I tried reading Dante’s Inferno once but it was too much for me. I think I only got to the first circle of hell. Hence I have no idea what the FOURTH CIRCLE entices. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
Max: There’s always a sort of pressure in presenting your music to the public. You never know how the audience will react to the new songs. I think the release of an album must be more succeeded than a demo insofar as an album is the outcome of all the work and the energy you want to bring to your audience. That’s why we wanted to take our time to release the most accomplished album we could. We also signed with darkTunes Music Group, allowing us to be more visible and touching a larger audience.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
Max: When you create music, you always have the goal to reach a maximum of people and to take the audience into your universe. We also want that our audience feels the pleasure we had to compose and play the songs, and has the same pleasure to listen them.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
Julien: It is not strange but extremely gratifying that people remember our songs, because public recognition is the most amazing reward for us. Playing live is what the band lives for, and the outcome of our efforts is to create a high quality show from both musical and visual point of view.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
Julien: Indeed we keep some continuity between our albums to be recognized by our public. On the other hand, we explore different themes in our compositions and lyrics, which allow us to keep some diversity in our music without going too far from our beginnings.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?
Cedric: We think it’s a chance to play in band. It’s a real chance to share our music and our passion with people and other bands. It’s always a real pleasure to meet them.
We don’t know if we are a part of a “greater” community or not, but being in a band is an extraordinary experience! Definitely much more interesting than playing alone at home!
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
Cedric: Writing or creating music can be hard or easy depending on different factors (personal life, job, mood, weather …). Sometimes, it is difficult to find inspiration for several weeks. Sometimes, you can write three songs a day ! What makes it easier for us is the fact that all musicians in Fourth Circle contribute to the composition. So we generally have plenty of new riffs and our main “problem” (as far as it can be a problem) is then to select what will become a Fourth Circle song. Fourth Circle music is not confined to a very strict style. We play what can be called symphonic metal but we love to cross borders and try different things such as adding growls or some electro parts. So to answer the question, it’s not so difficult for us to create new songs. They’re all different but still coming from our hearts.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
Olivier: Our inspirations come from our personal experiences and everyday life: what we live, people we meet, the good and bad experiences, etc. We ever try not to fall in stereotypes of Symphonic Metal (dragons, fantasy, etc.), and even when we talk of mermaids or journeys, we try to color it with a touch of reality. The texts must talk to everybody, each person should identify himself in the stories we tell. We’re like everybody, and so, we don’t feel able or legitimate to give lessons or advices to our audience ; we leave political matters to other bands.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
Olivier: We don’t know if physical sales are really increasing, but we hope so. Perhaps internet has made it possible to small bands to be known and listened all over the world, and so makes that metal audience buys other music than the 10 or 20 major bands.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
Audrey: We have no preferences as it’s the listener who makes his choice in the end, but we try to do our best with the artwork and we take a real care to the physical album. For some people, it’s still a particular pleasure to touch things and to have physical album in their hands, even if the pleasure can exist in the mobility offered by digital media. Choose your preference, and if it’s difficult, try both!
What lies in the future?
Audrey: We hope it will bring us a lot of things, thanks to our new label ( 😉 ): Lives, albums, videos, etc. We’ll try to play in countries where we haven’t been yet, like Germany, England, and in some others that we had already visited and liked like Switzerland! Our second album, Elements, will be available very soon, as well as our first video, and we’ll probably have other videos in a near future. It seems future is going to be full of really great things for us.