1. Hello, I hope things are metallizing in the East of France. Are your bolts well oiled?
Gabriel : The bolts are trimmed, the nuts screwed on, and the rings tightened !
Jean-Gauthier : The warriors of the world are united, to the sound of thunder and steel!
Gabriel : I
try to use in priority terms that accurately describe our sound.
At first I tended to describe our music as “Progressive Thrash”.
Over time I realized that the music I wrote had a significant part
of death in itself. Our music is certainly influenced by groups
like Voivod, Coroner and Vektor but also by Death and Atheist, for
example. This is why nowadays I tend to describe our music as “Progressive
Gabriel : I
think there is an important difference in nature between a “demo”
and an “EP”. Both formats are short, but the demo has a more “amateur”
approach. The performances are generally a bit more approximate,
the recording quality average and the distribution medium is often
“homemade” (CD-R or cassette). An EP comes with a professional quality
in all respects, but its length is reduced. I‘d like to point out
that I am not making a value judgment, I appreciate both formats.
Gabriel : Covid
was a bad blow for the group overall. It's hard to find the motivation
to move forward when you can't rehearse or play live. But during
this difficult period, I still found the energy to work on new ideas.
Today I can say the writing of the first album is globally finished,
even if there are two or three things left to finish (a few lyrics
and a few solos are still missing).
5. Concerning the meaning of your band name, I was going to ask a question based on a quite foolish interpretation ("Is prescience a science that existed before science itself, a kind of more archaic researches" AhAh.. .), but fortunately I did a research which informed me Prescience is a form of gift of anticipation, of ability to see the future... Why did you choose this name? When you think about it, it could be quite stressful, even tortured, to know the future in advance, because you wouldn't necessarily be able to change it...
: Initially the group was called "Bone Crushers",
but this name no longer fit what the group had become over time.
The desire to create a narrative, concept album, with a plot, implied
a name that perhaps sounded a little less like classic thrash. We
all thought about it a bit and finally my proposal that was accepted,
Prescience. Nothing to do with documentaries on the “great ancients”
or TV UFO documentaries, nor with the slightly weird alchemist circles.
Gabriel : Furthermore, “Prescience” is a short name, in one word, it’s easy to remember. And the word is the same in French and English. So it fits perfectly in every way.
6. I checked your Metal-archives, Facebook and discogs pages, but there were no mention of other bands in which the musicians participated... Perhaps nothing was recorded by these previous groups? Or maybe you don't consider them good enough in hindsight?
Gabriel : Indeed for a part of the musicians in Prescience, it’s the first « true » musical project. “True” in the sense it is a project that aims to be serious, with a real artistic ambition. And not a group of people who would just jam together or only play covers. The only exception is Christophe (guitar) who has a little more experience and plays (and has played) in other groups. In particular, he has a Punk band called Samba Léküy.
Jean-Gauthier : As far as I'm concerned, it I was new for me. I have been surrounded by musicians throughout my life, whether in my immediate or more distant family. I know I have always been attracted by the stage, and when the opportunity presented itself, I was hesitant at first, but I surprised myself liking it. The integration wasn't necessarily easy, rather because I wasn’t relaxed enough… I found everyone to be a good musician, it took time for me to fully feel at ease, to understand the role of the singer, even more in a musical style which isn’t necessarily my favorite basically. Finding the right tone, the right stage posture, etc.
Gabriel : Yes,
totally. Speaking for myself, I would even say progressive music
is my main source of inspiration. This is the style I grew up with,
and it has greatly influenced the way I listen to and compose music.
8. I don't know if you were there in the first half of the 90s, but there was a batch of "techno death" bands (basically the beginnings of technical death metal) in France at the time and they had released cool, even very cool demos, like MESMERIZE (1st demo), EVITERNITY (The green and red cover), perhaps the beginnings of SCARVE, or if we get closer to thrash I would quote THALIDOMIDE and DROYS... And the spirit of your demo kinda reminds me this era... So am I right, do you vow a "nostalgic cult" to dusty but original old recordings from an ancient time? Or am I being fooled by the slightly old school production of your demo? (Please note, the term "old school" isn’t negative in this case). Well, if my question is too pointy, you can get around it by citing other old school groups you enjoy, for example MEKONG DELTA would do as well :) )
Gabriel : To
be honest I'm not very familiar with the old school French techno
thrash or techno death scene. I have already been told about these
groups several times and overall what I heard did not transcend
me. In my opinion it was not at the level of what was done internationally
at the same time (Death, Atheist, Cynic, Pestilence for death metal;
Coroner, Watchtower, Voivod for thrash). Oh yes ! There is “Killing
Process” by Carcariass which I really like and dates from that period.
9. You do enjoy CORONER, it can be heard, that’s cool! For a while there has been news circulating about a new album… But I think the style will be closer to "Grin" than to the first records, which were more to my tastes... What do you think of it? Are you rather enthusiastic about the idea, or not specially? What are your favorite Coroner albums?
Gabriel : We
are hearing about this hypothetical new Coroner album for a long
time. I also think the style will be close to Grin. A more refined,
groovy metal. With Industrial Metal influences. It would fit in
with Vetterli's projects after Coroner, for example his albums with
Kreator or 69 Chambers. I really like Grin, so I wouldn't have a
problem with that. But bands’ comebacks after a long hiatus are
always hazardous, I think.
: I come much more from hardcore, neo (especially Deftones)
and that scene. I remember that one of our first musical discussions
with Gab revolved around the “best Swiss band”. I have always had
an attachment to this rather incredible scene considering the size
of the country: For me the Young Gods are at the top. I have other
favorites like Nostromo and Underschool Element.
Gabriel : Death
and grind still take an important place, especially in the Alsatian
scene. We have leaders who are still active and regularly play concerts,
like Mercyless and Inhumate. And more recent bands like Warkunt,
Necroscum or Haut & Court continue this tradition.
Gabriel : I have always been a big fan of Costin Chioreanu’s work. His universe is sinister, strange and at the same time esoteric, psychedelic and cosmic. I think it would fit well with our music. I really like the visuals he did for SIGH (Graveward), Grave (Out Of Respect For The Dead) and the video he did for the song Iconspiracy by Voïvod.
Jean-Gauthier : For the lyrics, if I think of a visual impact, apart from literary influences… The visual has a great impact in the mental films I have while writing: I would say the work of Gaspar Noé on Enter The Void, a stellar aesthetic in the style of 2001 by Kubrick, it’s unavoidable, and a little hint of Giger for the suffocating anguish.
Gabriel : To
begin with, we would like to have a full line-up again, because
we are currently missing a bassist. It’s in the way since we are
in the process of holding auditions. Once that's done, we'll get
down to finishing our first album. All the songs are composed and
we have even started working on pre-recording demos. We really hope
to be able to go in the studio during 2024... Fingers crossed!
Gabriel and Jean-Gauthier : Thank you for the interest in our music, and thank you for these precise and informed questions.