Lucifer’s Dungeon released their latest black metal opus Music of Lost Spirits last August. This one man band from Russia has been around since 2008 and have effectively owned their spectrum of evil black metal ever since, just take a look at their name if you need clues. Anyway, Music of Lost Spirits may have flown under your radar but demands an immediate look and listen. On the heels of this release we had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I’ve always been passionate for music since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I got my first electric guitar when I was 17. I practiced 4 to 6 hours per day in both theory and practice. About success, Im going for it. I work hard. We’ll see where it will bring me.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
Embarrassing….First couple of shows in Russia. I still have a video. And when I watched it…it sucks.
Sound, technical problems, shitty vocals of 1st live-vocalist. The whole show sucked. I’m embarrassed when I remember it. But I learned a lot from those shows.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I don’t follow metal or any kind of musical news. I just look after new albums of my favorite bands (there are just few of them). But in Russia…the metal scene is DEAD!!!!! People are lazy to go to gigs even of big bands. Many bands can’t even play a guitar, they’re just hitting strings.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
Politics and Christianity are the main point of my lyrics. Rus-Pope, politicians and the whole society of blind followers motivate me to write lyrics. All ideas and views are in my tracks. Sometimes there are hidden messages. (can’t say everything out-of-loud in Russia). There was a personal pain which motivated me to write “The Forest,” “Destruction,” “My Eyes and Blood Flaws” (a track from 3rd up-coming album) but I’d rather not discuss it.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Ok..before metal I’ve been listening to hard rock since I was 10 or 11. Then I got into punk (aggressive and social). When I was about 14, a friend of mine showed me Iron Maiden.
This is the beginning. I listened to heavy and power metal as well as punk bands (like Exploited) for a long time. In the age of 19, I wrote The Forest, The dark army raises and War. Showed it to my friend and he said something like: hey, this sounds like black metal…I had no idea what he was talking about. He of course laughed at me and showed me Satyricon – Shadowthrone. That was a surprise.
My family doesn’t like what I do. My father found out about me being a musician just this year. So, I wrote, practiced, played gigs behind their backs.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Just listen to an album a couple of times and then do your work.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
My goal is to spread the message. Make people think by themselves. F**K pre-paid TV show and news. F””K religious charlatans, their imposition and aggressive occupation of society. F””CK war for money. It’s all in my lyrics.
Hobbies: I love reading.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Tough one…As I don’t listen to much music…I would call all of Taake, Under the Sign of Hell and last 2 albums by Gorgoroth; all of Arckanum; Songs for Sanity and The Devil Knows My Name by John 5; Early Carpathian forest; Shadowthrone and Satyricon by Satyricon; Pulver by Lifelover; 1 album of Shining (Swedish) (don’t remember the name and lazy to check LP). Sometimes I listen to Damian Marley and other reggae to chill.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Lucifer’s Dungeon for their time!