SOLINARIS Interview (Richmond, Quebec, Canada)

The legacy in the name Gorguts as Innovators in Technical / Avant-Garde Death Metal is assuredly intact. Energized roomates them as a band and bridged the gap Between Mainstream Death Metal and the Avant-Garde Underground. Yeahh, Hailing from Richmond, Quebec, Recommend one of his best bearers today, SOLINARIS! was surprised when I first heard their debut full premiere of "Deranged" is. complex musical game capable of slowly eroding the rapid development of this scene when most of the band more focused play speed and burst of energy, does not apply to Solinaris, who want to offer dynamic DM Form with a gripping element once. Release tighter would've been Favorable as there is just too much to digest here Strangeness in One Sitting. though it would be a lot of interesting memorability us with all golden era "Obscura" Gorguts her once, but the Avant Garde touch more stinging among hard blow Death Metal, Solinaris also adds to the "uniqueness" of its own, perhaps even totally unthinkable by us. for the development of more extensive and complex music, Anything can happen! Solinaris formed since 2012 and which is meeting several Member obsession different bands in one scene brings a mutual desire to give a new color when Saturation be (probably) one of the reasons, which we can immediately answer is "Deranged"! initiated by vocalist Eric Labrie (ex-Carpathian Gate, ex-Winter of Agony) along with guitarist colleagues in the Carpathian Gate, Bernard Giroux then pull guitarist Jean-Daniel Villeneuve her Deviant Process, bassist Jonathan Piche and drummer Lucas Biron (Eclipse Prophecy, Nordheim) and most recently joined Saxophone player Alexandra Lacasse, who previously attended as a guest musician in "Deranged". actually describes the concept Solinaris there own difficulties when the band presents many significant surprise in almost every arrangement, because basically feels Experimental really to create a real impression of Solinaris. The material is awash in weirdness: with any and all Stitching of genre Disparity is fair game here with lots of off-time Noise Rock freak-out riffs, Skronking atonal Leads, Occasional Anchoring Chugs and Grooves, some shoegazing drones encounters, lots of counter point bass work, and a fuck-ton of Blasting and Double-bass, Often out of Synch rhythmically with the riffs and vocals.

Hello! No waste of good suffering is wanted, give us a penetrating introduction to SOLINARIS and don't hesitate to stuff it hard! It seems the musicians of SOLINARIS play or used to play in various other outfits before... Is the band supposed to be a new and totally fresh entity, or rather the continuation of another one that existed before?
Eric Labrie : Hi there. Thank you for your interest! Solinaris is a studio project which started in 2012 between Bernard Giroux and myself (Éric). We basically just wanted to make something different than what we're used to hear. So we mixed a lot of our influences together and began looking at some good and known musicians from the local scene. Jean-Daniel Villeneuve, from Deviant Process, to play all the electric guitar parts and solos, Lucas Biron from Nordheim, Kalter, Endless Horizon (just to name a few) on the drum and Jonathan Piché, from Dedicated sound (tribute band to Pink Floyd) on the fretless bass. Solinaris is not a continuation of any existing project but a new band, the goal of which is to stand out and something unique and different.

Tell us more about the reasons of choosing the SOLINARIS moniker. What is especially interesting in the "concept" or behavior of this disease causing element for it shall represent a Avant-garde/Progressive Death Metal band?
Eric Labrie : Solinaris is a derivation of "Solaris" which is pertaining to the sun, or solar. We wanted something to evoke the power and the essence of life and death. This is where the name Solinaris comes from. As for the concept of our sound, we don't want to just copy/paste the same pattern, same riffs, etc. We have so many different influences, and would like to try out so many things that in the end, our sound is driven by all these factors. By making avant-garde and progressive music, we feel we don't have to follow any guidelines. We are free to express ourselves.

What was the biggest compositional challenge for you when you were writing this album? Was it a problem you’ve always faced or was it unique to this effort?
Eric Labrie : Every band member is also a member in other bands. They all have priorities, a family, etc. So it takes time to get everything done. The biggest compositional challenge comes from the fact that there was no real reference against which we could compare our compositions. We were writing blindly and didn't know how people would react to our music.

Congratulation for First Album … Pure madness with perfect, Unearthly production and There are a lot of little pieces of technicality scattered throughout the album. Now tell us about the concept and story behind this masterpiece. The Cool story behind new " Deranged ". The story is cool and Imentioned several influences in my review. Let's talk about it.
Eric Labrie : Thanks a lot! Basically, the album sets us inside the mind of a serial killer, living the last seconds of his existence. So throughout the album, we "live" what he lived, and we "are" the serial killer.

