1. Hello! No waste of good suffering is wanted, give us a penetrating introduction to INSAIN and don't hesitate to stuff it hard! It seems the musicians of INSAIN play or used to play in various other outfits before... Is the band supposed to be a new and totally fresh entity, or rather the continuation of another one that existed before?
Louis: INSAIN is a french brutal death metal band, formed in 2008 by David (ex-Repudiate, guitars), Sangli (ex-Disaster, drums), Thibaut (Dacast, bass) and Seb (Dawn Of Decline, Chimio, vocals). Nico (guitars) joined the band in 2009, and after the departure of Seb, I joined the band in march 2010. INSAIN appears to be a totally new entity, even if it has been created after the split of Repudiate.
2. The atmosphere of your songs sometimes reminds me your old band REPUDIATE (Which used to play a more old school Death metal) but about half of the music is much closer to ultra brutality of some sort... Could we say you're responsible for the "older sounding" Death metal riffs and moods, while another guitarist would come with the more brutal death patterns?
You're the first
to see similitudes between the two bands. I haven't heard anything
of Repudiate, but I can say that David is the one responsible for
the « older sounding », but also for the brutality of the titles,
because he's the one who writes almost all the guitars parts. (Morbid
editor's note: David used to play in Repudiate)
3. Your music is quite seriously brutal and hateful... Don't tell me "it's just how we feel", it should be directed towards someone or something... So what's the reason for so much of brutallisation and obscure feelings?
Seb is responsible for a at least half part of the texts of Spiritual Rebirth, whereas I joined the band 3 months before the recording. But I wrote some of the texts (Worthless, Dying Mind, Spiritual Rebirth,...); and the music (and, by the way, brutality) complete the content of the lyrics, like music and lyrics were in symbiosis. Titles written by Seb express a very personal feeling, whereas mine express a more general point of view, the bitter sensation that nothing changes on many aspects of our lives. Our music is, for us, a way to expose those statements, but without giving any opinion. Our goal is not to tell people what to do, just to make them think, and to play the music we love.
4. What's your favorite country on a Death-metallic point of view? From which lands of crepitating terror did the best brutally morbid records emerge in your rotting opinion? Did you even dream about moving into one of these countries to be able to try and join one of these obscure penetrators of nothingness... Or did you stop dreaming a long time ago, preferred to remain in France, and joined a brutal band to more or less console yourself? (This question could also lead to quoting your music influences, if you feel like)
Some in the band would have answered Poland, but I prefer the U.S.A.'s scene, closer to my musical tastes, with bands like Devourment, Origin, Cannibal Corpse, etc.... But I never thought leaving France for the U.S. If I had to leave France, I would go to Russia (even if I don't speak their language) or Canada.
5. Your album was released by yourselves. You didn't find a label or no decent offer arrived in your mail box? How many copies of the CD were sold until now, and is it quite satisfying?
We didn't find
a label, but we didn't search that much when the cd was released.
Some labels contacted us, but we wanted to keep our hands free.
I don't really know how many copies we've sold, but it must be something
like 200 copies.
6. This album is currently distributed by Rewolucja Records, tell us more about this deal and what it implies in matter of rotting royalties (In your area, is it legal to be paid in rancid body parts?) How close are you connected to the guy (And why is the name of his label so hard to pronounce?)
It's not a real deal that we have with Rewolucja Records (pronounce « révoloussia »), it's more something like a help for the distribution. Biff is a friend of Sangli for a long-time (they played together in Disaster), and a close friend of the band, so things happened naturally.
7. What's the best HATE ETERNAL album in your opinion, and why? I personally more or less stopped following Rutan's releases, because it didn't feel right anymore (The production was becoming too "noisy and extreme" while the music was beginning to become too brutal and fast at all costs... At least it seemed to!) Do you think I could be wrong and have missed something, or would confirm this inner feeling I currently have?
