In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with LORD DIVINE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-First of all, let me thank you for this interview and for your support. From the beginning we tried to handle ourselves in the most professional way possible, or what Argentina’s environment allowed for those years (Lord Divine has already 16 years). From that moment until today 3 albums were “born”: Where the Evil Lays (2004), … In Disgrace (2007) and Imagenes (2014). Now, our 4th album “Facing Chaos” has just been released on February 5th through Fighter Records. I think that the push or thought of achieving something greater has not changed beyond time. We never wanted to be just a group of musical friends who played the weekend in pubs at our city. In those times, when the bands did not usually get anything beyond the limits of Rosario, we achieved contracts with 2M Producciones for national distribution of our first albums. And in these moments, when it is difficult to break the boundaries of our country, Fighter Records proposed us the edition of “Facing Chaos” and its worldwide distribution. The goal was always to go beyond what was expected and for our music to go as far as possible.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I think the dissimilar is not the place where the band comes from, it changes a bit if you’re an established band or a band that has just started. But that does not mean that it is a bad attitude, rather, it is the fact of being discovering the band at that moment. It also depends, of course, on where we are talking.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-The important thing is always to be honest with what we express. We do not write to conform or following guidelines, always do what comes out at that particular moment. There is not a magic formula. Lord Divine has always been characterized by powerful riffs, catchy choruses, melodies harmonized on two guitars. That will always remain, but then everything changes according to our moods when composing or the different ideas we have.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Most of the compositions of this new album were contributing ideas together in studio, riffs, arrangements, harmonies and designing some structures. We are taking what we like and it can go in that particular song. For this album, with the addition of Diego Valdez (Dream Child, Iron Mask, etc.) in voices (by the time of recordings, he had already moved to Spain), we sent him the semi-finished songs and he created all the melodies. The biggest challenge is to get all the parts, arrangements and melodies complete us definitely. Sometimes, there are tiny issues that do not convince us and until we can not achieve total satisfaction, we keep turning the matter around.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-That is an answer that I could not give you. We have recorded all our albums digitally. I guess it’s a difficult question similar to the debate between what’s best: vinyl or cd.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-The first thing we feel when we finish an album is peace and satisfaction. Or something like a closure. I already told you that the biggest challenge is that there are no details that make you feel uncomfortable, like a little thorn bothering. Finally, we listen to it from start to end and say “It’s done!”
And, of course, you think about fans, how they will react to this new material, do they will enjoy it? The normal doubts that always arise, but no longer belong to us. Each one of them has the answer, how our album touches them inside and feel when listening to us.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Lord Divine has never been a band that talks too much about social injustices, problems that plague the world, but we do refer to feelings, experiences that we have gone through and decided to externalize them with music. Perhaps our lyrics have something of the first mentioned but from a personal point of view. There is no message we want to give, but what we express is honestly what we find inside.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-A very very important part. If you don’t know the band, the first impression is always given by the cover and design. This album we work with Abstract Chaos, a very professional people from Argentina who have done artworks for Carnal Forge, Fallcie, Faca Crevaro, V.I.D.A., Reactive Delusion. And it was really spectacular. We are very satisfied.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Usually yes. The recognition increases, more in these times when it can be advertised with greater power through the social networks. There are more classical songs than others and the fans were the ones who took it to that level.
What do you see in the future?
-With this new album, “Facing Chaos”, distributed worldwide through Fighter Records, we hope to expand our fans around the world, that people enjoy this work and we can show it live not only in our country but also internationally. To be able to grow both as musicians and as a band.
A big greeting and thanks for this interview.