I wonder how's the interest from the underground Metal media before release? Now you should begin to receive reviews... Are feedbacks nicely putrid and juicy? What were the weirdest things you read about " Deranged " ?
Eric Labrie : For now, the reviews have been really good. One dude on a forum didn’t like the album’s production, and that’s about it. I guess we haven’t read all the interviews yet, so we’ll probably come across some negative feedback sooner or later…

Your music is quite seriously Technical, Avant-garde, Progressive and Dynamic ... Don't tell me "it's just how we feel", it should be directed towards someone or something... So what's the reason for so much of Technical and obscure feelings influenced heavily by the early 90's death metal scene?
Eric Labrie : You know, it's just how we felt! Kidding. But, why do things like everybody else when we can do the complete opposite? I mean, don't you like to cross borders and try out new things, do them differently? As for the "death metal" parts, trash and death from the 90's have something unique to them, some sort of weird and twisted feeling that reminds us of some old horror movie scenes, or some sort of primitive feelings, I don't know. There's some sort of "cult" in their sound. Being personally influenced a lot by movies and soundtracks from John Carpenter’s movies, this sort of atmosphere is almost omnipresent in what I create, as are folk and southern rock, with some trash metal thrown in, is almost always present in what Bernard writes. As for the technical parts, I mean, why not garnish things up a little, and make the band members hate us?

An excellent album that should be heard. If you really consider yourself a metalhead, give this band a try. and how the process of making this new material? whether all members are involved in every writing music?
Eric Labrie : The music was written by Bernard and I, but everyone brought their own ideas to the composition. J-D for all the solos, Lucas at the drum and Jonathan at the bass. They all put their own touch to it, and it's what made the writing and recording processes so fun.

What is the special thing with SOLINARIS Sophisticated Progressive Stuff ? How much material overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the SOLINARIS formula to work properly?
Eric Labrie : I guess we're not different from other bands when it comes to the studio. The perfect take does not exist and, of course, we tried our best to perform everything as perfectly as possible. We did some trial and error when it came to layering some orchestration, keys, vocals, solos, etc. There was a lot of improvisation, too, and I think this is what gives the album its own sound.

Do the lyrics affect your music ? For instance, a vocal line that you write can force you to change the riffs for the sake of a vocal line. In order to avoid that you can write songs as instumentals first and then start to write vocal parts, so the real question is do you write the music first, or the lyrics, or the process is combined?
Eric Labrie : All the lyrics have been written after the music, but we already had the concept in our minds and already had a general idea. So, I adapted the lyrics to the music, but always according to the same focus and concept behind the album. When I wrote my parts, I already knew where all the lyrics would fit, and when it came time to record them, I changed a lot of thing, improvised some other parts, etc. So, I think one doesn’t influence the other, but they work in close harmony.

What is the main reason you are currently using the Saxophone by Alexandra Lacasse for this album?
Eric Labrie : There is no specific reason as for the use of the saxophone. Why not? It could have been pan flute, trombone, banjo, or anything else, but we found the saxophone could create the specific ambiance we were looking for, something that reminded us of some sort of detective hunting for the serial killer, film noir murder scenes, in a cold and dark street, I don't know, something like that.

You are an educated musician. Do you sometimes struggle with overthinking when writing your music? What i really like about SOLINARIS is that almost every riff has some detail that gives a unique feel to it, and music as a whole is pretty layered, which is also a good thing.
Eric Labrie : I think the only members in the band who really are musically educated are Lucas and Jonathan haha. But we learned and studied a lot of technicalities, lots of theory, etc. We have to know what we're doing, at least a little bit (especially in the studio, during post-prod, etc.) haha. We spent lot of time working on the arrangements to be sure the songs, every part of them, reflected what we wanted them to reflect. You have to be able to close your eyes and imagine scenes, or images, along with the music. This it what drives our music.

Do you think death metal has room to expand, or do you think it’s already been pushed to its limits? Where would you like to see the genre go in the future?
Eric Labrie : We honestly don't believe there are limits to anything. The only limits are the ones we put on ourselves. What is death metal? What defines it? Are there some guidelines we have to follow to be considered a death metal band? If not, then we can make anything we like.

Where do you think or where do you want SOLINARIS to be 10 years from now?
Eric Labrie : In my studio, drinking scotch and smoking cigars, writing music and relaxing with friends. Solinaris is a hobby, a chance to create something for the fun of it, and to build skills and experience in the studio.

Overall, it's time to come to an end now. Hope you enjoyed this interview? Thanks for answering my questions and the time you spend on them. I hope I didn't forget anything? If there's something left to say at the end feel free to use this opportunity now. You can add what you wish, I let you conclude all last word this Interview !
Eric Labrie : Thank you for your interest, thanks to everyone who listen to us and write positive reviews. All of this motivates us to keep writing weird shit!

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