Science of Disorder

science of disorderGenre: Oldern Bastard Metal (Groove metal, Death metal)
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Active since: 1989 as Soulless, 2011 as Science of Disorder
Connections: Sybreed, Promethee, Trailer Park Massacre, Your Own Decay, Blastage, Furia, Ever Since, MXD
Current members:
Jerome – Vocals
Lord Pelthor – Guitar
Baptiste – Drums
Stephane – Guitar and vocals
Links:
Science of Disorder Facebook
Science of Disorder BandCamp

I must admit, that I had an idea of writing about Science of Disorder in the back of my head since a few months already. I saw them live more than half a year ago on their release party of “Private Hell” album and I was stunned. I remember asking myself back then “why aren’t they more popular!?”. Today they are conquering the music charts outside of Switzerland and I am sure they are not going to slow down any time soon. I am pleased to introduce Science of Disorder – a band from Lausanne that describes itself as an Oldern Bastard Metal band…

The history of this band is rather long… Science of Disorder is built on the foundation of another band, named Soulless. The story starts in 1989, which for most of the young people today seems to be almost as far back in time as prehistory. Back then, in the shadow of these ancient times, Soulless, a band, which was flirting with thrash, death and gothic metal,  was born. After releasing two demos and two full albums, Soulless was put on hold in 2002 and reactivated and renamed into Science of Disorder after several years in 2007. The new reveal of this formation was directed much more towards death and groove metal than its predecessor.

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Fingers of Disorder

The band under the name Science of Disorder released two full length albums, “Heart, Blood and Tears…” from 2011 and the aforementioned “Private Hell” from this year. The latter one gathered really good reviews across Europe and was listed on the international charts taking really high scores! Well deserved gents, well deserved.

I personally think that “Private Hell” is the best album of Science of Disorder so far. It’s a nice blend of death and groove metal that flirts sometimes with slower and heavier genres, even touching sometimes the surface of sludge. The album sounds aggressive but this fury is delivered mostly though hoarse, growly vocals and steady persistent bass lines rather than the fast tempo. Actually, the pace of the songs is just perfect to enjoy all of the elements – impressive vocal range of the singer, catchy riffs, captivating melodies and the gloomy atmosphere. “Private Hell” is focused mostly on the mental illnesses, talking about depression (Carrions) and struggle over the control of life (Choke). At least this is my interpretation of the lyrics, which make the whole album even more somber and intense for me. In this song, Science of Disorder takes you to the mental asylum and shows the fear, confusion and anger of the patient:

So far Science of Disorder shared the stage with bands like Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Sadus, Samael, Megadeth or Entombed. They are really on fire now, so I am sure this list will grow quickly… The band is busy now with touring and promoting their work outside Switzerland, but keep an eye on them. When they are back they may give a gig for the local audience and delight it once again.

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October events

october

In the merciless North, lamb sacrifices you.

Nights after the equinox become longer and longer. Enjoy the atmosphere and awesome gigs that await you!

01.10.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Stony Sugarskull [psychedelic goth] event info

02.10.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Tragical History Tour [folk punk] event info

03.10.2018
Geneve, La Makhno: Niege Morte, Euglena [black metal] event info
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Far from Alaska, Ripstone [rock] event info

04.10.2018
Lausanne, Bleu Lezard: The Doors Revival [rock] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Part Chimp Orso [rock, noise rock] event info
Geneve, Champmeslé: Bleed Again, Monsutā [metal, nu-metal] event info

05.10.2018
Vevey, Rocking Chair: The Soft Moon, Veil of Light [post punk] event info
Meyrin, Undertown: The Hellfreaks, Komodo 3000, Velvet Fish [punk rock, blues rock] event info
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: The Battle Borns [rock] event info