I discovered death metal with Necrophagia, Disbelief, and also Hate Eternal, when « I, Monarch » was released. I don't think that you've missed something, because I am not a huge fan, but just that it was the choice of Rutan to strenghthen the brutality. There's a new title on the web, called « Haunting About », and I think that it may reconciliate you with the band, more mid-paced with a clearer production than « Fury & Flames ».
8. Why was
there an only demo released before your album? You know, I like
demos and sometimes I find it sorry some bands even do not release
one... It's immediately the premature ejaculation, first album,
one shot, and good bye!
The fact of releasing
a unique demo is due to the wish of proving that we've got the will
to be effective and we don't want to lose time on demos. But don't
worry, we've already got 4 new titles for the next album, and they
all carry a new approach of brutal death as compared to the previous
BRUTALITY YOU DREAD
9. Now you should begin to receive reviews... Are feedbacks nicely putrid and juicy? What were the weirdest things you read about your music? (Sometime you can have strange reading surprises... Once I even read a totally old school Death metal band was said to remind of Gojira, what the fuck?)
We got several reviews for Spiritual Rebirth indeed. As it is our fist album, we took all of the feedbacks as very good material to move forward. Globally, those feedbacks were really good. People were suprised to hear such maturity for a first album. No really weird stuff appeared from those reviews, maybe the links between this material and some other bands (i.e : Suffocation) sometimes surprised us, but it did not go further than that.
10. What makes the difference between a good, and a "not so good" brutal death song in your opinion? After all, if it's brutal it should be good...? Or did I miss a page from the bible listing the "100 laws of ultimate brutality in 5 lessons"?
It depends on your tastes, but I know that brutal death metal bands like Defeated Sanity, Putrid Pile or else annoy me. There's no interest, for me, to make music like that, it's linear, it's boring. So a good brutal death song has to catch the listener with, I don't know, something that breaks the rules of a typical brutal death song. In the same time, we recognize the influence of true leaders for us that are Morbid Angel, decapitated, Deeds of flesh or Vader.
11. The new MORBID ANGEL record is supposed to be released in few weeks. It's said to contain some Hardcore techno and industrial influences. Is this a recording you're anxiously waiting for? Do you imagine you could mix Death/ Brutal death and Techno or industrial influences in INSAIN one day??
I'm not a huge
fan of Morbid Angel personally, but I will probably listen to it.
After all, they're one of the first death metal band... About mixing
Techno and Brutal Death, I'm not against the idea. I really love
electro-grind bands like Mulk, Genghis Tron or Agoraphobic Nosebleed,
but I don't think that it would bring something to our music. Maybe
with another project, one day.
12. Some new Death metal bands have a tendency to be more and more old school each day... It doesn't remember of the beginning 90's anymore, it's closer to the end 80's... Sometimes it's even a bit hard to call it Death metal, as "morbid thrash" would seem more accurate (Lack of deep vocals, lack of "deep" production, simple chugachuga beats that would be closer to ooold Slayer than anything...). Did you follow a bit of what's happening in the old school necro world, and what's your opinion about this kind of revival?
We don't exactly follow the scene. We keep in touch with what's new in the little Metal music world, but we simply play our riffs, what we like, not what sells. Personnaly, I'm not a fan of the old-school death metal. I discovered metal music in 2004, and old-school never attracted me. I like bands like Death, Grave or Entombed, but I prefer more actual productions... With INSAIN, we're proud of our influences, and you can hear it, but we're not trying to surf on the revival wave. We're just making our own universe.
13. Which records kicked your ass so much in 2010 and 2011 you feel you need to tell us about it? (Demos can be a part of the answer, in case you crossed some killer tape or CDr recordings)
For 2010, my favourite records is Exoplanet by The Contortionist. Some calls this band deathcore, but it's absolutely not. It's something between postcore and bands like The Faceless. I also discovered The Last Felony, an excellent Canadian band. In a more brutal death way, the last Hour of Penance really kicked my ass. For 2011, I'm looking forward to the new Origin, which will have the difficult task to equalize its predecessor.
14. This interview is over... It's time to conclude and add any necessary information... Corpse on corpse, we'll keep on counting the dead.
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