Hi, the beginning question is: what has been the greatest adventure
of your life? :)
That’s a tough first question! I’ll assume it is band related and not
personal, which makes the answer a little tricky since Barús has only existed
officially since March this year. The whole process of getting the band together,
defining goals and recording our first EP has been an awesome adventure… we
should have some more compelling stories to tell as the band continues to move
Your last release is your new, debut EP. How have the general reactions
to the CD been so far? Do you think you got the production you were looking for?
Response so far has been great. We have had very positives reviews for
the EP so far. It is only available in digital format at the moment; we're
working on a CD release somewhere near the end of 2015. Concerning the
production we recorded and mixed the whole thing ourselves. Despite having to do
everything on our own time and with a very limited budget I think that the final
sound has a certain charisma to it and does justice to the songs and the
aesthetic that we were aiming for. So yes, I feel that we reached the production
we wanted, even though we will be able to perfect our sound for the band's
Your music is sometimes hard tangled and twisted. What about the process
of creating songs? Do you write in the practice room or at home?
The creative process we go through is fairly natural. In general one of
us starts by recording some demo elements at home, whether it's a couple of
riffs or a complete song. Much of the writing process is basically starting from
a simple idea, pulling that thread and seeing where it leads, while trying to
remain unbiased by external elements and just letting things happen. When it
gets to the point where you are no longer hearing a series of riffs but feeling
an emotion, a certain atmosphere… that usually means that the song is going
Once these demo versions are built we play them together and usually tweak
things here and there. The lyrics and vocals on the other hand are almost
exclusively written and thought out by Keithan, our vocalist. He takes some time
to let the music soak in, and then proposes the lyrical content and vocal
You define your music on facebook as a death metal, but I don`t know
it`s a apropriate4you mix many different genres together, I hear there some of
black metal, post-metal, even I hear djent there and other styles - does this
reflect your personal taste?
I think that Death metal remains the anchor of our music, but we
definitely draw from many genres. The theme and feelings expressed in our music
can be conveyed through many forms of metal or even different musical styles
altogether. We're definitely more interested in exploring certain moods rather
than qualifying to one genre in particular, and that reflects our personal
tastes in music and life in general.
Our music aims to be powerful, grim, aggressive, murky, sometimes nauseating,
which we feel is mostly represented by Death Metal. So even if, for instance,
you find some rhythmic work more akin to djent (or experimental metal as it was
called before it all went downhill – I’m not a fan of modern "djent") it always
integrates into this raw aesthetic, with similarities and influences from the
old school death scene.
What is the meaning of the cover of your EP? Who is its author and is
that harmonizes with the lyrics?
The cover has a strong meaning in regards to what we express in our
music. To be more precise, Keithan generally forms mental images associated to
the songs during the writing phase. The artwork is a result of this process: it
represents something symbolic, difficult to apprehend, magnificent and
terrifying at the same time. It was made by Alexander Brown, who we asked to
represent this iconic structure with his own artistic sensibility; we wanted the
pillar to seem as if it could fall at any time.
Lyrically what kind of subjects do you write about?
The lyrics are mostly introspective and relate to existential questions.
Keithan’s writing deals in an abstract manner about emotional struggles, the
sensation of death, self-doubt, and the way these things define us as
individuals. But most of all, the lyrics are composed with a narrative structure
that ties the songs together. Secular and esoteric auras are mixed together to
bring forth something mysterious.
We could go into more detail, but we prefer not to tell too much. Mystery is the
friend of knowledge, contrary to what we are usually led to believe.
Being a part of the French scene how do you see it? Are there any
upcoming bands that people should look out for?
In the last few years there have been quite a few interesting bands
coming out of France, especially in extreme metal, sometimes with an unusual and
avant-garde approach. I think the last few records of bands such as Deathspell
Omega influenced quite a few people and also put a bit of a spotlight on this
kind of thing coming out of France.
I think the French scene is probably the same as everywhere. Quite a lot of
average or bland stuff but when you dig a little you find many hidden treasures,
sometimes completely unknown to the general public. As for bands, a lot of good
stuff is coming out of the French underground label "Les Acteurs de l'Ombre",
The Great Old Ones for instance.
How do you look back on the shows you did so far?
We've actually only done one show under the name Barús, as we
officially "unveiled" the band when we released the EP in March. The show was
great though, and we are getting ready to play a bunch more this coming fall.
Besides Barús, are you currently in other bands? Or you played before
your current band?
Most of us play in several bands. Two of us play in Maďeutiste, a black
metal band, whose first album will be released via Les Acteurs de L'Ombre this
September. Marco, our guitarist also plays in a Brutal Death band, The Walking
Dead Orchestra, and Keithan also plays in the black metal band Caďnan Dawn.
Other than these most of us also have some projects outside of metal, ranging
from grunge to ambient electronic music.
You live close to the mountains of the Alps in Grenoble. It is rather a
medium-sized town, right? Are there any other bands there? What is the condition
of the local scene?
Yes it's a pretty mid-size town, it's quite dynamic but still feels
comfortable, it's a human scale where you can get to know people and places, and
do your own thing.
There are a bunch of metal bands, maybe not so many which play Death Metal, but
a few notable ones. The black metal scene is going pretty strong lately as well,
especially if you consider Chambéry (45mins away, in Savoie) as well. The scene
in Grenoble is good, however it can be a little self centered at times, so we're
also trying to get exposure outside of it.
France is a very tolerant country, where there is a lot of immigrants.
In our country there is a lot of discussion about the various consequences of
the influx of Muslims into Europe. Could you tell us what is your opinion on
I think that tolerant is maybe a bit of a strong word given some recent
developments but I suppose we’re not doing too badly. To be honest as a band we
feel no interest in bearing a political message or vision, our music aims for a
more introspective or even philosophical scope. What is often seen as “issues”
stem from social disparities, cultural differences... people have a very large
tendency to make over-simplifications, sometimes scary ones and it invariably
ends in hate channeling more hate and so on. I’ll leave it at that.
Are the French people pay attention on that what is happening in Eastern
Europe? Are the typical French pay attention on the condition of the distant
countries of the European Union as mine and how is their opinion about that and
To be perfectly honest I think that in times of economic crisis like
this people become very much self-centered. You see things from afar in the
media, for instance the situation in Ukraine, but very few people (myself
included I have to admit) go the extra mile to build their own understanding and
find out more than what we are fed on a daily basis, which is more often than
not quite biased.
How does 2015 look for Barus?
The end of the year is looking great for us. All being well we should
have a physical release for the EP, we have some great gigs coming up, including
one with Temple Of Baal and Malmort. Our first full length is in the works, the
writing and demo recordings are almost finished so we should be getting into the
actual album recording sometime around November or December.
Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for proposing this interview and giving us some exposure in
Poland! I hope we can come over and play there sometime in the future. For
anyone interested in our work, head over to : https://barus.bandcamp.com, our EP
is available for download/purchase (name your price), keep an eye out for a
physical release sometime late this year!