Laetitia In Holocaust Vocalist S. Gets Misanthropic
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Italian black metal duo Laetitia in Holocaust, which consists of vocalist/guitarist S. and bassist N., saw the release of their first full-length album "The Tortoise Boat" last year. The band exudes the misanthropic outlook that has made black metal so infamous, with S. stating "Our music is the tentacle of some negative moments, feelings and thoughts, not the soundtrack of a good evening."
Taking the hostility up a notch, he also went on to reveal his thoughts on performing live, commenting that "The only show we would like to do is a show where people are eaten by sharks in a shiny dawn, in the quiet waters of the Pacific." S. shared his thoughts on the extreme metal scene and gave a brief taste of what fans can expect from Laetitia in Holocaust's upcoming album.
xFiruath: Tell me about the history of Laetitia in Holocaust. When did the band form and how did it come together?
S: Boring question! Year: 2001, demons' gang bang.
xFiruath: Is there any particular meaning behind the band’s name?
S: The moniker means "happiness in apocalypse,” and there's no bond with the Nazi interpretation of the term "holocaust.” LIH was born as manifestation of a destructive and religious sphere. We're not shitty atheist, Satanist, Christian or other similar ugly followers of ugly beliefs. We enjoy a pulse towards transcendence and violence, pandemonium and pity. LIH means the happiness in a sad global disappearance.
xFiruath: What is your personal history in music? When did you first get into metal and who have been your biggest influences?
S: Several years ago. Morbid Angel and Emperor were the first masters I met. Then the masters Mayhem, and the masters, Joy Division. Now the masters, Deathspell Omega, and the masters, Portal. Comus, Mz.412, Satyricon, Dissection, Current 93, etc.
xFiruath: Are you working with any projects outside of Laetitia in Holocaust at the moment?
S: Laetitia In Holocaust is the only band that can stick it in my can!
xFiruath: Where did you record “The Tortoise Boat” and did the band do its own mixing/mastering?
S: We recorded "The Tortoise Boat" in our home. The same for mix and master. The sessions were an endless trauma. A whole year, two nights every week, each of two hours: a torment, and filled with technical problems. I think that the final result is the best we could obtain, even if we know it's not the best result. We don't have great machines or advanced/sophisticated software, but I think that, if sometimes this lack of instruments means a handicap, on other sides it creates the conditions for an atmosphere absent on better produced releases. This is also the lesson that nowadays black metal has forgotten.
xFiruath: What is different about “The Tortoise Boat” from the band’s earlier demo?
S: The earlier demos were personal but classical black metal platters. "The Tortoise Boat" is an unknown abomination. The guitars are played without distortion, but haunting and cacophonic and the lyrics are perfectly built maledictions. The first clash with the listener is huge, and the reactions unexpected; but the same tongue of sickness and holy struggles slides the people who listen to the album. And this is the only purpose we had: communicate a specific sensation, building the basement for the possibility to enter in another dimension, our dimension, and then someone will enter and someone else not, but this is a consequence of relative importance.
xFiruath: What do the lyrics deal with on the album?
S: The lyrics are very complex, and very important for us. They're literal dreams of perversion and salvation, a praise to abomination and its hoped end. They sometimes have an eschatological cut or simply are prayers for life's extinction. They're reflections of our souls, and it's not easy to describe them.
xFiruath: Is Laetitia in Holocaust a strictly studio band or have you done any live shows?
S: The only show we would like to do is a show where people are eaten by sharks in a shiny dawn, in the quiet waters of the Pacific. We hate crowds, we hate to exhibit ourselves, we hate to put our music, our soul, in an embarrassing party atmosphere with drunk people who shout bullshit. Our music is the tentacle of some negative moments, feelings and thoughts, not the soundtrack of a good evening. We have good evenings but without playing for stranger people.
xFiruath: Can we expect to see any more Laetitia in Holocaust releases in the future?
S: Yes. The next one is called "Rotten Light,” and we are going to record it in July. No anticipation. It will be for “Rotten Light” as for black metal has been "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.”
xFiruath: What is your local metal scene like?
S: Bah. I invite you to be suspect of my words, because there are many things I don't like about the scene, and of metal in general. Metallers are often weak and stupid people, ridiculous beings who move like sheep, even more than the "normal" people they hate and call "sheep.” I don't care for the Italian metal scene. There were three interesting projects here, Aborym and Spite Extreme Wing, and Antropofagus some years ago. They all seem to be finished. Now there remains no artistic bravery or genial ideas, but guys who want to play extreme metal (the only metal genre I can listen to without vomiting) just for the sake of doing it. Soulless music, or music played by poor souls (and that's the same for me). But where's the matter? Let's ignore them, like the Pope, the politicians, the time, and the skin that's hurting.
xFiruath: What albums or bands do you personally listen to most often?
S: Old albums, and few new bands. I always try to discover something good in the underground scene, but it's rather difficult. I literally love the old Norwegian black metal scene and the first death metal hordes, and seldom can I find something on the same level. Sometimes is not violent and obscure enough, sometimes without atmosphere, sometimes too plastified, sometimes just too wimpy. In the latest years I often listen to bands totally out of metal, coming from dark ambient, acid folk, industrial, and dark wave.
xFiruath: What are your thoughts on the state of black metal in particular or “extreme” metal in general these days?
S: Black metal is dead. The music genre is alive, but the spirit is dead. The spirit of black metal searched an expression appropriated to its raw, religious and evil intent. The spirit of black metal was a metaphysical destruction. The Norwegian masters created the right form, an unheard form, to deliver that abyssal charge, and to reach this point they created an ugly, bitter, violent, and sad music. But time and long exposition ulcerate things, make them common, no longer dreadful or really shocking. Now black metal is music. Nothing else. Instead at its beginning, in its youth, it was strong and unexpected, a real dive in darkness and in unknown and blackened soul's zones. Now it's like death metal, with labels, tours, merchandise, and fans. It's time for new dragons to awake new fears and feelings, but then also they will fall, in a circle that can't be stopped until humanity ends.
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