1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Denosdrakkh : Well, we just released our new third album, “From Glory Towards Void” and we are now back after a 7 months break. Our former guitarist and bassist left the band so we ve been working really hard our setlist with the 2 new members of the Horde !
We’ll be hitting the stage with this line up in a few weeks now..Really looking forward to it as the new album is made to crush some skulls live.
2.Recently you have 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?
For us, this new record is the flattening of nearly ten years of musical existence. It’s a complex mix of various kind of black metal and death metal. You can also hear some really cool thrashy riffs and heathen vibes too. It’ s without a doubt the most extreme and mature release we have never recorded before.
3.The band has been around since 2006 but has only released 3 full lengths and an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
1 demo, 1 EP and 3 full lengths. I wouldn’t say there is a big gap between each production but you have to be aware that I and Hesgaroth used to live thousands miles from each others. He stayed like 4 years in China and I lived in Ireland for more than 2 years. Therefore, recording stuff together wasn’t really easy at that time.
4.Your lyrics cover the paganism of your home country, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Hesgaroth has always been fond of History and his passion covers various era. When we started Lutece years ago, we were absolutely fond of celtic mythology and history. As Parisians, Lutece was an obvious name for our pagan black metal project. But years passing by, we just turned away from this scene, which, in our opinion, became more and more cheesy and boring. But we kept the name Lutece because we come from here and it sounds perfectly coherent with our music: a mix of old school and really modern metal. Just listen to the track “What Lies Beyond” to really understand the actual spirit of the band.
5.Originally the band was a studio project, what was the decision behind turning the group into a live band?
This decision came naturally 5 years after the beginning of Lutece. As said before, we used to live abroad when we started the band. Turning into a live band would have been way too difficult at that time. I really glad to be back in France for that reason honestly.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best show we played was the Motocultor Fest in August 2013. We played outdoor, in front of thousand people and I think we did a pretty good job. Our stage performance is something really intense, really brutal. We move a lot, unlike most of the black metal bands.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
No big plans at the moment as we really need to practice live with our new line-up but I’m pretty confident that 2016 will be a year full of good surprises for Lutece. The main objective is to play more often out of France and spread our music to new metalheads !
So far, we’ll be on stage for several gigs until May 2016 and got some contacts for a few fests by the end of the year.
8.Currently the band is unsigned, are you open to working with another label again in the future?
Well, this is not exactly true as we signed an awesome distribution contract with Dooweet Agency. Today you can find our new album in the whole world, which is absolutely new for us. We could have signed with loads of underground labels but we wanted something really powerful this time. This is not achievable for small labels.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and pagan metal?
Feedbacks have always been really positive so far but we have to admit it : most of our communication is in French, we toured a lot in France and therefore most of the guys who really know us are French too. This is something that will change in 2016.
10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
These days, our drummer plays in a French death metal band called Chabtan and our guitarist and bassist play in their own project too, Krematoria.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
At that time, I can’t really say. But I think we’ll be back with some even more old school and raw black metal mixed with modern brutality.
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?
I’d say that a few albums from bands such as Negator, Dissection, Kataklysm, Belphegor, Tsjuder or Craft are among the classic bands that influenced us a lot these last few years. But as the songwriter of the band, I m really opened to many different styles. From progressive metal to electropunk, with bands such as Crystal Castles.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Whisky ! I am huge fan and Scotch collector. We also have some bikers in the band.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well, thank you very much for this interview sir!