1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never hears of you before?
Crucifyre was formed by me in 2006. Our purpose is to play pure and true death, black metal and heavy metal the way it was meant to be. All of the members in Crucifyre have a long history of extreme metal that goes back to the origins of the genres.
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?
The guitar sound is remniscient of early Bathory and also the really heavy Swedish sound of Entombed and Dismember. The drums have a definite attack. There are of course no triggers or any bullshit like that, just raw fucking aggression and hatred. There is a lot of midrange in the production. No fucking Pantera curve here. We wanted the sound to be hard like the production of Reign in Blood or Wolverine Blues. I think we succeeded fairly well.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new album explores?
A lot of the lyrics have occult and/or satanic subjects or overtones. We are not a religious band in any way. In fact I despise most religions, but Satan is a good vehicle for us to use to put a middle finger in the face of the values that infest our society. A lot of the lyrics are true accounts of satanic occurrences in history. Hellish Sacrifice is about the sacrifices of infants in Paris in the 17th century. Witch Hammer deals with the witch trials and the methods used and so on. These kinds of themes are the perfect setting for our music.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
Cruci is from crucifix. Fyre is the old Scottish way of spelling fire. Hence the name could mean burning cross or cross of fire. I wanted the fyre spelling because it reminds me of old NWOBHM bands like Witchfynde.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We have only played something like five shows. The best were Kill Town Death Fest in Copenhagen, which was great and when we played at our release fest for the album at Debaser in Stockholm.
6. The band consists of veterans of the Swedish death metal scene, are any of the members still involved with other projects?
Yes, at the moment all are except for TG. I am engaged in a new project. It will be a fusion of electronic music and noise and acoustic drums, electric bass and/or guitar. It will sound like nothing you’ve heard before. At this stage we don’t have a name
7. How has your music been recieved by death metal fans worldwide?
We have had interest from around the world through our demos. The album has just been put out, but we have gotten great reviews so far, 9 out of 10 in Close Up for instance.
8. What direction do you see the band heading into on future releases?
We will continue playing riffs and songs in the vein of Slayer, Bathory etc. In some of the new songs there are some slower, really heavy passages, but basically it will be evil, aggressive auditory terror in the future aswell.
9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that have influenced Crucifyre are 80’s bands like Slayer, Bathory, Possessed, Venom, Celtic Frost, Discharge and some non 80’s groups like Black Sabbath and Autopsy. I listen mostly to old stuff. The bands I mentioned, old punk and harcore, proto-punk, garage rock. I appreciate other types of music also as long as it has conviction, dynamics, meaning and appeals to my taste.
In metal some of the good newer bands that I can think of are Slutvomit, Morbus Chron, Stench/Tribulation, but they are also friends of ours so maybe I’m biased.
10. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?
Satanism and occultism play quite a big role. The occult is a perfect backdrop to our music. All of our music is in minor keys. There are a lot of chromatic melody lines and of course the diminished fifth. Our music is satanic weather we have satanic contents in our lyrics or not.
11. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
I have no extravagant interests but I appreciate fine wines, a good IPA. Film, art, photography and literature are sources of interest and inspiration.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?
Thank you for your interest in Crucifyre and for your support of our band! You make this scene happen!