FR/ENG Underground Black Metal Forever : Interview avec Totale Angoisse
Le Black Metal Ethylo-Dépressif !
The English Version
Hell-o Comrade, I am Obsèques (Pat).
I created T.A. in late autumn 2008, during the winter solstice in Haute-Savoie.
At the time, I had another guitarist with whom I had done the "Entity" demo, which can be found on the "Who will dig with us" split with PLAINE LUGUBRE in 2009.
I created it to externalize my anguish of "DEATH" when I was 21 years old and I promise you that my anguish was extreme.
Impossible to sleep, the heart to donf, it was awful.
I drank a lot of alcohol to ease this daily mental slaughter.
Besides, I've shown up at work more than once.
Fortunately, I was only driving
It was the only way at that time that I had found not to think about death, cosmic nothingness, emptiness, cardiac arrest, imminent death. See? See?
I needed an outlet, so Totale Angoisse is a good name because it suited me perfectly.
Let's just say it reflects my feelings at the time.
I met my guitarist in Geneva during a departure for the Hellfest in June 2008, we drank a lot and talked a lot about black metal.
After a rather ethylic festival, we exchanged numbers of such and by miracle he lived not very far from my home.
We quickly programmed a rehearsal with his drummer to do a test and it did.
At first I had integrated their training and then I wanted to do mine and they followed me:
Totale Angoisse was born.
The group was, it seems, founded in 2008, is that right? Did the members already have a musical background?
In 2008 that's right, yes my guitarist and drummer had been playing together for a few years.
they were younger than me at 16 and 17 years old if I remember correctly.
You released a split with Plaine Lugubre in 2009. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
We had recorded our first rehearsal.
Afterwards I had put the titles on
Ashram of Plaine Lugubre then contacted us to propose us to split with him because our sound had hooked him up a lot!
His project was very space, gloomy, ghostly, it was not a black rather speed as we used to do.
But I really liked a title:
Logic of the Dementia.
A sentence had touched me a lot, if I remember correctly it said:
"No intoxication without suffering, the ultimate death goal of life, no prison, no deliverance, heart backwards burns under this rain"
Now we were completely in my universe.
We sympathized and we are still in touch.
Totale Angoisse's first album, eponymous, was released in 2017. I must admit that I discovered you this year through Chris de Gorgon (thanks to him!). I was seduced by this record, very French in its influences, which for me is a plus. Can you tell us about the gestation and generation of this album?
Indeed it sounds very French, because I was just very careful not to make an album that sounds like black metal multiculturalism.
It was my goal to make a French BM album while remaining atypical, original.
T.A. is an entity that has its own style.
I think a lot of bands look alike.
I have trouble differentiating them and many of them use the same sound as known bands.
So it doesn't really transport me, so I have a lot of trouble listening to the new BM generation.
But sometimes you make good discoveries.
It's really classy that Chris hooked you up with my album!
I would like to take this opportunity to say hello!
Of course, we hear the influence of the early KPN, what is your vision of their career?
A KPN influence? Hmm...
I think maybe my voice sounds a little like it.
At the beginning of T.A 2008-2009, I had already been told this a few times.
But to talk about musical influence, I would say no, it's still very different.
Let's just say that we were very close for several years and that our parties or telephone conversations could have played on the facts I mentioned in the album!
For example on the title Malheureuse Saison, it is a dedication to Fafa, since he had winked at me in his title LA BLONDE !
So I decided to make a title in memory of the 3B era in Avignon with Audrey, Fab, Jessy and of course Famine.
The three brewers were the HQ.
As for the Peste Noire career, I'd say it's pretty brilliant!
On the other hand, the style has changed a lot, so I would prefer to prefer the beginnings and the middle of his career.
How do you explain that an album as original and successful as yours didn't get more attention?
I thought you were going to ask that question, because it's a remark I've heard a lot about.
There is a good reason, however.
We don't have a label.
I had decided with Ibai who is my guitarist now (since 2012) that we didn't want a label to make our first skeud.
It was up to us to get it out and no one else.
Fortunately quite a few friends and I really thank them for helping me to broadcast T.A on the net, like "Only Black Metal" for example on his Youtube channel, thanks poto.
And many other friends or people I don't know, who shared, talked to each other to make T.A. known.
I released 500 copies, I must have 150 max left.
I think that despite the absence of a label it's pretty good.
"But I agree with you, this album would deserve more attention"
What are the influences of Totale Anoisse?
We are several musicians who have worked on it:
Ibai: Who listened to black metal when he was younger, many of his riffs come mainly from him but strangely enough, he hasn't really listened to black for a while, he's more electro or relaxation music, the Gipsy Kings or other music very popular in the homosexual community... (laughs)
I think his influence is more his years in prison, so loneliness, melancholy...
Rather than looking for a musical link to T.A.'s influence, I think we should focus on the negative energy of 2012-2013 that really propelled our compositions.
In fact, I remember perfectly well stopping listening to black metal for months to avoid being influenced by anyone.
This is the secret to making an original album and above all don't write drunk but the day after a bender.
Writing lyrics with a hangover is really where you'll do the best songs.
I've always done that.
Balkor: De Mourning Forest, Halsfang and Pestiferum.
He was in charge of composing the bass and drums. His influence is the French BM and he has a very Scandinavian side too.
He is a guest vocalist on Les Larmes de Lame, Malheureuse Saison, Noyade Cérébrale (as a vocal reinforcement).
He is a very good musician and a very good friend of long standing, I really love him.
