Interview with Legion of the Damned (January 21st, 2006)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
To be honest: there isn’t much history with LOTD…. We have all known each other for a long time and we have also played together for many years before LOTD was founded. We all wanted a fresh new start and leave the other bands behind, that’s how LOTD was born.  

How has your new album been received by the media?
Very well! We have had very positive reactions so far. We ended up 1st in the Legacy sound check and 5th in the Rock Hard. We had lots of positive feedback from the media which is great!  

I know artists don¹t like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
I would describe it (with hand and feet!) as old-school thrash with contemporary influences.  

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
LOTD - Lyrically we are inspired by books and documentaries. Musically we are inspired by the music we listen to. A song is created by jamming together and picking out the best riffs and blending them into a song.  

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
We sing about different themes such as war, serial killers, and historic events. A friend of ours writes our lyrics since our singer is running his own company, he already wrote lyrics to CD’s we did before the band LOTD. But he barely got time for it anymore, so we have someone else doing it, which turns out great, so why change that method.  

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Andy Classen (Dew-Scented, Krisiun) did. We are VERY pleased with the result! Andy is a very laid-back person and we can work with him really well. He knows exactly what we want the final result to sound like.  

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Daemonad did our artwork. We think that it’s very important to have a good cover which matches with our music.  

Do you have any touring plans?
We’ll be on the No Mercy tour in April this year, together with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm and more.  

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
LOTD - I guess a cliché, but definitely Slayer!  

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, Massacre Records?
LOTD - We are very positive!
We get much support from them and they work really hard to spread our name.

The internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
It’s very important for us as we can reach many people all over the world. We have an official website and are featured on My Space.  

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
We have a good scene in the Netherlands . We know lots of people from other bands and we see them regularly at gigs.  

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
That’s a hard one… I think “Bleed for me”.

Name an album, person or event that has (had) a huge influence on your life … and why?
My girlfriend Susan, because she also plays the guitar in a band (Desensitised). We both have the same goals and want to achieve the same things with our music. She really supports me!  

Which music do you listen to at home?
Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Vader, Kreator, Pestilence and many others.  

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
I love the old sound! Because if you listen to Kreator’s “Pleasure to Kill” on vinyl it blows away many contemporary productions. It sounds very aggressive!
But mainly I prefer CDs as they’re easier to handle.  

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Thanks a lot for this interview and maybe see you at one of the summer festivals in Germany

Legion of the Damned - Malevolent Rapture

Debut album out on Massacre Records.

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