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The French do it better | AEPHANEMER on Metal Digest

AEPHANEMER doesn’t fear boundaries. Their upcoming, third album delivers a wide metal range that represents a dark and gloomier yet no less powerful side of the band, taking you on an epic ride through otherworldly realms of blast beats, orchestral grandeur and furious riffage. Especially in this day and age of staying “true” and limited within a sound and scene, A Dream Of Wilderness is a welcome diversion and a brave record artfully blending brutally fast symphonic death and raw melodic metal into a multi-faceted epic!

Starting out as an unbelievably successful DIY ride that suddenly turned towards international acclaim, the indisputable AEPHANEMER belong to one of the most exciting melodic death metal sensations of the modern age. Fast-paced metal fronted by the guttural growls and fierce screams of extraordinary vocalist Marion Bascoul meet flickering twin leads, elements of Scandinavian death metal, Slavic traditional music and epic synths. If their latest, much-acclaimed Prokopton was a noteworthy, impressive sophomore album from one of Europe’s best up and coming melodic death metal bands yet, A Dream Of Wilderness sees the French four-piece doubling down on its songwriting skills: Faster, tighter and heavier, AEPHANEMER’s upcoming album unleashes an anthemic adventure of brutally fast riffage and epic melodies!

Metal Digest had a chat with the band about their latest album, band life-hacks and memories.

Welcome to Metal Digest!

Congratulations on your third album! How is this piece of work different from the previous two and how do you think you’ve changed as artists?

  • Martin: Thank you very much! Well, if you listen to our discography, from our first EP “Know Thyself” to our upcoming album “A Dream of Wilderness”, I think you will notice is that the technical level of our songs slowly increased. We weren’t fantastic players when we founded the band, but we managed to improve over the years. There is something similar about the songwriting, I used to rely on a lot fewer musical elements than I do now, so I think each album we released is slightly deeper than the previous one!

You recorded both in English and in French the bonus version, “Le Radeau de La Méduse”. What made you record both?

  • Marion: I have wanted to write lyrics and to sing in French for a while. When I was working on the lyrics for Le Radeau de La Méduse, I thought it was a good opportunity to try, since the song is based on a French historical event and borrows its name from a famous French painting. So I suggested to Martin that we write and record two versions of the song, one in English that would be part of the album tracklist, and one in French that would be a bonus track. It was a first for me and I had no idea what the result would be, so making this French version was a way to give it a try and gauge the feedbacks, while keeping the stakes low since it was only a bonus !

You also released a lyric video, which is equally substantial and well-made as a conventional music video. We are all impressed. What’s the story behind the creative process?

  • Marion: When we decided to release the song « Le Radeau de La Méduse as a single », it seemed obvious to us to make a lyric video. The song was suitable because it’s very narrative, and moreover it was easy to decline the video in two versions, one for each langage.

The song tells the tragic fate of one hundred and a half people abandoned on a makeshift raft in the middle of the sea after a shipwreck. As the lyrics are based on a book written by survivors, we had the idea to present them as if they were being written on a manuscript, adding engravings of the period to illustrate the events of the story. We suggested this idea to the video artist in charge of the lyric video, and he’s the only one who should be credited for crafting it so well!

Random question of the day: Do you have a TV?

  • Martin & Marion: no! We’re not really interested in what’s on TV. However, we both like to watch series…maybe not the same ones though, haha!

Is there a band-life-hack to overcome stereotypical music genre boundaries and create something entirely new?

  • Martin: Yes, I think one of the most important hack (and actually the easiest to implement) is to look for inspiration in music that is NOT metal. The type of music doesn’t really matter – Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom was inspired by pop music and he wrote some killer songs. There are many bands inspired by folk music today and they write killer songs. Personally, I love baroque music, patriotic marches and religious choirs. I write metal music, and I like to listen to other metal bands, but our new album was not influenced by metal music at all. It’s sometimes a bit weird to explain, because it’s very common to be asked “Oh I guess your music today is inspired by Rhapsody of Fire? By Fleshgod Apocalypse? Dimmu Borgir?”… well, not at all, even though I love these bands. I think that originality in metal often comes from borrowing tropes of other music genres.

What’s your strongest memory with the band?

  • Martin: It’s hard to pick just one moment. Personally, my highlight would be our Canadian tour in November 2019. We received incredible feedback, it was just amazing. Thank you so much to Canada!

Thank you for the wonderful interview.

Until we meet again,

Chelf | Metal Digest.

For More Info Visit:

Martin Hamiche – Guitars
Marion Bascoul – Vocals, Guitars
Lucie Woaye Hune – Bass
Mickaël Bonnevialle – Drums

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