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......::::DELION (Switzerland)::::......
Date: 07th, November 2013
(Answers by Jimmy Poney -  Vocals )

Folk black metal from Switzerland. it is true this country is not well know for big folk metal bands, except for ELUVEITIE, but you should increase your vision and discover what DELION have to offer in this camp!!! 

1. Let´s unveil the past of DELION first, how did the bandmembers come together? How would you characterize the development of your band during this 3 years?  

I founded the band Delion along with the current drummer and the former keyboardist in early 2010. A first line-up allowed us to compose one or two songs until June 2011 when the band splitted up. I took it up in september 2012, still helped by the drummer and my brother on keyboards. We started working seriously to compose a set in order to be able to play on stage, and this set included two of our very first compositions back from 2010.

2. What´s the main reason you decided to play Folk Metal? Is there any kind  of specific roots (Culture, literature, music, ideologies, etc) among you?

We are great fans of fantasy litterature, ancient Scandinavian cultures, pagan/folk/black metal, and of the universe which revolves around that. We moved towards folk metal so that we could tell stories in our songs !

3. Switzerland is not precisely the  cradle of very well know folk metal bands (Except for ELUVEITIE to mention an example). Have you getting a good exposure in order to get established on your local scene?

It is true that the folk metal scene in Switzerland isn't very important compared to to the rest of Europe, but there are very good bands in Switzerland, such as Hyporas, also from Geneva, CastleWay, which we played with, Abinchova, which we also played with, and many more ! Up to now we did 3 live shows, with a good number of positive feedbacks, which is very encouraging despite the few difficulties that we encountered during our shows. We hope to do other shows rapidly to make ourselves known. And take over the Geneva scene, to make a change from all this metalcore and deathcore bands

4. Could you tell us some details about your debut release “The Beginning” demo and the musical approach of your compositions?

The demo is made of six songs, from which 2 are compositions from back in 2010, 3 are new songs we wrote in 2012, and one is a cover of the ELder Scrolls theme, the one from Skyrim actually. We compose mainly all together in our studio. We try to find cool melodies, intros, breaks... We try to keep to our style of folk metal, which is at times atmospherical or dark and at times more cheerful. As for main theme in the demo, it is in fact a story written 4 years ago by our drummer which tells the story of Delion, a warrior, last survivor of an Order of Wizards that fights a evil force who seeks to cross a mountain range to invade Delion's realm. The demo is a prequel to the story which will continue in our next albums! A first album or EP should be released by the end of 2014 if all goes well!

5. You have recently played a show (FOLK METAL NIGHT) sharing stage with other bands such Abinchova, The Privateer and CastleWay. Could you tell us about this event and about these other talented bands into this genre.

It was a great show! Thanks again to Alex from CastleWay for the invitation and to the other bands for coming! The evening started with The Privateer, a folk/pirate metal band from Germany. Very great show, cool catchy melodies on the violon and guitar, a singer in great form and nice costumes! Abinchova, a melodeath/folk band from Lucerne (CH) played next. It was also a great show, they stood up to their reputation, brutal folk metal at times, and sometimes very melodic! Then came CastleWay's turn to soil the stage with their viking folk metal, straight from the country of Vaud (CH)! I patricularily enjoyed this show! Stories told on very catchy riffs, beautiful violin melodies, in short a great show! We concluded the evening, but it is not my place to talk about our show, that would not be very objective! And don't forget that there also were lots of beer! It was a very successful evening!

6. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?

Not an easy question... I think that in the beginning the hardest is to make yourself a bit known. We're not aiming at fame and money, but the more people come and see us, the more it is encouraging and makes us happy!

7. what do you think about the current Folk/Black  Metal scene worldwide. Which are the bands you have the biggest respect for?

The folk/black scene is going well at the moment! Apart from a few older bands whose recent releases are a bit disapointing, such as Turisas or Ensiferum, other bands stay true to themselves, like Blodsvept from Finntroll and many others. There exists a very large number of small underground bands which are all very cool, and even the major bands of this scene are doing quite well. As for our favorites bands, we can cite Finntroll, Summoning, Alestorm, and old power metal bands such as Blind Guardian or Rhapsody of Fire, Windir (RIP Valfar) and a good number of other bands, but it would take some time to cite them all ! 

8. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview.

Thanks to you for the interview! It is a true pleasure for us! We will work our best on our next EP/album to honor those who support us!

~tranlsated by Basile

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