SANGUINE GLACIALIS

I love band names that are in Latin. SANGUINE GLACIALIS tricked my fancy enough to wanting to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
Maude: The name of the band is Sanguine Glacialis, we’re a Melodic Death Metal band (with various influences) from Montreal, Qc, Canada.

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
Maude: It’s not always easy, but we’re not trying to determine where our sound is going, we’re trying to figure what we all like the most. We only want the best music possible.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
Maude: The band’s name means “frozen blood” in latin.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Maude: we’re a very theatrical band, so the image of the band is very important. We have live costumes and make up and we have photographs and designers to help us with our image and our photoshoots and videos so that we have a strong concept. We want to work on it a little more though!

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
Maude: Since the image of the band is really important, it’s then really important to have the right artwork for everything we do, not only the album. We work with a lot of different people to get our ideas right.

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
Maude: Well we’re trying to be very active on social media, because music nowadays is on internet, so I think it’s very important to take care and update our social medias. We ARE affected by youtube and facebook and I think we HAVE to be if we want to be known.

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
Maude: Absolutely. The metal scene is very big in Montreal, so as soon as you are a little bit active with the band, you are part of that massive community that is the underground scene.

How important is it to be signed to a label today? What can they do
that you cannot do on your own?
Maude: The labels don’t do as much as people think they do. Even if you are signed, there’s a lot of things you’ll still have to do by yourself except if they give you good contacts. That’s the thing actually: labels give you contacts and money. Money is a big word though, because you have to give EVERYTHING back to them after…but they give you pretty good contacts and exposure, that’s for sure! It’s a very hard business, and pretty much every band need these great contacts that only labels have.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your own country?
Maude: We only tour in Canada, and not all of it. It’s a huge country, and we mostly only tour Quebec in Ontario. We went for the first time in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince-Edward-Island this winter! It’s way too big to do it all, it takes 7 hours just between the two biggest cities of the country, and they’re close… So getting out of the country is very hard! The only one that’s connected is the United States, and it’s very complicated to tour there as Canadians. So we stick to our country, there’s so much left to do here anyways…

What will the future bring?
Maude: A new album, new shows…and a lot more.

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