Yep, we are a four pieces band hailing from Liège in Belgium. We've started this project in the middle of 2012, at the beginning we were 3 guys involved and this project and we have recorded our first concept album « Acceptance/Rebuild » some month later. In the beginning of 2013 one of our friends wanted to try the bass in the band and finally we have continued with him so we recorded again this album with the bass track and now it's going to be released as a LP in the next few days.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
I would say it's a mix between sludge, doom and black metal/ blackgaze with in addition some post rockish landscapes. People usually say we play something called « Blackened sludge » even if I didn't know this term before.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The concept behind the music and lyrics is the exploration of the feelings you can get after the loss of someone. « Acceptance/Rebuild » tries to express these emotions you can feel during the two last levels of this mourning process.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Deuil?
Deuil is just the french translation of mourning
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
I think every show is different because of the atmosphere but we always try set an intimistic or maybe even a sad ambiance up during our shows. We are definitely not that kind of band that will jump around or even play face to face to the audience. I think it can be boring if you don't know what is the concept behind Deuil but we coudn't play our tracks live in a different way than in an intimist one.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes since we release our LP we'll play some shows, for the end of 2013 we have a bunch of gigs planned in Belgium, France and Germany and we also plan a tour in April 2013 in Europe.
We would love to play and tour much but it's actually quiet difficult with our professional/student life's.
7.The ep came out on Lost Pilgrim Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
We have contacted Lost Pilgrims records because everyone of us really like their previous releases (especialy the Rorcal one) and we though it could be cool to work with Geraud.
They gave us a lot of support in the LP but (and it was more than expected) also in merch printing and help for our next tour. I've never met Geraud but I'm really looking forward to meet him in the real life !!!
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and sludge?
I really don't know since we release our LP on 12 different labels it's pretty hard to say what feedback everyone gets. As a band I think we get such good feedbacks with the nice reviews and words we often get, lot of people seem to be interested in what we do and lot of people download or help us with buying merch on bandcamp.
Anyway since we are not playing just black metal or sludge I can understand some people don't like us and I think we are just one more band in the ocean (even if we are just one more band in the ocean hahaha).
9.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
Our drummer plays in a noise band calle Wyatt E. And the 3 other are just focused on Deuil.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We continue to explore the mourning process levels and try to express them with our music.
We are actually working on the next release, one song is already almost finished (we just have to add some samples and fix some lyrics problems) and I'm writing the second one.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The cool thing is our drummer is a big fan of black metal, from pagan to depressive black metal. I'm not really into black metal, I'm more into sludge, doom or even ambient music. The cool thing is the combination, the communion we get when we try new things together. Sometimes it sounds really weird but sometimes it sounds really interesting too.
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
We all have different interests our bass player and singer are huge fans of video games and comics, I'm a little bit into video games too but I'm a huge fan of history and our drummer just listen to music all the time. We also often meet to hang out with bad beers at shows or at home.
13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
I thanks you John for the opportunity and the support you gave us with your questions, It's really nice from.
Please if you find some faults in my writing correct them.