"...A Music Against The Current, A Different Music For Different People..." Forest In Blood Exclusive Interview
French Hardcore mainstays Forest In Blood have been tearing through the scene for over 20 years influencing many acts in the more current Metalcore and Deathcore scene as well as the resurgence of the old school style of Beatdown Hardcore. Bart and Nech took the time to answer a few of our questions about the reunion of their original lineup, their new album Pirates, French politics and more!
MHW: Thanks for taking the time to speak with Metalhead World! Congratulations on the release of Pirates as well as still remaining in the scene for 2 decades! That’s no small feat!
Bart: Thank you ! We drink a lot of rum, that's what should keep us :)
MHW: What was the influence and process in reforming the more original lineup for the album?
Nech : It all happened in 5 minutes, in the truck, coming back from the Superbowl of hardcore, where Yvan from the Hard Mind group, invited us to celebrate their 20th anniversary. We had so much fun, and the audience was so receptive , we said "back on the road ?! "
MHW: What was a driving force as far as songwriting and lyrical content?
Bart : Between the moment we decided to reform and release the album for 20 years, we had only a few months. We decided to release a concept album that looks like us. Piracy is a universe that brings us together and is the very foundation of extreme music. A music against the current, a different music for different people.
So we composed very quickly and everyone brought his fantasy pirate. it gives this album with different sounds, ternary, folk passages and etc .. and we are very proud
MHW: With you guys being in the french hardcore scene for 20 years, have there been many bands locally or even internationally, that have held you as a respective influence?
Nech (drummer) : Oh yes inevitably, for my part I stayed on the old school, we have all our influences, both groups but also styles, but Slayer is a big base, Pantera, Mastodon, Hatebreed are too. In France we have in other kinds groups such as Mass Hysteria, Gojira, Hangman's Chair, Rise Of The Northstar ... that stand out and export our beautiful country in your ears.
MHW: You guys started around the same time as Hatebreed, who also is known for infusing Hardcore and Metal music creating the genre “Metalcore”. Do you guys think of yourselves as pioneers in that regard?
Nech : Pioneers may be for the longevity side, and probably we had a small influence on some bands, but in all humility I think especially that we are eternal fans of the genre and that we do our best to make it evolve with our experience.
MHW: Going over the span of the past couple decades, what are your more favorite memories?
Nech : Musically, I would say that the Napalm Death or Infectious Groove tours are unforgettable moments, and then the tours in Poland ... so many good memories that it's hard to choose.
MHW: Now that music has more international availability than ever, what do you think of being able to tap into more markets such as North and South America as well as other locations maybe not possible before?
Nech : I was lucky with another band to go play in the USA and Canada in 2008, it’s true that at the time, we were not a lot to try , but it's great today to be able to export oneself and even to be solicited and appreciated everywhere else than at home.
MHW: Now that 2018 is in the rear view, what plans are in store for 2019?
Nech : Many things are in anticipation. We start the "PIRATES TOUR" February 23, we have a dozen dates planned for the moment, a new clip will be released in the coming days, and then the second part of the tour will be from September and those until 2020, it is currently booking.
MHW: Anything you have learned in the past year that you plan on taking with you going forward?
Bart : The strength of friendship that has united us for 20 years with the people of the scene and that allows us to write music that pleases us.
MHW: With everything that was going on in Paris with the Yellow Jackets protests and all the socio-political turmoil, what are your thoughts on the whole situation?
Nech : We think that our album has never been so well named .. Pirates are people who are a little out of the box, with the good and bad sides that go with it. currently going to France. We find damage all that violence on both sides, but we understand.
MHW: Anything else you would like to add?
Bart : We are impatient to be able to present our album on stage, in France, in Europe and maybe in the USA. That we can broaden the spectrum of our friends and share a good glass of Saint James Rum!
MHW: Thank you again for speaking with us! We wish you nothing but the best going forward into the next year!
Bart : It was a pleasure!! I hope we meet soon!!
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