Hello guys and thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk to you.
First of all, I was wondering who stands behind the name Abduction? Could you tell us something about the band members? How did you come up with the idea of forming a black metal band? What are the origins of the name „Abduction“? Please, introduce yourselves to the Croatian listeners.
- Hello and thanks a lot for your interest in Abduction! The band is composed of four members: Guillaume Fleury, who’s in charge of all guitars and most of the songwriting, Mathieu Taverne, who takes care of bass and most of the lyrics, the drummer Morgan Velly and the vocalist François Blanc. The origin of Abduction goes back from 2006, when Guillaume decided to form a band inspired by Dissection and Opeth (among others) which would allow him to express himself and pay tribute to the greatness and beauty of French history, heritage, landscapes and art. Within the band, we are all nostalgic guys, deeply saddened by the shortness and frailty of human lives.
Melodic yet intense black metal seems like the most appropriate channel to turn these feelings into music. Although our preferences may differ at times, black metal is a genre that we all enjoy very much and listen to a lot. Guillaume discovered the word “Abduction” while reading a book. The word in its literal sense can refer to someone being taken away by aliens from outer space, but it also describes an action that happens when a soul is kidnapped by unknown, great, mysterious forces. We love this word because it goes well with what we want to do with our music: “abduct”, captivate the listeners and take them to another world.
Who inspires you and your music? Which bands have influenced you both personally and professionally? Which bands do the band members listen to?
Guillaume is mostly inspired by French culture in general: we write and sing about great historical events, the sad beauty of nature… The inspiration comes from old movies, the books we read, the emotions we gather after walking in the nature or our own thoughts and reflections. Every band member has its favorite bands and musicians, but Abduction wouldn’t have sounded the same without Dissection, Opeth, Primordial or Metallica, to name a few.
There is also a distinct baroque-music influence in our music, in the way we write our songs and in our chords progressions. We are all listening to different genres of metal, but also classical and folk music. Our drummer, for example, is mainly inspired by musicians like Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth), Danny Carey (Tool), Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad (Satyricon) or Nicholas Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir) when it comes to metal, but also loves Marco Minnemann and Buddy Rich. We all have varied influences that find their ways in our music!
Year 2016 was a special year for the band. You've released your first full length album „Une ombre régit les ombres“. Please, tell us some more about the album and its concept, especially in lyrical sense since all the lyrics are in French.
Yes, it was a very special year indeed, especially as the album took more than five years to be completed and was very work-demanding. It was a tough, complicated, frustrating process at times, and we were extremely thrilled to finally see our heartfelt work being finally released! I wouldn’t call “Une ombre régit les ombres” a concept album per se, although these six songs truly belong together. Each track tells its own story: “Naphtalia” is about the painter Van Gogh and the struggles of artist to find the inspiration (a cruel mistress indeed), “Sainte-Chimère” is about a gargoyle which decided to use its stone wings, tries to fly and fail miserably, the song “Les Frissons Des Cimes” is about the dreadful beheading of King Louis the XVIth, “Une Ombre Régit Les Ombres” speaks about the inevitable passing of time and the darkness that comes with it, and “L’Enlèvement d’Automne” is more like a metaphor about Autumn, our favorite season, being abducted by Winter.
Do you play live, in France or abroad? Can you tell us how well your band is known in the French/European black metal world? Would you say you have a strong feedback and support from the fans? Who is, in your opinion, the „strongest“ French metal band at the moment?
We never played live. We want to, but it’s a bit complicated as two of the bandmembers are fathers to young kids, and also we live in different cities. It may happen in the future, we definitely want to work in this direction. At the moment, our band is still very small, but the reviews and feedbacks we got (mainly in France, but also in other European countries) were mainly positive and very encouraging. So, yes, I wouldn’t say we have many fans, but we already know that our music plays an important part of some people lives’, which is very rewarding! I guess the strongest French metal band at the moment is Gojira, who is well-known on the international scene. Within the band, we truly like a band called Darkenhöld, which also plays black metal and that we strongly recommend!
What can we expect from you in the future and when? (new album, tours etc.)
A new album is on its way and will be recorded before the end of the year for sure. It’s way too soon to talk about a release date yet, but after everything we’ve been through before having been able to complete the first album, I can assure you that you won’t have to wait five more years to hear some new material from Abduction! We will record in a totally different setting this time, much more professional and the four of us are very, very looking forward to work on these new songs. I guess the rehearsals and preparation for live-shows will happen somewhere around the end of the year, although I can’t promise anything either, sorry!
Have you ever been to Croatia on a vacation or on any concert? Are you planning to visit us anytime in the near future? And do you know any Croatian bands or musicians?
I don't think any member of the band ever came to Croatia in the past, but it would be an exciting experience. I think that personally it would even be a better one than visiting big countries such as UK or Germany, because there is a lot more to learn from you, as we never hear a lot from your part of Europe. If we were to come to Croatia, it would not be before a few years I think, as we are not currently planning a lot of touring. Maybe with personal vacations, who knows?
Some members of our families went to Croatia a couple years ago, on vacation, and came back with a lot of good memories. Your country seems really welcoming and peaceful, and quite nature-preserved, something that can appeal a lot to us in massively urbanized zones in France.
We don't hear a lot of Croatian bands in France. Balkan music, metal or not, is not something that easily cross the borders, despite the huge help of internet. If we want to discover music from your country, we have to search for it, and it's not always a simple task. But sometimes we can be lucky, like with pagan metal bands, mixing traditional instruments and historical themes from all across Europe with metal. From Croatia I discovered Stribog and Svarica. I don't know if they are well-known even in your country, but they are a good way to discover your musical legacy.
Thanks again for the interview! We wish you all the best in your future work!