Hyaena from Orleans in France is set to release their debut album entitled Existence on April 5th. The 12-track record offers quite a lot for fans of progressive death metal; it was produced by renown producer Jamie King who is best known for his work with Between The Buried And Me and Scale The Summit.
Hyaena was very kind to answer my questions about their new release, but also gear, scene, and more.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
Bam: Great! Thanks of asking.
Alex: Fine too!
Chris: Pretty good!
Virgile: Cool cool!
You are about to release a full-length debut album entitled “Existence.” How do you feel about the release?
Bam: It’s a great feeling! We have worked so much on this, we hope you guys will dig it!
Alex: It’s a real achievement for all of us, a true satisfaction!
Chris: I’m so proud of it, and quite excited to see what people think.
Virgile: Excited, we’ve been working on this for a long time.
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
Bam: It was a very long process due to a change of our lineup. At the start, I was the only guitarist so most of the album was written with one guitar part. Then Alex join us in the process, so we started to add new riffs, that was lots of work!
Chris: I came from a grindcore/death metal band (Necrofist) wich worked in a very different way, we used to compose together during rehearsals. Bam and Nathan used computers and softwares but I didn’t. That was the biggest challenge for me! It was worth it though.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from France are you friends with?
Bam: We are not friends but I think Hypno5e is the band that sounds the most similar to us. I’d love to tour with them one day!
Alex: The Dali Thundering Concept is a great French band I like. These guys are nice!
Virgile: I have so much respect for Klone and Psykup!
What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?
Bam: This scene is very special, because there is so many genres in it. I personally think that it’s the best period for the progressive metal scene. Some of the best albums I’ve listened where released couples of years ago.
Virgile: I think it’s a scene that crosses the ages, it’s not the easiest music in the world, but the most colorful one!
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Bam: I grow up listening to bands like Dir En Grey (and lots of visual kei), so the Japanese sounds are really a part of my influences.
Chris: I have to say that, like most drummers, Thomas Haake influences a lot my drumming.
Virgile: The voice of Maynard James Keenan stuck in me. It’s like he can sing in every band in the world and do something different, but you’ll always know that it was him. I love the personality of his voice.
What are you listening to these days?
Bam: It depends of my mood [haha]. But these days I listen to Within The Ruins.
Alex: These days I listen to Polaris, Architects, Northlane!
Chris: Vidhjarta and AAL.
Virgile: Statea by Vanessa Wagner & Murcof, and The Night God Slept by Silent Planet.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Bam: Dir En Grey – Uroboros & Dum Spiro Spero / Tool – 10,000 Days / The Contortionist – Language.
Alex: Architects – Lost Forever / Lost Together, Periphery II, The Contortionist – Exoplanet, Dayseeker – Origin.
Chris: Meshuggah – Nothing / The dillinger escape plan – Miss Machine / Origin – Antithesis / Les musclés – Merguez party / Botch – We are the romans.
Virgile: Tool – 10,000 Days / The Contortionist – Language / NIN – Year Zero / Deftones – Adrenaline / Coal Chamber – Coal Chamber.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Existence”?
Bam: Guitars and bass were recorded with an AxeFx II – not sure about the patch but I think it was the Das Metall amp with a TS808mod drive for the tone!
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Bam: We plan to make as much as possible shows and maybe a tour for the end of the year!
Chris: And save the world. But we want to tour first.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Bam: Thank you! Spread the word and we hope to play close to you and share a beer!
Alex: Thank you for your support, I can’t wait to play this album live for you guys!
Chris: Sounds good.
Virgile: Music is life!