Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cipher Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


Since the album has been released , we worked very hard on the promotion of it ! We have just finished the promotion campaign in France our country . For the rest of the world, I seized the opportunity of “Against PR”  since I did not find much contact to promote it by myself .

2.In January you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We have tried to simplify our music and make it more efficient. The previous album was more melodic and heavy metal inspired. This one is more thrash metal inspired . We also added tracks to link or introduce the songs to make it more immersive, in order to create a sticky atmosphere to the themes covered in the album.

3.This is your first album since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

We could summarize that by : the life . You know, we are not young metalheads and we are nearer of forty years old than twenty  .. And in your life sometime you want to have a family…children… and time pass quickly !!! Then we had a change of line up too . Our drummer left the band and it was not simple to find another in our town that had not already 3 ou 4 bands…

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

As the name suggests, the themes on the album are behaviors, which rightly or wrongly considered as deviant. The texts in French bring into life a character who, according to the song, represents an idea, a behavior or a deviant feeling.

To tell about some  themes of the album, the title « Exquis Supplice » is about a man who becomes a serial killer, « invidia » talks about vengeance. «Idylle Ethylique » talks about alcoholism…   « L’amalgame des âmes » speaks of a sect leader ... but there is one positive song: Anonymous . It talks about the wellknown hackers who try to open our eyes on  the fact that governments  manipulate us! They are considered as deviant beacause they choose to rebel against abuses of modern society  and fight them with modern weapons ... the internet and all communication possibilities it offers !!!  « 13 eme Arcane » is about a man who loose his humanity and invocate the 4 horsemen of apocalypse . Then the last 2 songs are about the judgement and the death of our character …

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cipher'?

Oh it’s simpliest that it seems … In fact the 3 foundators members of the band are all computer scientist . So the word cipher was designed for us J

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has done over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Well we had the chance to play with After Forever , Dagoba, Benighted, No return, Execution, Sybreed , Dark Age, Nightmare, Dark Moor….

And playing with these great band gives you power to perform at your maximum !!!

So i think our show are energic and sincere !

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

At this time the only date we have is a french festival on may the 26th. Over the years it’s becoming very difficult to play in France , and for touring you must pay a booker , it’s not in our philosophy to pay to play …

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We love our freedom and do what we want when we want it and as we want, we think that a label is completely incompatible with this way of seeing. As you tell, it spent 8 years between our two last album , a label can’t wait so long .

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

We have just began the wordlwide promotion as the album is physically available worldwide since march the 20th . We decide to separate french release and worldwide release by 2 months . But, it’s at this time a success.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of/

Well , françois and david play in the famous band « Execution » since 2013 and they will soon record a new album . Our drummer play in a cover hard rock band for the fun . And i always refused any proposal because i put all my energy in Cipher.

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

We do not ask this kind of question, we prefer to let things happen.

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

Really all the bands that had an influence on our compositions already existed in the 90s. Some of them are Dark Tranquillity, in flames , Children Of bodom, Arch Enemy, Cradle of filth, Iron Maiden…. And we still listen to these albums..

Personally, I continue to buy cd and sometimes new bands, but they are not a source of inspiration.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

The music occupies all our free time, so if one is not with our family ... it is that what one does has necessarily report from near or far with the music :) Like to go to festivals, to organize Concerts ... answering to an interview

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

Thank you to make live the metal music through your blog. I hope that these few words will inspire readers to listen to our music.

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