Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lucifera Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
R/: Greetings to all readers of BlackenedDeathMetalZine, here David HellRazor, guitarist and composer of Lucifera, ffter having recorded the new album we’ve been focused on resting a bit and programming the following productions, some of them are ready, for example, the Colombian tribute to Sabbat (JAP), we’ve two more productions pending between these months, a Compilation of 10 years of the band where we gather tracks of each production, unpublished tracks and some covers, for the month of March or April we’ll have a split with a band from Lima / Peru (Damonik), we believe the most important thing for a band are their productions, the physical material that can leave in his legacy, and that we have very clear, for that reason we don’t stop and despite having finished the recording of the new album we continue working on new and future productions!

2. You have a new album coming out towards the end of February, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
R/: Since the release of our album ''Preludio del Mal'' and now with ''La Caceria de Brujas'', Lucifera has matured musically compared to our past productions, identifying the sound, concept, ideology and adapting it to your band not always it’s done overnight, it takes time to build a strong story for your music, and this process has been very long for Lucifera, the dark and analogous sound gives that personal touch to the band, we don’t want to sound many bands they do the same genre, we don’t want to sound like the bands of our country, it’s important to have your own identity and get out a bit of that copy of copies!

3. The lyrics on the new album also cover a great amount of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
R/: This particular album speaks a lot about Witches, Paganism, Satanism and above all about our culture, our culture has always been very close to the dark arts, and I believe in any culture, no matter where you’re from, the dark arts are very stucked to your roots, there can be no light without darkness, starting from this idea, Lucifera always includes occult, Satanist, pagan and even mythological themes to our lyrics.

4. What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
R/: Chaos, destruction, politics, religion have even explored the human psyche, its greatest fears, egos, frustrations, desires and others, there are always many topics to explore, it also depends on the moods or the situation in which it was made the track or lyric, the lyric exploration is good until you find the main thematic axis.

5. I know that the bands name came from a song from the Belgium speed metal band 'Acid', how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?
R/: At the beginning this name influenced a lot in the music of the band, we had the idea to do the same genre and to emulate the sound of that and other bands more of that time, but as I said before, the band evolved until finding its own sound and concept, we never wanted to change the name, the band was already known under this name and many of the productions were made under this ideology, so it seemed useless to change the name as change the music and concept, make music and above all Metal is a constant learning and evolution, we must not go beyond the limits but not stagnate in sounds that remained in a golden age of Metal Music.

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
R/: The cover art has many elements that make reference to the theme of witches and all that this means, hecate as the main symbol of art, wiccan elements, sigils of invocation, impossible to miss the representation of baphomet on the sides, backgrounds with altars of sacrifice and offerings to our ancestors, spirits of evil, but the element that I want to highlight in art is the symbol that is at the center of all, the 8-pointed star (auseklis), known in our culture and as EL SOL DE LOS PASTOS, the spiritual manifestation of our peoples and ancestors, descendants of the sun god, our natives carried this symbol in honor of our land where they were born, even this symbol was used by many other cultures from different parts of the world, but in my region is a significant element of our race, I think it is the most important element in the art of our album!

7. Currently the band is a duo but there was a full line up in the past, are you open to expanding the duo again or do you prefer to remain a duo?
R/: Lucifera was always a duo, Alejandra Blasfemia and I were the ones who founded the band and we did everything from the beginning, all the other musicians went through the band were simply support musicians, for live shows, tours. videos and others, but the band has always been and will be a duo, it is very difficult to maintain the same lineup over the years, so we always decided to work as a duo, it is easier to do everything this way!

8. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
R/: Well, there are many shows at this moment I remember and fill me with a certain nostalgia, a show in 2010 in Peru with the legend of the Peruvian Metal Hades, it was very brutal to see hundreds of people gathered and celebrate their 30 years of Metal, a small tour through Ecuador with the well-known Witchtrap from Medellin, to be special guests in the first '' BIG 4 COLOMBIA '', along with Perpetual Warfare, Sagros, Neurosis and Witchtrap! excellent night! Share the stage with two legends of Metal in the world, Onslaught and Exumer, quality of bands and very simple people, The first show in El Salvador of our third international tour, a night full of alcohol, metal and good memories! and I think that finally the show with Masacre of Medellin, celebrating its 30th anniversary! These are some of the concerts that I remember, Lucifera doesn’t play much live, we dedicate more to the musical creation than to the live participation, but when we do we give all our energy on stage!

9. Are there going to be any more live shows in the future?
R/: We have planned a fourth international tour for this year, we hope everything goes according to plan and to be able to carry out this project, for now, we just want to continue creating music and think about the next album, Lucifera never rests!

10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
R/: Excellent, it’s not very common that a Colombian band that play our genre is recognized worldwide, we've noticed in many places of the world this genre is not very liked, it even seems that it has disappeared, but they always refer to the sound and the harshness with which it’s executed, being a duo, it’s more interesting to read reviews where they clearly say that as it’s possible that only two people do this kind of music, as it’s possible for a woman to be the vocalist and sing in this way, such It’s a surprise for someone who listens for the first time to Lucifera, and that is just what we want, we don’t care if our music is something melodic, if it has death, black or thrash metal passages, if some tracks are very extensive and others very short, if our sound is not very pleasant and readable, we do what we like because it should be, and it seems that this is what most fans of this genre like, the music of Lucifera is highly contagious and appreciated in many places in the world, forgotten on our own country and city! I suppose that is what makes a virus massive and deadly, Metal Music is immortal!

11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
R/: I hope my music reaches every corner of the planet, my personal desire isn’t to be heard or remembered, but if I want my music to have a legacy, and tmore important than this transcends over time, every musician and artist has that task with yourself, endure and leave a legacy is essential, I hope  time is not against me and to achieve this in the future!

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
R/: In short, Black Metal has been one of my greatest influences, I enjoy other genres like Heavy, Thrash, Death, even of bands from the 60's and 70's, the pop music of the 80's, but I have a great since with Black Metal, I think it’s the only genre that maintains its ideology and concept besides that its sound generates other perspectives of music, I can’t mention bands specifically influence me to make music, but they are all in Black Metal Music, I work most of the day in a computer and sometimes I need a respite from Metal, I really like all the retro wave of the 80's, the synthesizer, the experimental and instrumental music, they are good to expand the creative field of your brain and also help to concentrate when you have a lot of work, I'm a lover of all the pop culture of the 80's and all the music of that time is spectacular, it doesn’t matter if I talk about metal, pop music, soundtracks, series or any other, everything in this time was perfect!

13. Before we wrap up this interview,do you have any final words or thoughts?
R/: I want to thank all the people who take some of their time to know a little more about Lucifera, all those who do reviews, interviews and publish the news in their personal blogs, especially our label Dunkelheit Produktionen for given us the honor of belonging at your command! Without your support and trust none of this would be possible! likewise, to all the readers and to the metalheads who buy our material and share our ideology! Greetings to all of you, without you the Metal Music would not exist!

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