EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE OF MAN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Johannesburg, South Africa based Symphonic Death/Black Metal band, Sepulchre Of Man. Huge thanks to bassist/vocalist, Alec Larsen, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Alec Larsen. I’m a multi-instrumentalist but in Sepulchre Of Man I’m the lead vocalists as well as the bassist.
How did you come up with your band name?
We knew that we wanted to create epic, theatrical music with concept albums about humanity’s demise. Played around with some names before settling on Sepulchre Of Man. It’s because we’re killing off mankind with every album, so we figured that it makes sense to call ourselves something that literally means the grave of mankind.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Johannesburg, South Africa. The metal scene here is usually thriving but COVID-19 has put a damper on everything.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We’ve just released our debut single/video ‘Curtain Call’, via MMD Records, from our first album “The Reckoning”, coming later in 2021.
‘Curtain Call’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Septicflesh comes straight to mind. Also, bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse, Dimmu Borgir and Carach Angren.
What first got you into music?
I played piano when I was in primary school but back then music felt like a chore. In high school I heard System Of A Down and that made me want to pick up a guitar and since then my taste in music has gotten heavier and more epic.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d love to be able to have Andy Gillion from Mors Principium Est record a guitar solo.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
70000 Tons Of Metal. Metal + Cruise Ship = Awesome.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing hey. South African’s don’t really give gifts to bands.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for the support. It’s really the fans that make this possible.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Probably Chuck from Death. He’s one of the progenitors of extreme metal.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the creativity and the fact that I can create something unique.
I hate politics that unfortunately influences every industry.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
How pop music has saturated listeners with garbage.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Death Came Through A Phantom Ship” by Carach Angren.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For convenience Downloads but nothing beats owning a CD and going through the lyric booklet.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Sepulchre Of Man hasn’t played a show yet as we were formed during lockdown. But my best show in other bands that I play for is a tie between:
1. My other symphonic death metal band, Surdus, playing at local festival called WinterFest.
2. Playing the EP launch in PE for melodic death metal band Forsaking Fate.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m a software developer by profession so I’d probably still be doing that.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d love to hang out with Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est), Chris Bradley (Beneath The Massacre), Seregor (Carach Angren) and Spiros Antoniou (Septicflesh).
What’s next for the band?
Finishing up the debut album for release later this year. Then hopefully being able to tour to promote it.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Haven’t had the pleasure or displeasure of trying Jaffa Cakes so no comment, haha.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview.
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