Les Acteurs De l’Ombre Productions is a French underground Black Metal label. It is a project led by Gerald Milani. A job that can take many faces, from whims to business and the like. I have recently received four albums –we are going to talk about these ones later- that show and demonstrate only professionalism. There is a science of promoting every single detail. Les Acteurs De l’Ombre Productions, words that don’t tell you enough, represents many artists whereof I am going to talk. Namely: The Great Old Ones, Deluge, Maieutiste, Moonreich, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Darkenhold, Suhnopfer, Paramnesia, Pensees Nocturnes, Way To End.
There is also a subdivision, Emanations, that works with Aezh Morvarc’h, In Cauda Venenum, Lifestream and Profundae Libidines. But let’s take things in order and see what, when and how.
Baldo, Cultartes: Is there anything else besides music that inspires the way you see the world, and life, in general?
RLHT: Not really. We dedicate our life to musical creation, working with passion, so we can say that REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER is the goal that defines us.
People try, most of the time, to find associations between them and their peers, and between bands, to be more specific. How do you find the idea of an association between you and other renowned bands?
Being compared to renowned bands is great, but the most important for us is to play music with humility. That’s all. Being modest connects you to the world, and boasting is the complete opposite of REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER way of thinking… We just want to make art, if people find similarities with famous bands, thanks a lot for compliment, if not, no matter.
Is there originality in music anymore? Or perhaps the same things are presented in other forms?
Although nowadays music is respectful of the codes that have been written years ago, we still believe that some bands are original. The greek band DEAD CONGREGATION is a good example : Their Death Metal is full of great ideas, they possess their own style, their own personality… even if the songs sound “old-school”, they are original. Actualy I personally consider that the listener shall not give importance to it… if a band rocks, he have to be recognized, original or not.
Is there any band from Romania you have heard of or you would like to appear on stage next to?
We only know Negură Bunget… to share a gig with them would be an honor.
Is there a reason, let’s say, that would make you move to Romania?
We’ve never been in Romania, but if we get in the future the opportunity of a tour in Eastern Europe, we will be delighted to play in your country. Many people told us that you guys are crazy.
Do you think that Man is an evil to be avoided of, in a way or other, in the economy of Good? Or is the Man the ultimate form of existence?
Man is capable of good as well as bad. He also can be weak or strong. It all depends on the choices and decisions he takes in his life.
Is Exile the climax of your musical evolution?
“Exile” has been built following a collegial process, whereas the first album was composed by only one person, our guitarist J.J.S. The main idea was to give birth to something heavy, panoramic, both oppresive and epic. Some kind of fresco, to picture perfectly the themes we deal with. In that way, we worked hard to mix the ideas of each member during the writting sessions. Concerning the studio, the recording process was very fluid and natural, a real pleasure. We are very proud of the final result, which is exactly the expected one for us. Everyone in Regarde Les Hommes Tomber put all his energy on this disc and we really hope that the listeners will enjoy “Exile”.
Is on Exile any song that involves you more than a profesional matter, maybe, let’s say emotional or something similar ?
Like in our first album, all the songs of “Exile” focus on a main point : The fall of the men, who are rejected and tortured by God despite of their devotion and their love for the divine. This new album pictures both this fall and the birth of a consciousness that leads men to reject the Lord and all the principles of adoration during the exile… to finally become their own gods and “sit on this throne”. All the lyrics are related to these concepts, thus they all evoke biblical mythology (Abel, Caïn, Lilith, the city of Sodom, etc…). Without any ideological message, I shall precise : We only deal with these themes on an artistic way. Those symbols are intense and sum up the concepts we want to show in our music, that’s why we use them.
If Nature would disappear at a time, what do you think its last words on its deathbed would sound like?
Like something profoundly hateful towards the human race, certainly. We’ve despised Nature for centuries, we can’t hope more.
How do you think black metal would look like embodied in other types of art ?
Like it is : Something both pure and filthy, sweet and bitter, liberated from all conventions and motivated by the research of an absolute truth.
Do you listen to metal, in case you have the time to ? Do you follow this phenomenon and the new appeared bands ?
Of course. Recently we discovered DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT, awesome band. Their melodic approach of the genre is great, it reminds us the old DISSECTION.
Tell us, please, one final passage from a book or a film that marked you, so to speak, even for a short period of time?
No link with REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER, but I find that the end of the novel “Belle Du Seigneur” (Albert Cohen) is amazing… darkly romantic, sublime and morbid. Unfortunately the movie adaptation is shitty, but the book is incredible.
How would you enjoy the idea of performing to a funeral ceremony? But a wedding ?
Our music is a contemplation, not a celebration. So… it all depends on who get buried.
How would your life be without REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER ?
We would have more free time, but I’m not sure that this is what we want, actualy. Thanks for this interview, à très bientôt.