Fractal Universe is a progressive Death metal band formed at the end of 2014 in Nancy, France. After the release of a self-produced Ep entitled "Boundaries of reality" in 2015, we released our first album "Engram of Decline" via Kolony Records in 2017. Since our birth, we played 120 gigs in the whole Europe, including appearances in festivals such as Hellfest, MetalDays, Motocultor and many others.
2. During the gig in Douai, I noticed two kinds of compositions came out... There are the most extreme ones, close to fast and brutal death metal, and the mid-tempo ones to be closer to "progressive"... Are these two styles you regularly melt together in your compositions, or is there some kind of evolution since some tracks would be older than others?
we aim to offer diversity in our compositions, and to give an unique
touch to each song. I wouldn't say the death metal side and the
progressive metal side are separated, we take influences from these
two genres, and more...
3. Your music is fast, technical, but I enjoyed the fact contrary to many bands in the tech-death style, you don't sound completely modern (Understand: Very plastic, totally fractured at the level of rhythms, totally altered with softwares) and one can find a metal atmosphere to be quite close to end 90's or early 00's... I think about the later DEATH releases, or a bit of MORBID ANGEL (Mid old)... Why aren't you doing as everyone else? Would you say you have quite old school roots for a technical band?
We attach a
lot of importance to the fact of keeping an organic side, a living
aspect in our sound and our production, especially during gigs.
4. It shouldn't always be easy for you to play in little bars, when the acoustic conditions aren't the best and there sometimes aren't monitoring loudspeakers... Is it easy to play tightly when the sound is reverberating a bit, and to offer an audible sound when it's rather a cavern atmosphere?
It is true
the conditions aren't always easy, but we always achieve to come
out with something decent. For example we did a meticulous work
on the sound of our instruments. Our guitars aren't excessively
distorted, so that it remains quite clear, and we always try to
adapt our settings according to the acoustics of the room.
5. You have a quite technical level. Does it require a hard work to technically maintain yourselves to this level? How many hours do you spend weekly to work on your instruments, or to rehearse as a band to be really tight?
answer with a precise amount of hours, but this clearly requires
a daily and serious work for each musician.
6. Your first album "Engram of decline" was released a bit more than one year ago on Kolony records. What were the feedbacks of the listeners and underground medias? Are you still satisfied with the whole?
received very good feedbacks from the international press. This
really encouraged us to work on some new compositions and to always
play more live on stage.
7. Can you tell us more about the album cover artwork? This is a painting that looks quite old school, I like it... Who painted this artwork, and why didn't you choose something in the Photoshop style?
who produced it is named Shad. He is responsible for all our visuals.
I should add that despite of the painting aspect, it was conceived
on a computer.
8. You have probably begun the composition of the following... How many new songs do you own and what does it resemble?
next album is even totally recorded and produced! I would say it
draws itself in the continuity of the previous releases, developing
our musical identity further. We aimed to put more emphasis on the
dynamics in the inside of the compositions, and on the organic side.
9. Why did you choose the FRACTAL UNIVERSE name and what does it refer to?
of a fractal universe somewhere refers to the theory of everything,
it aims to unite general relativity and quantum physics. If we achieve
to demonstrate the worlds of the infinitely big and the infinitely
small are governed by the same laws, the universe acquires a fractal
structure, this is a vertiginous perspective!
10. You come from Nancy, France, is there an interesting metal scene in your area? Some bands are worth the listening?
The town of
Nancy is loaded with talented musicians, in particular under the
influences of the Music Academy International. Unfortunately, there
are fewer and fewer places were these artists can perform live.
11. I didn't follow the evolution of technical death metal too much, could you advice a few recent bands or albums in this style? And to be more precise, would there be bands with quite "old school" roots to be worth the hear?
Concerning the "new" artists I could quote The Zenith Passage, Virulent Depravity or Virvum. The new albums of Gorod or Obscura are also excellent, showing they are still some of the masters of technical death. We can also quote our friends of Red Dawn, they have a quite old school side that would surely please you!
12. If you could travel in space and time, to attend a gig of SPAWN OF POSSESSION in Sweden in 2003, or to attend a gig of PSYCROPTIC in Australia the same year, which would you choose? (The second Psycroptic album "The scepter of the ancients", it was quite something... Great record... But then you have the right to prefer Spawn of Possession)
Since I'm a big fan of the band, I think I would choose Spawn of Possession. I had the pleasure to see them in 2012 during the "Incurso" tour, with Obscura, Gorod and Exivious, and it would be interesting to attend such a band at its beginnings!
13. What are your future projects? Something special to announce? It's the right moment.
As I evoked
earlier, our next album is already complete, and we are impatient
to share it with the metal fans! I can't reveal more for now, but
we will have big news to announce at this level very shortly!