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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interview: Nesseria


On October 6th, French metallers Nesseria released Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes, their new album. DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen spoke with them about it and their hometown metal scene, among other things.

Hey, congratulations with your new album, Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes!

Thanks a lot!

Your lyrics are in French, which is your mother tongue. What made you decide to sing in your mother tongue instead of English?

The decision was quite easy to take. We are French so it's easier for us to write and express ourselves in our mother tongue. Furthermore, we're thinking it's kind of easy for bands to express themselves in English. Too many French bands are inclined to write in English because they want to hide their laziness in writing and singing. On the other hand, we agree with the fact that English sonority is sweeter than French. Diction and rhythm are also more fluid in English.

What's the story behind the cover and the lyrics of Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes?

The central character is a projection and a representation of an idea we had for a long time: every day, you're always wearing different masks according to every situations and according to our lives too. This is the idea you can find in the title Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes and this is the idea expressed with the lyrics and music in À L'usure.

We are working with Alex Eckman-Lawn from the beginning. Our previous covers were dark and urban. But Alex and us wanted to get out of that. He worked on the cover by using the Diorama technique. So the artwork has the virtue to be different from the genre's classics and presents a new artistic blooming for all of us.

When you compare Cette Érosion De Nous-Mêmes with your previous full-length, Fractures (2014), what is it you notice?

More complexity in the composition and the structures but, paradoxically, the all of it is more fluid than before. We also included a lot of melodic and mind-blowing elements. We didn't assumed these aspects very much before but now, we want to put them forward. To be honest with you, we wanted to stand out from the scene we are confined to because we have many influences and it's frustrating to confine to only style.

The fourth track on the album, À L'usure, starts with acoustic guitar alongside heavy vocals. How did you come up with this idea?

This idea was brought after the line up changed. Very soon, our singer Désiré proposed this idea. We all subscribed to the project even if creating a track like this was quite difficult at the first sight! Finally, it was the faster and easier track to be composed!

Your music is very intense and heavy, how do you bring that at a liveshow?

Your question is not that easy... First, we try to be as sincere as possible. It all depends on the mood, the audience, our tiredness after some shows. It's a liveshow, with all its qualities and failings.

On November 9th you'll have the release party in your hometown, Orléans. Looking forward to it? Anything special planned for this evening?

Yes we're looking forward to it, it's always great to play in our hometown! We meet up a lot of friends and people who are supporting us for long. We are all getting old together! Nothing special is planned but playing the new full-length (as planned for all the shows to come for the release tour).

How is the Orléans metal scene?

In fact, it's very small. Orléans scene was very active few years ago, especially into the punk and indie rock scene. Now there is not much. But the fact remains that Burning Heads are still a very important reference, always very active into the punk rock scene and one of the best punk rock band in France.

You already announced some other tourdates in France. Any chance of Nesseria shows outside France? Maybe in The Netherlands?

Yes, absolutely. For the moment, we focuses on the dates in our country. But by 2018, we'll be touring abroad. And The Netherlands is one of the countries we always receive a great welcoming. Maybe is there a chance to meet you up if we come?

That would be nice! Any other Nesseria future plans you can already tell us a bit about?

The next plan is to make a new clip. We already made a clip for Les Ruines this summer and the second one is in process. Of course touring as much as possible and composing new songs for the shows to come. We'd like to put some electronics elements too, keyboards in particular.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to our readers?

Thanks to take interest in us. And if there are readers to be at our next shows in The Netherlands, make us discover your local craft beers! We can chat about everything over a drink!

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