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September 23, 2018

Interview Lamastu

-Good day Lamastu! How are you guys doing these days?

We are playing with a good friend of the band some heavy metal stuff, just for passion to this kind of music, whitout any intention far beyond.

-First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.

Ok! Lamastu was born in the summer of 2014, and  is formed by three members since first day. My old friend José Luis Mosqueda takes care of the bass, my blood brother Alberto Zamora as the lead singer of the formation (in case that his voice be lead), and myself, José Zamora, playing guitars and doing percussion.

-I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?

These two guys have always been by my side. Obviously, Alberto is my brother (he is seven years younger), and José Luis studied with me at fourteen, and we have been friends since then. One day, after a really strange period of my life, I convinced them to play some infamous music. 

The name of the band came to us, while my brother and I were looking a book of demonology that we had taken from a library. Reading who Lamastu meant, we knew that she would provide the perfect framework for our music. 

-I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?

Of course!

With our first work, Witchcult, we wanted to enter into femininity as the center of existence, according to our vision of the world, and through endowing the letters with terrifying aspects. We wanted to give priority to the figure of the woman and that was the thread of the album, although you can find different winks to satanist conceptions, or even horror movies along the six songs.

No Presents for Christmas was born as an entertainment where we wanted to honor our favorite bands, so those two themes have all sorts of winks to our past as heavy metal maniacs

Our last work, Death to All, expresses our fear of the loss of loved ones, the constancy of death in our own conception of life and the constant battle of human existence. We have brought several ancient burial rituals, the rottenness of the flesh, or Lamastu herself to help us express all of the above.

-Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?

Yes. The circumstances of our own lives, through our philosophical conception of existence.

-How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?

We usually start with a guitar riff. From there we began to assemble the song around it. We make all the music first, but with a principal idea in the heads. The last, so that everything fits, the letters, closing the circle with respect to the original idea.

-Your latest album “Death to All” to be released this fall. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?

I’m lucky to have a studio at home, so we just get together, record, review and go. We do not like to give too much laps to the process of recording, since we prefer that the songs are fresh so that we can work the mixes and mastering without being saturated.

-You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?

There are thousands of interesting bands today! It´s a great notice as fans of heavy metal, but a diffucult to highlight in this huge scene.

It´s not a problem to us. We are happy playing togheter and recording some evil stuff.

-Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?

Well, I´ve been playing for 20 years, doing my own music, involved in different personal projects, where I would highlight the instrumental music I did with Dead Men Tell No Tales.  

My brothers started with Lamastu, and I hope we continue this way for a long time.

-Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?

As inspiration to Lamastu, the classic black metal bands, you know, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Immortal, Emperor etc, but it should be said that we have been listening to heavy metal bands since we were kids, and Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Slayer or Metallica will be sounding always and constantly in our ears.

-How is the metal scene going in your country?

Fortunately we have a really good scene, which although it remains at a modest level, has a lot of warmth. I would highlight Death Metal bands like Stained Blood, or classic heavy metal like Lizzies as my favorite of the last years.

-Tell us, if you have played abroad.

Not for the moment.

Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?

Yes, with our friend Jorge Torrico, in charge of artwork! For the moment we only have some ideas for a videoclip, but surely in the near future, we will get with it.

Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:

* Religion – Liars
* Death – Landing
* Freddie – Krueger
* Drugs – Alcohol
* Universe – Fire

Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?

Thanks so much for this really interesting interview. Listen to Death to All! You will find some black metal to frighten your neighbors!!!