Band - Lectern
Genre - Death Metal
Country - Italy
Label - Ragtime Records
How long has the band been going, how did it form and what does the band name mean?
Enrico: "The band was formed many years before I entered. Fabio is the founder of our band, the one that gave start to this malefic assault and the mastermind behind our concept. Lectern is the priest's higher place where to spread the holy lie".
Fabio "He said all so much and well, so, nothing to add more!".
What inspired you to play the style of music you play?
Enrico: "Death metal is a way of being. I was born with Death metal inside me and hate sculptured it focusing my will. In time I discovered that the hell I had in, could be translated in apocalyptic music which death metal stands for. Early extreme bands? Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Slayer (even first Metallica four albums)".
"I was just speaking of that with Enrico one day, I told him "man, Slayer is the top of extremes how they could be so, without high blast beats and grunts?" He told me "simple: it's Slayer!".When I approached to heavy metal, it wasn't a genre so extreme rather for Venom and others. They had a great look, they were rude, but not so skilled at play. We had Iron Maiden that changed the visual concept of how a gig was meant to be finally on a stage, I'm speaking about Powerslave tour and what came after.
The Nineties, changed everything prepared by Slayer since the middle and at the end of the Eighties. Reign In Blood changed all, unconsciously this band was unaware of the monstrous styles they were forging like death metal and grind. Then, someone understood that you can play faster, brutal and out of all patterns just going a bit forward! Holy fuck! Florida was the home of prime movers like Morbid Angel and Deicide, sons of a brutalized thrash: death metal was born. If I think about death metal, I wanna an insane show, motherfucking weird riffs, growls and solos and an approach that destroys every kinda melody. These bands are legendary, with other great acts like New York kings Suffocation and early Immolation and Incantation. Europeans were too busy with schemes and elegance in riffs, Americans were the bastard Yankees they're and always will be, ready to blow you away! Lectern belongs to this second side".
What is your local town / city scene like?
Enrico: "Rome's metal-rama is quite good against all the critics everyone part of the scene, sentences. We got even few international bands, like Hour Of Penance and Buffalo Grillz, and a very florid underground. Some of those bands are ascending in terms of importance and in terms of presence during important festivals in Italy and outside our boundaries. Extreme or classic both are in our scene. Most of us are part of the same crew even, good friends even I mean".
Fabio: "Perfidy Biblical and Lectern are my bands, and the best in Rome I knew was last summer, guitarist of our Finnish brothers Ceaseless Torment and hope to play with them in Helsinki as promised. It's quite strange, I don't use to listen to so much metal by now, 'cause I don't like going too much outside, I hate people but myself and I don't recognize me in this society and in the actual music scene full of nerds caught by social networks and shitty mind-lock barriers. Well, if Dark Angel comes for a show here, I'll go, for the rest I don't give any fuck!".
Have you played alongside any big bands, if so who? If not who would you like to play alongside?
Fabio: "No, we're an underground band, and we didn't play with anyone famous! I'd play with Jesus Christ to nail him by my own, but a stage would be too fucking small for that!"
Enrico: "Personally, my aim is to play as much as I can in league with the classics of death metal and thrash also. If I've to choose I don't want to share the show with posing rockstars that are concerned only about cash, forgetting that, as Destruction said, "united we stand, together we're strong". I do appreciate humble and serious musicians that want to respect the passionate fans and impose an honest message, because that's why we are here".
Has the band got any plans for 2013?
Enrico: "Releasing our new slab of pure hatred. A ten tracks album that will contain new songs originated by the new line up. You'll hear the difference in terms of inspiration, believe us. Playing as much concerts as we could do, even outside Italy".
Fabio: "Also this time, Enrico precedes me. Songs are ready, and we will finish what started at Kick Studio very soon, artwork and layout have been set. Death metal it is! In the name of Satan will be!".
Finally any thank you's, hello's and any other messages you wish to say?
