EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRE BY THE SEA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based One man Atmospheric Black Metal project, Sepulchre By The Sea. Huge thanks to main man Ash, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Ash and I play all the instruments in the band. I formed the project back in 2019 as a way to contribute to the atmospheric and post black metal scene.

How did you come up with your band name?

The project is all themed around Edgar Allen Poe, and the name of the band comes from his famous poem ‘Annabel Lee’.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from the UK and have moved around a bit, when I formed the band I lived in Bristol which has a great alternative and heavy rock scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

My latest release is an EP called “Ratiocinations”, which is coming out on 01/10/2021. I also just released a single and video for a song called ‘Ghost of the Departed’.

‘Ghost Of The Departed’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, Edgar Allen Poe of course. Musically, I’ve been influenced by Mizmor, Panopticon, Deafheaven, Saor, Ihsahn as well as a lot of post hardcore bands.

What first got you into music?

I used to sneak into my Brother’s room when I was a teenager to try and play his guitar. It was the mid-90’s so Nirvana were still pretty big and he had a guitar tab book which I used, to teach myself guitar. There are a ton of grunge bands better than Nirvana I should say!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Well, I saw that ALN from Mizmor has just started producing, which is very interesting. Otherwise, any kick ass drummer or vocalist would be exciting.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Arctangent, just outside of Bristol is my favourite festival because it’s so eclectic. They don’t often have post black metal bands, but when they do it’s some of the best in the world.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’m afraid I’ve never received a gift from a fan.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Send me some gifts!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Does Christopher Lee count? Haha, okay maybe Dimebag Darrell.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love learning new things about how to create and produce music, and have the freedom to do it my own way. And I hate it when my equipment struggles and I can’t just play.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I think sometimes we have too many sub genres, but then again, if we didn’t have lots of genres, bands wouldn’t be able to mash them together.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For Black Metal either Mizmor – “Cairn” or Deafheaven – “New Bermuda”. For music in general, The Cure – “Disintegration”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I collect vinyl here and there, but it’s a bit of an effort to sit down and put a record on so downloads are the best because you can listen to music wherever you go.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Sepulchre by the Sea hasn’t played any gigs…yet.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

The other stuff that I do like podcasting, writing and voice overs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I assume this is dead or alive. Probably all writers, like Edgar Allen Poe, Hunter S. Thompson, Philip K. Dick, H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft (if he behaves himself).

What’s next for the band?

Right now, I’m just focusing on the EP release, then hopefully some new merch and then it’s time to start thinking about LP number 2!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.sepulchrebythesea.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic/
www.instagram.com/sepulchrebytheseamusic
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2CD17Ab5FPNiCdCv0XFUVD
www.youtube.com/channel/UCXagjs_On2wrMR-01FsWumw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Clearly a cake. They’re made principally of sponge cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the interview and I hope everyone enjoys the new record!

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EMQ’s with ANTEDEUM

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EMQ’s with ANTEDEUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with French based Atmospheric Metal project, Antedeum. Huge thanks to main man & vocalist Franck Lemasson, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Franck LEMASSON; drummer from 1993 to 2003, ‘historical’ lyricist and actual singer of the project.

I co-founded the Band in June 1993 with a former friend named Nicolas.

From that time to 2001, several musicians joined us to play/rehearse for a while, not for a long time I must say.

During a brief period – Autumn 1995/Summer 1996 – we were then recording our first ‘official’ Demo by the way “De Magia Naturalis” – Nicolas, me and friends from other local Bands, decided to form a probationary side-project to honour the memory of Ian CURTIS from JOY DIVISION : a sort of Demo and a concert were recorded and published on a very rare tape format.

A second ‘official’ Demo under the name of “ANTEDEUM” was recorded by Nicolas and I (”MkT01”) in 2000 (I was, during that period, 1996/2000 playing in various local underground projects not especially Metal ‘styled’) but despite a great ‘promoting’ work and DIY initiatives, that act stayed a little bit confidential.

From 1999 to 2009, I played in a band called LUG/LUGH (a sort of raw BM/Noise/Bizarre and ‘ISENGARD’ influenced project duo which became later the laboratory of what is better known now as LEDA SPIRIDON) with a friend named Sylvain. I suggested him to join ANTEDEUM for a series of concerts in 2001 and a third Demo recording (“Conversant Avec l’Aveugle”).

We played live in Brittany during the year 2002 most of the time helped by Gothic fans associations (even if we never endorsed the ‘Goth’ way of life) and enjoyed a very good time!

