Sometimes, well quite often really, I feel like my head is in CLOUDS OF DEMENTIA. But thankfully I have my moments of clarity. Like when I checked out this band. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name wasn’t very difficult to find, Clouds Of Dementia is a title of Candlemass that we love. One of us came up with this name and we all agreed to call our band like this.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-COD is a band of Doom Metal created in 2014, we are from Nantes in France. Ben and Cherubin are on guitar, Jujux on vocals, Azra on drums and Cécile on bass.
At the beginning of 2015 we made our first concert in opening act of Ataraxie. Then we played at Anthems Of Doom II with our friends from Barabbas, The Bottle Doom Lazy Band, Stonewitch and Presumption. We recorded our EP Seventh Seal in June 2016 and after some difficulties during pressing we finally released it on December 8, 2016. We finished 2016 playing at the Nantes Metal Fest V Festival at Le Ferrailleur. At the beginning of February 2017 we played the first part of Glowsun.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It’s hard to say because we have a lot of influences. We are all fans of Reverend Bizarre, Warning, Candlemass, Type O Negative, Count Raven, Lord Vicar, Saint Vitus etc … Let’s say that when we compose we don’t try to look like all these bands we love, we want to be ourselves. We try to have our own sound and if someone see some resemblances to well-known bands, we are also delighted because being compared to Saint Vitus for example is for us something that we could not imagine.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-In Nantes, the metal scene is very present (well represented) because we are lucky that our city is very cultural. Practically every week we can go to a show that go from punk to black metal. We also have, at 20 minutes from home, one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe which is the Hellfest. However, the Doom as we like is not very represented in our city, it is also one of the reasons why we also pushed to create our project.
To be able to develop we think it is important to not stop at a same city and to move around to be able to present its music to a majority of people.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We don’t feel that we belong to something. All we want is to have fun playing our music. And above all to show that the heavy doom or traditional doom are still present.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-You can not associate Doom music and joyful cover.
The cover represent the kind of music you play. For example a black metal band is not going to have a cover that looks like a band of death prog. And then it’s a benchmark for anyone who loves a specific kind of metal.
There are no better covers, there are some very good ones like those of Paradise Lost, Primordial or even Candlemass “Nightfall”’s cover.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-For a music fan, the digital is like reading a book on a computer… To be able to show to his friends that we have this or that album in his discotheque and to be able to discuss it around a good glass of red wine or a pint of beer is still better than showing his playlist on his fucking smartphone or his mp3 player.
However digital also makes it easier to discover bands on the Internet. Bandcamp has helped us a lot.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-For sure, we like to play at festivals or Doom events, but we also like to play in more eclectic events because we are not sectarian and we like several kinds of metal.
There isn’t really a Doom scene in France so we are led to play with Black Metal or Death Metal bands.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-For us it’s always a fucking party. What’s really important to have fun on stage, enjoying playing our songs and hoping that people will be receptive to our music. Each show is different.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would like to play in Europe, and not only in France, but also at major festivals.
We also plan to record our first album, surely next year because we have plenty new tracks!