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Interview - Lustravi


Lustravi's debut album is proof that the USBM is always a good source for quality black metal, always paying respect to the classic sound of the genre but also adding its own personality and identity. We decided to get to know them a little better and Morgan Weller received us and kindly answered our questions

WOM - What is your opinion on the Black Metal Scene of today?

Morgan Weller - I think there is a lot of great bands coming out now. In the US where we are from, there are a lot of great black metal festivals with extremely underground bands that we are extremely proud to wage war beside. Stahl Gorthorl, Eldre,  Secrets She Kept, Led by Serpents, KAV, and Promethean Horde are all bands that I implore any fan of black metal to check out and all are fantastic examples of what the southeastern US can produce in the midst of the bible belt. On the other side of the coin, there is definitely a growing trend of bands i can't respect because there are some who will simply add “black” or “blackened” at some part in their genre while having no idea what it means to be black metal. Black metal is a sacred thing for people who are truly passionate about it and it's easy to weed out the warriors from the weak.


WOM- Do you think that sometimes the ones who try to be more “kult”, are the ones with the wrong idea of what Black Metal is supposed to be, and its true origins?

MG - This is a tough question. On one hand, i think that metal needs its elitists for a certain level of quality control and keeping our traditions alive as a whole (which I believe also applies to death metal as well).  We need the people who demand bands to be passionate on their war path, the people that know their shit, for lack of a better term. I believe that black metal is and always will be driven by hatred and opposition of the religious hierarchy, but i am not the kind of person to only listen to black metal in the 90s and disregard everything else. What i hate, is people who chose to be followers and cling to ideas of black metal that were not neccessarily in its conception.  There is a fine line between giving your life to something because it is everything you believe in, and being a douche to people who are new to it (fans and bands alike) and i think that is the fundamental difference between the people who claim to be kvlt and people who are truly obsessed with black metal and the left hand path.

WOM - How would you describe the Black Metal you play? Why is it called Cerimonial Black Metal?

MG - Our music sounds like years of suppressed hatred of abrahamic religion that each member of Lustravi has experienced in separate ways. We are called ceremonial black metal because each song is part of a ritual; it has everything to do with the content of the music and how we present ourselves in the live setting.

WOM - With Your first full-length being released almost one year ago, are you planning on getting in the studio soon?

MG - We are currently writing our second full length album, and we are taking our time with it so we produce exactly what our vision is. I can tell you for sure that it is turning out to be a much faster and more punishing album than “Cult of the Blackened Veil.” We’re also currently looking for our next label which is giving us time to really focus on the important parts.

WOM - What were the reactions to the record, through this year?

MG - So far, we’ve had overwhelmingly positive responses from zines, reviewers, fans, and fellow musicians. We were the top selling band on our last label, Obscure Musick, and we managed to sell out of our own stock of CDs as well. With Cult of the Blackened Veil, this was the beginning chapter in hopefully a long line of releases that we hope our fans will continue to support. 

WOM - With a US summer tour already booked, are you planning on coming to play in europe? If yes, is Portugal included?

MG - Unfortunately, at this point, we do not have any European tours planned, however it is definitely something we have been researching and definitely something we want to do as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

WOM - What can we expect of a Lustravi live show?

MG - Every live ritual starts with an invocation and I pour blood on myself.  I address the crowd as a congregation, with speeches in both English and Latin. Depending on where we are we also have friends that do live blood letting and bondage. We have burned incense, annointed people with oils, we’ve impaled the head of jesus on a railroad spike on top of a cross we made and branded sigils into, weve burned bibles, ive thrown eucharist at people, and plenty of others.  Really, it all depends on the ritual itself. Some nights it takes a darker turn than others, but we pride ourselves on being the band that either offends everyone or is disturbing enough that people cant look away.
  
WOM - To finish with, do you have anything to say to Lustravi fans in Portugal and World of Metal readers?

MG - I just want to say thank you a million times over for supporting Lustravi! And please feel free to follow our Facebook page (facebook.com/lustravi) for upcoming news on tour dates and new releases.

Entrevista por João Coutinho


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