After having stricken hard by surprise in 2015 with Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, KHAOS-DEI is back with its second opus, Catechism.
Among the best France has to offer, thoughtful black metal far away from rusted nails and blank bulletbelts, KHAOS-DEI teaches us a lesson of what Satanism should be all about. Faithful to the Left Hand Path beliefs, the band has decided to go even further by blowing out the codes and embracing even more Chaos. With music as mature medium of its ideology, KHAOS-DEI strengthens the ramparts of its sacred temple to reach an higher spirit.
Opus II: Catechism is a dangerous album, not to be shared with just anyone. Unique, intense, and spiritual, KHAOS-DEI is back with a very personal album redefining French black metal.
Nacht – guitars, gocals
Kha-Lash – bass
Damien – drums
Hi! Tell me about Khaos-Dei. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Patrick: Hi, KHAOS-DEI is a black metal band born in November 2013 following a meeting between Fabrice and me. At the beginning we were introduced by a friend in common to compose together on a new project with Damian on drums. We started by composing a title, then two … and so an album we released on Osmose Productions. That was exactly what we wanted. KHAOS-DEI is a rather personal group that reflects what we think from an artistic and ideological point of view. It is purely and simply satanic, based on the anti-cosmic and on our personal experience. Very direct, it is a sort of experience that requires personal involvement beyond everything.
Fabrice: A powerful, dark music and satanic lyrics about our past. Khaos-Dei could only stick well …
“Opus II: Catechism” album will be released on November 25th via Osmose prods. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Patrick: It is the continuity of our first album, based on our evolution. We are obviously proud of all this, but it is part of a natural approach. It is always the result of the work done for a time, but it is only a stage in our personal evolution towards the light of the one who dazzles us.
Tell me more about “Opus II: Catechism”? Album ideas etc… Is it something like conceptual continuation of “Tell Them Lucifer Was Here”?
Patrick: I do not know if we can talk about concept because it really reflects our life concretely… Catechism is the natural evolution of our first album. We are locked in our temple, where everything happens and develop’s what we call our anti-cosmic satanism. We could write a book of all this, but we decided to make it simply musical vibrations largely surrounded by texts. It is necessary to know that the words are rather complex in the symbolic. It is as if each sentence could tell a chapter alone. Overall, it is necessary that the one who is interested in the group can parallel his own research based on our words. “The child of the Devil” speaks mainly of the general atmosphere of the moment, a few accounts to be settled with 2 or 3 things and The why of how we are there, our birth. Although it is very personal and codified, each member of the band can easily identify. This is the kind of lyrics I wanted to write for a while and that I suggested to the other members. I wanted to take stock of the past, speak present and especially the future. “The nucleus of Chaos” allows to return directly in a much more black metal atmosphere. We speak of awakening, of black flame. “Where you fall “will tell how we must serve, always in a spiritual way. Under the black banner can be legitimized by a parallel we create between war and our faith. It is somewhat the principle of all religions … more or less asserted. “An entire army”, one is typically in the absolute, the ritual, the end of the mass, ecstasy. The last couplet is purely ingrained in deep faith.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Patrick: From our lives. We do this naturally, KHAOS-DEI is not an inspired farce.
Musically old black metal bands and spritually we draw our knowledge in the theory of chaos we apply to our own lives.
Fabrice: Our lives, our past … nothing but that.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Khaos-Dei’s sound?
Patrick: Black Metal. What black metal should be and represented in our eyes, without worrying about what others think.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Patrick: No, we continue to deepen our knowledge in the field of occultism and knowledge, we have no pressure for composition, no delays. We do what we think is good for us.
Fabrice: We are not in a hurry, the 1st album has been quite obscured by the French press and the public. The second album arrives and we will take the time to do and redo discover Khaos-Dei and our universe.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Patrick: Clearly the black metal of the 1990s. Its influence in our sound? Hmm … I do not know, our sound is quite special, we have a big battery, a big production with big bass and a particular voice. The structures are also different. I would say that it does not influence us so much in terms of sound.
Fabrice: I listen to both black metal of the 90s as well as death, thrash, blues … I loose as long as the music gives me something … No influence for me regarding sound. As long as it sounds.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Patrick: So it all depends on what they can bring to the band and their ideology. We are not a band of fine technicians so there is no added value to another musician coming to do a guitar solo, it would not be Khaos-Dei. There is no singer that makes me vibrate. I need to have a real favorite, but I do not know if it would go with the band. What I mean is that … for example … I like the way Eric sings Watain, but I do not see him singing in KHAOS-DEI. It’s complicated, we’ve created our universe and it’s hard for us to include external elements. We did it on our last album with Johann Soustrot who is an old friend of Fabrice and who could play the violin. It was really something that added value.
Fabrice: KD is still a trio and I think we would have a hard time including somebody even if it’s a guest. Our formula is going very well and I think we are not ready to change it.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Patrick: So this is more in the hand’s of our record company, our personal mission is to make music. If people feel the need to come to us and absorb the light of Lucifer, they are on the right path.
Fabrice: We have nothing to manage about marketing, business. Everything is done by Osmose Productions, we just create the poison.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Patrick: Yes, we like to meet and talk, but it remains around the music. I do a lot of sports too. It allows me to evacuate the energy. But we have nothing comparable except to surpass ourselves, if not war. And we are preparing for it.
Fabrice: Music remains my first passion, sport when I need it to evacuate, and a little beer or red wine.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Patrick: People who understand KHAOS-DEI 100% are only a handful that are very close. We support one another, far beyond everything. We do music but not only. We are lucky to be signed on a record company that broadcasts our music, but it does not make us frequentable people. Our openness is spiritual and very few have the faculties to understand. Our friends understand us and we will be grateful to them forever.
Fabrice: I think that apart from some real friends in the middle we are very little open yes, if not those who have nothing to do in it, I speak not of the drinking pals you meet every 6 months at a concert with whom you Take a rinse even if it feels good.
How’s the metal scene in France right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Patrick: We have very little relationship with the other metal bands. We make a music that bears the label of “metal” but it stops there. Yes, it’s easy to do concerts, all tours go through France, there are a lot of metal heads here and we are a very free country. There is no big censorship.
Fabrice: The French scene is doing well, very well! We have some contacts with certain groups or some members, references of the style also I will say for me … And yes it is easy to turn must just see the conditions of shit of the times !!! Playing for a sandwish at the paté having done 1000 kilometers in a rotten roadstead, sometimes it’s really that …. I prefer not to go on tour.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Patrick: Thank you for your time, we will do what we can to go through your country.
Fabrice: Thank you for taking the time to be interested in KD.