LUCIFER’s DUNGEON is a band that I’ve gone from not knowing anything about to in a short period of time having heard two albums. So now it is time for the interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Its up to listeners. Some want just listen black metal, others what to dig in message.The message is Lucifer as bringer of light, Knowledge. Another point is: Stop being slaves and followers.Christian god and whole its religion is about slavery, kneeling down, fear of him. So, people became slave without noticing it. It’s a religious psychology to lead people as they are herd. Then they stop think, learn and so on.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your musicz
-It wasn’t hard at all. At first I named my project Dark Cellar (meaning: my dark soul). Then I changed it because Lucifer became main topic of lyrics.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you todayz
-When I wrote 1st three tracks (The Forest, The Dark Army Raises, War) I hadn’t heard about Black Metal as genre. I showed my tracks to friend and he said something like: hey, this is black metal. Then he showed me satyricon. Afterward, I started to listen Black metal. But first inspirations for metal – Iron Maiden. For now, I don’t listen music that much except bands like Arckanum, Taake, Gorgoroth, Lifelover, Shining. When mood strikes I play a vinyl of those bands.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Formed is too big word. This is more 1-man-band. The rest are session musicians who Im very thankfull for. I just wrote few tracks about my vision of world. I didn’t think about genre. It was just dark metal for me. I always work on sound and each album sounds differently. Listenable or understandable sound is what I wanted. Not too much of distortion.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I don’t like releasing single track neither EP. How people will get the idea, the atmosphere and music of band as whole without listening an album? I personally can’t judge by 1 track.You bought a track by W band and didn’t like it. Then threw idea of listening them more. What if other tracks will make you headbang? But I do believe that CDs are in past. I release albums on CD just as souvenirs. But people can buy albums at Bandcamp cheaper.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-I like art-word in similar style from album to album and as minimal as possible but still dark. By such, I want to show that this music is dark and its true to its message. Nothing glamourous.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-YouTube, Reviews by webzines and magazines. I don’t really know much. I have a good agent and he does it for me. But seem that he does a good job. I just play gigs – my way of promo.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Never thought about it. I just do what I can and enjoy.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-I love tours. And yes, it’s a good if not best way to spread the word. Lucifer’s Dungeon is always opened for new invitations.
What will the future bring?
3rd album (AntiHuman), dedicated to X years anniversary. Will be released by March, I think.There will be no instrumental tracks or ambient. Just Black Metal. Working on 4th album (half of it is done). What else…tours I guess.