Lux Ferre is a Portuguese band that was formed innitially by the name of Lux Fiere, but soon after releasing their demo "Wicked Riffs of War" changed their monicker to the one they have now. The purpose of this interview is the re-releasing of their demo and a future release of their debut album.
- Greetings Devasth & Baal Sabbath! Let's start
this interview by the usual standard question. Tell us some words about Lux
Ferre... (how and when did it came up, line-up changes, and so on...)
D.: It all started by Baal Sabbath recording some guitar and bass lines with a friend. Next step was inserting my vocals and programming the drums. This was a kind of a test for us… it came out really great and that song is actually called “New Age Dominion”. Since the beginning (year and a half) Lux Ferre was only Baal Sabbath and I. We are currently recruiting some session musicians.
- I really enjoyed the attitude and the spirit
that you've putted in to your demo "Wicked Riffs of War". Were you satisfied
with the reactions to this demo?
B.S.: When we firstly released it on CDr in February ’02 E.L. we didn’t expect a lot from it. Some reviews about it ware made (namely yours) and they were quite positive. We didn’t sell it… we practically gave it! Later, during this last Summer, Rui from War Productions asked if we would like to re-release this demo in tape format with improved sonority and professional printed layout… of course that we accepted because he is a really dedicated person and we knew that he would distribute it quite well. So, the results are here and the tape version of the demo is having an incredible acceptance worldwide.
You told me, sometime ago, that you weren't satisfied with the conditions that
you had when recording the demo, neither with the drum's sound. Have you found a
"human" drummer for your following releases, or will you keep using the drum
D.: The CDr version of the demo has a horrible drum sound. On the tape version we were able to “correct” it… For the next releases (a split and an album) we’ll continue to use programmed drums… we managed to get a really authentic drum samples and they sound really great. However, when we start to perform live we will use a “human” drummer.
- I know that you're preparing the re-release of
this demo, what are the reasons behind this release? Which label is going to
release the demo? The songs presented have been re-recorded, or just
B.S.: Actually the demo-tape was released in the past 1st of October… On a question above I have already told the details concerning it.
- About your upcoming full-length album, have you
already started composing? What can we expect from the upcoming album, will it
be very different from your demo?
B.S.: By this time we have already five songs composed for our debut album which will be called “Antichristian War Propaganda”. Basically the feeling and the message will be the same but I assure you that we suffered an incredible improvement under composition and productions matters. So, expect a really destructive album.
- It is featured
in your demo a cover version of Bathory's "The Return of the Darkness and Evil",
so I can see that Bathory is big influence for you. What are the bands that
influence you the most?
D.: Bands like Bathory, Venom, Kreator, Sodom, etc. influenced us in every way. Of course that these 80’s bands aren’t the only influences that we have. Some “second wave” Black Metal had also influenced us… but it’s not only Black Metal that we listen… Basically we have 80´s lyrics in 90´s Black Metal sonority.
- As far as I know you've never played live... Do
you intend to keep doing only studio work, or is it in your plans to do some
concerts in the future?
B.S.: In the beginning of 2003 E.L. we will start to rehearse for live purposes. I predict that we will be ready to perform in the end of the spring. We are currently gathering the right musicians for this task.
- How do you see the Blackmetal scene in Portugal?
I noticed a big growth in the last couple of years... What do you think about
this growth, do you think it is good, or do you see it the other way around?
B.S.: In my opinion there are only a couple of good Black Metal bands in Portugal… such as Decayed and Corpus Christii. Of course that we have a lot of interesting acts here with a true spirit, but their music is not able to transmit it.
D.: The growth is not good if we have a lot of shitty bands. But by hearing a band’s sonority we can find if is shitty or not. The bands that I see a promising and destructive future are: Corpus Christii, Storm Legion, InThyFlesh, Flagellum Dei, Morte Incandescente, Flamma Aeterna and a few more… I think if you hear this bands’ music you’ll see that the scene in Portugal is getting really great. Fuck off all false believers! Black Metal isn’t for trendies… and Portugal is full of them!
- What about the global Metal scene? How do you
see it nowadays and what future do you predict for it...
D.: Metal is healthy and we recommend it! Metal will never die!
- Now more specifically the Blackmetal scene, what
is your opinion about the proliferation of political ideals, such as NS? Does
Lux Ferre identify with any kind of these ideals?
B.S.: We believe that music has nothing to do with political ideologies. Lux Ferre will never have any political message behind our music and lyrics. I have my ideals and Devasth has his owns’.
- Thanks a lot
for answering my questions. The final words are yours...
D.: Thanks for this interview. I really liked it! Especially because it was short… Keep up the good work with the Sinful Obscurity WebZine. “Blasphemy is not enough… you must SUBVERT!” Visit our website at www.luxferre.kom.pt
B.S.: Thanks old man!! Keep on helping the metal scene. Jesus, if you are reading this interview, my final words are dedicated to you: FUCK YOU!