Monday, September 5, 2016

Aephanemer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hello! We are a Melodic Death Metal band from Toulouse, in France. Aephanemer has been created in 2013 and was a solo project until mid-2014. Our first EP called "Know Thyself" has been released in early 2014 and was completely instrumental. Our upcoming album called "Memento Mori" to be released on September 16th will have vocals though :-)

> 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Our main influences are scandinavian melodic death metal bands, traditional slavic melodies and classical symphonies, so I guess our sound is a mix between them!

> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We are very interested in some "philosophic" themes like the meaning of human life, its shortness and everything it implies, and our lyrics are mainly based on them. We only wrote lyrics for one album for now, so we might explore more subjects in the future!

> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aephanemer'?

In fact, "Aephanemer" is a merge between two french words : "éphémère" (ephemeral) and "fanée" (folded) which are two words related to the autumn season, which is particularly like!

> 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I think our best show is the one we gave at Rock Metal Camp Fest a few months ago. The crowd ambiance was awesome, the festival crew was great and very professional, and we benefited from exceptional sound & lights conditions! We have great memories of this day :-)

> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We're playing in our hometown on October 12th and this will be the first "Memento Mori" show. We should announce additional shows in France within a few weeks!

> 7.The new album is coming out on 'Primevel Records, how did you get in contact with this label?

In fact, Primeval Records is our own label! We founded it because we wanted to remain independant, and we wanted to give to our new album the best promotional conditions we can. Being signed to a label when you are a little band often means nowadays that you have a very low promotional budget and nobody is really taking care of you. We think this is not very interesting if you know how to promote your little band yourself. Of course, the situation is different for bigger bands, who can benefit from labels experience and promotional support.

> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?

  We received feedbacks after our first EP which were very good and way better than what we imagined! This EP was instrumental so I thought Melodic Death Metal fans would not be interested, but I was wrong! We also received feedbacks about our new tracks and they are very good as well. We hope melodic death metal fans will enjoy our new album once it is released!

> 9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Anthony (bass) and Mickaël (Drums) are playing in a a side-project called "Univertigo". I'm not sure how to describe the band music genre but I would say it is a Melodic Metal project including some electronic elements and focused on Space ambiances and lyrical themes. Mickaël also plays in a melodic metal band called "Simeria".

> 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

This is a hard question, we evolve as human beings and our music evolves too. I don't plan anything when I'm creating new songs so I have no idea what the future albums will sound like. I don't think our music will change too much, but who knows?

> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Bands which influenced us : Children Of Bodom, In Flames, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, Windir, Ensiferum, ... and these are also the bands we listen to nowadays! We also listen to traditional music from different countries (mainly slavic and scandinavian music) and some classical music.

> 12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well I can't really answer for the rest of the band, but personally I spend most of my free time reading ancient philosophy books and playing video games :-)

> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you for the interview, and we hope our future listeners will enjoy our album as much as you did!


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