With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to LUCIFER STAR MACHINE. Answered by Tor Abyss. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Do you feel that it has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
Tor: No, of course not. When you‘re young, you‘re aiming for instant world domination. You think anyone will love your shit and any great label will want to sign you. Of course the truth is very far from that.
We used to do that whole sex, drugs and Rock’n’Roll thing to the max, always had line up problems and always fell for empty promises of the music industry. I think we could have had success with our third album Rock’n’Roll Martyrs. German label People Like You Records wanted to sign us. A great scene Label that had most of the bigger Rock’n’Roll bands like The Bones, Mad Sin etc. We waited three months for the contract, always being reassured that they’re gonna send it, and then got a message a day before Xmas, that they recalculated and that they don’t have the budget to sign us. That was pretty much a stab in the heart. We ended up on a small label that promised us the world but the reality was obviously quite contrary to our expectations.
We basically got our first good record deal with our current label, The Sign Records from Sweden. However, as we all know Corona hit the world hard, so our release was overshadowed by the epidemic and subsequently all gigs were cancelled.
So back to your question, pretty much nothing has gone the way we intended.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
Tor: Absolutely. It’s a big step forward to what we have done previously. We still have the Punk influences but it’s more of a Rock approach. The songs are well thought out and we put a lot of attention to the details. I’m really proud of the song writing aspect. The sound is really powerful, without overblown distortion. The album got rave reviews and to be honest, I didn’t expect anything else.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
Tor: Yes, we have. We‘re already writing the next album and don’t plan to go in a different direction. A big part of our style is the variety of influences without sounding contrived or confused. So it’s fun writing songs.
We got signed for 2 album releases. I think we‘ll be recording the next album in 2021.
However, our label will rerelease Rock’n’Roll Martyrs this Autumn but for the first time on vinyl.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Well, yes it is now more than ever.
I write about life with all its aspects. So it can be a fun song like Eat Dust about fast Hot Rods, getting fucked up and being on the run from the cops. Or on the contrary calling out the stupidity of religion, which is a topic I write about quite often. Many years ago I read everything about Anton Lavey and atheistic Satanism and it stuck with me, hence the band name and the topics.
I wrote about stuff that pisses me off or stuff that I love. I don’t really have rules when it comes to writing.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
Tor: I think it certainly helps. To me it’s very important to have a good artwork. Our album had physical releases too. It was released on 4 different vinyl versions and as CD Digipak. I‘m oldschool when it comes to this kind of shit. Even our digital singles had really good artwork.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
Tor: I don’t know if that‘s true. Scorpions and Rammstein might beg to differ.
We were formed in the UK and it didn’t help shit to get us anywhere.
I don’t think it’s important where you‘re coming from. You just need luck and gotta be at the right place at the right time.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
Tor: Well, you gotta play live as much as you can to support your release. As we all know that’s quite difficult right now.
In addition you need a label with a good promotion department that will get you reviews, features and Interviews in magazines and promote your release via Social Media. We‘re lucky to have a label that does all that. But at the end of the day you can just hope that enough people listen to it, dig it and buy your record.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
Tor: I don’t know if you can talk about a local scene here and I cant think about a lot of bands in Hamburg that rip. We’re friends with Hardbone. Their drummer played on our album. Great guy and drummer.
We always saw ourselves as an international band. We always wanted to tour around the world and not just perform locally. Our album has been released worldwide as well.
So of course we know a bunch of bands within the international Rock’n’Roll scene and it’s always good to help each other out with gigs.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
Tor: Well, I‘d say it’s pretty accepted here and you always find Metal bands in the German album charts. They are not my cup of tea but just recently Heaven Shall Burn were at #1.
However, we‘re not a Metal band. It’s difficult for Rock’n’Roll these days to get commercially accepted. But fuck it, as always we keep on doing what we do. It’s what we love, regardless what reception we might get.
What does the future hold for you?
Tor: Well, once the Corona shit show is over, we can go back to touring in support of the album. All we can do is to hope that our fanbase will constantly grow and that the album is selling well despite the setbacks we had. We‘re ready to lucify the world. Stay tuned.