Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dead Season 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 ep?

First of all, Hello everyone. We spent some time on writing new material and thinking about the next album. We also had a great time during a concert with a jazz big band for the release party of the last EP. We took part in the recording of the “Simon Fache Big Backing Band” album called “All Inclusive” and the song “Zombies Are Swinging” appears also on “Dusting The Rust”.

Check the live performance:

We also spend much time on promoting our new release.

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

In fact, this EP was recorded at the same time than the previous album “From Rust to Dust” but the songs are different. They are much more progressive and the tracks are longer. The vocals and some additional guitars have been recorded in different sessions. The two albums are complementary, this explain why the name and the covers are so similar.

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

It explores different themes such as the global degeneration of human kind in and the ability that evil has to disguise into pure goodness. We also have a few “funnier” lyrics about music business experiences.

4.    The band has been around since 2000 but waited until 2004 to release 2 demos and did not release anything again until 2013 can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

Well, thank you to remind us to delete these uninteresting informations. ;) . Also, thank you for being interested in the band. In fact, it took us quite a while to create a stable line up and to find the right people with the same vision and aims. That’s why things took so long but we all had different bands at that time.

5.    The band was originally known as Shimeria but changed their name to 'Dead Season', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead Season'?

Well, once again thanks you for having investigated about us. This was years ago, but, “Dead Season” refers to an era of dark times to come. Hope is not lost, but in a famous series, people could say “winter is coming”.

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

With Dead Season, we always focused on writing music that can be played on stage. Live performances are more powerful than the album, more direct. We had a good time in Germany, where the people and audience were very welcoming. We had a really great time with the jazz big band to.

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

This is part of our goals and we are currently working on it.

8.    The new ep was self released but your previous album was released on a label, how would you compare releasing the ep be yourself to working with a record label and are you interested in signing with a label again in the future?

Both albums have been released on Symbol Muzik, and they are available everywhere in digital format and you can order on the usual commercial platforms or on our bandcamp page.

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

I wouldn’t say that we don’t play pure thrash metal because we include progressive extreme elements in our music. But most of our audience are thrashers who like bands like Martyr, Nevermore, Testament, Shining etc…

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

Dead Season remains my only metal band where Julien and I are involved in. I really concentrate my efforts on this band. Nicolas takes part to recordings as a session musician. He recently recorded the last “Deathcode Society” album, which is currently produced. Our drummer Gregoire, is on the drums in this album. Guy-Noël the guitar player, plan to release an album his brother, who is a great guitar player. Nico & Gregoire will play the rhythm section. As a professional musician (Guillaume), I play in a show for teenagers and might join a rock cover band soon.

11. When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Well, we have started the writing of the new album and we could hopefully enter the studio before the end of the year. Let’s say it will be some thrash metal with bollocks and brains. That’s what Nico says.

12. 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?

Lots of 90’s thrash metal giants, Testament, Nevermore, Pantera, Annihilator, Martyr, Death, Megadeth… Lot of bands and different styles from blues to black metal.
I discovered Revocation and they really kick ass. I’m also a huge fan of Shining (the Swedish one).

13. What are some of your non musical interests?

Music takes a big place in our lives. I’m interested in DIY stuff, cinema, sports, reading, good life and food.

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

Well thanks again for having on spent some time on gathering some informations about us. I hope that people who are reading these lines will be curious to listen to our music and hopefully, we might see you on stage. Keep the faith!
Interview answered by Guillaume (Guitars), Julien (Vocals) and Nicolas (Bass).

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