06.10.2018
Montreux, Ned Music Club, Metal Retaliation: AM:PM, Algebra, Norvhar, Battle Tales, Divergency [death metal, thrash metal, folk metal, metalcore] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Ultra Razzia, Tulamort, Sous Escorte [oi punk] event info
Geneve, Salle du Terrau: Provler, Blown, Hope [hardcore] event info
Geneve, ABARC: Back to the Ocean, Buried Skies, Oaxaca, Krown [hardcore, metal core, rock] event info

10.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Varukers, Coupe-Gorge, Psychropore [punk, punk hardcore] event info

11.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Leng Tch’e, Kess’khtak, Grilled Flesh Party [grindcore, death metal] event info

12.10.2018
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Conjoctive, Circle of Exectution, Murge, Maestrick [metalcore, death metal, rock progressive] event info

13.10.2018
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Nostromo, Ruptured [grindcore, hardcore] event info

16.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Darjeeling Opium, Angry Sometimes [rock hardcore, punk rock] event info

17.10.2018
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Wo Fat, Sasquatch, Mystic Sons [psychedelic blues doom, stoner metal, stoner rock] event info
Geneve, Undertown: Sargeist, Chaos Invocation, Acrimonious [black metal, death metal] event info

18.10.2018
Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Desert Mountain Tribe [rock psychedelic] event info

20.10.2018
Lausanne, Les Docks: Halestorm, Devilskin [hard rock] event info
Lausanne, Theatre 2.21: The Crotals [stoner sludge] event info
Yverdon, L’Amalgame: Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paradiso U.F.O, Zayk, Exmoor [rock psychedelic] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: The Fuzztones, The Revox, Les Envahisseurs [garage punk, garage rock] event info

23.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Ascenders, Bottle Hymn (tribute to Manowar) [heavy rock, heavy metal] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Vader, Entombed, The Modern Age Slavery, Mortuary [death metal] event info

24.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Partout Partout, Golden Oriole, Gaute Granli [math rock tribal, electronic indus, noise] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Off the Wagon [post punk] event info

25.10.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Fvss Popvli [psychedelic rock] event info
Yverdon, L’Amalgame: The Young Gods, Emilie Zoe [rock] event info

26.10.2018
Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Killing Joke, Turbowolf [post punk, industrial rock, hard rock] event info

27.10.2018 
Friebourg, Le Nouveau Monde: Reaptile, Invouta, Falcifer, Buryme [sludge, doom, drone] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Forgotten Tomb, The Abbys Order, Serpens Lumnis [black metal, doom metal] event info
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Chaoseum, November 7, Dead Dog Cafe [metalcore, indus metal] event info

28.10.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Silly Walk [punk rock] event info

29.10.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: II [dark wave] event info

30.10.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Mini-Jupe, The Nurse and the Six Burns [noise rock, rock] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Bambara, Grey Lips [post punk, rock] event info

31.10.2018
Freiburg, Le Nouveau Monde: The Doorknobs, Slift [rock garage, psychedelia] event info
Yverdon, Citron Masques: Exsom, Ultima Ratio [heavy metal, rock] event info

Nansis

Gnansisenre: Black – death metal
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2008
Connections: Eggs of Gomorrh, Distrip, Destronork, Claws, Amok, Claw, Deadly Sin Orgy, Gronde, Stortregn, Destronork
Current members:
Haître – Vocals
Assunaaq – Bass
INVN – Guitar
Jean – Drums
Glycy 
– Guitar
Links:
Nansis Facebook
Nansis BandCamp
Nansis WebPage

A lot of time has passed since I wrote about a black metal band. Finally, I found something for the fans of the hidden underground treasures. This one will amuse you with its bewitching sounds and intense atmosphere. Meet Nansis – an underground black metal formation from Geneve.

This project was started by INVN in 2008 and functioned under the name Horizon for one year, until the arrival of the next member – Haître. After joining the project, he took care of the singing and lyrics. The formation was renamed to Nansis and later on welcomed on board next horde members. After some minor changes, since 2013, the line up is fixed and constant. So far, Nansis released a demo album “Exorde” in 2012 and a split record with Serpens Luminis and Haruspex “Usque Ad Sideras et Usque Ad Inferos” in 2017.

