EMQ’s with AMON SETHIS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Grenoble, France based Power/Progressive Metal band, Amon Sethis. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
The band is called AMON SETHIS, a French metal Band who plays power prog metal with oriental influences. The band was created in 2007 and we have 2 albums already. In December we released the third album which is called: “Part 0 – Nitocris The Queen With Golden Hair”.
All the albums are concept albums which tell stories about ancient Egypt during the 6th and 7th dynasties.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name AMON SETHIS has been created with the name of the two Egyptian Gods AMON and SETH. It’s the name of the main character of the two first albums. For the new album we have chosen to talk about the mother of the pharaoh AMON SETHIS, the Queen Nitocris.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from the region of the Alps in France in Grenoble. The region is really active in metal because there are many international bands from that area such as NIGHTMARE, LONEWOLF, RISING STEEL etc…
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is the album “Part 0 – Nitocris The Queen With Golden Hair”. The album was released in December 2020. It’s the third album of the band.
For the promotion of that album, we have realized 2 videos clips: ‘The Blood Red Temple’ (November 2020) and ‘Desert Storm’ (December 2020).
‘The Blood Red Temple’ (Official Video)
‘Desert Storm’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We love bands such as SYMPHONY X, EVERGREY, DREAM THEATER but each member has also many different influences who make the originality of the music of AMON SETHIS.
What first got you into music?
I think our music is a wise mix of Melodies, powerful riffs and huge cinematographic orchestrations. All these are sustained with a powerful rhythmic section with oriental fretless bass and energic drums.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It would be so great to collaborate with some members of the band SYMPHONY X. It would be a great pleasure.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
As the band is French, it would be so great to play one time at Hellfest but it’s so difficult to be programming there. But it will be fantastic to play at Graspop festival, Wacken or Metal Days…I love that kind of festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A bra during a concert! 😊 I didn’t think it would happen one day! 😊
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t hesitate to listen to music during this evil period we live through. For that our music is a good invitation to escape from the real life. It’s a travel back through ancient Egypt, an incredible journey 😊.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ronnie James Dio.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
To be on stage is the best thing. To express all the feelings that you translate in your music is exciting. Furthermore, the process to create songs is really good too, I love that kind of work: to do the best and to express the feelings in music and to write different stories. To sum up, I like every kind of work as musician.
I hate only the people that don’t pay you after your concert.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I will change the algorithm in order to have more visibility for our music!!!! 😊 It’s so hard to promote our music…damned!!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
SYMPHONY X – “Divine Wings Of Tragedy”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s and Vinyl are the best. It’s real objects that you can collect and that’s so great. Downloads are good to promote your music but for my part it’s so virtual.
I like to open my CD or Vinyl, read the booklet and observe the artwork. I think is the best support for the musician.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Definitely It was in 2014 when we played at PPM Fest in Mons (Belgium) We played with bands like SAXON, RAGE, THERION, VANDEN PLAS, EVERGREY…etc …it was so great😊.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Maybe a Tennis coach! It’s my passion 😊.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Maybe, I would want to invite DEVIN TOWNSEND, one of my favourite artists 😉.
What’s next for the band?
The next step is to promote this album as much than we can and as long as the pandemic will endure…And then we can give a second “wave” of promotion to the album, making concerts…😊 I hope that we could make it as soon as possible.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We appear also on all digital platforms:
And all the others!!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Maybe a cake!! I don’t know! 😊 you will tell me!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Spread the words of AMON SETHIS in liking the Facebook page! We really had a good time to compose this great album “Part 0 – Nitocris The Queen With Golden Hair. I hope you will listen and love it! Keep safe during these bad times…
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