07th, November 2013
by Jimmy Poney -
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!!!
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?
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.
the main reason you decided to play Folk Metal? Is there any
specific roots (Culture, literature, music, ideologies, etc)
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 !
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?
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
Could you tell us some details about your debut release
“The Beginning” demo and the musical approach of your
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!
You have recently played a show (FOLK METAL NIGHT) sharing
stage with other bands such Abinchova, The
Could you tell us about this event and about these other
talented bands into this genre.
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!
What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an
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!
what do you think about the current Folk/Black
Metal scene worldwide. Which are the bands you have
the biggest respect for?
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 !
- 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.
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