The project disbanded in 2003 after a few last concerts during the Summer of 2003.

Due to musical divergences and other particular agendas, the Band became dormant for 18 years.

A brief ‘reunion’ of two former members of ANTEDEUM and I, played for few months together and recorded a Demo under the name of A.D.M, but the initiative ended definitely in September 2013.

As I initially wrote to you before, I am the only ‘historical’ member of the Band that still stands active (as far as I know) and, after many realisations and side-projects from 2004 to 2020, I finally decided at the very end of 2019 to re-animate what I have always considered to be potentially full of artistic prospectives.

Note that the other actual two members of the group (Deni MARINOVIC – Guitars and Basses & Ethan DUCROCQ – Drums) very cordially let me answer the whole interview on my own.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, it came to me naturally from God Itself!

Seriously, the idea of this double-meaning paradox came to my mind as I thought about a portrayal of Point Nemo, implicitly mentioned I believe, in the HP Lovecraft’s short story “Dagon”.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are French, as far as we know, but I must be precise that one of us is of Serbian origin. I am personally located in a Region called Brittany; Deni lives in the suburbs of Paris and Ethan is based in the Northern part of France : a real triangular lecture in a way.

Concerning the ‘Metal/Rock Scene’ in my Region, I must say that since I left it for working in Paris in 1997 and until my return in 2011, I did not stand as being very aware about what happened in Brittany, except the concerts I have played and maybe some main events like for instance MANOWAR in Nantes in 1998, LOUDBLAST/BLACK BOMB A (French Bands we partied with…) in Rennes (2003), GOJIRA in Rennes (2004), etc. Of course, and because of friends/relatives of mine “stayed” living there, I’ve heard about what was “happening” but I didn’t feel more concerned than that about it. I was more focused on the ‘Parisian’ Scene and on the ‘European’ one because I travelled a lot during those days.

Paris was a very interesting place to be to see many many concerts, meeting lots of diversified people and approach interesting events, from ‘mainstream’ bands to very deep and obscure Underground Projects. I guess I can’t remember all the concerts I saw there (all styles combined from Metal to Electro & Dark Ambient via Classical, Rock and ‘unclassifiable’ manifestations) but some great ‘souvenirs’ could be mentioned : IMPALED NAZARENE at The Gibus in 1998 if I’m not wrong / NON in the same year / OLD MAN’S CHILD/VITAL REMAINS (great interview with the vocalist, published in the Fanzine I was working for at the time from 1993 to 1999) / IMMORTAL in 1998 / the fantastic ‘reformation’ of IRON MAIDEN in 1999 who gave us a fading 20th Century version of what was exactly played on “Live After Death” / MARDUK in 2003 with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL, etc.

I crossed some European countries during those years and mainly focused on ‘unclassified’ Scenes that quasi-never appear on the headlines of the ‘specialized’ Press – strange times but great and dark events especially in Eastern Europe and Germany.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Under the name of ANTEDEUM, you’ve recently heard it my friend! It appeared online for the Summer Solstice MMXXI.

By the way, the whole discography of the Band is listenable on our Bandcamp Page, from MXMCXIII early Acts to the MMXX reissues of some unreleased projects and live tapes that I exhumed and partially ‘home mastered’. www.antedeum.bandcamp.com/

‘Venite Adoremus Et Procidam’ (Full Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Concerning the core of the debuting lyrics I wrote for ANTEDEUM : Edgar Poe, HP Lovecraft (not specially a ‘scoop’ in that musical vein but not so spread as an inspiration in France in 1993 as far as I believe in that subjective ‘truth’), Isaac Asimov, Lord Byron, Umberto Eco, Bram Stocker, some XIXth Century’s French, English and Russian Theosophists/Alchemists were by my side I think to blow to my brain some words which, over time, have become less and less awkward!

What first got you into music?

Despite our ‘difficult’ relationships to the end, my father opened a part of my mind playing lots of 50’s Rock’ n Roll/Country/Hillbilly Boogie/Jazz/US and French Folk legendary songs at home (Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Eddy Cochran, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Johnny Cash, Lionel Hampton, Bill Monroe, Dave Dudley, Gilbert Bécaud, Jacques Brel and many more).

Then one of my grand-mothers made me discover some aspects of the debut XXth Century’s French popular singers and artists like Tino Rossi, Maurice Chevallier, etc.

By the way, one of my great uncles was a professional singer in the 30’s.

My mother was more into 60’s Folk Music like Joan Baez, etc.