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Exorde means introduction. Great, now give as another chapter.

“Exorde” got quite a few praising reviews, pointing at the potency of this formation, that may be a big part of the future black metal scene in Switzerland. For sure, their entry to the underground scene was smooth and successful. “Exorde” contains 6 pieces that talk about the war, Satan and the humanity downfall. The lyrics depict desolated and destroyed landscapes or war horrors. All this is accompanied with the haunting and cold, yet bewitching and captivating atmosphere. Neat melodies woven into distorted and heavy guitar sounds, along with the piercing vocals makes it an overall sharp and complete work.

In the split album you can find three new songs. I wish there were more, because since 2012, this formation improved a lot. Even though the atmosphere and the character of these three new compositions are resembling the ones on the demo, the new pieces are faster and more aggressive. Anyway, if you are a fan of underground black metal, I strongly recommend you to listen to both titles. For kicks, here is “Goat Irrumation” from the split album:

It is worth mentioning that Nansis is a Sumerian word that means “eclipse” or “world of darkness”, so the group is somewhat inspired by the ancient mystic mythology. The bass player of Nansis, Assunaaq, happens to also be the professional graphic designer. She took care to nicely depict Sumerian influences on the demo cover. Beside that, the group is also inspired by the bands like Endstille, Negator, Behexen, Aosoth, Hetroertzen or Irkallian Oracle.

Right now, Nansis plan to play live here and there, and starting from 2019 focus on the new album. It would be great, really guys, just do it.

If you like this horde, keep an eye on them, the potential here is big and they are surely promising!

 

Cosmosonic

Genre: Scosmosonictoner metal, stoner rock, psychedelic rock
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2012
Connections: BAK XIII, Last Torridas, Apocalypse, Fade, Grounded, Ça Va Chier
Current members:
Dada – Vocals
Bison – Bass
Barbara – Guitar
Moussu – Drums
Zuckignole – Guitar
Links:
Cosmosonic Facebook
Cosmosonic BandCamp

Free trip to the outer space and back! No fine prints, no hidden traps, no hoax. All is legal and safe. You just have to sit comfortably in a preferably deep armchair or a sofa, with a beer in your hand and let the Cosmosonic sounds pour down on you from your speakers. But remember to prepare yourself for a big dose of stoner and psychedelia, mind melting and tripping are common side effects of listening to this Genovese band.

Cosmosonic was created in 2012 by a few people of quite different musical origins. The band contains three members of Apocalypse (thrash metal), one member of Last Torridas (alternative) and a singer from BAK XIII (cyberpunk). This mixture turned out to work in an excellent way. Having musicians that are experienced in different music genres, know different styles and have different backgrounds worked perfectly for Cosmosonic. The collaboration is clearly flourishing and the fruit of their joint effort is truly sweet and intoxicating.

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On behalf of Cosmosonic I would like to welcome you on board. Please sit back and enjoy the music. Our destination: Tripping.

In 2017 Cosmosonic released their first album named Cosmosonic, which is a good piece of stoner rock at the edge of psychedelia. You can also pick up there a lot of metal influences and, the icing on the cake, Dada’s hoarse and quite aggressive vocals. It’s hard to believe that this is the same person who is also responsible for the cold and mellow vocals of BAK XIII! It sounds like Dada finally unleashed his real vocal potential that was only waiting for a good moment to fully shine. The whole album is a compact piece of 5 songs that definitely ends too quick and makes you press the replay button multiple times… Here you have a sample, a song “Party Spirit” where Dada is kindly inviting you for a ride…

The band is influenced by the whole range of musical genres, from rock and grunge to metal and punk. Cosmosonic is also inspired by the 60s and 70s music. From the lyrical side, they are influenced by Lovecraft’s books and this is nicely captured by the artwork accompanying their music. Besides that, in their songs you can find some philosophical moments where they ponder about life and its aspects. Oh, they also talk about parties.

