The Devil's Blood Guitarist SL Delves Into The Dark Side
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Dutch act The Devil's Blood has more in common with Blue Oyster Cult than with Emperor, yet somehow this Satanic rock and roll band has managed to grab the attention of fans of the most underground extreme metal. The group's first full-length celebration of the left hand path, "The Time Of No Time Evermore," saw its North American release this month, and The Devil's Blood is currently gearing up to bring their unholy sermons to the European festival circuit.
Discussing the recording process for the album, main song writer and guitarist SL commented, "A lot more time was available for us to explore the furthest depths of the material and to make sure there would be no detail unpronounced. It was a grueling schedule but that is exactly the type of situation you need to translate damnation into art." SL went on to discuss the truth behind every fan's interpretations of the album's lyrics and shared some thoughts on major occult figures.
xFiruath: Where did you record “The Time of No Time Evermore” and how were the recording sessions?
SL: We entered The Void Studios in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on the first of April in 2009 and worked for about 40 days. The sessions went very well. A lot more time was available for us to explore the furthest depths of the material and to make sure there would be no detail unpronounced. It was a grueling schedule but that is exactly the type of situation you need to translate damnation into art.
xFiruath: How has your sound changed from your earlier demos to your full-length album?
SL: Every release had its own aesthetic and atmosphere. This is something the song, or rather the theme of the songs, dictates. Things also evolve due to a growth in professionalism and a clearer perspective and creative drive. A maturing process of sorts. We will never release the same thing twice when it comes to song writing and we will always let the songs decide how they should sound.
xFiruath: Obviously the lyrics deal with the devil, but what are the specific lyrical themes on the album?
SL: I would suggest you read and listen. It is unwise for a poet to explain his poetry. Each interpretation is correct in the frame of reference that brought it on. No truth exists but the truth experienced. A completely subjective power of creation and destruction.
xFiruath: Despite having a more “rock and roll” oriented sound you guys have managed to get the attention of fans of black metal and death metal. How do you think your music managed to catch their attention and how do you feel about being idolized by a group of people who normally don’t care for more “mellow” music?
SL: This is not really for me to say but I think it might have something to do with our spiritual nature. Black metal fans might have an inherent inclination towards left hand path energies. This does not count for the majority of fans though, and like many other scenes they might simply like us because they enjoy good music; which we also offer.
xFiruath: Have you ever considered using any of the conventions of more extreme metal in your music, like growls or heavy distorted guitars?
SL: We have.
xFiruath: As a band with clear influences from Satanism I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about figures like Anton LaVey and Aleister Crowely, who tend to be polarizing figures in the occult world.
SL: Neither of whom where Satanists in any form that I could see. I have great deal of respect for Aleister Crowley and read his work regularly. There is much to be found in his work which is of great value for all interested in the occult. LaVey is nothing but a humanist trying to get people focused on themselves by praying to themselves. This is absolutely nothing to with the worship of the God of the left hand path. Satanism is for me the worship of death and chaos. All that which seeks to break free of bounds. A gateway to total freedom.
xFiruath: Are there any plans for upcoming tour dates?
SL: We are currently preparing for a number of festival appearances throughout the summer in Europe. Also we will be appearing in Calgary, Canada for the Noctis festival in September.
xFiruath: Have your lyrics and overall theme ever caused you any problems with the crowd or getting shows booked?
SL: No, quite the contrary, things have been growing for us at an alarming rate. All opposition will be swept aside.
xFiruath: What bands do you personally listen to in your free time?
SL: I listen to a lot of different musical styles; everything from rock to black metal to classical music and roots music. I enjoy music as I enjoy art; always looking for new interesting interpretations and inspirations.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?
SL: Thank for your attention and we hope to plague your dreams with our poison for a long, long time.
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