Black metal band SINLUST are new to me but I liked what I heard so much that I had to find out more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Chris in Lust: Sinlust was created in 2008. The main purpose was to have fun making the music we love, our passion, rehearsing, recording songs in the studio. We feel Sea Black is much more ambitious and accomplished than Snow Black. We are so happy to have come up with such a work. We would never have thought to bring that intensity in our music: we are proud of how we have evolved.
Firefrost: While the years are going, Sinlust becomes more mature, the songs more solid, the project more consistent.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
Chris in Lust: Growing up being a fan of Marduk, Immortal, Gorgoroth and Mayhem, I have always used a simple gear. High gain distorsion through a MT2 Boss Metal Zone was all I needed to get this noisy chunky dirty guitar sound! It made my playing faster and darker!
For the clean parts I like a very warm “Black Album” sound, with a bit of Chorus, switching to neck pickup. I still use that gear through a Marshall at home to write stuff. For Sea Black, I recorded on an Engl Invader and I use a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier in rehearsal sessions. I play a Ltd Iron Cross Snow White; JH pickups have both percussive and warm sound which perfectly fits Sinlust modern sonic identity. Drum-wise, we wanted that modern touch too, not raw at all but rather organic and “tribal-like”. This, and Gwen Kerjan’s massive production at Slab Sound Studio, makes Sea Black an epic and heavy record.
Firefrost: Personnaly, my favorite metal bands include Moonsorrow, Dark Funeral, Opeth, Devin Townsend and Windir. Quite an eclectic taste as you can see, which leads to multi-inspirational influences as a basis for compositions.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Chris in Lust: 4 songs of Sea Black – Red Priestess; Sea Conquerors; Cannibal Beast; Forgotten’s Master – have been written by me and Firefrost like this : I recorded the guitar riffs (shitty quality!) and sent them to Firefrost. He would program drums on them and we agreed on a song structure. No rehearsals were made as we had no drummer at that time. Then Infernh (Drums) came along and the 4 other songs were made differently. I have written the riffs and the structure of those songs and we played them in rehearsal with Infernh. Then Firefrost re-wrote the drums for all the songs and the lyrics. There we had Sea Black done. The process was quite long and difficult as we kept adding riffs to each song making them quite long and tricky to play. We took our time and worked hard on this record.
Firefrost: Yeah, we definitely worked on the songs again and again, improving the structures, riffs and transitions, adding different musical layers and shaping the details. If you would listen to the very first versions of the songs, you would probably have trouble to recognize them!
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Chris in Lust: I love the album format. I loved buying albums in my teens. I hate recording at home. I love rehearsing, live sessions. I totally dig studio recording sessions as you concentrate solely on your playing perfectly and don’t bother about technology which I don’t master at all. I see Sinlust’s work as a thorough process, long and hard! As rehearsals went so well with Infernh, I kept writing a lot of stuff. That’s why I’m sure the next episode will be a full-length record.
Firefrost: I think most of true metal-heads, especially black metal fans, like album-length music. For instance, a few YouTube channels broadcast full metal albums, with many people listening to them. To me, black metal bands are not “single song” oriented, but provide their albums as a full piece of work, with all the songs linked together and built as a global piece of work. That’s personally how I see and love music. I would even say that my favorite albums are appreciated in their entirety; I do not like some of their songs much more than others, just like I like to listen to the full album starting from the beginning.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
Chris in Lust: We are happy to release records and always will be. That’s why we chose the digipack format which is nicer than the basic crystal case CD. Our goal is to share our music with as many metallers as possible. Even if the physical CD doesn’t make it through time we will adapt and release our music anyway. We won’t become rich but we can’t give it away for free. And for the love of it, several months after official release, we may stream it for free online. Anyway we’ll stick around; we’ll still be there in a few years with new material.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Chris in Lust: So far, reactions to Sea Black have all been extremely positive, stating its originality and novel riff ideas as well as its sincere Black Metal roots. I think both the reviews so far (Terra Relicta and Archaid Triad) have pointed to the “completeness” of it.
We haven’t had comments about having guest Tax Station’s Gaëtan Fagot sing two clean parts (on Trilateral Conflict and on Sea of Tress). The fact that each of our albums comes with a Dark Fantasy novel written by our singer Firefrost, the concept album side of it, have been appreciated.
Firefrost: Exactly. Actually, our two albums “Snow Black” and “Sea Black” are concept-albums who led to two novels I wrote, “Noire Neige” (“Snow Black” in French) and “Noire Mer” (“Sea Black” in French) relating a dark fantasy story based on Sinlust song’s lyrics. These two stories are linked, as the second is a sequel of the first one. Both novels are 400 pages books published by Nats Editions, a French publishing house. This makes our work a global project, both musical and literary.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Chris in Lust: The best encounter we’ve had so far was Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio. He has worked with Loudblast and Gohrgone and has played a great deal of a part in what Sea Black is. He has such an accomplished and passionate mastery at what he does, metal and music in general. Our label M&O Music was also a great surprise for us and it’s great to work with them.
Firefrost: I can’t agree more about Gwen: he did a terrific job and pushed Sinlust music beyond our craziest expectations.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Chris in Lust: Music is the best. It’s a lot of dedication. My personality fully expresses itself through my riffing and I feel connected to the world when I write and play. Music has brought fulfillment to me.
Firefrost: As for me, to be honest I simply love music as itself, as it makes me feel alive. I do not feel the need to be part of some community related to it, even though that’s great in a sense. Actually, I do prefer listening to music at home, alone, appreciating it in my headphones, because the sound is perfect like this, much more than during concerts. That been said, I really appreciate to share our music with other people, just like I appreciate others’ music to listen to. It’s a way to make music alive, created for a purpose.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Chris in Lust: We plan to play live to promote Sea Black, like at Hellfest Off on June 14 in Clisson, FR and at sea Black release party in our hometown Brest, FR on May 12 (Brittany). We’ll play as much as we can in 2017. Live music touches and moves you way more than listening at home. It certainly helps building a bigger following.
What plans do you have for the future?
Chris in Lust: Touring to support our new album. Then go back to writing, rehearsing and recording new songs and playing them live.
Firefrost: Yeah, quite basic band stuff in fact! As for me, I’ll add the writing of the lyrics leading to new novels.