LAMASTU

It is nice with bands like LAMASTU that are just pure and simple black metal. No fancy pansy stuff about their music. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-For us it´s really important. Our name appeared at the right time, and gave cohesion and meaning to what we had in mind. It has happened to us on different occasions, with song titles, cover pictures, etc., but Lamastu certainly came at the appropriate time.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-We needed to express some things and without doubt the music, which has accompanied us throughout our lives, was the perfect vehicle. After all, we are a group created by two blood brothers and an old friend of both. We did not have to worry about forming the band, just to see what we were capable of doing with what we had at our disposal.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Simply Black Metal. We have many influences that can be appreciated to some extent in our music, but we don´t think that delving deeper into the definition contributes to explain.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Yes, definitely. The songs should go in the right order, since we like to play with concepts that are developing, and we have done so in our works. We try to provide enough variations to listen to, not only make sense for us, but also provide an interesting trip for those who want to listen.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before.
-Where do you find your inspiration to create?
As authentic heavy metal fans, our inspiration comes from there. Likewise, from our own experiences and reflections, and philosophical points of view. We must say that today, it´s difficult to find things that are not already done, but it´s always fun trying to do things in different ways.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-As important as the music itself. We take great care and work to have the perfect connection between artwork and lyrical and musical content, as we are fascinated by album covers as much as our favorite songs, and we think that it should be so.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Times have certainly changed. In my opinion, it is a strange reality, as I continue to buy discs every week. I’m too old to get used to these new trends.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Just what I said before. It´s a different reality. I think heavy metal maintains the essence of the traditional in this sense, and I hope it continues. However, I understand the downloads. There is too much good music today.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Definitely not. I think in Spain there are some interesting scenes, but Lamastu does not belong to any scene. Of course it´s not because we are elitist or anything by style, but because we feel comfortable doing things like only three individuals, and some friends around.

What does the future hold?
-More music!!! At the moment we are thinking to make new songs, although it´s still too early to have anything finished. We will continue striving to express a part of ourselves through Lamastu.

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