FR/ENG INTERVIEW AVEC ARYOS - EXTREME ET ESOTERIQUE - BLACK METAL
"Si Aryos était un proverbe il serait imprononçable"
THE ENGLISH VERSION
You come from what is now called New Aquitaine (why, there was an old one?). And you are not what we can call "partridges of the year" since Aryos has been around since 1994. Can you tell us about the formation of the group, and the objectives that were yours at the time?
You sound unique. Singing, in particular, is reminiscent of a witch or a wizard, and musically you have a wealth of influences that go far beyond Metal. Can you tell us about it?
Napharion: It is essential, in my opinion, to enter a state of, so to speak, possession. Screaming or growling stupidly into a microphone is of no interest. You have to reach a form of trance and bring the "daimon" into you. Musically, Aryos will seek his influences in Metal, mainly in the 80s and 90s, but also in various dark currents, underground or mainstream whatever, in the end we play Black Metal, but we do not hesitate to weave in our music what inspires us.
J.S: Obviously if you listen to a lot of things, these influences come out unconsciously in your compositions. If you only listen to one style, you will only be able to transcribe one style.
You are a deeply "religious" group. Can you tell us about your approach to black art, occultism and spirituality? Your practice of the divinatory arts? NAPHARION: I jump from paradigms into the flames of Lucifer. For a long time, the most sordid states brought me light, and I wandered, I looked for keys in oceans... Sighting what lies behind certain doors imposes stigmas on you, haunts you; these experiences can be upsetting or alienating. Over the years, I have become aware - or at least I have tried - of the alternative reality.
74, porte des anges, your first EP in 2000 sounds incredible, with notably these "classical" piano passages that refer to Debussy and Chopin. I find that this reinforces the satanic side of the whole. Can you tell us a bit about this EP?
NAPHARION: I don't consider 74, carries angels as an EP, but rather as a demo, with all the defects and especially the immaturity that this kind of somewhat sketchy approach can imply, whether at the level of words, music or production. I don't like this period of Aryos and I don't really want to dwell on it. For me, the group really started from its third recording: "Chapter III".
Which bands influenced you? Which authors?
NAPHARION: Each person involved in Aryos has brought their own musical, artistic, emotional and spiritual influences. The sources are therefore multiple. We do not impose any gender or influence limits on ourselves.
This interview will be published in a book that will cover the different currents of the WB, including the most recent ones (Post...). What is your vision of the evolution of the gender over all these years?
On one side there seem to be people who absolutely want to sound like the first Darkthrone and on the other side bands that sound more Post-Rock or Hardcore than Black. In the middle there are groups like Aryos, which sound... like Aryos. What do you think of that?
Napharion: All artistic trends must evolve, mutate and transform. It would really be unnatural to freeze the genre, but I think that some current sub-currents are abusively assimilated to Black Metal. And, in any case, I will not say that Aryos is "in the middle", rather than Aryos is elsewhere.
J.S: We play our own way. If a song mixes guitar and violin, or has layers of jazzy synths, it's because we chose it. And at the end it makes Aryos. None of us feel the need to ask for its validation from the holy True Black Metal. Drawers only exist for labels that have to classify their groups - and for lemmings.
With the album Master of Brain Dominance (what a title!) in 2004, you continue your exploration of a deeply occult and singular BM. Can you tell us about this album? Under what conditions was it carried out?
Napharion: I remember wounds and hatred, incantations under a black moon, creeping snakes, insects. This album was a necessary and major work in which all the actors devoted themselves to serving the entity. The recording of the song "En lune noire" was particularly striking - we were clearly not alone that day.
Napharion: Setting a limit is contrary to the principle of creation.
Like a Vindsval de BAN, you don't seem to want to let the BM stagnate, which is probably the best way to make it live, do you?
Napharion: I don't know Vindsval personally. He does his thing and that's what he makes him a great artist and a visionary. My point is that Black Metal has not lived for a long time: the popularization of the genre has destroyed it. But Aryos is not about bringing something back to life. We prefer to remain discreet, we trace our way without worrying about all these masquerades which at times look very much like a great joke orchestrated by impostors.