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Areis (meaning “to raise” in ancient Occitan), is a band from Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France), in the
Occitania region. Formed in 2019 by ex-members from Kombur and Right To The Void, the quartet
takes inspiration in music genres such as hardcore, black metal, post-hardcore and punk which
they’ve blended, using dark, occult and Occitanian-themed lyrics, into no nonsense, gloomy music.
In 2020, the band signed a record deal with the label WormHoleDeath for a debut album to be
released worldwide in 2021.

Metal Digest got to ask them a few…questions on the go!

Welcome to Metal Digest!

Please describe the band in a single sentence.

Areis is a band of 4 good friends who wanted to start a new project blending all their musical influences and have fun.

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

We have been working hard on our first album and we are now working on finally getting on stage after all this pandemic mess and play our songs to promote the album.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

We just want them to bang their heads as if they were at a gig.

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

At The Gates, Dissection, Converge, Code Orange, Everytime I Die, Sylosis, and many more…

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

As metalheads we would be tempted to say “somewhere in Scandinavia” but the weather really is a problem for us, we are used to our Mediterranean weather you know. So I don’t know, we really love our country and especially our region (Occitania), which is a strong theme in our songs and visuals. California seems really nice though, with perfect weather.

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

If the song is fun to play and makes us bang our heads at the rehearsal, it means that it’s a good song ! Simple as that.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

That one time when Antoine (drums) got stung by a wasp on the lip, his face right after… we cried laughing and we still laugh at the pictures.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

“ Beers, Saucisson & metal ”

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

We would love to tour in and out of France!

Until we meet again,


Band members:
Paul Gonzalvez : Guitar, Vocals
Michaël Jarrié : Bass, Vocals
Antoine Dineur : Drums
Pablo Malbec : Guitar


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