they come back with a new album, the french band YYRKOON seems
to want to leave their mark in France's nowadays metallica
The band offers us a mix of Black-Death-Thrash and Heavy Metal that's
charming, and a little interview to know more about
their new album and the history of the band is welcome.
an interview done with Victo and Stéf by Gab and Jean from
the IN EXTREMIS radioshow.
does YYRKOON means? To my mind it evokes somekind of
an "Heroic fantasy" or a more "folkloric"
touch (I haven't found a better word, lol...) quite
near of books like "The lord of the rings"...
the name of a sorcerer in the cycle of Elric, it was
created and written by the american writter Michael
Moorcock. This is an universe of Heroic fantasy, so you aren't wrong when you
think about it...
This said, we've mostly choosen
this name (in 1996) for its sounding that seduced all
of us, but also for the fantastic side if evokes.
the other hand, our lyrics has nothing to do with the
containing or the Elric saga written by M.Moorcock.
just released your new album called « Dying Sun », 4
years after the first one. What has happened during
all this time?
the release of "Oniric Transition", the label
on which we were signed at this time (VMI) had to stop
its activities; so Adipocere bought the stock of
CDs we had. 3 years ago, and after he left MALEDICTION,
François, joined us to fill the empty place of
guitarist, and Victo took the place of Cristofer as
a bassist two years ago.
In fact, the variations
in the line up has slowed down a lot of things, but
we didn't remain inactive. It didn't make us unable
to play a bit everywhere in France and also in foreign
countries (for exemple in Switzerland in Prateln at
the "Z7"). We also had several opportunities
to bit the floor of the studio, so we released a self
released MCD called "Forgotten past" two years
Last year, we met somebody who wanted to run
a label, and eventually sign YYRKOON, we trusted each
others; ANVIL CORP was born a few moments later and
our collaboration made us able to record our second
album and to do a lot of quite cool things.
what happened during these 4 years.
The cover of your album was done by Thierry Demarez.
has happened this collaboration and how did you discover
his talents, as we know he isn't really in touch with
the metal scene?
collaboration was excellent !! We have never seen somebody
being so fast! Thierry immediately saw the elements
and the main idea we were looking for this cover. The
result is more than satisfying! You only have to admire
the deepness of this illustration. We had his contact
at the right moment, and it was an hasard...
basis, I was in touch with the drawer John Jude Palencar (Illustrator
for Lovecraft, King...) because I was really caught
by one of his artworks. He was asking quite a lot of
money for the use of his whole painting, and we really
didn't know what to do... a morning we received a mail
from T.Demarez's webmaster that was spelling the talents
of the guy!! And a more point of joke, we must admit
it, is the fact he lives to only 40 kilometers from
our houses... the night we discovered his website, we
were at his house to speak about the cover...
now offers a metal that's really more original than in the past, not as much
in the Black metal fields. What were the reasons that
lead you to change your musical main lines?
For us, there
was no real change of main line; "Dying sun"
is the reflection of our primal influences: thrash and
"old school" heavy metal. And we've won some
maturity. The tracks of this album are more direct,
more efficient, we've really stormed our brains
about the musical structures.
That's maybe why one
may eventually speak about a change of musical orientation.
But if one carefully listens to the tracks of "Oniric...",
he will realize there are a lot of common points with
No, sincerely speaking, we
prefer to speak about evolution.
a bit about your lyrics: the subjects it deal with,
influences, the way it's written... Are these lyrics
written idenpendently from the music in accordance with
what the written track inspires you, or at the contrary
do you start to write a tune from what the lyrics evoke?
lyrics are written after the compositions of the tracks. The
music inspires me for the writing, and then we adapt
the tracks to give more place to the singing lines.
"Dying Sun" presents a concept in its whole.
decline of the sun linked to humans' mental. The presented
concept is untemporal, and that's why the cover and
the individuall included on the painting aren't based
in a given place or in a given epoch. Each track and
each text can be taken out from the concept. For more
details... buy it!! You won't be disappointed...
have released your 2nd album on a very new label called
ANVIL Corp. Aren't you afraid of the fact they still
haven't got a strong place in the scene? Maybe they
haven't got the structures, the relations that could
tend to a good promotion (gigs, distribution). Until
now, are you satisfied with their work? Did they run
Underground activities before the label?
know the guys from the label since a good moment now,
and wev'e been able to judge they were serious. Before
starting this label, Anvil was a fanzine that were sold
with a comp CD. The trust was present even before they
ran something. At the time I'm writing these lines,
YYRKOON is very satisfied with the conditions of its
new label. the promo has started before the release
of the album, and a bit before it was released we learnt we
would get the promotions of NTS, and we're now receiving
the contacts and trades that makes us able to get some
interviews, some tracks on sampler CDs and some reviews (magazines, radio, web-zine...).
can also say ANVIL PROD has
found a distribution for us in Japan, it's done by King Records. Following
this good new, we must go back in the studio to record
a few bonus tracks for this Japanese edition.
coming from the scene of the "Picardie" suburb.
