Interview with Razorigami
Reanimated Radio was able to catch up with Luke Weber from Razorigami to chat about the new album “Embracing a Temporal Exile”.
RR: What music influenced you over the years?
Luke: Well, the first two CDs I ever purchased were DeGarmo & Key’s “Greatest Hits” and AC/DC’s “Who Made Who”… Two very different compilations, but very telling as far what I kind of gravitated to. Some other very influential albums early on for me were Cinderella’s “Long Cold Winter”, Mastedon’s “It’s A Jungle Out There”(anything John Elefante for that matter, love that guy), Shout/Tamplin “At The Top Of Their Lungs”, Queensryche’s “Empire”, Whitecross’ “In The Kingdom”, Whiteheart “Highlands”, anything Iron Maiden, AC/DC “Razor’s Edge” as well, but even bands like Saigon Kick, Faith No More, and King’s X. These days, I listen to all sorts of stuff. I really enjoy what Matt Smith does with Theocracy, I love Rob Rock and Impellitteri, but I even listen to softer stuff like Owl City sometimes, and I never get sick of Needtobreathe, as funny as those different types of music being thrown together may sound!
RR: What is the meaning behind the title of the new album “Embracing a Temporal Exile”?
Luke: It’s exactly what it sounds like. Me, kind of taking stock of this entire project and realizing how much of an isolationist endeavor it’s turned out to be. Even though that’s not what I intended originally, it’s what ended up happening, and it’s really kind of hurt me in a way. So when I say “Temporal Exile”, it’s a kind of temporary self-imposed thing, really representing that I have no interest in doing another project in the way I’ve done this one. I’d much rather work and collaborate with friends. Right now, I’m not certain there’s a place for me in Christian Metal, and I don’t say that in self-pity. I mean it legitimately because of all I have going on with my responsibilities as a working family man. So for now, I think the right thing for me to do is to respectfully step away quietly, and to focus on what God has given me.
RR: Let’s get off the new album for a minute and tell me the story behind making the epic 21 minute song called “The Star of David” from the album “Truths From Beyond This Machine”?
Luke: That song is very precious to me, not only because it required such an investment of research, and time, and energy, but also because it’s a topic I’m passionate about. As I was beginning my search for material to support this song, I wanted to touch upon the Exodus, which is key, but I also happened upon holocaustsurvivors.org (please support them!!) and it just turned my world upside-down. There you’ll find a wealth of information regarding the trials that people faced during that time, and as I read about them, their families, their losses… I really felt God was impressing upon my heart to tell these stories, and the idea began to grow. I just remembered thinking to myself, you know, for all of the stories that metal has been able to tell over the years like Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, or Gettysburg, or The Odyssey… Why has Israel’s plight gone unmentioned? How does that happen? So even though it’s kind of a patchwork piece, I touch upon the Exodus, the Holocaust, the Six-Day War, and then I look to the future reaching into Micah, and Christ’s return. It was a lot. And I can honestly say that on each of the finale songs from these three releases, I thought for sure my voice would give way, but God sustained it each time. I give Him all of the Glory!
RR: My favorite song from “Embracing a Temporal Exile” is “The End (Death is Not). Who did the guitar work on this song? They did some excellent playing!
Luke: I’m so glad you like that song. It required quite a bit of technical prowess to convey all of the chaos that was going on in my heart, and the very talented Kai Reuter of Ueberschall Labs did some superb work. Emotionally it was easily the hardest to write lyrics for and there were times I just broke down and wept during process. The song is about the loss of my Grandmother who took care of me for a time after my mother passed away. She was so utterly loved and revered. She was a Godly woman, and to be one of the pallbearers at her funeral, to see the way her brother (my Uncle Ray) just broke down and wailed in despair… It was heart-wrenching. Again, even in the midst of that blackness God spoke into my heart and lifted my eyes. Praise Jesus! Death is beaten!
RR: What is the future of Razorigami?
Luke: For the Razorigami project the future is now, meaning this is a completed body of work that I hope encourages people! I’m really blessed to have been able to write and sing on this effort as small as it is!
RR: Where can folks buy your music?
Luke: The entire project is downloadable only, and should be available at just about every major online retailer. Thank you to anyone who has ever supported this music.
RR: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Your music is pure worship to our Lord and it will bless many folks.
Luke: Thank you so much for your time, you guys are awesome.