INTERVIEW WITH CURSUS BELLUM (SWEDEN, DEATH METAL/BLACKENED DEATH, DOWNFALL RECORDS)



1. How would you describe your music?

As death metal. Fast, aggressive, dark and sometimes a bit atmospheric, a lot of times not so atmospheric. The songs on the new album, to us anyway, have their own identity.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?

With ”single” I guess you mean ”Life Eater”, as it is the song we will do a video for (don´t expect any fancy filming though, this is D.I.Y). The title is inspired by the Aztec goddess Coatlique, who is the subject of song. She both gave life and devoured it, at least that's how I have interpreted the myth.

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?

Not anyone outside the band really, but you often discuss music in general and demos of songs with friends who also is into this type of music.

4. How much time to do you take record songs?

We handle the recording process ourselves, not the mastering though, so we can take quite long time doing this. I´m pretty effective laying down the drums, then Anders has a lot of strings to record. And that's when a second writing process takes form, laying down the second guitar and the bass lines. The vocals takes quite a lot of time because they are usually the last thing that gets written. They have to fit the song and sound right, good vocals can really lift a song.

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?

This release differs quite a lot regarding the production, we are more satisfied with this, a bigger sounding recording. To be honest I would say that the songs are far better then the EP ”Accusing the dead”. On a full length you have more space to be diverse but I think it represents a lot of sides of our influences from death metal and some black metal themes.

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?

We actually had a loose theme planned to get some inspiration for the lyrics for this album, and it helped us to narrow some lyrics down: the ground we stand on, geology, soil, the inevitable presence of mortality. We had some lyrics ending up in cosmic existensialistic nihility anyway, that was not the plan. We have a new theme for a new album as well.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?

Old and new metal I guess. We have been playing in bands since the nineties (Non Serviam, Immersed in blood etc….) and listen to a lot of music from that period and earlier, as well as newer music. Inspiration would come from Slayer, Morbid Angel, Immolation to Dead Congregation and so on.

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?

Being on tour is fun, every gig that was like it should is always great, and to meet other bands. But it´s also great creating music, you have to want to do that first and foremost.

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?

Right now finding a stable live line-up, who can rehearse and get the sound right!

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?

We have some different interests to occupy our time, among them; cars, racing, fishing, physical training, reading, beer brewing (drinking), the outdoors etc.

Thanx for the interview!

 

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