1. Can you introduce the band in a few lines? When was it created? Who are the musicians and where do they come from musically?
The band was created in 20Fr15, we come from very small bands, we did a lot things before Confessor A.D (Some punk hardcore, some rock'n roll and some black metal). Aksel especially with his solo project STAV (Black/ death). The band is composed of Aksel (Bass/ vocals), Kilian (Guitars) and Julien (Drums).
2. I find your music to be very influenced by old school metal from the end 80's and 90's, but it doesn't necessarily integrate the more bestial or necro aspects of newer old school metal genres... Are you old metallers, or is this the way you feel? Did you voluntary avoid the more modern old school approaches, or did it come naturally?
We aim to make
things simple and efficient. For Kilian and myself, there's a punk
hardcore influences that tends to this simplicity. Aksel brings
a black/ death touch. The blending of your various influences results
in our sound and our compositions.
3. Can you roughly introduce your first MCD? How long did the composition take? How did the recording occur and who took care of it? Was it a pleasure to record the songs, or did you face some problems before reaching a satisfying result?
mcd was meant to be a simple demo, but it turned into a MCD thanks
to the work of Gab from Nihilistic prod! So this is a first shot
for the basis of the band's identity: The sound, the musical arrangements,
etc... All of this remains to be defined, but it will come naturally
thanks to the feedbacks.
4. Who produced the illustrations we can find on the MCD? The cover and the back image seem to come from the same person, is this a band member?
Kilian, who is the guitarist but also an artist, has produced the visuals of the band. I was also involved with some band photos? One more time everything is quite simple, but I think it is also quite efficient.
5. What does a CONFESSOR A.D. gig look like? Is your music very different in live conditions (Concerts, rehearsals) or on recordings?
it doesn't look like a lot of things, because we were able to play
live only once in 2012. This is a schedule problem again.
6. Here's a question a couple of peoples asked me: Why did you choose the Confessor name? What does it mean for you? Were you aware about the existence of the English doom band? (Since they remain something like a 2nd or 3rd grade band on a level of recognition, one might wonder if you knew about them?)
The idea was
to gather the confessions of serial killers, to deal with dark events
and murder. It came spontaneously during a brainstorming... No link
can be made with the American band, except for the fact we both
7. Do you think black metal should necessarily be cold?
Yes, and also rock'n roll, but it's only a sticker.
8. Do you think death metal should necessarily be morbid?
It can really
be better, but it's only a sticker. These stickers help the maniacs
to understand each others and it's a part of the metal culture,
then there are the abuses and trends... What matters is the metal,
and the music.
9. You come from Strasbourg. A few years ago, the scene of your area was quite active, and old school metal seemed to gather quite an amount of supporters, but I have somewhat the feeling it has calmed down... Can you tell us more? Which bands kicked your ass lately during gigs?
The local scene
is still active. Inhumate is still on stage, many little bands make
the scene of Alsace alive, in various genres: Stones tells, Armageddon
death squad, Iron bastards, S.core… There are places such as "La
maison bleue" or "Le diamant d'or", or also "Le
10. Being musicians or "creators', are you afraid of oblivion?
Before taking oblivion in account, we must focus on creation. But thanks to the Internet, there always remains something.
11. It becomes harder and harder from self-produced bands to sell their CDs, to bring peoples to their gigs (Unless they already have a little name), or sometimes even to simply be listened on Youtube... Do you believe the record "market" could evolve in another direction than the current constant decreasing? How do you see the evolution of what we once called the underground and of the totally self-produced bands? To play in a band, will this unfortunately become a simple hobby without much importance, were peoples will compose songs without real deep meaning?
To play music
is to share, so it's important to sell, or at least to spread the
music; As long as there will be passionate peoples (Such as Nihilistic)
it will be possible.
12. Are you listening to old school metal only, or do other kinds of music to be quite close in the approach (Punk hardcore or grindcore) also please you hears? Which recordings often came back on your turntables recently? Are you rather focused on the older classic albums, or some newer recordings also kick your ass?
speaking, I'm eclectic but very classical. I force myself to listen
to the new stuffs. The last the Crown is particularly great. I also
listen to the new releases of the bigger bands, such as Deicide
or Malevolent creation. I'm not that much into grind anymore, but
I still play "Symphonies of sickness" or a good old Napalm
from time to time.
13. What are the future projects of the band? Something special to announce? Feel free to conclude.
We are slowly
working on a new record project. We come up with a lot of music
during the rehearsals, but few is finally kept for the compositions.
We are also working on the identity of the band, but before all
we want to spend a good time together, to have fun and relax from
our crazy daily lives. For me, the band is a real parenthesis.