METAL REVENGE AND DARKNESS
Hello to you! Lately we had the pleasure to play beautiful gigs with very nice bands, since we shared the stage with fantastic groups such as Pyrexia, Beheaded, Savage Annihilation, Malignant Tumour and Possessed. And since there are no plans for gigs before September, we are currently working on the next album.
2. You recently released a two tracks demo entitled "MMXIII". The two songs evolve in a style to be a bit more brutal, is this due to the playing of the replacement drummer (Who was a part of Disavowed, Mumakil or Benighted, who play a style closer to brutal death metal), or could we expect something in this vein in the future?
What you can
hear on these two tracks is the reflection of the way The Seven
Gates sounds nowadays. It can perhaps be surprising compared to
the Angel of suffering album that was released quite some time ago,
but at the time if we had the same line up to record, trust me the
outcome wouldn't have been located so far from the new 'MMXIII'
All the more, this time we worked with Thibault Bernard from Convulsound Studios, and he brought a lot to us in terms of production, the sound lacked something on the previous album.
3. It's nice to be able to download this promo for free, but I imagine some metallers would have liked to own a physical medium (A Vynil Ep released could have pleased collectors quite well)... But maybe these two tracks will also be a part of your next album? Speaking of this future recording, I read on another webzine the composition was finished for most. Can you draw a little overview for us? What will it contain of "more" or "less" compared to the first one? (Maybe some instrumental "interludes" to essentially consist of guitars?)
In fact, it
could have been good to release 'MMXIII' as an Ep, why not on vynil
format, but the goal was before all to show the band is really alive,
and to give an overview of the way the music sounds nowadays. It
was the first goal. These two tracks will most certainly be a part
of the next album. To answer your question, yes we could say 80%
of the music is ready, seven songs are almost finished, and there
are hundreds of riffs here and there that need to be sorted, arranged,
etc... This is the work we are up to now, and it's already in the
really afraid it won't... To tell you everything, we had found a
title that pleased us enormously, but a band of international repute
just released an album under this same title!
5. On your Facebook page, I noticed you had a new logo that looks more morbid and closer to the one of Possessed... Could we find here any sign of presentiment, or should I really stop seeing premotions when there are not? AhAh
Both! Haha! No, we needed a new logo, I drew this one and there arenít any references to a band in particular... Expect maybe for one of my older bands called "Abyssals", and strictly on a design point of view.
6. In hindsight, are you satisfied with the work of Heavy Artillery records?
It's hard to
say, they had begun a good work of promotion, but then things got
worse on our side, with a long phasis of stagnation, and numerous
problems for various reasons, so we weren't really able to propel
the band. In these conditions it was hard for us to take care of
the promotion, so it's also hard to criticize the label and say
they didn't do their job properly. I think they could have done
better, but they also could have done worse.
Nowadays, our hands are free. So we will finish the composition of the album, then record it, and later communicate to find a label that does a decent job. If we aren't able to find one to fit our needs, we might move towards self-production. We were quite often speaking about it lately.
8. Since the amount of Death metal bands should keep on increasing, the style currently being fashionable, how do you think THE SEVEN GATES could stand out? Maybe thanks to the atmosphere escaping your music that is not so common in 2013? (This said, how do you inject this real, scarlet, and somber atmosphere? Have you got a tip in particular such as vine, sex... Or this would simply be something innate?)
Hahaha! I wouldn't
know how to answer this! Seriously speaking, I play Death metal
since 1987 and very naturally I don't have the same approach of
music, nor the same references neither influences that someone who
would have discovered the genre ten years ago. So I think it's natural
to feel this in the compositions, even if my band-mates are all
younger than myself and take a part of the composition process.
9. The metal bands often have a few slogans to motivate themselves in special moments, such as before gigs or during rehearsals... So, what are yours?
Hm.. We don't have real slogans for this, we warm ourselves, increase in pressure, and just before playing we look at ourselves eyes in eyes saying "We will break their ass" or something like that, but nothing constant. No black mass, no cheerleaders, sorry! haha
10. A few years before the creation of THE SEVEN GATES, other previous members of MUTILATED had formed a Death metal bands named ACT OF GODS that provided our hears with quite brutal albums. Did you listen to their music, and if it's not too indiscreet, what did you think about it? Maybe their deathly initiative helped you to plunge again in the morbid side of things? (One can imagine anything, I'm not aware about your morbid activities preceding the creation of THE SEVEN GATES from a few years).
Yes, I had the opportunity to listen to Act Of Gods. Effectively this is brutal, but I didn't get into the music more than that. And to confess everything, it's not easy to remain objective when you judge the music of peoples you separated from in your ancient bands, because then you know their defects, their way to do things, etc... So the listening is a bit parasitized. And what I heard didn't motivate me to make the effort to pass over this sensation. Perhaps I was wrong. Even surely. But well..
11. You should remain quite fond of the MUTILATED recordings, those were recently re-released on vynil an official way... Do you think it could be possible one day to set a reunion of the band, even only for a few gigs, or maybe the past members changed too much on personal and musical points of view?
No, it's out
of the question. I don't have the time, the energy, nor the desire.
12. What does Death metal mean for you? If you make a comparison between the meaning these words could have when you were 20 years old in the 80s, and the one it can have nowadays, which main differences do you see?
None. I still
feel Death metal the same way, for me this concept is out of time
and out of trends. The thing I don't really know is, the way
someone else can interpret it and what it could mean for him.
13. If one day you discovered the 8th gate, and it came to open itself, what kind of nice things could hide behind?
A deal with an enormous label, some tours with the best bands of the world and some Thai whores.
14. What are the favorite albums of the band members for 2012/ beginning of 2013? I mostly think about the albums released recently, but you could quote your all time faves if you wish.
Haa! A play-list! Lately, I was listening to the 'Spartacus' album of Ade, the new Svart Crown that kicks the ass of many peoples, including myself, the Offending album entitled 'Age of perversion', the 'Scorn Aesthetics' record of Ad Patres, and also old stuffs such as the first Black Sabbath albums, 'Outside' of David Bowie, 'Conquering The Throne' and 'Phoenix Amongst The Ashes' of Hate Eternal, 'The Emergence of Reptilian Altars' of Dim Mak, 'Hell Awaits' of Slayer, 'Seven Churches' of Possessed, 'Abigail' of King Diamond, 'Where the Corpses Sink Forever' of Carach Angren, 'Malleus Maleficarum' of Pestilence, the new Suffocation album 'Pinnacle of Bedlam', this is a jewel! etc.. Aaah, there are hundreds of beautiful albums I would like to quote but your interview would take many pages!
15. Tell us more about the future projects of THE SEVEN GATES! You can add what you wish to conclude, thanks for the answers.
As I said before,
we will try to finish the composition of the next album this summer,
before playing gigs again as soon as September with Mercyless, Ad
Patres, Otargos, Scars On Murmansk, Savage Annihilation and many