Winterfylleth’s Simon Lucas: 5 Weirdest Places I’ve Stayed on Tour

Two years after releasing their underground phenomena, The Hallowing of Heirdom, an acoustic folk album, U.K.-based black metal warriors Winterfylleth are returning with their first full-length metal LP since 2014’s, The Divination of Antiquity. The Reckoning Dawn, an eight-track blistering and atmospheric record is due May 8th via Candlelight/Spinefarm. At a near hour run length, it was recorded and produced again by the legendary Chris Fielding (Primordial, Napalm Death, Electric Wizard) at Foel Studios in Wales. In anticipation, Winterfylleth drummer Simon Lucas checked in with The Pit to tell you about the five weirdest places he’s stayed on tour. Find out what unpredictable, supernatural and haunted places they are below and here’s to hoping bands get back on the road soon!

“It looked like a crack den that was about to be demolished…”

We once played this place in Plymouth in the U.K. a few years ago, and the promoter had told us that instead of booking hotels, the venue had a flat [apartment] above it with beds, a bathroom etc. for bands to use. We didn’t see it until after the show, and when we got up there it looked like a crack den that was about to be demolished; couple of mattresses strewn across the floor and a derelict bathroom down the corridor. The promoter when saying bye told us to lock the door because the guy who lived down the corridor was unpredictable. I’m not sure why we didn’t sack it off and go to a hotel but we endured the night!

Notoriously haunted Edinburgh Vaults

In another (slightly nicer) band flat scenario above a venue, we found ourselves staying in, this time in Edinburgh, the venue and flat which were part of the notoriously haunted Edinburgh Vaults… haunted by what is reputedly one of the world’s most violent poltergeists.

Hotel where Guy Fawkes was born

Maintaining the supernatural theme, after headlining the first night of a festival at the York Barbican, I stayed in a hotel where Guy Fawkes was born. Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament in the 17th century. Again reputedly very haunted.

Dresden Hilton (twice)

Dresden Hilton (twice) in Germany. Great stop off place on the way to Eastern Europe, and you can always get rooms really cheap. Booking on the same day and enjoy the rooftop spa!