The character is being swallowed by one of those into the spheres of Saturn where, in a dark arts ritual, it is being rewarded by a deathly mist with a key to the black sea of resurrection behind which stands Lucifer."
In 2007, T. Kaos and Tony Slutsodomizer left the band Adorior and created Lvcifyre. Actually I was really looking forward to your debut album because those two lads already shown a lot of promise through the band’s first release called "Dying Light Ov God" in 2009. Menthor walks us through "The Calling Depth"’s different stages from ideation to launch?
"When I joined Lvcifyre in 2009 T. Kaos and I started rehearsing and learning how to work together. There were some ideas but everything started from there, it took us one year to write "The Calling Depths" and the songs were changing all the time, even in the studio we were changing stuff. In the end that's what we ended up with, which was a revelation to us since we left things take their own course - some higher entity did it."
"The Calling Depths" was the work of only two Mephistophelian musicians. Now the line-up is completed. Menthor and T. Kaos welcomed Dictator from Necrosadist for guitars and Cultus for bass.
"Yes, now that we have a complete line-up we are ready to play gigs and tours, but it is not up to us, we can only do it if promoters and venues provide the right conditions to play a good gig - or else there is no point in doing it. A Lvcifyre show is a celebration, a ritual. It is not just another gig."
The album artwork done by Alexander L. Brown and it looks excelsior. A very skilled person. Menthor is happy with this.
"We are happy with the final result, the concept came mainly from T. Kaos, but Alexander L. Brown managed to put it on paper."
T. Kaos agrees.
"Alex did a very good job indeed. We swapped a tone of emails and it worked out the way it should be. The artwork represents Mother Tiamat and her symbolic connection with Man."
This album is death metal perfection to my ears and shall always stay crush and pristine. Can we expect another opus this year, Menthor?
"We are working on the new album right now and planning to record it in autumn 2012. Our followers can expect an honest, focused album. It will be a bit different from "The Calling Depths", but with the same spirit."
Lvcifyre made an impact at Sonic Obliteration 2012 in UK with some other brilliant acts like Ulcerate, Unfathomable Ruination, Sarpanitum, Nexus Inferis, Svart Crown etc. Menthor tells that it was a good ritual for them, some people in the venue got the message and that is quite fulfilling. Dictator added some setbacks.
"Despite a few setbacks it was a great success as a first appearance, the response from the audience was fantastic, many were just mesmerized."
And at Purple Turtle, Lvcifyre had a video projection of infernal fire that just mesmerized the crowds. It’s an unusual idea for death metal bands live but it worked really cool. The infernal fire explosions which could be heard at the end of the song "The Great Fall", Menthor?
"As I said before it is a ritual, and we will use anything that will help us creating the right atmosphere."
"T. Kaos was responsible for this magnificent idea; it fits the apocalyptic vision of Lvcifyre perfectly and adds yet another dimension and weight to the conceptual whole. I concur with Menthor, every Lvcifyre live event is a celebration and a tribute to the dark forces we convoke in our music and every aspect of the concert is designed to augment the overall atmosphere.
Lvcifyre are a young and very promising band but the band had a lot of line-up issues, recently Dictator replaced Tony Slutsodomizer. My question is what really makes up a band? I know it’s difficult to say even though I think it’s a dream like collective thoughts nourished by hope and fantasies. The music that comes forth from the friction that gives new insights and makes the band members more familiar with each other’s attitude. Menthor begins by telling how he met T. Kaos.
"I met him through a common friend (Dani, drummer for Cruciamentum, Grave Miasma, Adorior). T. Kaos was looking for a drummer and Dani knew me, so one thing led to another. As for the line-up issues it is not easy to find people who share the same vision, and also people have their own lives. Lvcyfire requires a great deal of commitment and not everybody is up for it. In my opinion, what really makes a band is people who share the same vision and are commanded by a higher force and just have to do it, put it out there, that's how I feel. It is a higher voice that only a few can understand. That's it, or at least that's how it should be."
"A band is made up of individuals with similar goals and a common vision, driven by a higher force towards creating true art. Menthor pretty much summed it up nicely, Lvcifyre is a band that requires a great deal of commitment and I think, something more that not all individuals are willing to – or can – offer. I enjoy being in Lvcifyre because we are all different individuals with different personalities who all possess this shared vision. We all add our own personalities to the proceedings and do everything we can to further the vision and fan the black flames."
Experience really means the kind of phases that we have done and all that we have observed during the course of lives. Dictator claims that experience is learning from your mistakes and the mistakes of others. Menthor agrees.
"You learn from experience, so the more you have the more you've learned and the more you can use as the basis of your creation."
Composed by Ebby Sasi