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Lightning Swords Of Death – Interview with Autarch aka Farron Loathing

April 5th, 2013

Lightning Swords Of Death

Interview with vocalist and co-founder Autarch aka Farron Loathing

Interview by Caitlin Smith

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Southern California has been hiding a dark secret. For the past nine years Lightning Swords of Death have been developing a unique brand of black metal on the underground LA scene. Described as embodying the dark place in the human mind and the space between spaces, this band are ready to defy all that is expected of them. Fresh off the release of Baphometic Chaosium, Vocalist and founding member Farron Loathing talks to Metal Rules about black magic, the occult and the abyss…

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH ‘Baphometic Chaosium’ to be released on January 22nd

December 18th, 2012

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH has debuted the title-track from Baphometic Chaosium on metalblade.com/lightningswordsofdeath. The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes and indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords.


About LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH:

It began nine years ago when a pact was made within a dilapidated house hidden in Southern California. It was here that Autarch, Roskva, and Menno found themselves in agreement that should the occult sciences be applied to their music, it would yield spectacular results. LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, as it was later named, would be in itself a meticulously designed hyper-sigil, constructed to direct and antagonize the limitless dark energy that lurks within the less navigable chasms of the human mind, and in the space between spaces.

In 2007, the band unleashed The Golden Plague upon the earth, on the blackmetal.com label. This declaration of unholy war inspired a tour of the West coast and the North Western blocks of the United States. Audiences witnessed performances by men possessed. LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH live continuously proved to be a conqueror’s fury leaving an ashen stain on every stage they destroyed. The tour began sharing battleground with bands like Nachtmystium and High On Fire, and concluded with LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH opening for Danzig during the mighty “Blackest Of The Black” tour. This lead to a growing cult, while press reactions to The Golden Plague (recorded in Roskva’s apartment) continued to glow like the embers of a raging pyre;

“I truly wanted to know how USBM crew LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH get their sound. It’s seriously crushing and vicious and yet it sounds like it’s 10 miles away. Or 10 miles underground. Uncanny. You know, it’s an art sounding this fucked up. …’Let This Knife Lead You To Us’ has a riff worth killing for.” — Decibel magazine

“a torrent of anguish” — SOD magazine

“LSOD leave no face un-ripped with a blackened death approach that puts as much importance on memorable hooks and downtrodden groove as it does on blast beat blaspheme.” — Pit Magazine

The second release took the form of a split CD with comrades Valdur, which was only available for a limited time at performances during the country wide 2008 “Blodhevn” tour. Metal Maniacs called LSOD’s content a “heavy, bestial and brutal assault bringing to mind a young and hungry Thornspawn.”

The ubber rare split continues to infect all who experience its unyielding expression of true chaos, if they can track it down, and it was only a precursor of the grand and terrible horror that was already looming in the future, like a headsman’s shadow.

In 2009, while continuing to push their brand of brazen black metal through their DYI attitude, the band supplied multiple tracks for the Sony PSP game UNDEAD KNIGHTS, as well as a track featured on the soundtrack for the horror/thriller movie Stepfather (October 2009). Shortly after the initiation of drummer Mike Vega, LSOD signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. In 2010, The Extra Dimensional Wound was recorded in Corona, CA at Trench Studios with Roska producing and John Haddad engineering. It was then mixed and mastered by Sverker “Necro” Widgren at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm Sweden (Watain, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt).

The band’s budding reputation as a relentless and “must see” black metal act also earned the band a coveted spot on the 2010 “Evangelia Amerika Tour,” headlined by Behemoth and joined by Septic Flesh from Greece. The Extra Dimensional Wound was also followed by a 2010 US tour with German thrash legends Kreator! Not long after, the band was hand-picked to provide direct support for Immortal during their only Los Angeles appearance, and later invited to perform at the 2010 Scion Music Festival. Meanwhile, reviews continued to generate, in response to The Extra Dimensional Wound:

“Forget about over hyped geographically-based black metal superiority. LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH is a jaw-breaking example of USBM strength. “The Extra Dimensional Wound” is pure Armageddon.” — Blabbermouth.net

“LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH set out to make their demons visible and to inject their dark knowledge into their music. There are many pretenders to that aim in black metal, but, as The Extra Dimensional Wound proves, few are as serious as a heart attack like these guys.” — Music Emissions

“Autarch’s words seem to come from another place, ethereal and disturbing. ‘Nihilistic Stench’s’ double bass and blackened thrash, rips and shreds the flesh, until finally, ‘Path to Chaos’ gives the true sense of how much potential LSOD has with creating atmosphere, great song-writing, but most importantly, terror.” — The Gauntlet

2012, nearly 7 years after the release of “The Golden Plague”, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH prepares to bring forth their third full length offering, the band’s second release on Metal Blade. The band had appropriately become a five piece (completing the pentacle) with the recruitment of lead guitarist “Inverted” Chris Velez, before they began developing what is described as “devotional work”, dedicated to their patron god – A mind altering experience compelled by the embodiment of chaos, death and ecstasy entitled Baphometic Chaosium. To record the psychedelic devilry, they returned to Trench Studios with John Haddad again seeing to the engineering with Roskva producing, no doubt to the delight of the tributed horned deity.

