There is a charm to atmospheric metal. To be able to escape into a world in your mind. AN OCEAN OF VOID does that to me. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Hello! I am Floran, lead singer of the french atmospheric metal band An Ocean of Void. We started out in 2010, recorded our self-produced demo in 2012. Our debut album ‘The Great Escape’ is coming these winter days (december 4th) through Inverse Records.
In the early days, we came up with an idea to form a band combining progressive metal influences with strong ambient side. The idea was clearly in the beginning already to have a lot of dynamics in the music and have sides that would have a bit more variety to create a unique combination that would stick out from the typical music heard nowadays in the metal genre.

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-Probably our love for music with a lot of dynamics… All of us come from different kind of bands (that released some CDs and promos during their past). We shared all ideas and new proposals for this project, and we’vebeen able to join forces giving the best from everyone of us.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Writing new songs by sharing ideas and recording the result, this is a pleasure for us, but it takes a couple of weeks (or months sometimes!). Time is our main enemy and the most difficult thing for us is to stop working on our songs before the recording!

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-I don’t think it’s easier, but it’s another way to share your music and nowadays a lot of people and bands use the digital music. As a listener, I prefer physical albums but it’s true that Internet offers a great promotion for bands. YouTube, Facebook or Twitter spread the word fast and the bands gain more audience…

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Definitely no. We prefer to take the time before releasing new songs, that’s why we are unable to release songs too soon!

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Most of the reviews are very positive. Of course there are always people who expected something other than what it is aswell, but you cannot always please everyones taste. Everyone have their opinions and we just do what we do and let everyone decide for themselves what to think about it. But sometimes people write something directly to us and I enjoy having the personal contact with the fans.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It’s always fantastic to meet people and get mail from the people who like our music and lyrics. But the most surprising contact… I remember this guy from Indonesia, he wrote us a long mail with a lot of kind words, and then he asked us a free demo with a signed postcard! At this time, we didn’t have any demo left, so he’ll win a free album instead!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-Yeah, definitely. When you play in a metal band, it’s like being a part of a great family, we are all united. We share the same taste for music, this is a real way of life for many of us… And talking about music and our album with you, this is another proof we are a community.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We love being on stage and that’s one of the main reasons we play music: to perform it live for lots of different people. We have fun on stage and we focus a lot on how we sound live. Playing live is also the best chance for us to touch more people and enlarge the audience. Nowadays, if you don’t play live, it’s very difficult to exist.

What plans do you have for the future?
-A video-clip is coming these days and we are working on a tour here in France (and maybe outside our country?). Basicly we are just enjoying this whole thing: spending time on our rehearsal room, playing, making new songs and doing live as much as we can.

Thanks a lot to you and Battle Helm’s staff for the time to speak about An Ocean of Void!

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