Interview with Lies of the Machine, Symphonic Metal Band from Hungary
Lies of the Machine is Steampunk Symphonic Metal from Budapest, Hungary. Line up: Dauda Judit - Clean vocals, Gubicza Klára - Keyboards and sampler, Csendőr Balázs – Guitar, Csóré Milán – Bass, Piskulic "Thor" Zoltán – Drums, and Buza "Don" Balázs - Voc, Harsh voc, general WTF on stage. Buza "Don" Balázs gave us some information about LOTM. Check it out.
Tell us about Lies of the Machine?
The Machine...well...a bunch of misfits, freaks and all manner of succubi banded together to form something new, something wicked, something different. It's been three years since the band's inception, and we went through some changes, call them bumps in the road if you will, but the core concept remained the same: to bring the psychocircus to town.
What are lyrical themes of Lies of the Machine?
It actually covers a lots of different areas from deffinitelynotsex through drinking whilst driving your airship till the hazards of handling eldritch artefacts touched by the Old Gods....you know, the usual! ;)
What are your influences?
To be honest, I can't even name all of them. Our music is an amalgam of all the members' personal style and influences, therefore quite diverse. To narrow it down, we gather a lot from slavic and middle-eastern folk music, symphonic and power metal trends along with some blues and funky.
Can you tell us about Metal Scene in Your Town?
Thankfully, we live in the capital city of Hungary, Budapest, therefore the metal scene is quite lively....it has some hotspots in other cities, but most of the events are centered here. the big bands are the same as everywhere, they make the big gigs, they play the big venues, they move the big crowds. The underground is much smaller, but still pretty much alive. We usually have around 100-150 people at the Lies Of The Machine shows, so we can't complain.
Who are Your Favorite Hungarian Metal Band?
Damn, hard question! :D
To be honest, it's pretty hard to chose a favorite. I really like bands who, just as we do in da Machine, think outside the box and try and make something unique, straying from the usual ropes of the genres. For example Rumproof (pirate metal with a folkish twist), Leecher (metal on fakking chellos with a female lead), The Wedding At The Slaughterhouse (playing classic cartoon theme songs in grindcore) or Niburta (who mix modern metalcore with balkanic folk music). If I had to chose apersonal favorite, it would be Virrasztók with their electro-folk-metal, but all the aforementioned bands deserve a listen.
How were the songs written?
The songwriting process is actually pretty instinctic with the band.
- Walking home in a drunken stupor I come up with a batshit crazy concept
- I bring the concept to the band on the next rehearsal.
- Klári-Balázs-Milán start working on the tunes, Thor gives us the tempo, and I write the lyrics for juci @ I.
- We scrap the original crazy idea for an even crazier, and redo the lyrics and singing parts all together.
- After 20-30 versions the song is tested before a live, zombified audience.
If it all works out, a new song is born.
How did the recording process go?
It went really, really, realllllllllly slow :D We started recording early 2016. starting with the drums, followed by guitars, bass and keyboards. Most of the content were recorded individually in each person's private studios. The things we recorded together were the vocals and they were a blast! We even added some last-minute changes (like the goblin-like parts to the psychocircus) to make the songs even freakier.
What does the future hold for Debut Album?
Well, we hope to get it to all corners of the world. we already have confirmation (and articles) the it had reached the US and Taiwan, but we still have a looooong way to go. It is actually a personal dream of mine, that I'd sit down in a metla bar in Sweden during my vacation, and hear our song played there. (Hey a man can dream, can't he?)
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
It depends in which aspect are you looking at it. we have a lot of ground to cover in experience, that's for sure. I myself can't even recognize my voice and my "singing" for example form three years before. In style, I really can't say. Our musical tone and style has been evolving during the years but I think with the release of FREAKSHOW we finally found our true voice, and maybe only need to polish it a bit.
Are there any countries you’re interested in touring or performing in? Why?
Sure! We'd like to tour the US for example, see Vencie beach, our pals at Vernian Process and maybe try our luck in Las Vegas. We'd also like to visit Northern-Europe, and maybe hop over to Russia. Russia is pretty obvious (we like slavic beauties and vodka, and I hear the crowds are pretty sick there). Northern-Europe? I like the northern states, especially Sweden. :D
What bands would you like to play alongside?
Phew, as many as we can! Joking aside, we'd like to play together with some of or influencers like Avatar, Viza or Abney Park, but honestly we appriciate our underground pals just as much. What matters is that we have some fun (and drinks) along the way.
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