Greek “dark melodic doom metal” band Lachrymose release their new album Carpe Noctum on August 28th. Vocalist Hel took time out to rattle off a few words about the band and the album for us…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
How did you meet?
Blackmass and Kerk have been friends for two decades, since both were involved with Rotting Flesh. I (Hel) go to know Kerk a few years ago, in another band that we played together. We met Mancer when the band was formed, and then our lineup was complete.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Lachrymose was formed in 2013, so it’s been 2 years now.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Our influences range from death to black, thrash and doom metal… We are four people who listen to different kinds of metal, and we combine everything we like in Lachrymose. It’s not like there are some bands in particular that we aim to sound like or that we consider them our main influences. It’s very important to have your own style and sound, to stand out.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We try to be different in whatever we do and that’s why we combine all these different elements in our music. Maybe the best way to describe our music would be to say that it’s dark doom metal, with melodic riffs, both heavy and slow songs, each one different than the next one. Another thing that makes Lachrymose unique is the female vocals, something uncommon in this type of music. Listen to the album carefully, and you will see for yourselves.
How long did it take for you to put this debut album together?
It may have taken two years for the release, but we had already composed all the songs in a little more than half a year. For the rest of that time, we had to do the mixing and mastering of the album, the videos and everything else that always needs to be done, including finding a label we could work with. So now we are very excited that the release date is approaching!
Have you played any live shows as Lachrymose yet – or do you have any planned?
For the time being we have confirmed two shows, but more will be announced soon. First, on November 14th we’ll be playing in Rock You To Hell festival in Athens, with Loudness, Tokyo Blade, Oliver/Dawson Saxon and many more, and on January 17th in Thessaloniki, with Sorrows Path.
What are you working on at the moment, now that the album is ready?
We are already working on a few songs for the next album. This is the fun part. The second album will be complete sooner rather than later, song-wise. Now we are also arranging live shows, the other fun part of being in a band. What is more, we will soon release another video, for “In A Reverie”, with our very special guest Thomas Vikström.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour with your previous bands?
There was this Rotting Flesh show, many years ago, where a former bassist tripped on his cable, damaged his bass and had an amp land on him.
Do you have any advice for a young band just starting out?
Hard work, patience and a pair of balls. Seriously now, if you love what you do, try hard and don’t give up. And don’t copy anyone else!
If you could be part of any 3-band line-up, one band above you and one opening for you, who else would you have on the bill?
There are many bands that we look up to and we’d absolutely love to play with! Therion, Primordial, Sanctuary and the list goes on and on. And the same goes for other bands that are not so big, but very talented and promising.