Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hi there! We’re Marche Funèbre, a band playing doom death metal, in an original way. We ‘re from the town Mechelen, in the centre of Belgium and are around since 2008. We released 3 full length albums so far and 2 EP’s. We have toured a lot and did over 100 shows in more than 10 countries.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
We started out as a young band mainly influenced by the classic Peaceville three (My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Anathema) & old Katatonia. Thus combining death doom metal with clean vocals. After time we infused more influences, and have now found our own sound, integrating elements as we like, no boundaries.
How many and which albums/demos has Marche Funèbre released so far?
2009: EP Norizon
2011: CD To Drown (Shiver records)
2013: CD/DLP Roots of Grief (Shiver records)
2015: 7” Lost
2017: CD/DLP Into the Arms of Darkness (Moscow Funeral league)
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Marche Funèbre and personal.
Well, that is a very difficult question, and possibly my answer will be different if you ask me another time. I like all our songs, but for the moment my favourite one will be ‘Uneven’.
In general the same thing applies. There’s so much really good songs out there… I’ll keep it simple with ‘Fade to Grey’ by Visage
Do you feel that Marche Funèbre’s music has changed over the years and how?
For sure!! After almost 10 years of writing music together, we have become much better at our game. Both technically, as in finding and complementing each other. On top of that we have a new bass player since 2013 who really adds something extra to our music. I guess the difference is noticeable for anyone comparing our older releases with the latest one for example. Still we do stand as one behind anything we have release so far. (or almost anything, hehe)
How much time does it take for Marche Funèbre to record an album?
Usually around a week to record everything. Before we enter the studio we have of course worked out the songs in all details. When we start writing music we generally have a draft song finished in a few takes, but after that it takes months of practising and changing details before all of us are happy with the result. At this point we have determined bpm’s so our drummer can start practising on click track. When he is up to it we will start recording a pre-production to sort out the last issues and get a clear overview of what the song eventually will be like. This is a time consuming preparation, but it benefits the end result and the recording time needed for sure.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Into The Arms Of Darkness’.
It’s our most diverse release to date. Bringing together a lot of influences. We have a top notch production as well, done by the magic of Markus Stock, known from Empyrium & The Vision Bleak ao.
The album contains 5 long(er) songs, lasting almost an hour in total. There is no red thread in there, but stylistically most songs do belong together, without losing their identity.
We released it on CD and double LP (with a nice gatefold packaging as well).
What’s next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
We are working on several releases as we speak (4 in total!!). The first one should be released somewhere in Fall and it’s a split vinyl with A Thousand Sufferings, a very cool black doom band from our region. The other ones will be announced in due time. I can already tell you that we booked the studio in September to record another track for a very special collaboration as well.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Gig wise we will resume our live campaign to promote the new album this Fall, with several kick ass shows in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany & Italy, which we haven’t visited before. Some of the shows will be in support of Ufomammut, Saturnus and Novembers Doom. Looking fwd to that! We are also working on several cool live plans for 2018. Stay tuned!
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
As stated above we are always on the lookout for playing gigs around the world. Who knows, maybe the US might be included in these plans one day.
Has Marche Funèbre done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Where to start! Our first main support slot was playing an acoustic shows with Novembers Doom in 2010. That was a great experience for sure. In 2011 we were main support of Saturnus, with whom we stayed in contact afterwards and eventually did some touring together in 2015.
This year we were main support act for 2 sold out shows with Irish legends Primordial, as release shows for our new album.
Furthermore we played great gigs in support of Forgotten Tomb (twice), Evoken, Ahab (a small tour in support of our sophomore album), Esoteric (twice), Shape of Despair & Samael in Lisbon, Pagan Altar in Vienna, … and countless small tours with great acts like Mourning Beloveth, Ophis, Isole, Ataraxie, Officium Triste and of course our brothers ov doom Eye Of Solitude!
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I don’t have the impression that we belong to a scene in our country. There’s a lot of cool bands around, names vary, some keep up for many years, other have a short but bright career. We all know that we do this because we like doing it, and no other reason is valid to continue doing this. So there’s only a few bands that keep on progressing after let’s say 5 or 10 years of activity. Only stubborn maniacs do continue their path through the desert to metal Valhalla or something like that.
Any messages for the readers?
Check out ‘Into the Arms of Darkness’ on our bandcamp page: https://marchefunebre.bandcamp.com/
And remember… The March is coming… with the sound of DOOM!