Of course, all the tribes that I frequented between 1985 and 2015 have also largely contributed to shaping my current tastes, which remain – and I hope for ever – imbued with a great evolutionary plasticity.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Oh, there are many : from John Zorn to people from November’s Doom, My Dying Bride, Bell Witch or Pall Bearer to Phil Anselmo – just love his En Minor newest manifestation – or Trent Reznor, people from Ulver, Portishead, etc.

But even more, working with Kari Rueslåtten would be an honour.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

The Dynamo Eindhoven! Joke…Oh maybe The Summer Breeze Fest (France), The Burning Man in the US (so weird, I mean if it still exists), anything possible in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (Brutal Assault Fest) or Japan. It may be linked to my insatiable desire to discover those countries more than I already know at the time.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Interesting. It was in Germany in 1999…I was invited – as a guest – to play ‘percussion’ with a French Post Industrial Project. We were touring a little bit in Eastern Europe and former RDA. One man gave me some day a VHS which was a compilation of his personal projects : a series of very weird video-clips linked to very weird musical parts as well. He was persuaded that I could have the possibility to help him to be signed (‘labelized’ in fact) but I tried to explain him that it was not the case, that I couldn’t do anything for him : no way! He gave me a copy of the tape and left quickly…I wrote to him weeks later to re-explain things I tried to during this day. I still have the VHS somewhere in my archives.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay tuned! Lol. Seriously? Be aesthetically demanding and only become naturalized ‘Human’ when they, themselves, become more difficult to convince.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are so many…Nikolaï Andreïevitch Rimski-Korsakov, Gilbert Bécaud, Eddy Cochran, Lux Interior from The Cramps, Peter Steele…

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Allow a fraction of the Unmanifest to cross the border that separates us from Him by extracting unintelligible data in order to make them intelligible

Check the tracks of a project before sending it to the factory for production : a one-way ticket that should not be missed as much as possible!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

A paradox of our time has consisted in making more “accessible” (technically) the musical production stricto sensu of these last years, thus facilitating the increase in number of the said production which, by the mechanism of an unlimited offer, tends to make everyone’s production invisible by drowning it in the mass.

I am not convinced that much can be done about it, however, it could be that one day the process is reversible and that one “returns” by the play of an overall decrease, to a constrained ceiling of the quantity of works produced each year. If we could at least avoid a total ‘dematerialization’ of productions via the conservation of works by means of “physical” supports (vinyls, etc.) themselves, by their design, capable of constituting separate works of Art whole, then all would not be lost!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If you mean a Metal Album : “Walls Of Jericho” – Helloween.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyls are the best.
Cassettes are cute.
CD’s keep the tempo unchanged.
Downloads can increase the number of people your music can reach.
To each his role.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably a night with a French Goth Metal combo named “October 27th” – Nantes, France, Spring 2002.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m a sort of gentleman farmer, painter, drawer, writer and poet so…But first of all, I would like one day to improve myself in horticulture.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dizzying! Well, dead or alive? Anyway. Not necessarily in the order of importance that I give them:
Orson Welles
HP Lovecraft
Allan Moore
Keith Richards
Charles Baudelaire…
Non exhaustive list.

What’s next for the band?

Independently of the -needed- promotional work of the EP “Venite Adoremus…” which is going on at present and for an indefinite period, we should work on the composition of the material necessary for the preparation of a second Opus next Fall. It should be about exploring new atmospheres while staying almost in the same musical vein…

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.antedeum.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/fyrir.framan/
www.fyrirframan.blogspot.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-0LRi8MY-LrdaA5rgkmUeA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is that what you meant?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thx a lot for your questions, support and attention! Best regards to all the people – past, present and future- who (will?) believe(d) in the living reality of ANTEDEUM.

I thank God for having placed my two comrades in my path – You know who you are.

Take care of yourself in these strange times!

