This interview with the vocalist Delphine Cochand of Final Tragedy was done through e-mail in April 2002.

Hello, how are you doing?

Final Tragedy is a band unknown to many people, would you mind giving us a short introduction?
We started Final Tragedy in June 1996. The band includes Jean-Luc Millot on guitar ‹ who also plays bass and does the programming ‹ and myself on vocals. We have released two EPs and one album so far.The band was first called Etheric Soul and used to play Techno Thrash, at a time when it was composed of five musicians. Jean-Luc and I are the remaining members. We intend to continue as a duo.

You released your album "Greed" on your own in December 2001, are you happy with the way it turned out?
We're happy with the album itself, but we would have liked it to be released worldwide, as it was meant to be if Frowz Productions ‹ the Canadian label we were to sign to ‹ had not gone bankrupt.

You used to play in the band Etheric Soul, did that band split up or did you just change the name?
We changed the name because the band split up, and especially because we took an entirely new musical direction. Keeping the name Etheric Soul wouldn't have made any sense.

What is the difference between the music of today's Final Tragedy and the Final Tragedy of 1996?
The music of today's Final Tragedy is much more elaborate and original, more atmospheric too, less Thrash oriented.

France is a very big country but it seems like your bands and artists find it hard to reach the rest of the world, am I right?
You're absolutely right. I don't have a definite explanation to that though, except ‹ as far as rock is concerned ‹ that France has never really been a rock/metal country. Rock appeared in France in the early sixties and was imported from the U.S. French bands played mainly covers back then.The audience is not as big as for other types of music, like easy listening, pop or rap. That's why record labels are not very interested in metal bands. On top of that, many of our artists sing in French, which is a handicap for export. But I think things are beginning to change, so maybe in a few years from now French metal bands will get more attention. Hopefully.

What is it like playing heavy metal in France today?
French metal fans tend to be more interested in foreign bands, especially American, German or English bands. There seems to be a sort of stigmata attached to French bands. Fans think they are not good just because they are French, which very often is very far from the truth. But this attitude is also rooted in the situation I previously decribed.

You have had a lot of good reviews in the metal press but not much attention from labels, isn't this frustrating?
Yes, it is frustrating indeed. But somehow we understand. Some labels we approached told us the music we play is great, the problem is that it is not commercial because too original. It does not resemble anything else and cannot be filed in any style. It is at the crossroads of various styles, which according to labels is a big problem to market our music. So they don't want to take any chances with us!

Several months have passed since the release of your last album, what has happened since then? Have you been working on new material?
We've been working pretty hard to promote the album as best we can, and we've been working on new material, in the same vein but more aggressive, especially vocal wise.

What are your main musical influences? What kind of music do you listen to these days?
Jean Luc's main influences are Coroner, Mekong Delta, Deathrow, Dream Theater... These days he listens to Aghora, Dream Theater and ARK. As far as I am concerned, my main musical influences are Nevermore, Queensr˙che, Dream Theater... These days I listen to Dream Theater, King Diamond, Eric Johnson and Ian Moore.

Final Tragedy is one of many metal bands today with a female vocalist but back when you started this wasn't very common. Do you think many bands today only follow trends or do you think more girls or women find extreme music interesting?
I don't know, I don't have many female friends and the few I have are not interested in extreme music at all! If we pay close attention, I think the majority of female vocalists is to be found in Gothic rock/metal, which to me is not really 'extreme' music. I think it is the atmospheric and melancholic side of that music that appeals to women, because it is something they can often relate to. But maybe it has something to do with trends as well, I don't know. I personally have never followed trends, on the contrary, and I never compare myself with other female singers. I actually don't think of myself as a female vocalist, I am a vocalist, period. Back when I joined Etheric Soul, it was a pure Thrash band and female vocalists in this style were indeed not very common!

Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:

a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.

b) Sado-masochism.

c) Death penalty.

d) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.

e) Censorship.

f) Religion.

Any final words to please etheric souls until the final tragedy (great word pun, isn't it...)?
Yeah, not bad... Actually the "final tragedy" might be appoaching faster than we think, so pray for the salvation of your souls, if you don't want them to remain trapped in ethereal darkness that is!

Links of interest:

Final Tragedy