SKELETHAL is a cool French band that you should check out. Answers by Gui! Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-Skelethal is a two-member French band born in early 2012 compsed by Gui Haunting on vocals/guitars and Jon Whiplsah on the drums. We are influenced by the classics : Entombed, Carnage, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Autopsy, Death… So far we released one self-released demo, two Eps with Iron Bonehead Productions, a compilation cd with Pulverised Records and our first full-length ”Of The Depths” just out on Hell’s Headbangers Records. Day one our goal was pretty simple, to have fun. We didn’t expect this evolution at all. We started playing Death Metal after the rehearsal of our past Thrash Metal band. We fastly wrote three songs and released a demo with really cheap equipment.
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?
-We try to have a personal sound fitting with the late 80’s / early 90’s sound. We try to be influenced but never to copy parts of others songs. It’s really hard in a style where everything is done, it’s sure that a lot of our tunes can clearly remember classic bands but we try to put our stamp on it.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Aside exceptions; songwriting has always been the same, I come with a song I made home and we work on it together. In of the Depths… the exception is Outer Conviction, Jon wrote this song and I came up with ideas. We tried to make something more personal than in the past and we were really more focused on every part of a song, most of them had been
very long to finish.In the past we never really had the sound we wanted because of the cheap equipment and the poor experience we had. With « Of the Depths… » we had better gear to record, more time and more experience. The result is not
exactly as we imagined it but not very far and we are proud of it. People seem to like the sound and it’s a pleasure to have such feedbacks. The main idea was to have sunlight studio sound, buzz saw guitars, and an old school drums sound with a lot of snare. My personal favorite sound is on Left Hand Path. This album is a masterpiece, everything is perfect, I’ll never be bored to listen to it.
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?
-We are not really involved in digital music, for us it’s really important to have physical formats and everything has to be worked and thought. It’s really important to get a nice object by purchasing the album.
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?
-I think that in metal is different and you can find more people collecting albums and eager to have physical formats. But I’m okay with your opinion, downloading is not good for the future of music. But the hole problem is not there, in the metal scene a lot of people are more interested in showing their face on facebook or instagram rather than coming to gigs…
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-For now the feedbacks are mostly good, it seems that the production pay good attention as well as the artwork.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The most surprising thing was to see a pic from Mem Von Stein from Exumer handling our Lp and saying that it’s killer ! We early like Possessed by Fire and we listened to this album a lot of time together!
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?
-We are too small to have the feeling of being part of a « greater community ». I hope we’ll never feel greater than other people because we play in a band. Playing in Skelethal gave us the opportunity to move around the world many times, and to meet a lot of nice people. I hope it will continue like it in the future.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Yes of course because people can put an image on the band. It’s also an important way to share your music with people, what you sliver onstage is a big part of the band personality and it can’t be ignored.
What plans do you have for the future?
-For now we focus on the promotion of the album and the research of gigs. But we have plan for the future, maybe for a split 7’’. Thanks for the itw ! Cheers from Beyond !