With a hot new album, The Age of Miracles Has Passed, on upstart extreme metal label Unique Leader, Lecherous Nocturne are quickly becoming one of the 'must hear' bands on the scene. Are they black metal? Are they thrash? How about death metal? Founding member Kreishloff answers these and other questions from Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo at the end of the tour in support of the new CD.
SoT: Can you talk a little bit about the history of Lecherous Nocturne, where you guys are all from, bands you used to play with, influences, and how you came together?
Kreishloff: Lecherous was formed in 1997 by myself (Kreishloff) and Jason Hehenstein. We played as a four piece for a couple of years before picking up Chris Lollis on second guitar, after a shit load of lineup changes and failed recording attempts we moved out to Colorado in 2000 and tried to find dedicated members. We failed to find anyone out there so we moved back to Greenville South Carolina and started to record our self titled EP in 2003. Shortly after putting out the EP we were approached by Embryo Records and signed a 2 album deal, Clay Lytle (Drummer) and Chad Bradley (Bass) both felt that they could not continue with Lecherous if we were going to tour. We then turned to long time friend Karl Sanders to get some members lined up, Dallas Toller Wade decided to take on the drum role and bassist Mike Poggione joined the ranks. We signed a deal with Deepsend Records in 2006 and released "Adoration of the Blade" shortly after. Things started to go bad at the label due to financial reasons so Graham Landers (owner) and I decided to seek a new home for the band. We continued to write songs when Dallas had to drop out of the band due to his busy Nile schedule so we recruited Jeremy Nissenbaum and recorded "The Age Of Miracles Has Passed' and signed a deal with Unique Leader. It came time to tour in support of the record and Mike was busy and Chris was not able to tour at the time so we brought in Ethan Lane from Apotheosis to fill in on Bass. Ethan is a guitar player so he chose to play guitar when Chris moved on to other ventures.
SoT: So far, the band's CDs are mostly 30 minutes or less of music, which for many would qualify as EPs. Is it your specific intention to create a set amount of material that ultimately satisfies the metal listener, yet just barely whets the appetite and leaves them craving for more?
Kreishloff: It just happens to work out that way, this style of music is very difficult to compose and can take a lot of time and energy. However if you keep them wanting more that cant be a bad thing either. I think if you put time limits on things or have a set guide to a song you end up selling yourself short in the end.
SoT: The Age of Miracles Has Passed sees the band upping the ante on many fronts-bigger riffs, monstrous blast beats, some increasingly technical arrangements, and over the top vocals. Did the band intentionally try to create a more intense set of songs this time around?
Kreishloff: That's always the goal is to better your sound and your craft, when bands start writing the same record over and over its time to hang it up and do a different project. I think its just a natural progression.
SoT: Many tag Lecherous Nocturne as 'blackened death metal'. How do you guys see yourselves, and do you prefer black metal or death metal, or see yourselves as either?
Kreishloff: Neither really. I like elements of both, the other guys all have strong influence as well. We feed off each other and mold it the best we can at the time.
SoT: Can you talk a little bit about the recent tour?
Kreishloff: The tour was fucking great, we went out with Embryonic Devourement and Sol Asunder. It would have been a lot better but last minute shit left us traveling in a cargo van with 6 dudes and all our gear, it was brutal riding like that coast to coast four times in 33 days. I think we played very well considering the rides. The bands were fucking stellar.
SoT: Do you plan on playing any festivals in Europe this summer?
Kreishloff: We would love to get to Europe but we cant find an agency to work with us.
Kreishloff: There are some powerful bands on the Unique Leader roster these days-can you talk a bit about some of your label mates, and how you came to sign with UL?
Kreishloff: Unique Leader has always been a home for some of the best metal to date, we are proud to be among bands of this caliber.
SoT: Of the current extreme metal genre, who are some of the bands you admire?
Kreishloff: There are so many but I admire any band that keeps true to themselves and doesn't let album sales or trends determine their sound.
SoT: The new CD is full of 'can't miss' material from top to bottom-how much of the new CD did you play on the tour?
Kreishloff: We played every song but the title track. I felt that we could not capture that song with only one guitar player so we left it off the set list.
SoT: How quickly does the band plan to get back into the studio?
Kreishloff: No later than the end of this year. The songs are coming along nicely and we plan to work with long time friend and engineer the great Bob Moore at The Sound Lab Studios in Lexington SC .
(Click here to read our review of The Age of Miracles Has Passed)