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Today we are going to have a chat with French metallers Aanod, which recently released their new EP "Yesterday Comes Tomorrow". So let's see what they have to tell us.
Welcome on Aristocrazia Webzine. Can we start introducing yourselves?
Hello everyone, buongiorno a tutti, we are Aanod, a Metal band from Paris. This project was set up by six friends with the ambition to mix up the speed of Scandinavian Death Metal and the melodic ambience of French metal, like the band Hacryde. One year and a half later, after several gig and before the recording of the first real EP, four members left for some personal and professional reasons. Tom (bass guitar) and Alexandre (guitar) decided to keep the project alive but the process took time to know which direction to take and with who. In 2014, the new line-up was ready with Jay (singer), Jordan (guitar) and Raph (drums) with the will of making a new, emotional and yet with no frills metal built for the live.
Let's talk about your history: before "Yesterday Comes Tomorrow", you released another ep called "Dawn". Which are the differences between them?
"Dawn" came out in summer 2015, it's an EP composed by the former and the new line-up. It's more like an inventory of those complicated years, and an explanation in music of the emotions we went through. "Yesterday Comes Tomorrow" is an impulsive EP written in just four days while we were recording "Dawn" (except for the song "Pariah" written a little before). It's a form of explosion which grabs you by the throat which may not be very pleasant, but that's what we wanted.
Listening to the tracks of your latest effort, we can often hear some keyboards and synths, which is not really much common in your genre. How did you decide to integrate them in your music?
At first, we had a keyboard player so we always wrote our music with keys and synths. It's an interesting harmonic base with lots of possibilities, textures soundwise, which allows to change the ambience inside the same song. We like Electronic music and the sound that results from it and we don't want to loose the opportunity to improve our songs.
Despite these personal touches, it's easy to define your sound as Metalcore. How would you define your music?
Clearly, when there is melody, particulary with clear singing, we are tagged as Metalcore. Why not? Even if it's a way to separate even more the Metal audience from one Metal to another, and it pisses us off because we just want to share our music with everyone, whatever you call it.
Speaking of influences, what are the themes which inspire your lyrics?
Human stupidity or human slavery. Everything that makes human evil for himself and each other. "Yesterday Comes Tomorrow" is an observation of human stupidity that makes him do the same mistakes over and over again. It's fascinating to see how everything ends (or begins?) in chaos even if the intentions were good.
In so many years of activity, you probably had the chance to play some live shows; how are Aanod on stage?
We were inactive for six years and it was very frustrating. We didn't play as often as we wanted to because of all of these changes in the line-up. The purpose, since the band is active again, is to share a powerful moment of music. It can seem contradictory and it's a big challenge. But "Yesterday Comes Tomorrow" is all about this.
Are you doing live shows outside your country? Italy is not really far, have you ever played here or do you plan to do it in the future?
No, we've never played outside France and we regret it. We've never had the chance to do so because of our time of inactivity. Coming to Italy would be a honour, since you guys seem to have a great audience for the Metal scene. We will do everything we can to come here because we really want to, and we are open to every proposition.
After two EPs, we would like to hear something more consistent. Do you feel ready to start working on a full-length album?
In one year we have recorded two EPs, fifteen tracks and almost one hour of music available for free on YouTube and streaming platforms as soon as they were finished. We stayed in that logic of share until the end. But it has a cost. We have to absorb those costs and we want to play live. We have leads to do such a big project like an album. Question is: does the format stick to what music has become and the way it's listened to? An album was a sharing moment between musicians, the cohesion was musical and human. The immersion for the audience was total. Now it's more like a succession of tracks who must be identifiable in the middle of a random playlist. Honestly, recording an album that would be listened to that way seems useless.
How is the Metal scene in France? We often talk about Black Metal bands from your country, but what about Metalcore and other sub-genres?
The Metal scene in France is peculiar. It's almost impossible to earn money from it and everyone struggles. In short, Metalcore in France is seen as not old school enough for the purist, too happy for Black Metal fans and not ballsy enough for Death fans, it's pathetic and it creates a division. Everyone is playing on their own side and it creates a lot of little events but not a big real Metal scene and we think it's a shame because there is the potential. Hardcore seems to be playing its cards right though.
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