He was the one who designed the T.A. logo
Carolina: British musician, her speciality is the piano, but she also took care of the arrangements on this album.
Can't say the opposite, she did a good job.
Charlène : That's the drums, you've heard it in several Sale Freux albums.
She hits very hard and she played very well on our album.
Sam: Ex guitarist of Sacrificia Mortoarum and Esus, he recorded the drums.
He also recorded the vocal guests on Ethical Immersion with all the members of Sale Freux. (Dunkel, Vènlræn, Alex, Charlhaine, and Hugin de Esus...)
Sam and Charlène are also very good friends.
Vil'Haine: He is the singer of Ordo Blasphemus and the bassist of ZÉPÜLKR, he also has Krasseville.
A fucking buddy too.
He participates in the vocal guest on Ethylic Immersion with me, just before all the monsters yell at the "lalala" to my acoustic melody.
He mixed our Work with brio.
Very good zikos he knows perfectly well what he is doing.
He was probably the ideal person to manage the mixing of our CD.
He comes from the underground environment like most of us and he really brought his masterstroke.
A personal word for the musicians of T.A.
I am very proud to have had you in this project.
Thanks again, guys.
Any plans for a second album?
Yes, I would like to, we have a track that is composed and it's really terrible.
There is another completely finished track that will be a masterpiece in this album.
We'll see about that next year.
How will you introduce the band to our readers?
First of all, take as a basis that within TOTALE ANGOISSE, it is a serious alcoholic drink!
And for me, at the time, I took everything and anything:
LSD, coke, speed, MDMA, to name a few.
If you add to that, years of depression, years of fights of all kinds at bar closures, unimaginable hangovers, my death anguish killing and you put all this shit in a shaker.
Shake this shit up and you get an explosive cocktail:
Ethylo-Depressive Black Metal!
Totale Anoisse was born from a concentration of stress, dark thoughts, drunkenness and the sudden fear of dying without having managed to release this fucking album.
it's always been my goal to get a real black skeud out of black.
If I died before, I was condemned to live my death in failure.
This idea of making a real album to start already when I was playing in my basement with my cousin "Uncle Ben's" and friends like Ibai basically since I was 15 years old I wanted to make a skeud, a real one.
I don't know why it was so important, but I was really living it as if it was a mission.
At the end of the recordings of the track D'une Fin, Ibai was stopped by the GIGN in May 2016 and it is only that I had to continue the production to release this black metal artifact.
In total more than 5 years between composition and production.
It was frankly a torture a burden towards the end, I was sick of it.
He really had to get out.
A big thank you to my fucking friend Mickey from "Mythrid Art" for the artwork of this skeud.
And thanks to "Hurricane Entertainment" who took care of finalizing the production.
Your 20 favorite albums of all time?
Some of them leave the BM area.
ZÉPÜLKR : Nécrofrançie
Gorgoroth: Under the sign of hell
Craft: Fuck the Universe
Goatmoon: Finnish Steel Storm
Nargaroth: Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare
Perpetua Tenebrae: At the Gates of Hell
Horna: Sanojesi äärelle
Gorgon: The Veil Of Darkness
Black Death: Black Death
Black Death: Pure garbage
Anorexia Nervosa: New Obscurantis Order
Graveland: Celtic Winter
Nehëmah: Shadows from the Past....
Excluding BM :
Murderdolls: Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls. ( we all have an unbeatable album)
Forbidden Site - Sturm Und Drang
Legitimate Violence: Legitimate Violence
How do you see the current scene?
I don't think there's really that dark side that the French black metal scene had anymore.
Or the really purist side of the style.
All because of the Internet.
I honestly think it's fucked up.
Now it's Black Metal NRJ12, do you want some!
Honestly, I'm ashamed to have made a Facebook page for T.A.
But nowadays it has become a very useful tool, it must be recognized.
I have nothing more to add except that it is fortunately that Gorgon has returned to the underground scene, to show us all what the real "Satanic" black metal is. Gorgon is an Occult power and in France, Chris is one of the only ones with Zépülkr and Ordo Blasphemus to master this art perfectly.
This remains a personal opinion of course.
But it's the kind of groups that make me want to close the windows and decorate my candlestick with candlesticks.
Create a ritual atmosphere and have a good beer.
For Chris, I can't wait for your return to the stage.
it might be violent and I think it'll set the record straight.
Totale Angoisse claims a Black Metal "Ethylo-Depressive". We suspect that your vision of the world must not be the most positive. Can you tell us more about it?
Indeed, it wasn't a fulfilling year for me, once I even played Russian roulette completely wiped with a friend, friends who were there quickly left for fear of seeing my head explode against the wall of my living room.
It was only the next day that I realized what had happened, seeing several videos my buddy had taken that night.
I don't really understand all this discomfort, a teenage crisis that has gone on too long?
I don't have an answer, but that was extreme, that's for sure.
At the moment I am quite well, because I have spent years treating myself, hundreds of meetings at Alcoholics Anonymous, which has helped me a lot.
And it takes a big pair of balls to push the AA door in, believe me.
So I want to tell you right now I'm in charge.
But well, an alcoholic who says to you "Don't worry, I can handle it" is a little scary, isn't it? ^^^
All the hell of the repeated weanings I've done, the loneliness of staying home for fear of doing shit in town and ending up as usual in police custody, the fights etc...
I'm a pain in the ass, guys, really.
I still have a lot to say, I hope to be able to do it on the second album.
After this one if it does one day, I think it will be time to let Totale Angoisse die until his resurrection 10 years later.
The last word belongs to you:
FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU!
Thank you Pat !