WITH DARK SANCTUARY (italian
by Giancarlo Bolther
by S.Cyr (bass/drums)
Would you introduce the band with a short biography, please?
The band started as a one-man band, Arkdae recorded the first
demo in 96, then a MCD with Ermia (at the time she was only a session
member), and then he proposed Ermia, Hylgaryss and me (S.Cÿr)
to form a real band. Right before the recording of our first album,
Eliane joined us as a violonist. Then Marguerite joined before the
recording of the second CD ("De lumière et d'obscurité").
Right after the recording of that album, Ermia left the band, and
was replaced one year later by Dame Pandora with whom we recorded
our 3rd album ("L'être las-l'envers du mirroir") and
the new one (Les mémoires Bléssées).
Which are the main differencies between your four albums?
Principaly the sound. Music is in the same way in my opinion
but we worked hard with the sound for the 2 last albums.
Can you tell us more about the songs and the making of the
How much time did you spend composing and recording it?
Well, that’s hard to answer about the composing because
we had some songs never recorded from the third album (because we
initially previewed to do a double album) and new songs, so we worked
with all those songs, trying to keep our favorite ones.
We recorded the album in 2 weeks + 8 days for the mix. We recorded
it in the Studio E (Empyrium Studio) and this was again a real pleasure
to work in Germany with these guys. We’re far from home, in
calm small town, seems like we’re in holydays and this is the
best way to record an album.
What does it mean the title of the new album for you? There
is a concept behind the album?
It means “wounded memories”. The lyrics were
writen by different people from the band and each one described his
own feelings through his wounded memories.
"L'Adieu à l'Enfant", "Laissez Moi Mourir",
"L'Instant Funèbre". All your songs seem very gloomy,
what are you saying to your audience?
That we’re going to die. Our songs are full of sadness,
pain. We try to communicate it to the audience.
What kind of response are you experiencing from the audience
to your music?
well, people seem to be pleased. No tomatoes from now on.
You create a very particular album, did you look for an aesthetic
result or for a spiritual one?
We always look for an aesthetic as the beautiful as possible.
This is very important for us to do our best for both the music and
Which artists have inspired you most?
Well… basically, the first recordings (demo tape and
MCD) are maybe influenced by things as Mortiis (old), Elend (first
CD), or some other Cold Meat Industry bands from up to 97, but as
soon as we became a real band, the first album came with different
atmospheres from all the members (from medieval, classical, traditional
music...). We don’t think playing the same music than another
band. We’re very different each others and it’s the influence
of each individual which create the band and its atmosphere.
Your music can be described as a mix between atmosferic gothic
and some doom influences?
Doom? well, I don’t think so, but we used to listen
a lot a doom metal bands ! anyway, nor Gothic.
People often tell that we’re a gothic band, but I already listened
samplers from gothic magazines and I never heard a music as the one
we play !!
I just think we play something like “Dark Ambient”, with
heavenly voices as it is named. But “Funeral Hymns” is
my favorite “sticker” !
That’s always a problem when people ask us “What kind
of music do you play ?”… Sometimes I use to answer “I
don’t know !”…
Do you have a philosophy? Your vision of the world is...
wow… my vision of the world is very bad. I leave far
from big town, far from people. Solitude is my philosophy and people
are my enemies. But as I said, we’re quite different in the
band, this is just my point of view.
What are your projects for the future?
To play the same music, without regarding if people will
change or not. To record another album, also maybe to record a live
video, nothing very “new”. We don’t prepare to change
so our best wishes is to continue to have the opportunity to record
our music and to spread it to sad souls.
A salute to your italian fans?
We previewed to come to play in Italy but seems to have problem
with the place. Hope to come very soon anyway. Thank you all for your
support ! You definitely rule !!
Cyr for Dark Sanctuary.
Review (in italian): Les Mémoires
Blesseés; Exaudi Vocem Meam