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH Join The 7 Days Of Plague Tour 2011

April 19th, 2011

California black metal legion LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH are pleased to join the upcoming 7 Days Of Plague Tour, a West Coast tour that celebrates paint-huffing and paint-peeling volume! With performances by:

Midnight

Saviours

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH

Archons

The 7 Days Of Plague is a tour that sports an abundance of Y-chromosomes, a wealth of quality riffage and so many fucking scene points, we won’t even include orthodoxies such as band descriptions, select discographies or label affiliations in this press release.

Commented LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH vocalist Autarch of the short but imminent journey: “Seven days of hellfire, anarchy and fucking Armageddon. If you miss this, kill yourself!”

7 Days Of Plague featuring LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH

w/ Midnight, Saviours, Archons

5/13/2011 O’Connell’s – San Diego, CA w/ the Strikers

5/14/2011 The Roxy – Hollywood, CA (No Archons)

5/15/2011 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA

5/16/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

5/17/2011 Jambalaya – Arcata, CA

5/18/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR

5/19/2011 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Black Queen

 

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH will be touring in support of The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year.

 

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: California Black Metallers Comment On Tour Cancellation

March 12th, 2011

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Los Angeles black metal collective, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, who were slated to kick off a month-long U.S. tour supporting death metal legends Master last week, were forced to head back home when the headliners were prevented from entering the country.

Commented vocalist Autarch of the unfortunate tour cancellation: “Know this: LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH was thoroughly prepared for this tour only to be thwarted by circumstances beyond our control. I assure you all, we shall return with a vengeance in the near future. Already the black teet of kaos have begun to drip strange opportunity upon the ashes of this Master disaster. I shall reveal more details as they materialize.”

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH’s The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year, was released on vinyl in December via Canonical Hours Records and is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies. In honor of its infernal magnanimity, Decibel Magazine is holding a special caption contest this weekend. The photo to be captioned features LSOD guitarist and Endless Blizzard mastermind Roskva manning the merch table. Best caption wins the vinyl. For further details (and to check out the photo) visit Decibel Magazine. Contest ends at 8:00am Monday! Don’t miss it.

 

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH: Black Metal Legion Prepare For Upcoming North American Tour; Scion Footage Posted

January 20th, 2011

California lords of auditory torture, LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, are currently preparing for an upcoming North American tour in support of Czech Republic-by-way-of-Chicago death metal legends Master. The long-anticipated trek, which will include Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp, is set to take place this month and run through approximately a month’s worth of dates. Stay tuned for further details.

In the meantime, check out quality footage and an interview with the band at last year’s Scion Rock Fest HERE.

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH will be touring in support of The Extra Dimensional Wound, their second full-length, released via Metal Blade Records last year. Their record continues to reap critical acclaim for its inherently evil atmosphere and infernal crushingness. About.com called it: “one of the label’s best releases in recent memory. What makes this album work so well is that LSOD haven’t lost their powerful low end, their penchant for blasphemy [or] their H.P. Lovecraft tinged-lyrics…..” while Stereogum commended the band saying The Extra Dimensional Wound is, “brutal, icy hot, super heavy, [and] full of lurching ‘grooves,’” Added Invisible Oranges adamantly: “…perhaps the first American black metal band who can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s heavy-hitters in terms of force.” Sea Of Tranquility called it “a solid old school sounding release the ups the ante as far as the brutality goes,” and The Gauntlet put it simply: “LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH evoke unforgiving torture and terror with every note.”

The Extra Dimensional Wound sawits vinyl release last month via Canonical Hours Records. The wax version is available as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.

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LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH’s The Extra Dimensional Wound To See Vinyl Release Later This Month

December 9th, 2010

The Extra Dimensional Wound, the second full-length from California black metal legion LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH, will see its vinyl release via Canonical Hours Records. The wax version will be released on December 15th as a deluxe gatefold LP featuring two 200-gram discs with a 12-page booklet and expanded artwork in a limited edition of 500 copies.
Said the band in a collective statement:”If you enjoyed this release you MUST hear it on 200 gram vinyl as it was intended. We’ve also included a poster featuring new art.”   The Extra Dimensional Wound was released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records. Their second official studio offering (and first for the label) continues to reap critical accolades for it’s infernal crushingness. Said About.com of the outing: “one of the label’s best releases in recent memory. What makes this album work so well is that LSOD haven’t lost their powerful low end, their penchant for blasphemy [or] their H.P. Lovecraft tinged-lyrics…..” Stereogum commended the band saying The Extra Dimensional Wound is, “brutal, icy hot, super heavy, [and] full of lurching ‘grooves,'” while Invisible Oranges added adamantly: “…perhaps the first American black metal band who can go toe-to-toe with Europe’s heavy-hitters in terms of force.”  Sea Of Tranquility called it “a solid old school sounding release the ups the ante as far as the brutality goes,” and The Gauntlet put it simply: “LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH evoke unforgiving torture and terror with every note.”   In conjunction with the vinyl release, the band will take their auditory brutality to the stage later this month for a special pre-holiday one-off show with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH Live:

12/17/2010 The Blvd – Los Angeles, CA

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