Interview with the Italian Death metal band, Lectern.
By Carla Morton
Hi guys, how are you?
Howdy! All okay, thank you!
When was Lectern born?
Fabio: In 1999 as a Death metal act. All we wanted at that time, was inspired by Florida bands of the early 90’s as the same is what we want now! The style we follow is death metal from the United States, nothing melodic or commercial. Yes, we’re European but I don’t like stuff like Dark Tranquillity you know. Great bands from our continent, come from Spain, France, England or Sweden like Avulsed, Loudlblast, Infestation and Unleashed. We are a sort of mix of brutal like Suffocation and classic death metal as early Deicide. Going back to the debate about how we felt in the 1990’s well, it was the time of flyers and demotapes. Today, you can be a musician simply at home, playing and recording on your chair in front of a monitor, as you press the record button. In the past century, there was a real playing attitude, you should go into a studio to record your stuff, no hard disk! Everything was still real, especially if to spare a lot of money, the band recorded live all the instruments. Riffs were written at rehearsals and arranged in countless months. You had no file sharing anyway! Other times, ya know! Really! Now we have Internet, You Tube views and shit like that. You are forced to be on the web and to like something always, just as a habit and not a real knowledge of things. Everything cannot be virtual, music isn’t that way!.
Pietro: Lectern were born in 1999 from an idea of Fabio and led the old school death metal directly from Florida.
You have released the first full length this year entitled “Fratricidal Concelebration”. What can you tell me about it?
Fabio: That kicks ass! But if I see the album with the eyes of one year after, well, it looks a little weaker for the guitar sound. The great job was made in production by Giuseppe Orlando at The Outer Sound Studios. I asked him some tricks, to have a great result, but I must admit that after all, it was the top we could reach one year ago!
Marco: It was my first recording experience, so it means a lot for me. It’s what came out from our minds and hands in months of work and shredding. It has a strong theological base along some kicking ass riffs.
Pietro: It was a unique record this album. We made many sacrifices, we fought a lot and in the end we put this monster out from the depths! This album includes everything you need to be known as death metal and I think any person who loves this kind of tunes, cannot be disappointed.
How were the reviews for the album?
Fabio: Pretty good! The underground is full of webzines and xerox paper which helped the band to have the right attention, also on the radio. We had a great trouble by censorship, bu now it’s passed. It’s time to play live a lot!
Marco: It has been well received and a lot of reviews focused a lot on my drumming and this actually surprised me if I think I did never played death metal since two years ago.
Pietro: They have been very positive in all sites where we have done a review, in fact some were a bit disappointed by the fact that some songs are very technical death metal. I do not see this great technique but I am glad that some people think so, after all we created this album to be old school and brutal death metal only.
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