- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Luca/ We`re playing a benefit show for Jeff Leppard Davis (he recorded all of our albums) who recently died. It will be in Oakland with Autopsy at the end of july. We re not writing any new material at the moment we`re recording a new full lenght with our other band Vastum and I`m recording with my other DM band Necrot.
- First off, if you don’t mind (and as you are a relatively new band), I would like you to start with some history of ACEPHALIX.
Luca/ Dan and Kyle started the band in 2007 in San Francisco. Lot`s of line up changing until a more solid line up since 2009 who recorded all the albums and DM demos.
- You have recently released your latest full-length album, “Deathless Master”. How’s its feedback being so far? For what I’ve seen on the Internet reviews seem to be mixed.
Luca/ We can`t make everybody happy. What matters is that we like what we do not what people say about it. We`re faithful to our sound and we know that there is people who agrees with us.
- I could say this new effort has a more European sound, a Swedish sound maybe so, what are the most influential bands for ACEPHALIX? Did any concrete albums inspire you to write your new opus?
Luca/ There is an European influence, finnish and swedish DM bands for sure.
- In fact I could say this new album, as “Interminable Night” showed as well, is more of a Death Metal album, more than your earlier recordings. Was this something you were striving for?
Luca/ We wanted to play DM so we did. There was always some DM influence in Aporia and our 7inch Patricide too.
- I could even say production sounds clearer, still keeping your heavy and thick sound so, would you mind to shed some light on how was the production process like (and who took such duties)?
Luca/ Jeff Leppard Davis (RIP) recorded all of our material as well as our other band Vastum in a filthy room in San Francisco. It s amazing how people sometimes says of how big and produce our sound is when it came out of a small dirty room and the genius of Jeff for 25$ an hour. He recently died we`re all really sad.
- Almos all of you are also playing in a project named VASTUM, which is a Death Metal oriented band. Considering now ACEPHALIX are heading toward the same direction; what does one band provide you the other one can’t?
Luca/ Vastum has 2 guitars, different approach. It s more cave man old school DM, slower songs with some doom in it. Acephalix is more aggressive, Vastum is more disgusting.
- All this about the record being said, what could you say are the main differences between “Aporia” and this new “Deathless Master”?
Luca/ Aporia is the early stage of Acephalix with 2 guitars, different influences on the sound. Aporia has some older songs re recorded. What came after is more focused, also because we were finally able to write an album with a solid 4 piece line up the one who still plays today.
- And how could you describe your new effort in just 3 words?
Luca/ Blood, Piss, Death.
- You have always had an old-school sound, inspired by the 80’s/90’s. What did that period had that do you think the current scene has lost?
Luca/ There is nothing that you loose or gain. Things changes and they are different because 20 years went by. You can like it or not but doing something inspired by the old is still something new because is happening now. You can`t escape living the present you don`t have time to be nostalgic.
- Last year you played some shows in Spain; any nice memories worth mentioning?
Luca/ Lot`s of good memories. Good shows, nice people, beer and potatoes in the morning. We played all the Spanish shows with Helldivision from Donostia. Great people to be around with. Playing Zaragoza was absolutely rad.
- And finally, what are the near-future plans for ACEPHALIX?
Luca/ At the moment we`re concentrating on our other band Vastum and me personally on my DM band Necrot. We have a few shows booked for Acephalix in july and august but I can`t tell you much more at the moment.
- That’s all from my side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Luca/ Thanks for the interview ad to all the people who came to see us in Spain last fall! See you again!