Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
Hi, « Belleville » is our third album, it was recorded in winter 2014 at Francis Caste’s Studio Saint Marthe. It's quite different from what we were doing before. We slowed down everything a bit to make something much more powerful and massive. The sound also got a make over as Francis helped us getting is rusty and very large. It was important to feel some power and higher dynamics so we cutted off every electronics like all the triggers on the drums. The hard part is to get that massive wall without getting a mess on higher tempos or complex structures and Francis nailed it. The whole songwriting is focused on putting emotions on the first level so, for example, my drum style is much more clearer and straight to the point. I use to do lots of speedy stuff and a few technical patterns but now, by clearing things up, everything is in one mass, only serving the core of the emotion. Sainte Marthe studio is based in Paris, in a district called Belleville ; the title of the album is a tribute to this place where our music was born (first album already recorded here in 2001). This studio is a place full of magic for us, we like to come at the studio with almost 90% of the album in mind and let the 10% be the ideas coming on the moment. We trust our instinct and Francis is always a great ally in these moments. For example, the boomerang break on drums (as we named it) at the end of « Waiting to exhale » is just a thing out of rage because i did something wrong just before and i heard Francis say « what the fuck happened here, we must keep that ». So we did. It can be stressful because i had only 4 days to record all the drums but we know that these 10% is what makes the record even more special for us.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
I don't really know. On most of the reviews we got, people are having a hard time trying to label our music. It's metal for sure, they are some elements of extreme like blast beats, dark riffs and growlings but lots of things you hear have a little to do with extreme. This comes from our influences that are now going far upon extreme metal, that we digest and spit them out into metal. So sometimes you can hear some bits close to post-rock or some groovy patterns but, all together, it sounds like one ensemble. And that's what we like, creating some confusing surprises and make something fresh out of it.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover and the general artwork were mastered by Dehn Sora (http://dehnsora.com) and we gave him pretty much no direction except our music. We believed he would do something unique and it was exactly what we were looking for. Some art far from the traditional covers you see in extreme metal and we thought it was interesting to have such a band name on some kind of a city emblem. The lyrics are an patchwork of themes like metaphysics, mental disorder, self implosion, galaxy, pavements, extreme despair etc...
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
We don't expect anything actually. We were just a little worried that the album won't be understood as it was meant to be but most of the reviews are very positive. We have made some really death metal labeled albums before so this one can be disturbing or disappointing for some and we understand that but we have chosen to make something new instead of taking the “easy” way by doing same thing with different songs. So we succeed on that point for us. Our aim is now to follow this spirit and to go even deeper in the songwriting, to keep things moving and evolving. Everything is permitted now.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The album is on a regular process: digipack and digital. As we are producing and distributing the album ourselves, we pressed 1500 copies so far and we'll see how it works.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
As we are alone, we decided to work with Dooweet Agency (http://dooweet.org/fr/) for everything related to press / promotion and if we are doing this interview, it's because of them so we are happy and grateful for their work around our album.
Where can we order it from?
Everything can be ordered here, on our Big Cartel : http://necroblaspheme.bigcartel.com/
We handle this directly so it's the best way to support the band if you want to.
Digital version, along with the last EP “XXVI – the deeper the better” and 2nd album “Destination: Nulle part” can be found here : https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/necroblaspheme/id303861485