LUCIFER’S CHALICE is a British heavy metal band that has just released their debut album. All answers by Kat Shevil (Drums) Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-No. We don’t concern ourselves with the activities of other bands and their writing/release schedules, we just pick up where we left off and write/record material at our own pace, when we feel it is the right time to do so. The last thing we want to do is rush the songwriting process just for the sake of it, I dare say the length of each track on our debut album is a strong example of taking our time writing songs and refining and honing them until we feel we have a complete structure.
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-We have a continuous dark aesthetic which reflects our interest in the occult and dark arts and the sinister side of life where the shadows are ever present.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-I (K.Shevil) currently write most of the lyrics and I will sit and refine lyrics over a period of time until I am satisfied with the result, I then present them to CW (Guitar/Vocals)and we work on vocal arrangements together.
I have endless inspiration from occult literature, old horror films, local sinister folklore legends and stories and from the darkness that surrounds me.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
-I see a lot of great artwork out there still these days, there has always been good and bad artwork since bands started to record and release albums.
We personally wanted a simple yet effective album cover for our debut album cover which will be striking and eye catching. I think that has been achieved with the cover of “The Pact” which is essentially just an updated version of our logo with the album title underneath. Sometimes less is more.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
-No. Our music and lyrics make it clear that we play SINISTER HEAVY METAL DARKNESS.
If people happen to misinterpret what we are doing then that is of no concern to us.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Easier online access to music helps to spread your musical work to people across the world, there will always be the die hard fans who want to buy the physical release/format.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
-No I don’t think it will kill off music as we know it as there will always be a legion of die hards who collect and buy physical formats and who like to hold a complete release in their hands, see the artwork up close, read the lyrics whilst listening to an album etc.
It makes people lazier though for sure, I am an old tape trader from the early-mid 90’s so I know exactly how much harder it was to hear new bands…you would generally have to wait a week or 2 or 3, sometimes more to hear some new bands you had read about in a zine or whos recording/release had perked your interest on a trade list!
The world was a slower and more patient place back then. Everything moves so fast thesedays, sometimes too fast.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-We have yet to embark on any tours and play live much in general. This dosn’t affect us currently.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-A recreation of a black mass in a crypt with plenty of candles and an altar or maybes a satanic ritual in a graveyard with headstones everywhere.
What does the future hold?
Time Shall Tell…..