One of my fave movies is “Once Upon A Time In The West”. That movie is said to be one long funeral march. So it is no wonder that I find myself interested by Belgian doom metal band MARCHE FUNÈBRE. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Well, as any newly formed band we brainstormed, fooled around with some ideas, but in the end ‘Marche Funèbre’ sounded really great for all of us, and equally important: Metal Archives didn’t know any other band with that name.
Marche Funèbre is French for funeral march. For us it means that every single step you make is one step closer to the grave, so you better start enjoying every single step!
Obviously a good name is important. It needs to give people an immediate association to your music, sound and imagery.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Initially we had the Peaceville Three (Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema) as main inspiration, along with old Katatonia. Yet in the end we created our own sound and vision for our music. Of course we get inspired by all kinds of music, past and present. Our drummer is a big fan of the classic hard hitting rock and roll kinda drummers for instance, our lead guitar player really loves Iron Maiden, and our singer is into all kinds of unusual things like In The Woods… as inspiration.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Obviously slow parts need another kind of arrangement than fast parts. Slow parts for instance thrive on atmosphere, have more room for interesting bass lines etc. Where fast parts are more about aggression and intensity.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Our music is made for the live environment. That’s where it works best for us. The special energy on a stage and with a nice crowd is unmatched by anything else.
And we prefer something in the middle: a decent club with a decent stage and sound and lights. We will bring the rest^^
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-Honestly? Maybe some details here and there, but generally the “Into the Arms of Darkness” album came out totally as we hoped for, or even better. So no regrets. We had other experiences in the past, but let’s not go that way.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-First of all we use our Facebook page to inform our fans. We also made a video for one of the new songs, “Lullaby of Insanity”, that gave us a lot visibility. And most important: get out and play live on cool fests, with great (bigger) bands, and make a good impression.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Artwork should indeed add something to your album, a certain atmosphere. We work together with Brooke Shaden, a great photographer, for our covers since the first album. It gives our artwork somewhat the same feel, with a different angle each time. Somehow it should be an eye catcher, and have something unique too, unlike a lot of bands that mimic their favourite bands cover art by using the same guy and look exactly the same as their big examples.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-We are a Belgian band, and to be honest, there is no such thing as a Belgian doom metal scene. By doing a lot of shows abroad we feel more connected to the other doom metal bands that get out and play, like our friends in Ophis, Ataraxie, Officium Triste etc.
Recently we teamed up with some upcoming Dutch doom metal bands (Façade, Treurwilg & Beyond Our ruins) as ‘Lowlands Doom Pack’. We will storm some stages in this constellation in the (near) future for sure.
It could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is your experience with the live scene?
-Well, honestly, I think live music still has its place out there. I don’t have the impression that the rise of the internet has done harm to that. Bands need to get out nowadays and invest more and more in their live shows because of that.
What does the future hold?
-We have a lot of cool gigs lined up for Fall, with some really big names like Ufomammut, Saturnus and Novembers Doom to mention a few. We will also play our first shows in Italy.
Next to that we are working on hard on new material that should see the light of day next year, as we want to celebrate our 10th anniversary in style. And we have some other things in mind to have the coolest celebration year ever.
The March is coming… with the sound of DOOM!