LAUTREAMONT: Exploring Decadence


Russian extreme avant-garde metal trio Lautreamont are set to release their debut album ‘Silence of the Deceased‘ on May 7th. In a new interview for Prog Sphere, singer and bassist Alex “Dread” Zarotiadi talks about the album, its message, influences, and more.

Define the mission of Lautreamont.

I would not completely agree that we’re on a mission. We are express our creative thought by exploring decadence which is our main source of inspiration and it contains so many themes and thoughts which we feel so close to. We pay homage to the greatest decadent poets and want to share their great legacy with the poems being displayed in our music. We also can say that it is our music that displays in the poems vise versa.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album Silence of the Deceased and the themes it captures.

After release of our debut EP Insomnia in 2015, three of five members left the band. It was a hard time from one point of view but from another this circumstance gave us a chance to throw away all annoying communication issues, free our minds and focus on what’s next. As a result we went to a conclusion that we have big room for a creativity, we have a lot to say and express, finally we’re stronger and hungrier than before. Thus we started working on a new music and develop our conception which seeds were planted on Insomnia. That was a challenge because I have to learn vocals and bass (previously I was just the guitar player), we changed our riffing and tuning approach, we went deeper into a complex rhythmic structures and arrangements. After year of working our guitar player returned with fresh ideas and shared our new approach. After another half a year we got 7 tracks ready and we started recording in our home studio. Since that time we’re working as a trio.

Silence of the Deceased

What is the message you are trying to give with Silence of the Deceased

I suppose “Memento Mori” could be a pithiest phrase to describe the album. Anyway I would not insist on that. Let everyone just give a listen to a music and read the poems (we sing them in Russian but it won’t be a problem to find a translation) and find a message by themselves. The poems could be beautiful and melancholic but eerie, disturbing and brutal at the same time. So does the music. A lot of dualism here. It could be joyful experience but it could destroy you as well. Needless to say that we are ok with both outcomes.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

A lot of ideas are in our heads actually. So we bring them to a rehearsal room and figure out. We document the music of course while doing some demo tracking to work on the record further. Nothing special here to be honest. The aim is to have the final result exactly the same as we want.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Sure. There is no other way for us to record the album. It is complete journey from the first to the last note. Every word and every note on the album is on It’s place and there is no another chance.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Really a lot of rehearsals. 2-3 times a week during a year we spent time together in our home studio to discuss and figure out new ideas, riffs, drum patterns etc. It is important thing for us to do this “live”, not just sending the riffs by e-mail. A lot of aspects should be figured out in different variations, a lot of discussions behind it. We threw away bunch of riffs and even complete songs while working on the album just because they don’t 100% fit with the atmosphere. Literally it could be a material for EP as minimum. But we’re proud with the final result.

How long “Silence of the Deceased” was in the making?

We started to write in 2015 and complete recording in 2017. Also there was certain time spent for a mixing and visual presentation of the album. We could say that we spent two and a half years for this album and it was worth it.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Actually we’re listening to a lot of different music. Metal music (especially black and death) is on top of our tastes but we don’t consider ourselves as metalheads also we don’t belong to any rock or metal subcultural community. We could listen to a lot of post-industrial music like dark ambient, drone or power-electronics, post-rock, jazz even some hip-hip or pop. So it is hard to say what exactly is our influence. Sometimes influence is not even music. It could be poems we sing or the mood or just something in our heads. Some musical influences also could take place be but I would not prefer to analyze it or disclose any names because I don’t want to build a bridge between us and them and don’t want to use them as a springboard for us. Our aim is to display our vision, to create new forms of expression and we’ll go further with this approach in our future releases.

What is your view on technology in music?

When you can track your guitars just by having computer, soft and soundcard is surely helpful. But we don’t like to make our music depended on too many technological aspects and surely it won’t be overproduced.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Of course. We follow the idea that our music completely connected to the lyrics and visuals. Together they create the atmosphere, the mood and express everything we want. As it was once said by Russian philosopher Vissarion Belinskiy “The art without a thought is like a man without a soul – a corpse”

What are your plans for the future?

We’re already working on the new material. As I told: we’re ever-seeking for the new forms of expression. There are no boundaries for us. Still we feel that currently extreme death-black metal is the perfect shape for us and we will keep working in that direction and explore new sides of this art.

Silence of the Deceased is out on May 7th; pre-order it from Bandcamp.

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