Answered by James Andrews from Tableau Mort here (vocals).
- Hi! Tell me about Tableau Mort. Why did you decide to name the band with such a title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Good question, a lot of people ask us this and there is often some interesting speculation we’ve seen in comment sections before. We’ve heard everything from ‘dead table’ to ‘death spreadsheet’! Now is a good time to hopefully clear this one up, so thank you for the opportunity to do so! When our guitarist, George Topor, was initially writing music for Tableau Mort in 2017 he was a bit stuck with a name for the band. There was a painting he had been given as a gift by some friends, Paul and Ana Maria Balan, that George was considering using as artwork for the first single ‘Impending Corruption’. This reminded George of how the painting had scared his son many years ago, who described it as the ‘dead painting’ or ‘Tablou Mort’ in Romanian. The guys thought that this was a good sounding name for the band, and changed it to the French spelling ‘Tableau’ to add some style and mysteriousness to it.
- “Veil of Stigma. Book I Mark of Delusion” album was released on June. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We’re all very happy with the album, it has been fantastic to see some of the excellent reception that it has gotten. I don’t think that there is anything we would want to change about the album. Perhaps it could have been a few songs longer, but it says everything that we want to about what to expect from our sound in the collection of tracks that were chosen for the album.
- Tell me more about “Veil of Stigma. Book I Mark of Delusion”? Album ideas etc…
When I joined the band earlier this year all the tracks had been written and needed vocal parts and lyrics. With the clear orthodox aesthetic of the band I was tasked with writing something within that field. Whilst a common occurrence in Black Metal is out and out anti-religious lyrics, I wanted to rather use themes from Christianity to explore problems within and outside of religion. One of the key ideas is the problem with dogmatic belief in anything, from religion, to government, to economic systems or even psychological boundaries. We’re all born with some sort of stigma inflicted by the culture that we have grown up in, creating what many people outside of such a sphere might call a delusion. Christianity is full of tales, fables and imagery that can be used to explore a multitude of things. I had a great time writing the lyrics for the album.
- Where do you take all the inspiration from?
The idea of an orthodox Black Metal band isn’t all too unique at the moment, but it is an idea that our guitarist and main songwriter George Topor has had for a long time. Musically, however, we take inspiration from a wide range of bands across the many sub-genres of extreme metal. There is a lot of very good Black Metal out there at the moment which has really seen the genre grow.
- In your opinion, what is the best way to define Tableau Mort’s sound?
Personally, what I like about Tableau Mort’s version of Black Metal is the diverse sound that we have. It is melancholy, harmonic and at times brutal. There is a mix of riffs, doomier sections and instrumental parts. Through the diversity, however I believe that we do have a signature sound.
- So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are currently playing as many live shows as we can to promote the album. Whilst we gather feedback on our debut album we are currently working on a follow up release which will have some more news on in the near future.
- What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
So personally, I listen to a lot of music in and out of metal. Two of my favourite metal vocalists are probably Devin Townsend and Joe Duplantier. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity in their extreme vocals, and especially the use of pitching in some of their screams. I tried to incorporate this on to some sections of this record. The general vocals in this record are typical black metal high vocals (for which I could add a long list of influences from the genre), there are some more DSBM (depressive suicidal black metal) shrieks in places that I’d like to use more in the future to add to the melancholy tone of the band. I think it is important to listen widely and take influence, but in the end it is important to find your own sound rather than try to copy others out and out!
- Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I don’t think there is anyone in particular that we all have spoken about. I suppose recently Neige from Alcest has been involved on a number of things, such as Saor’s latest release. I’d always be up for working with him as I am a big fan!
- What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We’ve made sure that you can access our music on all platforms, from Spotify to YouTube as well as Bandcamp. I suppose the most important resource in marketing is your audience, so we try to encourage our fans to share our music. We were lucky enough to be featured on some YouTube reaction videos recently which was great to see.
- Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I try to keep myself busy when I’m not working or doing things with the band. I’ve always been into video games, reading, movies and listening to other bands. Recently I’ve been rediscovering my love for miniatures by getting into the 40k universe.
- Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We’ve all got extremely loving and supportive families for which we are grateful for. My parents have always encouraged me to channel my energy into music.
- How’s the metal scene in London right now? How do you see the changes during the years?
There are lots of bands, lots of talent. It can be difficult to stand out sometimes through the sheer volume of music that there is. Though through multiplicity there is variety, and there are many good souls in the scene who we always enjoy catching up with at our or other shows.