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Czech Republic based Atmospheric Black/Death Metal band, Ravenoir. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

On behalf of Ravenoir, let me extend my cordial greetings and sincere thanks to all Ever Metal Zine readers. The idea of embarking on a new project had been bouncing around in my head for quite some time. As I’ve mentioned in previous interviews, I’d like to make it clear that I started RAVENOIR not because I was unhappy or dissatisfied in ROOT in any way. I breathed life into this new outfit because new musical ideas keep coming and I need to channel my creative energy into something new. Also, the lockdown at the beginning of 2020 had a great impact on me at the time and hastened the creation of RAVENOIR. Just like ROOT, I consider RAVENOIR a full-fledged band I am fully committed to, holding the reins as a vocalist, guitar player and the driving force behind the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

The person who coined the word RAVENOIR was our bassist Igor Hubík. The first lyrics he wrote for me was titled Ravenoir and, the second I saw it, I knew that RAVENOIR was the right name for my new musical vision. People who know me well know that I love ravens and find the symbolism behind them fascinating. In mythology, the raven symbolizes the mind, knowledge and intelligence. In addition, the raven is portrayed as a portent of death, a messenger from the other side. So, the play on words truly resonates with me – the English “raven” and “noir”, the French for black – a majestic, evocative blend of words and a perfect name for a metal band.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

RAVENOIR hail from the Czech Republic, in Central Europe. Heavy metal took root in former Czechoslovakia in the early 80’s.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our debut, “The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy”, was released on February 21, 2021 as a beautiful six-panel digipak as well as a jewel case CD. The album is also available on USB, fashioned as a credit card, complete with the album cover art, all the album tracks both in wav and mp3 formats, translations of the lyrics in Czech, the booklet in the pdf format, as well as RAVENOIR photos and logos. The latest I’ve heard from our label was that the album would be released on vinyl some-time this year.

‘In The Sign Of The Horns (Lyric Video)

‘Alter Ego’ (Lyric Video)

‘From The Dead Shadows Of The Void To Eternity’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s been a long time since I was first exposed to metal music back in the late 1980’s and I started to live and breathe metal. A few years later, in the early 90’s, I had been a member of TERROR, my first metal band. We were three thirteen-year old boys, all classmates from the same town, crazy about heavy metal and driven by the desire to emulate our idols from the pages of Metal Hammer magazine. I was introduced to heavy metal through the first albums of IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND, two of my beloved bands and all-time favourites to this day.

What first got you into music?

My parents, who fostered my love of music ever since I was a kid.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I’m not a dreamer. I stand with both feet on the ground, so I don’t concern myself with hypotheticals. That said, however, I really wanted to have Andy La Rocque (of KING DIAMOND fame) as a guest on our debut. In my book, Andy is a brilliant guitar player and a true metal legend. Ever since I picked up my first guitar some thirty years ago, I’ve looked up to him as my guitar hero with a unique sound and amazing, memorable solos that come close to perfection so, it goes without saying, his guest appearance on our album is a musical dream come true for me. Andy and I had been in touch for some time before we started recording. I brought up the idea of him appearing on our debut, but I was just testing the waters at the time. Then in 2019, I had a chance to meet Andy in person backstage at a metal festival in the Czech Republic, where KING DIAMOND was headlining. I gotta say for a metal legend, Andy came across as a nice, friendly and down-to-earth guy. We stayed in touch, exchanged a few more emails and worked out all the details. Eventually, Andy La Rocque recorded a solo in his home studio in Sweden, which is featured on the title track The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy. Working with him was a great honour and joy and I am extremely thankful for that.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

There’s a number of great festivals around the world. That said, it is all the less likely for us to get invited and play at these festivals, so I don’t really have an answer to that question.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Fortunately, I don’t receive weird gifts.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I focus on promoting my new band and reaching out to as many metal fans around the world as possible. What would I say to our fans? Support RAVENOIR because we are here for You.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That would be Thomas Börje Forsberg a.k.a. Quorthon from Bathory.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

It’s all a great adventure that I still find making music gratifying and fulfilling. What I hate with a passion though is all the bland, superficial, overhyped and overproduced music fluff and the people who are completely devoid of any taste who blindly consume it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Well, you can guess from my previous answer what I would love to do. I’d call for a strict ban on all would-be artists from the mainstream cesspool!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s next to impossible to pick just one album. The list of my favourites is pretty long…but if you insist, I’m gonna say IRON MAIDEN’s “Piece Of Mind” from 1983.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

If there’s quality content, any format will do. Recently though, I’d go for vinyl because it just has its charm.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

All gigs I’ve played in my life have been great without exception.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would listen to music and I wouldn’t run around the stage. I’d be in the crowd.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, King Diamond, Andy La Rocque and Wolf Hoffmann.

What’s next for the band?

Our second album, of course. I’ve slowly started to work on it. And when the situation allows, we’ll definitely start doing gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Anyone interested in RAVENOIR updates should check out our Facebook page and the official website of our label, Gothoom Productions.
www.facebook.com/RavenoirOfficial
www.gothoomproductions.com/ravenoir/

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you and stay safe in this difficult and strange time.

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