As a proper psychedelic band, they want to emit some space vibes and I say they totally nailed it! Solid riffs, nice base, great harmony, groovy and heavy sound that melts your brain. What else do you need? For a band from the outer space doing this awesome job, they truly deserve their name, which merges cosmos and sound into one word.

I will finish this post with some good news: Cosmosonic is working on a new record! More music to chill with is on its way… If you want to see them live, come to the CrabCore Fest and enjoy the ride!

 

The Erkonauts

erkonautsGenre: Progressive metal
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2014
Connections: Sybreed, Djizoes, Stormfist
Current members:
Ales Campanelli – Bass & Vocals
Los Sebos – Guitars
Fred Di Limoncelli – Guitars
Mathieu Martinazzo – Drums
Links:
Erkonauts Facebook
Erkonauts Official Website
Erkonauts BandCamp

Time to talk about another hidden Swiss treasure, that seems to gain a lot of popularity overseas, yet remains quite modestly promoted in their homeland. The Erkonauts toured successfully in USA, China, Japan and East Europe. Reviews of their albums are just soaking with the superlatives and their fans are scattered across the globe. Let’s take a closer look at these guys.

Not so long ago, in 2014, a few guys who used to play in different bands already, decided to do something for fun and started a new project that they would fully enjoy. It seems to work – The Erkonauts turned out to be pretty productive releasing two albums until now: “I did something bad” in 2015 and “I shall forgive” in 2017.  Both of their albums deliver a good piece of progressive metal music, that nicely blends multiple styles yet still remains very firm and complete.

The Erkonauts is supposed to be about touring, gigs, recording and parties. It’s actually hard to believe that, because there is nothing funny about their music. Starting from the lyrics and finishing at the skilful instrument playing, all seems to be too well tuned up to be just for fun. Lyrics are very versatile, well thought and narrate various stories. You can hear some Mayan mythology, story about the fall of Roman Empire or a story about a girl, who went through some serious shit, but it made her even stronger. There are also few songs that are an evidence of a specific kind of humour The Erkonauts have. Titles like “The Great Ass Poopery” or “All Girls Should Die” should be definitely taken with a pinch of salt because these songs turn out to be pretty ironic and surprisingly clever. All this is served with blasting bass riffs, hoarse, yet understandable vocals and catching melodies, that would make you tap your feet and bang your head. After listening to their music myself, I can only join the praising choir of positive reviews:

The Erkonauts are inspired by a whole bunch of bands including Scorpions, Dead Can Dance, Waltari, Def Leppard and also some great Swiss metal bands like Samael or Coroner. This versatile group of bands resounds in their own music, making it entertaining and divergent.

The origin of the band’s name is also worth to mention. It comes from the Erkonos – an intriguing alien that is in the logo of this band. It travels around the world and The Erkonauts keep him company in this peregrination… At least they did, until they dissected him. You can familiarise yourself with this imaginary friend’s detailed anatomy on the cover of the “I Shall Forgive” album. I can fully refer to this idea, after all, I chose a potato for my logo and mascot.

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Perhaps Erkonos would forgive, but now he doesn’t have the guts to speak again.

The Erkonauts are on fire now! They think about having another album and for the last few months they had several gigs. Their songs are made to be played live, see it for yourself on the CrabCore Fest – they are a headliner!

September events

september

Here is how you know that you suffer from post festival depression.

Post festival depression is a fact and the best way to beat it, is to book another show. Brace yourselves and check out the metal, punk and rock events of this month.