"I'd like to thank first of all Fabio for his brother-ship in life and in Lectern. As fan I wish to bring my cheers and my gratitude to those pubs and clubs in our area that still give metal the possibility to breathe and spit flames through all the sacrifice that our musicians spend on the show: in particular I want to say thank to Closer Live Club and all its honorable crew, Traffic Live Club, Blackout and Atlantico. Then I want to say thank you to the Roman organizations like Altamira Events and New Rome Disorder for bringing metal in Rome. A special thank should go to Welt from Yama Tattoo studio for his inks and events organization and professionalism. Visit his studio if you come in Rome! Last but not least I'd like to pay a merited thanks to Old Temple Records".
Fabio: "Shambles will come! Upside every cross!".
I interviewed Jonny Davy of Job For A Cowboy to catch up what is new with the band, what's in the closet for the quintet and what is the path behind them like. Tune in for future plans, past events and much much more.
Emerging Dutch Death Metal mob Bodyfarm got a good stripping over when I spoke to their guitarist / vocalist Thomas Wouters, this band are looking set to be the natural successor to Hail of Bullets, check it out.
1. Who came up with the band name and what does it mean to you personally?
When Quint (drums) and I just started Bodyfarm, we named our very first song after the band’s name. We didn’t have a band-name yet and Quint thought it would be a good name for our band. I was skeptical at first, but Quint convinced me. It’s catchy and short. That name is part of our lives ever-since, haha.
2. How did you guys form and were their any line-up changes since the beginning?
In the late summer of 2009 I asked Quint if he were interested in starting a death metal band together. We were both in other bands back then and those bands didn’t please us any more. Quint was interested, and a few beers later we had a new band! A few weeks later Winfred Koster joined (ex-Pleurisy, ex-Bloodphemy) us. He rehearsed with us a few times but then he kind of magically disappeared and never showed up again. So we went looking for other musicians and we found them, Bram Hilhorst (guitars) and Mathieu Westerveld (bass) who were already friends of ours.
3. You signed to Abyss Records, can you explain how this came about?
Yeah we did. Abyss Records contacted us through MySpace right after we uploaded our very first tracks. They offered to release our EP in jewel case and booklet. We’re still waiting on that though. The slipcase is already for sale at the Abyss Records web-shop.
4. With Dutch Death Metal concerned, do you feel it has become a common genre in the Netherlands?
The metal scene here is pretty big and I think there’s a lot of death metal fans amongst us. Outsiders don’t have clue what death metal is about but I think that counts for pretty much every country. I’m glad The Netherlands have a pretty big metal scene. There are a lot of festivals here, and a lot of club shows for major death metal bands to play. The death metal underground is less popular. That sometimes frustrates me. I think we are a bit spoiled, hahaha.
5. You're currently in the studio preparing for your debut album, how long has this taken, how many songs will there be and what other information can you give us?
Yes! The drum recordings are planned for late September. Writing this album has taken a lot of time. We’ve been doing a lot of gigs, so most of the time we’ve been rehearsing for shows, but all the material is done now and we’re ready to enter the studio. There will be 10 tracks on the album, including a cover from a legendary U.S. death metal band. The artwork will be done by Erik Visser, who also did artwork for the latest Severe Torture album and our friends I Chaos. This album is gonna kick ass if I may say so myself, and we’re looking so forward to the result! The material on it will be in the same style as on the EP, but my vocals have changed in a good way. They’re lower and aggressive.
6. Your self titled debut EP, what was the general response you got from it?
The responses where surprisingly good from all over the world. People seem to like it that we only do what we love, and not trying to be innovative or technical or something. I think our music is ‘honest’ death metal. The responses we got really motivate us to continue with this band, and make a killer album.
7. Does any of the band members play in any other bands, if so which ones? If not, who would your dream band be to play with?
Quint plays in a punk/streetcore band, Bram has his own brutal death metal band called Cavitation and Mathieu plays in Baatezu. I don’t want to play in a second band, I’ve got my hands full on Bodyfarm.
8. Finally what can we expect from Bodyfarm in the next few months or so?
In the next few months you can expect some video footage from the studio! Quints drumming, vocals, guitars, etc. Maybe some rough samples from the mix. For all of you who care: checkout www.myspace.com/bodyfarmnl, but mainly: hook up with us on Facebook! We’re not that hard to find, haha.