Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Unchained was created in 2010 by guitarist Jonathan and drummer Olivier after he left his former band Kragens. When the line up was completed with Joel on bass, Thib on lead guitar and myself, Pierre, on vocals, we started to write songs and play gigs, like any other band. We released a self produced EP called Russia in 2011, then we got signed to M&O Music. Our debut album called Oncoming Chaos is released on this label on September 10th.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We all love both the aggression of death metal and the melodic side of heavy metal, I guess you can hear that in our songs. I’d say we play some kind of modern heavy-death metal with death metal vocals. The best of both worlds!
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Some songs are about human behaviour like blaming someone or something instead of taking responsibility for your actions, or being led only by the lure of money. Some topics may be quite dark and gloomy, but we always try to maintain a glimpse of hope and optimism. We also have an atheist anthem called The God Delusion.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The name of the band can be seen as a rebellious statement: get rid of the chains that bind you, you don’t have to do what society expects you to. Disobey, live your life and become who you really are. That’s what the song Unchained is all about.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We’ve mostly played in the south of France so far, specially on the French Riviera where we are from. Some shows are better than others, some audiences are more reactive than others…But we always do our best to deliver the best performance, both musically and visually. People who come to a show don’t want to see a bunch of statues looking at their instruments or their feet. So we try to inject a dose of rock n’ roll in our show, we even cover some Mötley Crüe on stage! After all everybody’s here to have a good time, right?
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?
Sure! We’re playing a gig in Nice, our hometown, for the release of the album. Then we plan to play further and further away from home, we already have some gigs planned in Marseille and St Etienne. The goal for next year is to play as many gigs as possible, including some festivals. Some concerts are about to be confirmed soon.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
Our album is not released yet, so the only feedback we’ve had so far was for our EP Russia last year. Most of it was very good, not so many bands play our kind of music in France. But it was for the most part local feedback, we’re looking forward to hearing what people think of our album, even though we play for ourselves and our fans.
8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is definitely a full time line up, Unchained is everyone’s main band.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We’ve already started to write new songs in the rehearsal room. It’s too soon to have a clear idea of where we’re going, but the new material seems to be a little bit more technical than Oncoming Chaos, so far. But don’t worry, we’re not going to sound ‘djent’ or to play crabcore…
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
As I said before we can be influenced by classic heavy metal bands from the 80’s, such as Accept, Maiden or Priest, as well as Swedish melodic death metal bands like At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity or early In Flames. But I have to admit Steel Panther is my favourite band theses days, and I’m not the only one in the band!
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
You mean besides sex, drugs and rock n’ roll? Well I’m French so of course football and cooking are essential to me! To be honest I spend more time eating than really cooking, but French Cuisine is one of the reasons I live.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thank you so much for your time, and thanks to everyone who will take some time to read the interview. We’re going to release a video for our song Infernal Death Machine real soon so check it out, listen to our music online then buy the CD if you like it and come to see us play!
Label : M & O MUSIC