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This interview with Patryk Pigeon from the Canadian medieval metal band Howling Syn was done through e-mail in February 2001. All pictures and sound samples are used with permission from the band.
Hello, how are you?
Could you please give us a short history of your band?
Howling Syn started as a one man computer project in 1998. Due to the
success on mp3.com and all the fans' letters, I decided to complete the
LeMay on vocals and lyrics, and later Eric Mireault, an old friend of
(whom you will hear on our first studio album).
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it
Various influences of dark, symphonic and theatrical
In May this year you will record your first studio album. What can
You can expect the real thing this time. Of course, it will still
some synths but
I'll be playing guitars and bass on the album as well as Eric on drums
Sophia and myself
on vocals. There will be approximately 13 songs, some new ones and some
may already know
such as Dark Chivalry, Medieval Years, Vampyra's Symphony, Black Moon
The Reign of Evil.
Only two songs will be instrumental. It will certainly be the best
Syn album up to now.
It will be divided into two themes: a vampiric and a medieval concept
in really different
styles and moods.
I know that you have been listening a lot to medieval music the last
of years. Are there any of those bands you would like to recommend?
My favourite is Haggard, an 18-member band that mixes perfectly
medieval music and
dark metal. Blind Guardian who caught my attention mostly because of
very original vocals and their music is simply awesome. I also really
movie soundtracks such as Braveheart, Dragonheart and Excalibur.
How long have you been playing music? Were you involved in any other
prior to Howling Syn?
I've been playing music for 15 years, starting with bass guitar then
piano, drums and
music programming. During the last 10 years I've been in a lot of
What are your thoughts on the Internet, Napster and mp3s as a way of
The Internet and especially mp3.com has helped us a lot getting public
recognition. Napster is
cool but like all artists I certainly don't like seeing all my albums
but it's ok for
promo songs or singles. I really don't have a lot of bad things to say
the Internet as a
way of promoting bands because it's what gave us the opportunity of
over 500 CDs only
from our mp3.com site without being signed by any label.
What do you do in your lives when not playing music?
I'm a web designer, movie and video games junkie and of course
do except that and
playing music always has something to do with music: writing, producing
stuff for friends, and
listening to a lot of music.
What plans or goals do you have for the future?
Finding a good label for Howling Syn once the studio CD is done,
right guitar player
who'll feel the vibes of Howling Syn and playing live everywhere we
How is the metal scene in Montreal and Canada at the moment? Are
new promising bands (except for yourselves)?
The Quebec metal scene has the reputation of having a very aggressive
not exactly a fan of extreme music but we have a few bands that I
aggressivity can be mixed with melodic and powerful metal like Decayed
Blinded by Faith, Transcendence.
What do you think about the following:
a) Friedrich Nietzsche
A freak with a brain
b) Bill Clinton
c) Saddam Hussein
d) The Pope
f) Marquis De Sade
Pushing back the limits of passions
What do you think about the state of the world today? A lot of your
deal with medieval themes, do you think there were things that were
I prefer not to think about the state of the world today which is why I
always look back to the
past. It was pretty much the same back then but at least people had
and dreams. And
today's songs dealing with all the same everyday topics, who cares
But if you take
the same topic but add to it a little magic and darkness it brings it
whole new light.
Everyone likes being told stories.
What are your five top bands of all time?
King Diamond, Moonspell, Kiss, Duran Duran, Rush.
Any final words you would like to tell the world?
Thanks to everyone for their support and Stay Evil!
Links of interest:
Howling Syn Official Site