Thanks to Ken Morton @ Highwire Daze for his support.
Welcome to the enigmatic world of Obitus Vitae, where the subjects of death and misanthropy reign supreme in a grim soundtrack of epic proportions. The creator behind the intriguing madness is Armando Luiz, performing all of the instruments and vocals contained within. Olfacit Mortis is the name of the first of a three part epic of unlight, now available from the Cimmerian Shade Recordings horde. Here is a recent interview we conducted with the mastermind behind Obitus Vitae to find out more about Olfacit Mortis and its bleak and desolate manifestations from the underground…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Obitus Vitae, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Armando Luiz. I do everything in Obitus Vitae. This is my one-man-band. I have worked with this for about one year.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
At this moment I am located in Spain, but I am moving to Norway in a week. The metal scene here in Malaga, Spain is very small and weak, but has some good bands.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Olfacit Mortis?
The concept behind Olfacit Mortis is a trilogy about death and misanthropy. You can see that everything is related to death: various visions of death, you waiting for death and death following you. So you can see, it is revolving around these topics.
Select two songs from Olfacit Mortis and what inspired the lyrics.
I can`t explain the inspiration for the lyrics, the lyrics are natural in combination with the sound.
Who did the artwork for Olfacit Mortis and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork was done by Lord Ocram, I explained the concept of the album to him, and I wanted something basic and related to the atmosphere of the sound.
What could one expect from a live Obitus Vitae show in 2014? Has Obitus Vitae ever performed live?
The project is new, so has not played live yet. In the future, I want to contact musicians to join for performing live. I am just waiting for a good moment for doing that.
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
That has to be Emperor, because it is my favorite band, and Death (Chuck Schuldiner R.I.P.) has inspired me a lot.
Are you still involved with Servi Diaboli and could you give us an update on them?
Yes, I am the Servi Diaboli mastermind, so I am very much involved. I am just now working on the first full-length album.
What would you like someone to remember the most after hearing Olfacit Mortis for the first time?
The guitar melodies and the atmosphere of the keys. And the lyrics in Latin, because that is quiet rare.
What’s up next for Obitus Vitae?
Now comes the second part of the trilogy. The nine songs are composed, I am just waiting for the moment for recording them.
Any final words of wisdom?
Hear Obitus Vitae, if you like, buy the album.
(Interview by Ken Morton)