Lebenssucht, a black metal band with members hailing from Germany and Bulgaria released their first EP called ‘Fucking My Knife‘ previous year.Planet Caravan recently took their interview.Read it below.
1. How did you guys come together?
- S Caedes: Ahephaïm and me, we already knew Déhà before, since he mastered the album of our other band Humanitas Error Est. We quickly felt, that there is a special link between us, so we visited him in Sofia, had a great time together, discussing a lot about who we are, what life means to us etc. and of course, also about music. The idea of having a band together was born, since we all felt the need to create something very special. Music, which is the mirror of our inner self. Music, with an nightmarish ambiance, which leaves you unhappy happy.
2. Déhà, you have so many projects going on right now. Is it difficult for you to squeeze out time?
- Déhà: It is, but it’s not really a matter for me. It’s a visceral need to make music. With Lebenssucht, it is another form of expression. Also, it’s a band. Not a solo thing. Working with the whole band has become precious to me.
Lebenssucht Performing At Autumn Souls of Sofia Festival 2016
3. You guys just did a show in Sofia, how was the experience?
- Ahephaim: It was really great to bring our music live in the city where all begun! And the feedback from the audience was really amazing. Definitively a very nice experience.
- S Caedes: I can clearly say that it was amazing. We also got very good feedback after our gig. Always great to know, that you can reach the people with your music. Especially live.
4. Tell us more about the EP- Fucking My Knife.
- S Caedes: You should hear it, feel it. Then you know.
5. What were you guys thinking? Did you set out with any particular goals in mind or just wanted to bring hatred to the world?
- S Caedes: Lebenssucht is not about bringing hatred to the world. It’s about enjoying your life, no matter what price you have to pay for. It’s about turning negativity into strength. Life is our drug.
- Ahephaïm: As S Caedes said, hatred is not really what moves Lebenssucht, but a bunch of other feelings much more subtle. This band is like an emotions magnet, helping us to put in music the ugly things we have inside.
6. The EP isn’t exactly how we know DSBM to be. It has much heavier tinge of doom in it. Both in music and in vocals. Was that intentional?
- S Caedes: Easy thing: we are not a pure DSBM band. We want to express ourself, and we are absolutely not interested in limiting our music to a special genre.
- Déhà: I like to think that Lebenssucht is way past the typical DSBM scene but more in black metal. Of course, we can’t deny the influences, but we are most of all black metal.
7. Any full lengths coming up?
- Déhà: Yes.
8. Do you guys prefer to remain underground or wish for more widespread popularity?
- Ahephaïm: Personally, I don’t make music to listen to it in a cave with some grimy friends. Music is a way to communicate something and I don’t see why we should limit this communication to a very intimate circle. Lebenssucht will grow as far as the people who are listening to us will carry it. And it’s not a question of commerce, it’s just about sharing our universe and touch people who understand this microcosm.
- Déhà: I speak for myself here: popularity is stupid. Otherwise we wouldn’t make this kind of music. Having recognition, people who understand us, that’s the goal.
- S Caedes: I don’t care about underground or popularity. I want to reach people, who understand our music, who are able to feel our music.
9. What are your musical influences? What drew you to music as a whole? What got you into metal? And how did you find your liking for extreme metal?
- S Caedes: Primary I’m into DSBM and Black Metal. My favourite bands are Psychonaut 4, Lifelover and Taiga. Without any doubt. But I also like Marduk, Urgehal, Endstille, Taake – just to name a few. Besides this, I’m also very into Dark Ambient / Martial. Bands like In Slaughter Natives, Gnaw Their Tongues, Triarii, Puissance – again, just to name a few – are one of my favourites. This is always a matter, if I feel the need for harsh, brutal music or, like I always say, to be stitched by needles. What is the most important, that music gives me an extreme input. I need to feel it. Well, and how I came across extreme metal,… all started when I was 12/13. When I listened the first time Black Metal, I just knew, that’s it, that’s me.
- Déhà: I am not going to answer since it would take forever concerning my own experience. But let’s say : my influences are huge, from Pink Floyd to Beethoven to Bones or actual black metal.
- Ahephaïm: For my part, I listen to nearly everything as long as the music contains a real aura, no matter of style. My main influences are coming from the black metal/dark ambient scene but I also began with Guns N’ Roses and Metallica evolving through Brutal Death, Grindcore, Hardcore, Punk, Classic, or even bands like Die Antwoord, Suicide Commando, … All music genres have something great to offer. For me it was easy to come to the metal world as my parents were already in, listening bands like Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, … The way into the extreme is a lonely journey, something necessary for me avoiding going crazy with that much devouring and brutal feelings inside.
10. And how do you maintain balance between so many bands which all have such diverse sound?
- S Caedes: Thing is, that every band includes a special part of my character and my (view of) life – this is also the reason why all bands sound different. I can express myself with all emotions, which need to be unleashed. What is the most important for me, that I always remain true to myself and my principles. And, to have enough physical and mental reserves for all bands.
- Déhà: Making music as we see (hear) fit.
- Ahephaïm: I really join S Caedes on this point. Every of my bands brings me something else, otherwise it wouldn‘t make any sense to cumulate several of them. You can‘t always express yourself completely in one entity, so you have to sometimes spread some parts of you with other ones.
Thanks for your time!
S Caedes: Vocals
Ahephaim: Vocals, Drums
Déhà: Vocals,Guitars, Bass