Kupid's Kurse

Finding the edge between Melodic Death Metal and modern Metalcore, the Swiss Metallers KUPID'S KURSE, have been doing quite well, especially after the release of their latest, "Decahedron", via Revalve Records. Daniel Fox talked to Jack of the band regarding the essence of the new release and more...

By Daniel Fox
June 28, 2014
Interview - Jack (Kupid's Kurse) interview
Hi Jack; thank you for agreeing to this interview with Metal Temple, always a pleasure. If I may say so, "Kupid's Kurse" is an interesting name for an extreme metal band. What was behind it?

Despite what people may assume our name has nothing to do with the common conception of the Greek demigod. The name stands as a sort of metaphor, as what truly fascinated us was the idea of an external force or entity that influences our deepest, core emotions.

I was drawn to the sound of "Decahedron", because I could hardly liken the sound to anything I know. Could you give us a run-down of what this album about, and the significance of the title?

Since we started thinking about the album we felt that no song could become the title track. Each song lyric is written as a sort tale, each one has its beginning and its end. The topics are quite varied and can easily be described as horror/sci-fi. This is why we decided to call the album "Decahedron", ten separate faces that together form a solid entity.

There are so many genres blended into this album; I can even hear a little of the various 'core' sounds in there. Are there any particular bands that have inspired you guys?

Everyone in the band listens to different kinds of metal and since the beginning of the band we always tried to take advantage of this in the writing process and not limit ourselves. For that reason we combine a lot of different styles, from black to death metal, some thrash metal and, like you said, even some "core" stuff, and then we mix it all with some epic orchestral parts!

I'd like to talk about my personal favorite: "Corrupted", in particular the riff found in the intro that also dominates after the choruses. For me, it was the most 'important' track on the album, as though it brought to bear the foundations of the album, favoritism aside. Do you think similar about any of the tracks?

Yes, we kind of feel the same because it contains every element that represent this album, and that's why we chose it as the opener! It's also very fun to play live!

In that track, as well as "Foreboding Visions", I hear riffs that are quite groove-heavy. How important is groove with respect to the balance between musicality and extreme, in-your-face intensity?

For us the groove parts give the right energy to the song, specially live! I also find that they mix well with our most extreme parts! It comes out naturally when we write to find the right balance between the different parts, we write on a computer and then when we play we immediately feel it when something is not in the right place or if it's too much for the song.

"A Dreamless Machine" contained a contrastingly beautiful guitar solo, courtesy of yourself. I noticed that this album sets a reasonable bar for the amount and length of guitar solos, without overdoing it. Do you agree that they contribute less of a show-off of technicality, as it is in some bands, and more so substantiate the music?

Thanks, but that's actually a guest solo by Paolo Di Stefano, the guitar player of the band I used to play in (Roots of Death). I generally like guitar solos a lot, but I feel that not every song needs one! I don't want to put a solo in a song just to show the technical level. When we're finishing a song we all agree if a solo could fit well or not.

More about your guitar playing: I listen to a lot of Scandinavian metal, with the flashy lead guitars. You may have heard of the 'Gothernburg' sound; it may just be me, but do I hear some of these inspirations in your guitar playing? If not, do you draw from anything/anyone in particular?

It's not just you, I've listened to the Gothenburg sound since a very long time and it has inspired a lot my way of playing and writing, this however alongside other kinds of metal. When I started playing electric guitar my main inspiration were Metallica songs, I really learned a lot from them and James Hetfield remains my main inspiration for the rhythmic parts. I also like to practice playing a lot of instrumental parts, like Jeff Loomis' songs!

This is a question I have just thought of to start asking up-and-coming bands; I noticed you guys have your music on Spotify. How significant is it for getting your music out there to people?

We're actually not sure how much these websites contribute, I just know that I find them a useful way to let people hear your music. I don't mind if people can listen to the whole album without actually buying it, I like the fact that anyone can just go there and listen to us!

Live shows! How is the live scene for you guys right now? I can imagine you guys would put on a killer show.

That's obviously one of the parts we like the most and we put all our energies into it! Unfortunally it isn't always going like we hope. A big part of that is because of the new mentality "pay to play" which we don't want to be a part of, even if that means taking down important concerts, but we're not interested to pay for a 20 minutes set five bands before the big one! At the moment we're organizing a few things by ourselves for this summer, so follow our facebook page to keep updated!

Thank you and to Revalve for this interview, best wishes for the band's endeavors. What are the band's plans for 2014?

We're already writing some new stuff and we started to think how and when we're going to record it! 

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