Have you got some good contacts with your musical neighboors
(and who are they)?
As a whole,
we're in super good relations with the bands from our
suburb. We rejoice when the idea of spending a night
drinking beers or playing with bands like Decline Of Humanity, DSK, Carnival In Coal, Malédiction,
Hertz & Silence takes its place. The thing we could regret, in Picardie,
is there are no real structures, neither scenes, dedicated
to metal. In fact, it's not enough. Despite of
a few rooms and organisators like "Underground Investigation"
for, as a whole, it's quite poor...
metal scene has never been in a so good health.
good bands are emerging from everywhere, and this, in
every styles. What are the bands you find interesting
in the whole scene?
shreds!), Mortuary, Disgust, Malediction (this is not
really the same style but they do a good job). After,
for the french bands that "crush", we doesn't
find so much ourselves in what they're doing (even if
they play really well).
done a good amount of gigs. In front of which metal
crowd and with which bands (of which styles) were the
gigs the best?
What kind of metalheads were the
most receptive to your music?
this is an hard question. Our music can please at the same time a fan of Heavy
metal and a fan of Death... as it may not please them...
As our music is quite personal and varied, we're touching
some peoples from every metal's styles, except the ones
who listen to Gothic metal or Nu metal. Our musical
diversity may stop some individuals. To be honest, I
can sleep well with it... The important for us is before
all to be totally satisfied with our music.
the gigs, everythings depends on the state of mind of
the musicians and not on the style they claim to play.
As a whole we've got some great fun with the bands that
plays with us. It happened one or two times some peoples
showed a touch of hostility about us... but shit...
we don't give a fuck about it!! It's so rare and stupid
we're not going to start thinking that way.... or only
in exceptionnal conditions (laughs!!) ENJOY THE BEST AND FUCK
THE REST !!!!
an YYRKOON gig, do you include some personal touches?
gigs doesn't include any "particular spectacle"...
We've been thinking about adding some juggling peoples
or choregraphies with sport dancing peoples. But the
only time we tried to do so, we were going to break
our legs and stuffs...so we've forgotten this idea...
NO! seriously speaking our gigs are quite classical.
Each time we give all our energy!! We give all that
we can from ourselves when we play our tracks! And this
without taking care of how many peoples are watching
merchandising is sell the best after the gigs?
albums, and the T-shirts. We now have got some very
beautifull posters with a fullscreen of the CD cover
plus our five faces that embellish or deface the thing
(according to your choice...). This is a very new thing
and we haven't had the opportunity to test it.
still feel close to your first love: Black metal? And
if so, what kind of Black metal are you listening to?
metal is a part of our influences, but it doesn't mean
it's a part of our first musical loves. As we say in
a previous answer, we started te thing with heavy metal.
About what we're listening to, it's very varied.
Black Sabbath to Emperor,
Anthrax, Annihilator, AC/DC, Death, Cannibal Corpse…etc. WE ARE NOT A BLACK
METAL BAND!!! (neither an extreme metal band).
about politic, if you want to.
What do you think
about the score the National Front (The guys following
Le Pen) have had during the vote for the president?
Does it disturbs you that for some peoples, a big link is fastly done between
the fascit ideology and the extreme music?
fools everywhere. Sorry if we don't say too much about
it (we're not unsensible about it). But we prefer to
talk about music.
Do you spend a lot of time promoting your band? (Sending
CDs, trading links, sending mails to a lot of peoples), or
do you leave this task to your label to focus on your
be honest, this work is divided between us. We all have
and adresses' listing of which we take care. It happens
that we trade contacts. For myself, I take care about
the website of the band and I trade some links. The
band totally deals with the gigs' thing. For the zines
and radios, Anvil is getting most of the contacts.
you think a band can deal with the promo and its music
with success? While offering some quality compositions?
course! This is a whole. For sure some time is needed,
some help is always welcome. The best is to equilibrate
the thing. You musn't hurry the tracks' writing.
hope to see you soon on stage, to promote your new album?
yes! The gigs belongs to our vision of music. All what
we want is to play live. Unfortunately, for us the gigs
will begin in september.
In fact, we're working
on some plans. For now, nothing is certain, and so we
can't say too much about it. Why not an eventual tour...?
As musicians, did you ever try to play some other kinds
of music? Maybe you even have got some parallel projects
that aren't directly linked to metal... (Or maybe you've
got some emtal projects!).
haven't got some real project besides YYRKOON. We play
from time to time some other kinds of music, but it
remains a very personal thing (classical music, blues,
flamenco...). The investment in a band takes us a lot
of energy, I think it would be hard for us to succeed
in another so much achieved project. Some other
members of the band tried some things (into Death metal
of heavy metal bands...) but nothing really happened.
last word for our readers?
A last word?
Thanks, and if you want to know more about us, check
out our website: http://www.yyrkoon.net