Here is a new interview with Atavisma from France's underground death metal scene.If you are into old-school death metal with some doom influence you will need to get a copy of
Atavisma demo "Where Wolves Once Dwelled through Nihilistic Holocaust.
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Interview with Lucas vocalist for Atavisma done by Patrick
1.Hello Lucas please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi Patrick, as you said I'm the vocalist and founder of Atavisma. I'm nearly 20 years old and live in Paris area.
2.When did you first meet the other member's of Atavisma? How did you all come up with the name of
At first I met Giorgio (the guitarist and composer) and after some discussions we have decided to make a band. We
stayed just him and me for the demo because we haven't find yet a drummer who is now Charlie.
The name Atavisma came to myself as an evidence very quickly after the decision to make a band. Atavisma itself
does not signify anything and at the same time the notion of atavism carries a lot of meaning, whether an historic point of view, cultural or biological. I like very much this name.
3.What is the current line-up? For the readers who have never heard Atavisma how would you describe
Currently, as I said before we are three: Giorgio, Charlie and me. We still search for a bassist, we have maybe a
possibility with someone, we'll see that in summer/autumn. For the future shows, if we still haven't find a bass
player, I have a good old friend that could help us.
Describe the music seems to be easy and hard a the same time ! At first we wanted to play old school death metal,
but as the band advance, the doom aspect came to us naturally. We loved all kinds of doom and we saw that the
doom side includes itself well to our universe. Our lyrics are of course around the notion of atavism, but also about
colonialism, ancestral/pagan traditions and the deep ecology such as the norwegian writer Arne Næss.
4.Atavisma has released their debut demo "Where Wolves Once Dwelled" through Nihilistic Holocaust.How did you all come in contact with the label?
Actually, the "Where Wolves Once Dwelled" has been released at first through Dead Center Productions on MCD. But
we had at heart to release the demo on tape. We knew Nihilistic Holocaust before, because Gabriel (the owner)
emailed us after that we released the demo. So we trade some CDs of our demo with him ! Later he proposed to us to release the demo on tape.
5.How long did it take to write the music for the demo? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
Writing a track can take some hours or some months according to inspiration. Sadly I'm unable for writing music, Giorgio must compose everything but I know to tell what I want !
6.Who usually writes the lyrics for the band?Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics?
Most of the lyrics are usually writes by me but Giorgio bring also his ideas.
7.How has the response been from the fans? What about the press?
Pretty good I must say ! We have now some fans around the world and that's very great. The press is generally
agreed to tell that we have potential but the sound of the demo is a bit dirty. Most of the critics we received was in
this idea. For me it's only positive, we can only make better
8.Has Atavisma started working on new songs for the next demo or full-length?
Of course ! We will not stand doing nothing. I have some lyrics aside and new music is currently writes. We hope to record again in august and if possible with a better sound. We should release two split-albums before the end of the year. The full-length should come the next year, I say no more...
9.What does the term Underground Metal mean to you?
That's a big question ! For me, the underground scene should stay more "true". I don't like to use this word because everybody claims himself "true". But the underground scene keep more the spirit of metal like any other scene. A little taste of old school
10.Atavisma comes out of France's metal underground scene.What is your opinion of the scene in France?
With good and bad as elsewhere I guess. But I have to say that we a huge and good black metal scene in France.
11.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from France? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
My favorite band is and will remain Peste Noire, all the discography is excellent ! I'am a big fan of this band. In good bands in France we have also bands like Belenos, Ataraxie or more recently Necrowretch. Sadly there is not a death/doom scene.
12.Lucas you handle the vocals for the band when did you first get into singing/growling?
A very long time ! I imagine that my first growling was so crappy ! I think I've improved since then.
13.Who are some of your influences/favorite singers? Do you play any other instruments?
When I was younger I tried to copy the growls of Chris Barnes from Six Feet Under ! But now my favorite singers are from like Coffins, Ataraxie, Archgoat, Eye of Solitude or Hamferð.
14.Lucas are you or any of the members currently working with other bands? if yes please tell the readers about them.
Giorgio is in a thrash metal band and a progressive metal metal band, I don't know more about it. For my part I would like to found an another band as a second project. Atavisma stay the priority. I have the idea of another band near of Atavisma but more focus on the melody and the slowness such as Hamferð, Shape of Despair, Eye of Solitude or The Slow Death.
15.Lucas we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks for your attention Patrick. We will ensure that we will publish new music soon and play at some gigs. Cheers
from Atavisma !