5.09.2018
Geneve, La Makhno: Los Fastidios, Choke Under Terror, Damn Givers [punk, hardcore] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Gut-Scrapers [rock’n’loud] event info

6.09.2018
Geneve, Champmesle: Stoneforge, Random Rage [stoner] event info

7.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Ghost Engine [post rock] event info
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Trisomie 21, Adieu Gary Cooper, Tenko Texas Seduction [cold wave, noise] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Celkilt [celtic] event info
Lausanne, Rhino Feroce: Melissa Bonny [covers gig] event info

8.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Stillborn [metal] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Finsterfrost, Martyrium, Daerachas [folk, black metal] event info
Lausanne, No Name: Defender, Uber You, Polar Circles [hardcore, punk rock] event info

9.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Winter in Deutschland [dark wave] event info

10.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Novoboy [cold wave] event info

11.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Blue Bear, Accident Instantane [folk] event info
Geneve, Kalvingrad: The Soapgirls [riot girls punk] event info

12.09.2018
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Primitive Man, 16 [doom, sludge] event info

13.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Cosmosonic [stoner rock] event info
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Trashcat, Strunk [punk, garage punk] event info

14.09.2018
Lausanne, Label Suisse Various locations: Le Roi Angus [rock], Zeal and Ardor [metal gospel] event info

15.09.2018
Lausanne, Vinyl Club: Conjoctive, Buried Skies [deathcore, metalcore] event info
Lausanne, Label Suisse Les Docks: Samael [black, industrial metal] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Geisterwald [industrial metal] event info
Yverdon, Les Citrons Masques: Everyday Sidekicks, Divergency [post metal, metalcore] event info
Martigny, Château de la Bâtiaz: Stortregn, Syn Metalium, Sangdragon [blackened death metal, pagan metal] event info

16.09.2018
Lausanne, Label Suisse Place Centrale: Coroner [thrash metal] event info

17.09.2018
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Lithics, Massicot [post punk, kraut riot] event info

18.09.2018
Geneve, La Makhno: Neutron Rats, Nameless [punk, sludge metal] event info

21.09.2018
Geneve, Urgence Disc: The Crotals [heavy stoner] event info
Yverdon, L’Amalgame: Coilguns, Oregon Trail, Tuscoma [metal, hardcore, noise] event info

22.09.2018
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Farren [punk rock] event info
Lausanne, The Rockies: Oaxaca, The Ratracks [alternative rock, rock] event infoevent info
Geneve, L’Ecurie: Coilguns, Tuscoma [ultraviolence, powerviolece] event info
Yverdon, Les Citrons Masques: Glasnost, Stout [celtic rock] event info
Moudon, Les Prisons Fire’n’Steel Rock Festival: Urgent, Chainer, Orefik, Rattlesnake [hard rock] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Kalevala, Grimner [folk metal] event info
Fribourg, Fri-Son: Darius, Unfold, The Crotals [post metal, sludge, stoner] event info

25.09.2018
Neuchatel, La Prise: Sete Star Sept, Brutal Blues [nutcore, grindcore] event info

26.09.2018
Geneve, La Makhno: Satan, Necrodancer [punk, grunge] event info

28.09.2018
Lausanne, The Rockies: Path of Desolation, Resolve [melodic death metal, metalcore] event info
Geneve, Crabcore FestThe ErkonautsBAK XIIIKaataraktSmegmananassBrokenhead, Meltdown, Cosmosonic, Who is Your Daddy, The Green Fathers [progressive metal, cyberpunk, folk metal, death metal, stoner rock, rock] event info
Neuchatel, La Prise: Satan, Necrodancer, Murge [punkcore, melodic crust, death metal] event info

29.09.2018
Geneve, La Makhno: Human Dog Food, Coupe Gorge [punk] event info
Geneve, Crabcore FestThe ErkonautsBAK XIIIKaataraktSmegmananassBrokenhead, Meltdown, Cosmosonic, Who is Your Daddy, The Green Fathers [progressive metal, cyberpunk, folk metal, death metal, stoner rock, rock]  event info
Lausanne, The Rockies: TheKaze, Ultima Ratio [rock] event info

Death metal does not make you less of a girl – interview with Alessia of Murge

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“[…] death metal does not make you less of a girl, on the contrary.”

