This is one of those bands that I have been conscious of for a long time but haven’t really checked out. Until now that is. With a new album GLORIOR BELLI are very much the talk of the town now. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-I will quote myself here with the words that I wrote for the biography : “GLORIOR BELLI crept out from the temperamental suburbs of Paris in December 2002. What started as a notorious duo soon became a remarkable Beast, acting as a beacon for everyone looking to free themselves of the influence of the Demiurge”. We want our listeners to be able to forge the weapons of their liberation.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-“Glorior Belli” is Latin for “to bask in pride at times of war”. Basically it means that you have to be strong and triumph through difficult times. And difficult times we have had, but over the course of six full-length records Glorior Belli has evolved into a beast of its own. I still do things the way I used to when it all started, only now this little Satanic zealot made his point.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I haven’t been really listening to anything new lately… Outside the metal sphere I’d say The Mars Volta, The Prodigy, some country music, Alice In Chains, little bit of Lera Lynn are amongst my favorites. Behemoth “The Satanist” is still playing as well.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-More like it just happened. When we started it was just me and a drummer, kinda like what Bölzer is doing now. We didn’t really have in mind yet what would be our sound. I remember covering my favorite artists at this time, Immortal, MayheM, Marduk, … It’s only a year later that I started composing the first record.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I’m not really good at this, you should rather ask Averill he has an opinion about everything, and even a column I heard! As for me, things evolve, you either adapt or you die, no matter how unpleasant it might sound.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-You don’t catch their attention, you force them to stare at your art until they actually like it. When you release an album, Music is 50% of the job, the artwork the other 50%. At least for me that’s how it is. You can’t just make an impression with only good music. I remember liking and choosing records just from looking at the covers.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Averill, back me up here would you? I’m not going to elaborate on social medias here… We could talk about it for days right? No, we don’t really promote our music any different. Actually it’s not really our job, but rather our label’s. And needless to say they’re pretty good at it. Enough so that we don’t need to care about that like we used to. Our job is to provide with what we do best and they just take care of the rest.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I wouldn’t know. Wait, am I in a band? Ha right, yeah… But the scene? The scene is a joke. People make the scene. Social medias make the scene. They all have an opinion that matters, they know better than you. They used to listen to metal when you were just a kid. They are wolves amongst sheeps, yet feel the need to surround themselves with like-minded fellows and it ends up in some kind of incestuous cock-blowing contest where you constantly have to take care of someone else’s junk. Is that something you want to be part of? Not me.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We would absolutely love to tour again and we are fully ready to take on any gig that may present itself. It is an absolute must these days, at least in my vision.
What will the future bring?
-It wouldn’t be interesting not exciting to know that already, don’t you think? One step at a time. For now, more interviews to go through. And then, my guitar and I are going to see eye-to-eye.