With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to OV LUSTRA. Answered by Randy Abbott (vocals, bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Well, initially our name was very important for giving the right vibe and we had much sentimental value for it. But, that was prior to being forced to change our name. Our current name doesn’t carry the same sentiment, but we try to make due.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Mostly just our passion for music. We don’t have a full band to perform live with, so our main motivator has been our own personal enjoyment of creating music and the feedback we’ve received from fans.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-We usually just refer to ourselves as a death metal band or blackened death metal. We get so many different genre labels thrown at us varying from deathcore to melodeath to symphonic death metal, and more. Hard to really dial in on one thing as we draw influence from several sub-genres of death metal as well as black metal. We try not to get too caught up on technicalities though.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-We usually aim to create a certain emotional tension with our music. We take that into account when organizing the songs we have, musically. All of the lyrical content for our songs follows a story though in a specific order.
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?
-We just do what we love doing. We have all been individually playing music since our early teen years, so the inspiration to create is always kind of present.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Our artwork thus far has been rather specific to our story, detailing entities and places within it. We’d like to hopefully get some music videos done in the near future to better showcase that story.
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?
-We had a conversation with someone recently who mentioned this and it made us realize that’s how a lot of our fans are nowadays. We get more people buying the individual songs than our full albums. The album definitely isn’t as relevant today as in the 70’s/80’s. Something we may try to cater to in the future, although we personally prefer the art that goes behind creating a full album.
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?
-I’d ultimately say yes. The more the music industry has moved us towards this model, it only seems to be a decline in profit for the artist. Making it harder for bands to grow, tour, and the like. We don’t anticipate ever being able to quit our day jobs with the way the music industry is now, despite that being the dream.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-No idea, honestly. We write music we personally enjoy and have just been lucky to have a few people enjoy it along the way. We find that we incorporate too many styles to be lumped into just one scene.
What does the future hold?
-The future is unclear to us at the moment. We just put out our latest release, and we’ll continue working on new music. We do anticipate our sound evolving further with future stuff. That could be good or bad depending on which aspects of our music you like most lol but we look forward to the changes regardless.
On another note, we get asked a lot about touring and what not. Thus far shows and touring haven’t been possible for us because we’ve never had a dedicated live drummer. Hard to say if that’ll ever change for us in the future, although it would be nice.