Attention ladies and gentlemen! Stay focused, for I am going to introduce to you Alessia – half human, half hurricane, who is setting the stage on fire with her demonic vocals. She’s blasting her violent growls in a death metal band Murge and in a noise project Tzitzimime. If you are a fan of energetic performances, she will knock your socks off. Keep a close eye on Alessia and you’ll get thrilled and amused, I promise. She has a lot of interesting things to say, so grab your coffee or a beer or warm milk or even a fancy cocktail (Rocktato doesn’t judge you).  In this exclusive interview, Alessia talks about the challenges of being a female vocalist in a metal band and her views on the metal community and music.

Hey Alessia, I am very happy to open this new series about local female performers with your interview. Tell me, how did you get interested in metal music?
I wouldn’t say it came right away, it was kind of a process. My dad made me listen to a lot of good old-fashioned rock’n’roll like bands Creedence Clearwater Revival, Iron Butterfly, Black Sabbath or Deep Purple. He was a guitarist and singer in the 80’s and he had a rock band in Mexico named Oxtock. His band was the only rock band in the region back in those days, and you have to imagine that it was not very common. People preferred to dance on cumbia or reggaeton and foremost Latin American countries are deeply catholic. There’s crosses and portraits of Virgin Mary in every house. People used to complain to my grandfather about his son being possessed by the devil. All that to say that my dad was really transgressive but passionate by his music, it became his job actually. I think that I inherit that attitude from him and his love and taste in music. But rock wasn’t enough for me. I needed something harder and I discovered bands like Lamb of God, Arch Enemy, Slayer and other mainstream bands at the age of fifteen, and went to my first metal gig. My taste has changed a lot since then, I started playing the guitar and singing in various projects. While we had rehearsals, I discovered that I could growl so I started training. Then my mother suddenly went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a genetic dysfunction that impacted her heart. Her stay lasted quite a long time, so since she entered the emergencies, I stopped playing, listening to music and going out for almost 2 years. She struggled a lot but finally she could go back home, my mom is a survivor one! And, 3 years ago, I started again to play music, but this time I needed something really brutal and somehow I found my way out to Murge. Besides, I listen to different metal genres, especially death, black, grind, and stoner/psychedelic metal. I like bands like: Oranssi Pazuzu, Suffocation, Ritualization, Triumvir Foul, Krypts, Cryptopsy, Wet Cactus, Brujeria, OSDM bands, Zhrine, Cerebral Bore, Cattle Decapitation, Electric Wizard, Blaspherian and others.

You sing in Murge – a death metal band. This type of extreme metal is known to be dominated by men. Why did you choose this genre instead of something more female-friendly?
I chose it, because I like the music, it fits me. It’s brutal, deep, fast, full of hate, great riffs and blast beats. I honestly don’t see myself singing with a lyrical voice wearing a dress and corset and talking about fairies… I sang and played the guitar once in a heavy metal band but the band collapsed after 2 years of existence. At least there was beer at the rehearsals haha.

“I would not sing as passionately with fake anger or hate, it has to come from something real, something that would make me feel mad and violent.”

Death metal is considered as one of the most misogynic metal genres. As a female fan, how do you react to the lyrics, which are, more than often, depicting violence on usually defenseless women?
There are a few songs whose lyrics I know, but yeah, I am sure there are some with insulting lyrics for women that I listen to without knowing. When I notice that the lyrics are sexist I don’t want to listen to the album and the band anymore, but nothing is that simple. Sometimes, songs that have sexist content are a representation of the thoughts and actions of a serial killer or a pervert. It is not the singer or the band who mean those words, it’s an artistic interpretation or often a parody. But sometimes people take it seriously and believe the artists’ sayings or are offended… It’s a long debate… In art, should we support or even listen to controversial bands that are sexists, NSBMs, appealing to violence or racists? Personally, when I am aware that a band has true sexist ideologies or assaulted girls, I won’t buy their merchandising. I don’t want to support them but I won’t stop listening to the music if I found some interest in the melodies or emotions that overcome my distaste and anger for their lyrics. I support the music and people have the right to say what they want; you don’t have to agree with the lyrics to appreciate an album.

