12th, January 2014
"...the concept of Underground scene is pretty interesting
because like the mainstream scene, the underground scene is
the victim of some fashion path, too."
Hello Guys, you formed the band in 2012 and you released a
demo the same year. Which have been your activitites since
that? Any live experiences you want to share with us?
Pain Fukktory !
[Paul:] Yeah, following our first three titles
demo «An Harbinger of Horror», we’ve started to record
our first video clip based on «Angagok’s Rites», a song
we like cause it’s balanced with a good dark mood. This
video clip is a great showcase for us to find gigs around
the country. Actually, we performed four beautiful lives
during summer 2013, particularly at the awesome Openair
festival - Deserted Valley Metalday in Geschinen (CH).
All of your songs are fullfilled with a lot of energy from
the beginning to the end. I would define your style as
classical death metal with a huge dose of brutality. Are you
agreed with me?
Yes, you’re right, indeed our roots are deep in the old
school death metal, but as modern musicians we enjoy a lot
of different styles of music and we like to mix them in
order to create something unique.
Totally agree about that! As Paul already said, we really
like a lot of kind of evocative music but we’re some
addicts of old school vibrations too! As a vocalist, I
really like when a song can maintain a huge and everlasting
dose of brutality (because I like to let the sonic
undulations hit my brain and drive me mad!). For me, a high
charge of brutality can bring a lot of images, moving
shapes, smells of beauty, majesty and carrion.
How would you characterize the development of your band so
far? What are your greatest achievements and downfalls?
*laughing* Man it’s too early to talk about achievement.
Our first goal is to release the best album we can and share
it on stage. Nevertheless, I consider our videoclip as a
great highlight of our work so far.
An another highlight was when we began to play our songs
during a gig and face to us, Metalheads began to headbang as
some maniacs. For me, it’s very difficult to speak about
the concept of achievement, because I continue to see
Erzebeth Dane as an entity in constant gestation. We’re
some perpetual learners and we continue to dig into the cave
of knowledges. Knowledges about ourself, about Music and
about some cosmic and twisted secrets.
Who came up with the band’s name ERZEBETH DANE, the logo
and everything? Does it have any deeper meaning for you
The name came out of a conversation between Florian and me.
In fact, we’ve been looking for a name linked with horror
and invisible fear (we’re passionate by H.P.
Lovecraft...), something different than a simple brutal
name. So, Florian came up with «Elizabeth Dane», the old
haunted boat from «Fog», a classic John Carpenter’s
horror movie. Finally, I fixed Elizabeth to Erzebeth in
relation to Erzebeth Bathory, the famous blood countess.
I am curious to know more things about your debut demo. Tell
us something about the main idea of the 3 tracks. Where did
you record it and how has been the feedback so far?
We take some time in order to choose carefully the three
songs of our debut demo. They must to have a link, a lineage
between them. This link was about the Angst of a merciless
enemy, invisible with a non-euclidean shape, non-rational
and always there, waiting motionless into the flowing stream
Angagok’s Rites » is about a person, tied on his bed of
torture, unable to watch the visages of his keeper and
feeling thousand deadly pains. In this text, it could be
possible to read some thoughts about the concept of
parasomnia. There’s a sleeper. His mind’s awakening but
his body’s still in sleep. He feels some horrific shape,
some haunting noise and he tries to put his mind in Sleep
and finally, he can’t guess anymore where Reality and
Dream is. Forever tormenting by the frightfulness, dancing
all around his bed.
Only the Mirror Knows » speaks about the last moment of a
young girl who’s jumped in a pool in order to catch his
mirror, under the waters. Suddenly, she dies.
coroner will find her poor body, floating with no water into
lungs and only with nameless horror in her face. Like if the
mirror shows her some soul-reaping apparition, behind her,
under the waters.
Irradiating Throne » is about a powerful, shining and
invisible King on a throne, alone into a toxic desert.
knows this King but everyone pray to have never to put the
eye on its crown and on its irradiating throne.
We divided the record’s process in three distinct parts.
drums, recorded at Damp Studio. This is one of the few
professional studios in Switzerland to own a Rare Vintage
Neve VR60 mixing console. Therefore, it was a wonderful
experience to record on such a legendary machine.
guitars, bass and vocals. Alejandro and myself recorded this
part at our rehearsal space.
Damp Studio mixed and mastered the recordings. Vintage stuff
for vintage death metal.
Ah! And with pleasure, we learned that the crowd gave to
this debut demo a very warm greeting!
Tell us about the realization of your video clip for the
song «Angagok’s Rites» and some curious anecdotes
behind the scenes.
Only one day was necessary for Thierry Surdez from
Illegal-design to shot our video clip at our rehearsal
space. Working with him and his team, true professionals,
was a very good and interesting experience! In addition,
we took advantage of the situation to set up a mini photo
shoot : all of us in leather jackets ( how original hey ! )
after the shooting, Raj joined us as full time bassist.
