THE DARKNESS OF DESIRE

Updated: 02/15/03

The pure blackened metal of Desire will take you beyond this world if you let it. Based out of Portugal, the band had their latest album mixed at Finnvox Studios and are ready to have thier tales of redemption and despair heard all over this dismal globe. Read on for darkened enlightment...

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Desire, and how long the band has been together.

FLAME – Greetings to all the readers! I am Flame, drummer of the Portuguese DESIRE outfit, and one of the forming members of the band, which started his activities 10 years ago...

What is the music scene like in Portugal and are there very many places to play?

FLAME – Well, the scene in Portugal is growing slowly, anyway, we are too far away from the major scenes worldwide. We have plenty of good bands but there’s a big lack of support concerning press and labels. To be well known and respected in the Portuguese scene, you first must be highly acclaimed abroad, and then people will start talking about you... It’s sad but it is true! We haven’t an established musical circuit to play. There are few places where you can perform and the good opportunities to play live, appear only if you get the chance to be the opening act for a foreign band. There’s much work to do concerning these important steps... Let’s hope for a brighter future...

Describe your music to someone who has never heard it before.

FLAME – I can say DESIRE plays Dark Metal Music, with several touches of atmospheric Doom, but never denying our roots linked to Death and Black Metal scenes.

Is there any concept or story behind the Locus Horrendous album? What influences your lyrics?

FLAME – Yes! We started this concept with our 1st release back in 1993. Basically, there’s a main character who dies, on “Death Blessed By A God” (our debut promo track), seeking life after death. On “Infinity…” (our 1st album), this soul seeks immortality and travels across the paths of death, guided by a Crow, which is also the symbol of the band, who shows him how life after death can be... With “When Sorrow Embraces My Heart” track (the only track featured on “Pentacrow” which is part of the entire role...), we reveal new matters on the concept, lifting up the veil, for the reasons of his death. Finally, with “Locus Horrendus”, we explore in a romantic and tragic way, the death reasons of the main character… Love is Suicide... Our lyrics are mainly influenced by life in general...

Tell me about the experience of having your album mastered at the world famous Finnvox Studios. Did you actually go there and help out and meet the people there?

FLAME – With our new album, we wanted to do something with quality and with a very professional touch and after the recordings and mixing process here in Portugal, we weren’t fully satisfied with the final result, so we wanted to add an extra quality touch. That’s why we decided to master the album at Finnvox. We entered in contact with Mika Jussila, via e-mail and we explained the situation we had in hands. He showed interest in working with us, but we couldn’t take the risk to send the material to him, because at the mastering process we will need to pay attention to several effects that we wanted to include in the album, so that everything must sound perfect. Three of us travelled to Finland and explained to Mika what we intended to do. The relation between us and Mika was great, since he was also very enthusiastic with our work, that’s why things worked so well and the mastering process was relatively easy to conclude. It was great to live the “Finnvox reality”, where professionalism is the key word. Mika introduced us the entire team and showed us the entire studios... Also we met the guys from Charon, which were there also to master their latest release... It was a wonderful experience that we may repeat with our next release...

Tell me about your fascination with The Crow's Art.

FLAME - The Crow is the symbol of the band, and we choose to adopt him, such it is the best creature we found to reflect all the dark, taciturn and somber feelings that we manage to create. By the way, and just for curiosity, do you know that the Crow is also the symbol of Portuguese capital, Lisboa, the city where we are from???

You dedicated your album to Chuck Schuldiner of Death. Did you ever see Death live and what kind of influence did he have on your music?

FLAME – Besides his illness, I’ve always believed that he would be able to recover. Also some news gave us to know that he may get better, that’s why the notice of his departure was like a big shock , and without any doubts a huge loss for the Metal world. We can describe Chuck Shuldiner in one word: GENIUS. We all grow and learn to admire his talent and his musical creations. If Chuck didn’t form Death, maybe the music style known as Death Metal will never have had this description. No doubt that the Metal world in now much more poor, but above all, we must preserve his heritage and the best homage we can do is to keep hearing his records.... Yes, I had the opportunity to watch Death live here in Portugal, when they were promoting the “Symbolic” album and it was an amazing concert.

Describe a live Desire show to those who have never seen you perform?

FLAME - The visual aspect of the band it is very important to us, since we try to transmit all the ambience featured in our recordings and more, we want that people who goes into our concerts, feel involved not only by the musical side of the band but also by the scenario which involves the band. We are always seeking for massive achievements in our live performances, but as I told you earlier, there aren’t many places here in Portugal which can offer total conditions to perform a show like we intent to present. Anyway, we won’t stop reaching for perfection...

Any chance of Desire showing up in the States to play live?

FLAME – Wowww! That would be very hard! As you know, “Locus Horrendus” is a self released album, so as you may imagine we don’t have much support. We are trying to reach everything by ourselves, concerning promotion and distribution, so, until we get a decent booking agency and a stable promotion, will be very hard to play outside Portugal... Unfortunately...

Has there been any label interest in the band so far?

FLAME – We always awakened the interest of some worldwide labels, but for one reason or another, we never get able to sign any decent deal. Some offered us bad conditions, some quitted of their interest in DESIRE with no further explanations... Let’s see what future will bring...

If Britney Spears asked you to leave Desire and go on tour with her as a back-up singer, what would you do?

FLAME – (laughs) Well, first I don’t sing, and then we cannot mix things that way. If we knew that Britney heard about us, that will be a cool start, which will mean that we are achieving a good promotion...

What was your favorite album of 2002 and why?

FLAME – Oh man, I don’t know... I guess I don’t have a fave one, but many which I like. For example, VADER “Revelations”, RUNNING WILD “Live”, IMMORTAL “Sons Of Northern Darkness”, MY DYING BRIDE “The Voice Of The Wretched”, RAPTURE “Songs For The Withering”…

Do you have any messages for metal fans who might be interested in checking out Desire?

FLAME – Well, for now we are trying to promote our new album as much as we can, not only in Portugal but mainly abroad. Anyone which felt identified with this interview, must enter in contact with us through the following addresses.
Flame-desire@clix.pt
DESIRE, c/o Flame, P.O.Box 21.380, 1132-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Visit our shelter at http://thecrowshelter-desire.planetaclix.pt
“Infinity...” (almost out of print) & Pentacrow, available for 11Euros “Locus Horrendus” for 13Euros
Thanks a lot for this great interview and for the support of our work near your readers...

If the world were suddenly to come to an end, what song would you like to hear before the final explosion?

FLAME – DESIRE’s “An Autumnal Night Passion”, for sure...


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