Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Legio Mortis Interview

1.Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?
Things are going quite well at the moment and we're very excited how the new CD will be received by our fans. We're doing many interviews and are also playing a few shows to promote the album. There's many things to do, but in a positive way.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how
does it differ from previous releases?
The whole album is a bit tougher and harder from a musical and a lyrical view. At the same time the keyboard has become more opulent which makes everything sound more atmospheric and melancholic. The sound quality is even better as on the last album and is really powerful. The whole album is a bit rawer.

3.What are some of the lyrical subjects and topics the new release explores?
The lyrics are cleary more critical than on the previous album, it's quite outspoken. We're explicitly criticizing society, church and political extremes. Sometimes it even sounds a bit too harsh, but we really want to make the listeners think about what we are trying to say, and how we see things.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The name is Latin and just means "Legion of Death". Like probably every other band out there, we thought about which name we should have, and Legio Mortis was the one we thought to be the least stupid back then. There is no special meaning or relation to it.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
That's not so easy to tell. Each show we play has its own appeal. Of course there are shows after which you are not so happy with yourself, or after which you are upset because there were some mistakes or something. But that's live. In the end it is only important that the audience likes it. Among the shows which we would call special are for example our CD release parties in 2009 and 2011, or our 10 years anniversary show. Of course it is also great to play big festival shows.
We always give our best when we play live, and we think that the fans usually notice and enjoy that.

6.Do you have any touring plans for the new releases?
There are some plans, but currently we don't know yet whether they will actually result in a tour. Touring is not so easy, as all of us have a job, and it's sometimes hard to reconcile everyone's appointments. But that's how it is when you have a regular job besides the band. We'll see what happens....

7.On a worldwide level how has your new album been recieved by dark
metal fans worldwide?
Up to know we have only had positive feedback from listeners. But as the album will not be officially released before 15th April we hope to get even more good feedback then.

8.What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Actually we're not planning on actively changing the music we make. We will always have fast, hard songs just as those melancholic, melodic ones. We never can say how a song will sound like before it's actually finished. That's how we always keep surprising ourselves. We're playing whatever we're in the mood to play, so it's really not predictable what will follow.

9.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your
music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Everyone in the band has a different taste in music. This can range from Funeral Doom, over Power, Thrash, and Death Metal up to Grindcore, but also Classic Rock, Punk or Ska. The taste in music is very versatile, so there are also many influences and inspirations.

10. What role does Occultism and Satanism play in yor music, and how
would you describe your views on these topics?
If you look at the lyrics of the new album you can see that the "occult" and "satanic" subjects are getting fewer and fewer. Nowadays we mainly deal with more earthly topics, things you have to deal with every day. Of course the occult has always fascinated humans, but for us it is not so important anymore to write many songs about it. If you mean with satanism the idea of the freedom of the individual and the non-acceptance of religious dogma, then one might call us "satanist". Others might just call it sanity and reason.


11.Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
Some of the band members play Warhammer 40k, a table top game, others like literature, movies, travelling, computer games....pretty normal stuff. But of course music, be it making music yourself, listening to it, going to concerts etc.eats up most of our time.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thank you for this interview and we hope you enjoy reading it. We also would like to benefit from this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us and our music through the last years.
Check out "The Human Creation and the Devil's Contribution" or come to one of our shows.
Cheers!

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