Questions answered by Mathieu St-Amour – lead guitarist and main composer.
Hi! Tell me about Chariots of the Gods. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We settled upon that name because we thought it brought some epic and occult imagery to mind and also it wasnt taken! But on a more serious note, I’m a big fan of the 1968 book chariots of the gods about ancient aliens and lots of other occult and fringe theory books of the sort and i think they are a great source of lyrical and visual ideas.
“Into Oblivion” single was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wished to change something now?
We’re very happy with the reaction from people to this first single. We went with this song as a single because we thought it was a powerfull and heavy song with catchy hooks.
It also helped that it has a great guest solo by Pascal Jobin from “The Agonist”.
Tell me more about “Into Oblivion”? Single ideas etc… And how could you describe your cooperation with Pascal Jobin of The Agonist?
Working with Pascal was a blast. He’d a good friend of ours and we tracked the guitars and bass for the record at his place with him at the helm. That was always the song we thought should have a guest solo on, even though I had a second solo writen in case things didn’t pan out. But when we asked Pascal, he was thrilled to do it and what he pulled off was incredible. The hard part is that now live I have to pull-off a rough mock-up of what he did because it’s way beyong my shredding skills.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
For the lyrics it comes from books, movies or anything i find interesting. For the musical side of things it can come from anywhere really. From hearing a riff on the radio and then forgetting it and trying to play it back and making it your own to just sitting in front of the computer and grinding away until something good comes out.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Chariots of the Gods’ sound?
Altough we incorporate a lot of different elements from different style I’d label us as Melodic metalcore. But we consider ourselved just a Metal band. We personnaly don’t like to use labels on our music because we try to incorporate and blend all those different influences into one solid mix.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for single feedbacks, or do you preparing full-length album now?
The album is ready and out (sept 16.) and we’ve been getting some great feedback everywhere. People are really digging what we’ve done for this record; the different things we’ve tried. We’re working on booking some shows for fall and things are looking good.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We take our musical inspiration from a wide array of style and sounds, not only metal, and i think that gives us different textures here and there. Metal bands like Trivium, In flames, Children of Bodom, Killswitch Engage have a clear influence on our sound but classic rock bands such as Boston, ACDC, Def Leppard or Kiss do as well. It might not be as clear but certain musical elements or songwritting patterns creep in. We listen to alot of different style which we believe in the end makes us better, more versatile musicians.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
It’s always nice to collaborate with musicians you admire, especially when they can make a mark on your own songs. It’s a lasting memory. We had the pleasure of working with Aleksi Shivonen from Norther (just before they called it quits) on “Unbound” from our first album “Tides of War”. On the new record “Ages Unsung” we worked with our friend Pascal Jobin from “The Agonist” and he gladly obliged when we asked him if he’d perform on one of our songs. Of course, for the next album we’d like to get someone else to guest on a song. There are many name’s we’d like to work with and it’s easier to choose someone when the songs are done and we can see who would fit better where.
But personnally it would be something great if i could have Alexi Laiho do a guest solo.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Well, first of all we do music we believe in; what ever type or style it may be. If we like it and think it’s strong enough to go on a “Chariots of the Gods” record we’re behind it and we’ll support it all the way.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I’m a freelance graphic artist as well so I do a lot of illustrations, drawins and digital paintings. It’s fun but the pull of the guitar is always right there to distract me.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I think we’re all backed by our families on this. It’s hard work and does take it’s toll sometimes but we really love what we’re doing and love the reaction we get from fans at shows. It’s hard to juggle the band life with work, school or family but we all try our best to share the time equally so that no aspect suffers.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Things are good. We have the chance to be in the most metal part of north-america, Quebec, so that’s good for the bands because there’s always a nice turn-out at shows. Same goes for music. Even though there are some smaller indie music stores, with the internet, it’s way easier to have access to your favorite bands music.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
More than happy to; Sorry for the delay we we’re very busy organising the release and everything that surrounded it.