You are an author of the lyrics in Murge. Do you somehow avoid this common for death metal sexist topics in your texts?
I would never write something about objectifying women or lyrics that encourages violence against women. But I won’t censor myself about those topics. I would rather denounce them, and I do in several songs. I would not sing as passionately with fake anger or hate, it has to come from something real, something that would make me feel mad and violent.

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“In front of an audience, […] I pressure myself to do more. But it doesn’t bother me so much, it helps me to push my boundaries and to prove to myself that I am able to do the job […].”

There is a dichotomic stereotype of the female death metal fan and performer: either masculine tomboy or, on the contrary, hyper sexualized vamp. Can you agree with this stereotype? Where would you put yourself in this bimodal group?
It is only stereotypes. For example, the chicks from Mythic, Sisters of Suffocation, Mallika from Abnormality, Onielar from Darkened Slaugthercult don’t fit in those categories in my opinion. I think there’s nothing wrong with being a masculine tomboy or a sexualized vamp, people have to express the way they feel truly themselves.
I don’t like bands who use their female member’s sexiness to sell their album, because in my opinion, music is the most important thing and everything else is “decoration”. But I don’t like either the girls who willingly dress like men and mimic masculine gestures to gain respect and credibility to their peers… In both cases, I think we all can feel when it’s exaggerated one way or another.
I think I don’t belong to any of those categories, I don’t want to be dressed like a vamp or like a tomboy. I like to feel confortable in my clothes on stage so I will never wear heels or mini-skirt but I don’t want to shut down my femininity and dress or “act like a man”.

We do not see many female performers in death metal. Also, the main part of the audience is men. Do you have some ideas about the reason? Do you think death metal is sexist?
I think it’s the same observations you get for work in general. There’s not many females in science, engineering or in jobs that require physical work like lumberjacks or building workers… The education we receive from our parents and society teaches girls to be pretty, passive, calm and caring and death metal is the total opposite of this. I would say that there are less women in metal because of social determinism. They lack also some role models or diversity of female musicians; someone they can see themselves through. I think it would encourage girls to play if they see more females playing drums, bass or anything. That was the case for me and also for some girls in Murge’s public. Some women came directly to me to say that it gave them the motivation to start practicing vocals or a band, and that’s wonderful!
But I hope that, in the future, girls will be more keen on metal, because death metal does not make you less of a girl, on the contrary.

How people react on you being a vocalist for the death metal band? Do you feel like you need to be twice as good as any guy? Or on the contrary, the band members and the audience go easier on you?
Generally, they are surprised, sometimes shocked and others are used to see a female vocalist in that genre. Honestly, I would like to say no, but yeah, as any women in a male environment, I feel the need to prove myself. Even if Murge’s members never pressured me or treat me differently because of my gender. In front of an audience, I have to admit I pressure myself to do more. But it doesn’t bother me so much, it helps me to push my boundaries and to prove to myself that I am able to do the job, to be more confident.

Do you also push yourself in the communication with the audience? You are the one who talks to people during the gig, so you are the “face” of the band. How do you cope with the pressure from the male dominated audience? Is it challenging more because you are a girl?
I don’t know. I try to be energetic, brutal and not acting like I have a stick in the ass. I like to go into the pit during the concert or throw things at the public haha. I get insults and some pervs telling me “à poil, la gonzesse” (get naked, chick) or “T’es bonne”. Sometimes there are jerks coming on stage to mess around but it happens with male performers too. We just kick them out and that’s it. Very recently, a girl came on stage drunk and high as fuck telling me that I ain’t a real girl with that voice. She was calling me a slut and etc., while pulling my bra down… Fortunately the public and the staff kicked her out. She made an apology to me afterwards but I was really furious and sad that it happened. My friends and the staff were really supportive and made me forget about it quickly.

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“[…] performing with my friend, Andrea (Tzitzimime), makes the performance really special because I finally found a girl who shares the same taste in music and brutality, but also who is proud and embraces the fact that we are females playing extreme music.”

