I was pleasantly surprised by French Cruxifiction’s album “The Coming”. Black metal the way I like it. Interview answered by Sapian. Anders Ekdahl ©2011
Before “The Coming” I knew nothing about Cruxifiction. Do you believe that a shroud of mystery is important or can you reveal something about the origin of the band?
-It’ not the first time one says we’re coming from nowhere. We started in 2005, Belial and Saroth started to do music with Belial’s brother on drums. I (Sapian) came for a rehearsal, i took my bass, and Cruxifiction existed..
When I listen to “The Coming” I can hear traces of classic heavy metal among your black metal. Has it been important to you to diversify your sound to stand out?
-To tell the truth, it’s not something we think about, we just please ourselves, we don’t try to incorporate elements of heavy or death just to be different. We do it that way because that’s what we feel. We just try to be sincere.
Your label seen to want to describe you in terms of Deathspell Omega. I don’t hear that. How do you feel about your label’s description of your music?
-You are one of the first to tell me you don’t hear it, and I quite agree with you. I like Deathspell Omega but I can’t see much likeness between both bands. If our label feels that we are close to D.O, then fair enough, anyone can thinks what he wants.
With bands like Deathspell Omega and Watain talk of religious black metal has started. What’s the difference between ordinary black metal and religious black metal?
-I find that both are somehow similar, it’s mainly a question of sincerity in lyrics and attitude. Some bands can use violent words just to piss people off, use Satan’s name only for provocation. Religious BM is more devoted to evil, it’s more ritual, more hateful.
France, for example, has always had a strong, if small metal scene. Now with this new “trend” of religious black metal we see more and more bands coming out of the woodworks all over the World. When does a credible scene stop being credible and just a watered down variant?
-Well you’re right, with internet for example, it’s easier for bands to get listened to. This also brings a lot of shitty bands, and when these bands will start to consider themselves as ultra religious, the credibility of the whole scene will suffer. That being said, I’m quite happy to see that more and more people piss on Christian’s cross and others religions.
No matter what kind of band you are, you still need to record your album some place. What are you looking for when you book time to record?
-We create the songs in Belial’s place, we do quite a lot of pre production, including drums programming, and we record everything. Belial also has a rehearsal room with real drums, where we finalise the songs. We are very close friends, so communication and understanding are fairly easy.
-In studio, we work as fast as we can, because we know quite precisely what we want to record and hear. And J I Pouille who recorded and mixed the album knows us very well, we have a mutual trust.
The cover for “The Coming” could be interpreted as a message. Is there something you want to say with your visual portrayal?
-Yes, artwork is important to understand what “The Coming” is about, or at least our point of view about end of times, chaos, darkness coming, and the state of mind of the few survivors of such a cataclysm. We’re getting there, closer to the end..
If you don’t want to reach the broad masses how do you go about succeeding with that mission?
-Well, as long as the message is heard, even by a few, we will feel successful. We don’t care to sell a lot of records, our target is to go on stage, and transmit and share our hate.
Central and Southern Europe is much more Christianized than up here in the north. How does that affect everyday life?
-It affects, even infects everyday’s life with hypocrisy, in a little town. It may not be so strong in big cities. We live in a small town where the most renown school is named “holy cross”…
Just think about a place where kids are formated from scratch by those bastards…
There are plenty like that in France.
The band name says all there is to say about your feelings on Christianity. I like it because it shows that some thought has been put into coming up with the name. How important is it to make your message clear?
-Cruxifiction’s name is obviously important for people to know straight away what we’re about. It’s a delicious blaspheme to use such a name to help destroy and torture this Christian religion. Every word used in this record is meant to nail deeper in the rotten flesh of those hypocrites bastards.