LUCIFER`S FALL   DOOM METAL FROM AUSTRALIA Band Questions answer by Deceiver Philip Howlett DOOM MASTER  
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? The band members are... Deceiver (myself) – Vocals Unknown Unnamed – Drums Cursed Priestess – Bass The Invocator – Lead Guitar The Heretic - Guitar What does the band name mean and how do you get it? The band name was inspired by the Gustave Doré artwork of Lucifer falling to Earth. I just thought it was an excellent image and also a good band name. Plus it links into Satan’s Fall by Mercyful Fate. I was actually surprised that the name hadn’t been used already. Where and how was the band founded? The reason for starting Lucifer’s Fall was to form a more traditional heavy metal/doom metal band which would have a more definable style than my other band at the time Rote Mare. Lucifer’s Fall began in 2013 rehearsing as a three piece with The Mother Superior on guitar & vocals, myself on bass and vocals and Unknown Unnamed on drums. I then cut it back to a two piece project recording everything on the first album myself apart from the drums which were done by Unknown Unnamed. As with all my bands/projects it is based in my home town Adelaide, South Australia.   You are also active in two white bands and you alone are responsible for everything at Solemn Ceremony! you can not live without music and you are something like the doom father of australia? Solemn Ceremony is a solo slow doom project which is kind of a replacement or continuation of my old band Rote Mare but in a more traditional style. It’s intended to always remain a solo project utilising the services of friends and musicians that I know. Ha ha It’s true that I cannot live without music. It drives me onward with or without success. The important thing for me is to keep doing it no matter what without compromise. I joined Dire Fate as a bass player a bit over a year ago. At the moment I don’t really write for them in any way. I just joined because I love what they do and they needed a bass player. As for being the doom father of Australia that’s definitely not for me to say.   Which of the three bands has your priority? Lucifer’s Fall is my priority currently as it is the thing I have put most effort into thus far. Compared to Solemn Ceremony it’s far more developed and well known and is finally getting a bit of momentum generated.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? It actually wasn’t very difficult. Lucifer’s Fall began with Rote Mare members. Ben (Unknown Unnamed) is employed at the same place that I work. When I asked him to play drums he agreed. I found Sean (The Mother Superior) through a local metal forum. Everyone else who has been in the bands since then are from that social circle of friends. So we all get on very well and have similar music tastes. We only really ever had one guy in Rote Mare who didn’t work out.   What does the band name mean? Lucifer’s Fall is just a nice piece of imagery really. It doesn’t have a great amount of meaning really. It just sounds good and fits well.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? The lyrics are mostly about mythical beasts, Satan, doom, punk attitude, religion, sacrifice, hypocrites and anything else I can think of... As the singer I write all the lyrics so far although other members could contribute if they felt like it. Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Reverend Bizarre, Cirith Ungol, Saint Vitus, Arkham Witch, Motorhead, Black Sabbath are some of the most obvious influences. Really anything that is traditional heavy metal or traditional doom. I would describe us as traditional Heavy Metal & Doom with attitude.   Please tell me something about your last album II: Cursed & Damned ? II: Cursed & Damned was released at the end of 2016 by Nine Records. The music was recorded over 3 or 4 days in the studio earlier in 2016. The vocals were recorded later at home. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jared at The House Of SAP. The songs contained contributions from all members and some from a previous member (The Mother Superior). The album is a mixture of doom and heavy metal with a couple of punkier moments thrown in also. There is a possible vinyl release coming sometime in the future.   At which project or which band are you currently working on new songs? We are currently working on the 3rd album for Lucifer’s Fall titled III: From The Deep. We have 11 songs written of which about half are rehearsed and ready to go. We aim to record early-mid 2019. I am also about to start writing for the second Solemn Ceremony album although there is no time frame worked out for that yet. I’ll just see how it goes.   Is it hard in Australia for a metal musician or fan? is one still looking at the street because of his look or is one accepted I guess it’s fairly hard to get anywhere with it but I think that’s pretty true for almost all original music these days. As for metal I think that traditional doom is probably the least popular form of it that you could imagine. So yeah it’s hard to play a lot of gigs or get many people along to shows. I think the look is more accepted these days. Either that or I just don’t give a fuck anymore because I’m old.... ha ha.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Live highlights for me would be Doom In June 2017 & 2018 because we played with the two Melbourne bands that we love Eldritch Rites & Dire Fate. In terms of crowd size the first gig we played as Lucifer’s Fall with Mournful Congregation was great fun.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Saint Vitus, Pentagram or Cirith Ungol would be a dream as they are all hugely influential bands for Lucifer’s Fall. Any tradition doom bands would be great although they barely ever tour here. Perhaps we need to go overseas sometime.....   Have already resulted in friendship ? Not sure what the question means exactly. But I first met the guys in Dire Fate and Eldritch Rites when I travelled to Melbourne to see Saint Vitus. This helped form our brotherhood of doom    With what do you earn your money except with the music? I work at a party hire company. I put up marquees and deliver furniture for various private and government functions.   