TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
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
had any response to it so far?
It's hard to have an assessment since the album has just been out for
two months. But anyway, regarding the quality of both releases, I think
response can only be better than the previous album.
You have shown a more experimental side this time, was this
planned or did it just happen?
It was not really planned at the beginning of the composition
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
If you compare this album to your previous two which one do you like
best and why?
I guess that any artist would give the same answer to this
the last album is the most convincing. Every SETH' album has its own
specificities, one is more melodic, another is straighter, but the last
appears as being more creative as I said and the sound is more
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
from one to the other?
We left SoM for many reasons.We had to make another release before
and then we've recorded this split cd with 'Cultus Sanguine' which
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
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
the kind of questions i'm currently asking myself so i dont know more
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
metal is the music I'm able to create. I'm not too sure about being skill
composing good techno music for instance...
The French metal scene is slowly starting to gain more attention
how come it is so hard for French metal to cross the border?
Well, maybe because foreign labels and distributors do not pay attention
French bands. Anyhow, it's not wrong to assert that its still tough for
bands to cross the border and to get recognised even though things tend
be favorable today.
What kind of music do you listen to today? What inspires you to
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
classical music and some other styles too. It's quite intersting to try
pick up cleverly different elements belonging to many styles. I believe
purpose of composing is to exploit music as much as possible in order
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
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
in other European countries I guess. Life is hard: hard to find a good
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
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.
e) Death penalty.
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
Any final words for the fans?
I hope they could have checked our new album, at least to hear, and that
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...]
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