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Undercroft Wants You To Break The Rules, Erase The Borders, And Burn The Churches

The death/thrash three piece Undercroft released latest full-length album "Ruins of Gomorrah" at the end of September through Season of Mist, along with a new music video for "El triunfo de la Muerte."

In a collective online correspondence, Undercroft touched bases with Metalunderground.com to clarify the ever-moving target that is the band's location and explain how this new album came together.

Of course it wasn't all business, as the guys also had some personal advice to offer fans for what to do when they are done checking out the latest on Undercroft: "If you have some time left go out burn some churches, break the fucking rules of society, erase these fucking borders, get fucking drunk, support metal and follow your sins."

xFiruath: Your location seems to be a bit up in the air – were you guys originally from Chile but then relocated to Sweden and Germany? What’s happening in your local metal scene lately and how much do people support metal in your area?

Undercroft: Hamburg is the main home town for Undercroft. Germans are a bit lazy to move their asses to most of the concerts, but also it is people who support very well any band that shows real art behind their names. The underground is still moving.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the artwork for “Ruins of Gomorrah” and how it connects with the music.

Undercroft: As the title shows, are the fields of our existence as a band, the music is the channel to connect material and unmaterial aspects of this creation, that means what we felt, we step firmly in our ruins and follow the connection to our lust and our demon within the music.

xFiruath: How did you guys end up getting hooked up with Season of Mist for this release?

Undercroft: At the time we were looking for the best choice to us, as a band. Alvaro has the chance to talk with Michael and propose the album to him, after he listened we got the offer from the label and here we are.

xFiruath: Where did you record these songs and how did that process go this time around?

Undercroft: The recording process we did had a lot of movements, in many aspects. First the recording starts at Nullzwei Studio in Hamburg, Germany with drums, guitars, and bass at Abaddon Studio also in Hamburg, Germany. For vocals we used the Necrophonic Studio, in Stockholm, Sweden and finally the mix and the mastering was done by Daniel Bergstrand at Dug Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

xFiruath: Take me through the process of how a new Undercroft song gets created from idea to writing to finished product.

Undercroft: The process is simple because we’ve know each other for many years, the difficult part is finding the time to put all the pieces together, the music we do is just the reflection of our individual beings that connects in the aspect of liberation and metal. Everything is finished by the whole band together.

xFiruath: You guys released a music video for “El triunfo de la Muerte” back during the Summer. Can you fill me in on the recording process, and what did you think of the final product?

Undercroft: Really we wanted to do something else with that song and there was Carlos Black Shadows who offered himself to work with us in that video, we just record a rehearsal plus some takes aside just to connect visual and through the story the meaning of the song, it is a simple video but very well done. The song is in our language to channel the purity to sing and to embrace the mighty Death.

xFiruath: Are you heading out for any live activity in support of this new album?

Undercroft: Absolutely, we just finished a mini tour with our Brazilian brothers from Krow. Finland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland were fields that scream and dance with the morbid chants from the Undercroft at that time. Soon we will have news about upcoming concerts, check the our website.

xFiruath: What has been spinning in your CD player lately?

Undercroft: The Devil´s Blood, In Solitude, Degial, Sepultura, Johnny Cash, Tormentor, Judas Priest, Slayer, and many, many more and many more has to come.

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to say?

Undercroft: Stay alert for Undercroft, check our website time to time and if have some time left go out burn some churches, break the fucking rules of society, erase these fucking borders, get fucking drunk, support metal and follow your sins. El Triunfo de la Muerte!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. Janice writes:

I've been listening to this album all moinnrg. First impression is that it's not up to par with their early works. I'll definitely give it a few more spins and see if it grows on me. Thanks for the share.

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