How important are social media for you as a band? I guess it’s fairly important as it’s an easy way to let people know what you’re doing and get information out there. I’m not sure how effective it is but there are not that many other alternatives for promotion.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? As much as can be achieved. In the end I’m happy with whatever level it attains as I do it for the love of it and not for any other reason. However it would be nice if it managed to pay for itself at some point.... ha ha.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? My favourite band that I’m not in is Eldritch Rites. Great angry traditional metal melded with doom. Another recommended project with almost all the same members is Open Door Of Doom. Not strictly local as they come from Melbourne. Locally I like Road Warrior & Mournful Congregation. Most people should have heard of Mournful. Road Warrior are a new old style Heavy Metal band. They have a new album out and are well worth checking out.     PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Adelaide where I still reside. My childhood was fine and uneverntful. I was always a fairly introverted child which still continues to this day.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? Definitely not the clown. I guess i was a good student behaviour wise most of the time but academically I only ever did enough just to pass my subjects.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My parents have always been supportive of any music I have done over the years. They have never discouraged me from doing it. Ha ha I would say they didn’t react either way. I don’t think they cared one way or the other. I’ve always enjoyed the music I’ve made. Although looking back on the old material I wrote I’ve definitely improved over the years.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I guess it depends how you define success. Having people willing to put out the music you make is one level of success. Years ago I never thought that would happen. I guess the next level is having it pay for itself. Like I’ve said before I just enjoy doing it so success is not such an important thing. Success is writing a good song that you are happy with really.   What was your first concert as a fan and what memory do you have of it? My first concert as a fan was Iron Maiden – Beast On The Road tour in 1982. I loved it. It was an amazing show that I’ll never forget. Iron Maiden had such a raw energy at that time.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like both to be honest. As far as eating out, making music, buying music and seeing gigs goes I prefer the city but I do love getting away from it too.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I used to play and watch a lot of sports. I don’t do much of either now. I got bored of watching it and I’m getting to old to play it. My work and exercise regime keeps me fairly fit though.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? Both. My wife cooks me nice meals. Things I cook tend to be more thrown together and made up on the spot. Usually with lots of garlic, onion, tomato and cheese....   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Most of my friends are metal or at least music fans. Many of them play in bands. I enjoy hanging out with people who love or play music. I don’t really get people who aren’t into music.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I hate it. Hiding behind a keyboard. They would never dream of saying such things to people’s faces. Plus they never know the first thing about the person that they abuse. It’s just pathetic in my opinion.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? It’s both. It has the potential to increase everyone’s knowledge and information but often works in a more negative way by promoting opinions rather than facts.   What would you personally like to do in your life? I don’t have a great many goals. I’d love to play overseas at a doom festival in front of a great crowd with a bunch of other bands that I enjoy and admire.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? I don’t think there’s anything I care that much about. Just happy to live my life and take things as they come. It is what it is.   Australia It’s a nice place to live. Full of interesting places and animals. Full of stupid people and politicians with idiotic ideas much the same as everywhere else I’m sure.   Austria Ha ha. Lucifer’s Fall has been named as Austrian a few times.....   Black Sabbath or     Witchfinder General I love both. Black Sabbath for their overall influence and the sheer weight of great albums over the years.   Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus I like both but Candlemass for me. Epicus Doomicus is one of the greatest albums ever recorded.   Sausage roll I used to eat them with sauce. I became vegetarian a few years ago so no more... Maybe again when lab grown meat is a reality.   Rugby League Not interested.... prefer Australian Rules and Soccer.   Carlton Draught. I don’t drink beer.   Family You can’t choose it. Ha ha   Drugs Not personally but if people want to it doesn’t bother me.   Great Barrier Reef. Never been there. Would like to see it if it’s not dead sometime soon. Terrible environmental policies of our government.   Your top 10 all Time Fave and your top Five Albums in moment ! Impossible question but here are some of my favourite albums of all time. Angel Witch (ST), Rainbow – Rising, Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead, Saint Vitus (ST), Raven – Rock Until You Drop, Reverend Bizarre – II: Crush The Insects, Deep Purple – In Rock, Black Sabbath – Born Again, Motorhead – Overkill. There are so many others.....   Currently listening to Lethean – The Waters Of Death, Road Warrior – Power, Shelton Chastain – The Edge Of Sanity, Voivod – The Wake, Angel Of Damnation – Heathen Witchcraft.   The closing word is yours? Thanks so much for this interview and a bunch of interesting and different questions. Lucifer’s Fall says thank you to all the supporters. Thanks to fans, friends, interviewers, record labels, bands and anyone else who has helped us out. As usual our final word for those who don’t enjoy what we do.... Fuck You! We’re Lucifer’s Fall.
© 2019 by Haschi`s Metal Corner