Monday, December 1, 2014

Ctulu Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Good evening, Lars!
We’re busy working on our fourth album that we aim to record by the end of 2015. After ten years of the band’s history, we finally rehearse on a regular basis and I think this will have a huge impact on the new album.

2.A year back you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
„Seelenpiegelsplitter“  is a very diverse album with a big focus on the atmosphere. We had a lot of guest appearances and obscure instruments on this album (nyckelharpa, violin, harp…) and there are a lot of intermezzi and intros. We literally put everything into this album, something that critics may find exaggerated. The previous albums were a lot straighter and we aim for a straighter sound again these days.

3.With the newer music the main focus lyric wise deals with The Esoteric Order Of Dagon, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
On “Sarkomand”, the lyrical focus were the Dreamlands and nightmares and following the lyrics of “Arckanum der Tiefen”, we focused on the EOD on “Seelenspiegelsplitter”. The Esoteric Order Of Dagon praises the Deep Ones and their highest deity Dagon. The devotees slowly become underwater beings as they slip into the maelstrom of the Order.

4. I know that the band’s name and a good amount of the lyrics are based on the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
H.P. Lovecraft invented visual horror before horror movies were invented. I think this alone justifies this interest. Lovecraft delivers lyrical background on a vast variety of different levels.

5.The band originally started out as a studio project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
The band wanted to play live shows, that’s what initiated the full lineup back in 2006.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We held a live ritual in an abandoned vault in June. This was a very special evening for us and some pictures can be seen on our website. Besides that, Cyprus 2013 with Rotting Christ was a great evening in a sold out venue with a great headliner. People like Sakis Tolis always remind me of what is really important as they just focus on their music and don’t give a fuck about allures. I really respect this band.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We rather concentrate on our upcoming album, as we really want to take our time for this full length.

8.Recently your 2011 album was issued on vinyl to celebrate the bands 10th anniversary, can you tell us a little bit more about this release?
The record will come with a ritual poster from the “Lost Secrets” show that I described above. The posters are hand signed and the LP will be limited to 300 copies.

9.The band is currently signed to Black Blood Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a small label from Eastern Germany, with great bands like Waldgeflüster and ad-hoc.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
At the moment, the main focus is on Ctulu, though there are some yet nameless projects.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We want to create the hardest, fastest and most brutal album of our career and I think we got extremely strong material.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
For me, it can’t be brutal or hard enough at the moment. Bands like Inquisition, Deströyer666 or Totenmond have an influence on me, though I wouldn’t say the music directly inspires the sound. It’s more the idea and the concept behind these bands that influence me.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your time,

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