You said before that you feel welcome and equal in the band. How the audition looked like? Were they surprised to hear you? Was there any discussion about having a girl in the band?
Well, I met Yannick, the bass player first in a gig where I was a barmaid. We talked a bit and then I met the whole band in the rehearsal place in Versoix. I noticed that they were at least 10 years older than me and that freaked me out haha. I was tense of course, because I have been looking at their other projects online and the level was way higher than all my other past projects. Especially the Sedative one. I thought, I will never sing as nicely as their singer because for example I can’t do pig squeal like him. The songs that Murge wrote also stressed me out, because they were really fast and technical in comparison to everything I’ve done before. Anyway, I learned songs before coming to the audition and I improvise something on it. The guys from the band didn’t look surprised that I am a girl who can growl. They asked me some questions about my musical background, what are my favorite bands, they asked what experience I have. Nothing unusual. There was no discussion about me being a girl… I remember saying that I am here for the music and nothing will happen between me and any of the band members, or I will leave the band. I have seen some bands splitting up because the couple in it broke up and I don’t want it to happen to Murge. I also said, that I don’t want to be treated differently or having more attention because I am a girl.

“Some women came directly to me to say that it gave them the motivation to start practicing vocals or a band, and that’s wonderful!”

You also perform in Tzitzimime which is a noise band. Can you compare the advantages and disadvantages of being a female performer in the both genres– death metal and noise?
It’s a difficult question… I can’t really compare them because I think the public in the noise concerts doesn’t have the same musical approach to metal and cultural references. They don’t seek for the same sounds, ambiance and performances. They don’t have the same codes and it is an environment less dominated by males. I have to admit I know really little of noise music and I follow my friend, Andrea (Tzitzimime) wherever she takes me. Even the music has less codes, so people don’t really expect anything. Our music is purely improvisation, but the atmosphere and sounds we are playing are violent and apocalyptic and those feelings I get, could be compared to metal. So basically, I have the same brutal attitude in both bands, but definitely more freedom of movement and singing in Tzitzimime. I have to say that performing with my friend, Andrea, makes the performance really special because I finally found a girl who shares the same taste in music and brutality, but also who is proud and embraces the fact that we are females playing extreme music.
Even if the noise audience is more used to see female performers, they are impressed by the fact that we are girls doing massive and destructive music. An advantage here would be that we don’t get questions from elitists like “You listen to Blasphemy? Name 5 songs, and all the albums in chronological order…” or “Who’s your boyfriend there?”. Instead we hear “How do you sing that way? It is amazing I never heard that technique before!”, “How did you met each other?” (speaking of Andrea and I) or “You girls rule”.
So to sum up, noise environment is more underground and free of sexism in my experience. Maybe because people tend to be more aware about equality, sexism, gender fluidity etc. There were definitely more women in the noise environment when I performed, whether it is as a public or a performer. So I think their presence enhance the construction of a less masculine subculture than metal.

Do you feel like giving up sometimes? What motivates you to continue making your music?
No. I am impatient to see Murge grow, I hope one day we could play in a big festival. My dream would be to play in Brutal assault, Netherland Deathfest or Metaldays… but hey… there is still a lot of work to do if we want to achieve this. What motivates me is to go to the rehearsal and make new songs. The guys taught me a lot of things about music because they have so much experience. I really admire the music they did before in Sedative and in their side projects like Agonir or Nansis. I am always excited to perform in concerts too and meet the audience. Since Murge begun, I made new friendships that are really valuable to me and some Murge members even met their girlfriends at some of our gigs haha.

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” I am impatient to see Murge grow […]. The guys taught me a lot of things about music because they have so much experience. I really admire the music they did before […].”

What are your plans for the future?
Register the EP, make more gigs and improve my vocals! I also hope one day we will go on tour, that would be awesome.

Is there anything else you would like to tell to the readers? Some personal message to the “metal girls”?
Go listen to Murge, it kicks ass!
Girls!! Where are you? When are you gonna wake up and fucking do some extreme music?

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