EMQ’s with ARYOCH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Parisian Region, France based Symphonic Black/Death Metal band, Aryoch. 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?
Louis: My name is Louis Borel Pasmanian, I am the guitarist and the creator of the group.
I have been wanting to create a symphonic extreme metal project for a very long time. This project had been in progress for a very long time and there was a first attempt when I was 18 (In 2007).
It’s in 2019 that things suddenly clicked: The first idea was to create an ‘web only’ project then the idea grew towards a serious project with a strong line-up to perform on stage. So, today the group includes Lucas Henry as lead singer, Tom Larboni and I as the guitarists and Nathan Coelho as the drummer.
How did you come up with your band name?
Louis: The group is named ‘Aryoch’ after the demon ‘Ariok’ or ‘Aryok’.
According to an article found online, this demon could be summoned by wizards to carry personal revenge.
The thing that won my heart over for the choice of this name was the significance in Hebrew, meaning ‘Ferocious Lion’.
Then, we changed the ‘I’ for and ‘Y’ while keeping the ‘CH’ at the end in order to allow the logo to have a better graph dynamic.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Louis: We all come from the Parisian Region in France (92, 93, 77).
Aryoch is a Black/Death Metal Symphonic group.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Louis: For the moment, we have released 5 singles that will be part of an album that is to be released in April and it will include 12 tracks!
‘La Valse des Limbes’ (Official Video)
‘Malefika’ (Guitar Playthrough)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Louis: As for the influences, they are numerous but if I may quote some of them, I would say that some groups as Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh, Cradle of Filth and Cannibal Corpse are our main inspirations when it comes to metal bands.
Then, there is classical music and movie soundtracks (science-fiction, horror, fantastic, and fantastic horror).
What first got you into music?
Louis: As for me, I have always been attracted by music since I am a child, I was rocked in (as in rocking chair)/exposed to classical music then came the blues and at 7 years old I discovered metal.
I started to play the piano at 5 and at 12 but I had always wanted to play the guitar and at 17 I got back to music and this time as a guitar player and not to play reggae!
Tom: I started to listen to metal at 16 which among other groups such as Alestorm, Eluveitie then I discovered Gojira and this group led me to death metal and made me want to play the guitar. Then I came across the group First Fragment which initiated me into technical death which is now my preferred style.
Lucas: I have been listening to music since I was 13, at the time, I listened to a lot of Rock’n’Roll and Heavy Metal, I started to play the guitar at the same time. Then I discovered a lot of power metal groups such as Alestorm and Powerwolf. Death metal was introduced to me by Gojira and Children of Bodom, that opened me to extreme metal then technical death metal later on.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Louis: As far as I am concerned, there are a lot of artists that I really like and who influenced the group a lot but if I could collaborate with other musicians it would be with a symphonic orchestra.
Tom: While staying in France, I would love to work with Promethean which is a symphonic death metal band.
Lucas: I would love to work with the group Toter Fisch, who are a small French Folklore group which has a pirate aesthetic.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Louis: As for me it would be the Hellfest because it is one of the biggest metal festivals in the world and a French pride.
Lucas & Tom: The Motocultor is a festival that we had the opportunity to attend to so It would be nice to perform there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Louis: Unfortunately for me, it never happened.
Tom, Nathan & Lucas: So, we look forward to receiving those gifts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Louis: If I could send them out a message it would be: ”Thank you so much for supporting us, to share and like our music”.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Louis: Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. I think everyone agrees on this point.
Lucas: I agree with Louis on this point.
Tom: I think it would be Chuck Schuldiner, I am curious to know what Death would have become.
Nathan: Vitek, the first drummer of Decapitated that founded the band with his brother Vogg. I have a lot of admiration for him and his playing.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Louis: What I like the most about music, it’s the sensation on stage, the publics and the fan’s recognition on the web medias. What I like the least it’s all the costs of the promotion and visual creation (clip, pictures, etc…)
Tom: This moment when you work on a riff for a long time and you finally succeed. I hate the fact that my guitar (with a Floyd Rose) keeps on deregulating.
Lucas: What I like the most with the group rehearsals is that we have a lot of fun except when you have to set up the battery for the next 45 minutes. But otherwise, I hate to fail to play something either on the vocals or the guitar.
Nathan: I love playing drums alone or with my friends, playing rehearsal, playing live shows is an awesome feeling, practicing and making progress, being able to play new songs that I love. The things that I like the least is to set up the drums and carry it, because drums, especially in metal are huge and heavy, it takes time, and it is not easy to make the same set up as the one in the practice room because it’s a lot of elements to put together and little differences at different spots can make the set up uncomfortable to play.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Louis: Well, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the music industry in the world but, within my country that is France, metal music is commonly ignored by French media (I am not talking about web radios and all the independent webzines that do an excellent job. but I am talking about official media). I like the underground side of metal but when we try to arise to become known it’s an uphill battle and without any contacts, it’s impossible. Of course, it’s self-training because you have to become your own web manager, but if we could choose, we would go without it. The ideal would be to grant more visibility for this extreme music genre that is metal through big events on bigger stages and through official media.
Nathan: Agree with Louis.
Tom: As for me, I don’t see the interest of changing the music industry, I prefer adapting myself.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Louis: “Iowa” by Slipknot.
Nathan: “Carnival Is Forever” by Decapitated.
Tom: “Dasein” by First Fragment.
Lucas: Wintersun’s eponymous album.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Louis: I am not used to Vinyl for the time, I prefer good old CD’s.
Tom & Lucas: The Vinyl, for the object.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Louis: Unfortunately, because of our young age and with the COVID-19 crisis going on, the group has not made its debut on stage yet. Fortunately, as far as I am concerned, I had great pleasure while I performed at the Motocultor Festival in 2018 with another group.
Tom & Lucas: We are still waiting for the Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septic Flesh headline.
Nathan: Napalm Fest, a metal festival in my hometown.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Louis: If I wasn’t a musician, I would go back to all the sports I did before: Snowboarding, skating, boxing and tricks.
Tom: I think that I would play to video games for it was my passion before metal music.
Lucas: I think that I would grant more time to my second passion that is cinema.
Nathan: I think my work would relate to nature, and I would explore more this passion. Also, I would do more sports, video games, read more manga, watch more animated manga, movies, series, and spend more time with friends and family.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Tom: A dinner with Sardoche, AlphaCast, Freeze Corleone, Kaaris, and Phil Tougas would be a real pleasure.
Lucas: I would replace Phil Tougas by MisterMV.
Nathan: I think it would be my Girlfriend, Krimh, Ragnar Lothbrok, Pink Guy, 66Samus.
What’s next for the band?
The release of our first album is upcoming and subsequently, we plan on releasing a single, another album and an EP. The goal is to be scheduled in a good concert venue, the video clip’s realisation, to find a label and to increase the group’s recognition as much as possible.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are currently using YouTube, Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Deezer, etc…
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Louis: I have no idea.
Tom & Lucas: Due to the fact that we are French, we don’t know what it is, but it sounds delicious!
Nathan: Never heard of it!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Louis: My pleasure, as for me I have nothing to add.
Nathan: Thank you very much!
Lucas & Tom: Thank you very much, don’t forget that the release of our album is planned on the 9th of April 2021.
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