This interview with the guitarist Heimoth of the French black metal band Seth was done through e-mail in June 2002.

Hello, how are you doing?
Not too bad..

Your new album "Divine-X" has recently been released by Osmose, have you had any response to it so far?
It's hard to have an assessment since the album has just been out for one or two months. But anyway, regarding the quality of both releases, I think the response can only be better than the previous album.

You have shown a more experimental side this time, was this something you planned or did it just happen?
It was not really planned at the beginning of the composition process. After a couple of song we realized that the album ought to be somewhat more original and experimental. The purpose was not to deliver something that could remind people of the previous album, but to create a more personal opus.

If you compare this album to your previous two which one do you like the best and why?
I guess that any artist would give the same answer to this question, namely the last album is the most convincing. Every SETH' album has its own specificities, one is more melodic, another is straighter, but the last one appears as being more creative as I said and the sound is more appropriate as well.

You have now released two albums on the Osmose label but you were previously signed to the equally French Season Of Mist, how come you jumped from one to the other?
We left SoM for many reasons.We had to make another release before leaving and then we've recorded this split cd with 'Cultus Sanguine' which stressed the end of our relationship with the label.

What plans and goals do you have for the nearest future?
To tour and play more gigs to improve on stage as much as possible.We will now have to start composing again...

What do you think the next album will sound like, will you keep on evolving and experimenting with your sound?
Yes i think so,i don't really know how its going to sound though.Here are the kind of questions i'm currently asking myself so i dont know more about it thus far.

What pushes you to continue making music, black metal isn't the most lucrative business in this world?
Yes that's right, but I have no reasons to make another style of music since metal is the music I'm able to create. I'm not too sure about being skill at composing good techno music for instance...

The French metal scene is slowly starting to gain more attention abroad, how come it is so hard for French metal to cross the border?
Well, maybe because foreign labels and distributors do not pay attention to French bands. Anyhow, it's not wrong to assert that its still tough for french bands to cross the border and to get recognised even though things tend to be favorable today.

What kind of music do you listen to today? What inspires you to compose music?
I do not listen to extreme metal exclusively, in SETH we are still interesting in oldest stuff as well as the newest one. As for me, I listen to classical music and some other styles too. It's quite intersting to try to pick up cleverly different elements belonging to many styles. I believe the purpose of composing is to exploit music as much as possible in order to create our own element.

What are your top five albums ever?
I dont have a top to give, but I've always loved listening to: MEGADETH/countdown; MAIDEN/seventhson; METALLICA/master; IMMORTAL/Pure holocaust; SETH/divine-X (you would have heard an ironical lough there if we were on the phone!)

What is it like being a musician in France?
Being a musician in France must not be very different than being a musician in other European countries I guess. Life is hard: hard to find a good place to practice, not paid enough at all etc... Being a mere musician must be fine, but when it deals with metal music people don't propose you the same opportunities...

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) To burn down a church because it's "evil".

c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.

d) Sado-masochism.

e) Death penalty.

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

g) Censorship.

h) Religion.

Any final words for the fans?
I hope they could have checked our new album, at least to hear, and that we will see them one day in Sweden on stage!! [why does everyone insist on mentioning Sweden when this is an international webzine written in English...]

Links of interest:

Osmose Productions