Therefore, Florian, former bassist/vocalist, is now focused
on vocals. This new combo brought more strength and power to
I have noticed you have serious opportunities for live shows
in your country. I would like to focuse on the bigger
festival you have played. What are the most memorable shows
that you played? Any funny stories to tell?
i think every gigs are memorable ‘cause that’s why we do
music… to be on stage.
Every time, my feet hit a stage, in the silence of my mind,
I hear the idea that if tonight it’s sadly my last show of
my life, it must be the most rabid, powerful, majestic show
that I can give. We like to be on stage and dissolve our
bodies into the imperious vibrations. These three shows were
simply magic and powerful. I adored each second of them but
sadly for you, I can’t remember some funny tricks because
we’re so concerned by every tiny details of the whole
organization, that we don’t take time to take a look
“outside the bounds”.
Do you have any plans for a full lengh recording? How’s
the writing process going and what music format do you
prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or cassettes?
Yes, we are currently working on some new songs and we plan
to record our first full length album for the end of 2014.
As half the band don’t live in the same town, we are use
to distance working, through the internet. Furthermore, we
write a lot of tablature thanks to Guitar Pro and Cubase for
the drums. Once we’ve gather together a lot of concepts,
ideas and a large amount of musical patterns, we take time
to organize meetings in order to mix all these ideas, try
some arrangements and finally, fix the tracks. It’s really
unusual to work like this but till now, it seems to work.
Anyhow, we consider it as a very good process for us.
As a lot of Music lovers, we like vinyl records for the
large object and the quality of sound but it seems logical
to think that the cd stays a very good support for music
because it’s still a good support to promote a band in
parallel with internet.
I always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a band.
What can you share with us about what your lives are like
outside of the bands? Wives, kids, jobs, hobbies?
Sorry to learn to you these casual informations but I’m a
very simple man. No wife, no kid, only three silent cats.
I’m still a student into a marvelous town. I like to read,
to learn, to count and to observe the stars, to think and to
meditate when I’m watching the lazy clouds just upon my
I work as senior industrial designer. During my free time I
paint watercolors and oils, lead and realize every artwork
for the band. Also, I enjoy spending time hiking and
traveling across europe with my girlfriend.
for Alejandro, he’s a polytechnical engineer working as
technical expert advisor, but idler most of the time, native
of Columbia, he just got married last december, Congratz
Bro! Raj lives for music! He’s actually working on
stages and setting up beautiful light shows (gigs, light
festivals, music festivals, etc). For Fab’s part, he’s
living in the countryside with his girlfriend as well as
Abyss, their dog, and working as an automatician in a
OK, please define death metal with your own words, and if
death metal was a beer, which one would it be?
*sniggering* Wow! What a kind of subjective matter! Maybe,
my view is a little bit dreamy but death metal, for me, is
like a thick bush: where you let run you look, you can’t
count the whole boughs and on each of these boughs, there
are some tiny, nearly invisible, presences who walk and work
in order to ensure life and protection to these spots. These
presences are like people who are working in some organization
dedicated to Metal or some gig places. For me, death metal
is like a vital maelstrom filled with energy, colors,
smells, voices of some living unknown persons or some-one
who are dead for too long..
it’s simply music and sometimes, it is bigger. If you want
to approach, you must to fight against yourself, against
your bad habit and your pernicious and false excuse. To
listen, to understand and to play death metal is like a test
and you should be able to overtake you in order to enjoy it
in its fullness.
A beer? Well,
do you know a beer from Quebec named “La Fin du Monde”
(“The End of the World”). At first, I really like its
name and it’s a delicious, spicy and strong beer! It
perfectly fits when you’re listening to some death metal
vibes between two headbangings!
. What are your thoughts about the underground scene and the
Swiss scene in particular?
Maybe, Switzerland isn’t the better place to speak about
the Underground scene because due to the lack of support
into the swiss extreme Metal scene, the whole extreme metal
bands are into the Underground. Like USA or Sweden, there
isn’t some swiss popular bands.
the concept of Underground scene is pretty interesting
because like the mainstream scene, the underground scene is
the victim of some fashion path, too.
when we are surrounding by the mainstream extrem metal band
filled with metalcore or deathcore crappy gimmick, the
underground bands suddenly, need to come back into this
glorious and idealized past in order to play a certain sort
of Death-Doom in the vein of the ol’ Winter or Autopsy
style or to be back with the sound of Sunlight Studio in
Stockholm. It’s funny but Yeah! It’s always a pleasure
to hear these kinds of sounds or reassuring gimmicks but
even if I like the Older Ones, why these musicians don’t
want or don’t need to create something closer to their
No more questions my friends. Just thanks for your time and
good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…
a lot Pain Fukktory for your interesting questions and your
give up! Stay proud and strong for what you became!