Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Archetype Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band ?

Archetype is on a quest to deliver as much "in your face" metal as we can possibly achieve. Raw energy, complex structures, an "all over the place" feel all in the name of the greatness and powerful cathartic force that is metal.

2. Recently you have 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 ?

The musical sound that is presented on the recording is that of a brick in your face. It differs from the stuff we released in the past because we never released anything else. It has for objective to go beyond the standards of metal music: the song structures are often a sequence of motivic transformations of a single idea; kinda like cells mutating into something bigger, evolving and building up into a climax that breaks loose into a heavy “in your face” riff. It had to sound organic, dirty and gritty, yet absolutely clear. This was the challenge of Ann Ton-Ihn, who recorded/mixed the album, and we’re pretty happy with the final result !

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

Anger, arrogance, megalomania, inner struggles

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Archetype' ?

The word Archetype in itself is a philosophical concept referring to "pure forms" that embodies the "fundamental characteristics" of a thing. Like a inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, that is universally regarded as such. Since we aim to do nothing less than "pure in your face metal", we thought the name embodied that idea.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance ?

Our very first show was something special, our first show with guitarist Jan-Kristöfr had a special flavor too, so was our album release show. Shows in Quebec city were great to, for once we had great soundmen there !!! :p

Our stage performance is pretty eccentric, we love to move, run, jump, raise middle fingers and wreck havoc like a bunch of teenagers trying to transform into Super Sayans. We take time to rehearse our stage performance, the windmill headbangs are synchronized, the choreographed elements are prepared in advance and we beat ourselves to have as much energy as possible.

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

We have a show scheduled for Trailer Trash Fest 2016 in Beloeil. Next we'll be focusing on looking for a new guitarist to replace our parting one.

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

We sent copies to labels but nobody has shown interest yet.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive, death and thrash metal ?

On one hand we got praise for our originality, refreshing sound and "demented in your face" attitude. On the other we got criticism for playing total nonsense, acting like spoiled brats and being "bad musicians with a lot of determination". All in all, seems like we’re succeeding in our mission: making people react.

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

During the future... the band is musically heading toward a brickwall that will disintegrate out of sheer anger. The next album will be a more common effort, the first one being exclusively composed by Pash-Khaal, Jan-Kristöfr will join creative forces and both have already started to work on new material. They elaborated a concept revolving around a megalomaniac thirst for complete, utter divine destruction.

We’ll be experimenting a bunch of things to broaden our sound. We’ll look into Québec’s traditional music and rythms for an inch of folk inspiration, write more lyrics before starting to write music so we can follow the text as guideline, we’ll look into balinese gamelan for some rythmical approaches, maybe a cover of the 2nd movement of the 8th String Quartet by Shostakovich arranged for metal band. We’d like a french song or two to honor our native language and culture of Québec. Lots of interesting things to look forward to, we’ll see if we’re up to the challenge of playing all of this “Vite que le tabarnak” (As fast as fucking shit).

10.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 ?

Influences are broad... Strapping Young Lad's crazy arrogance has always left a really strong impression on me (Pash-Khaal), especially City and Alien. That's something I tried to capture while writing our first album.

Mirrorthrone's long and complex song structure, without losing aggressiveness and violence (especially in the Carriers of Dust album) has also left a big mark. I admire how Vladimir Cochet meticulously crafts his music giving it a really personal and unique feel, we find this in his other projects to; Weeping Birth's Anosognosic Industry of the I's complete carnage is also one that left a mark.

Outside of this I could refer to Martyr's and Decapitated's tricky rythms, Judas Priest's over the topness, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk by Emperor. Crisix and Vektor's "new wave of thrash" are also a big reference for me.

Some classical influences to. Sonata in B my Franz Liszt, 11th and 14th symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich, Manfred Symphony by Tchaïkovsky and Te Deum by Penderecki are good examples.

These are all regular listens for me (Pash-Khaal).

11.What are some of your non musical interests ?

Videogames, politics, classical music, movies, cooking...

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


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