Sacred Order Of The Music"
with Frédéric Isnard
are your musical beginnings and your more important influences
the beginning we all had different musical backgrounds
and influences from heavy metal, progressive rock, blues,
jazz, to classical music, soul or reggae music. But when
formed the band it was around what we had in common, and
it was metal and progressive rock. So very naturally bands
like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica,
Queensr˙che, UFO, Marillion, Pink
Floyd, Peter Gabriel and others were probably
our most important influences. But it is likely that each
one of us had less conscious influences from the rest
of our respective background.
music combines progressive and metallic influences. Is
the idea of the band to point toward the sound of what
is called Progressive Metal?
the beginning we just wanted to play our own compositions,
and in that time Prog Metal was not an acknowledged style.
And this has been a problem for years, because people
wanted to put us in a box. Either in heavy metal or in
progressive rock. And it could not match.
happened is that the music we were building was close
to what we call now “progressive metal”.
It was not a choice, it’s a result.
influence does each one of the Holy Graal's members have?
I said before, our musical tastes cover lots of different
styles. But for the majority of us, what we listen is
not necessarily what we will put in our songs. It was
probably different in our beginnings, but now it is two
different things. For example, when we listen to some
Sepultura album or Placido Domingo’s,
this will not automatically appear in our composition.
And surprisingly, we are not really aware of the new releases
and evolutions in the progressive rock area.
you have contact with other bands of the same style as
you in France?
we rather have contacts with bands from the South of France,
and they play various different styles (Eclat,
Mirage, Iris, Cyril Achard's Taboo Voodoo...
did you decide to take out an EP instead of a complete
a Signal… ”
is a self-production CD, and we could not afford a full-length
album in a limited time. What we tried to do is to add
few more titles to the 4 original present on the first
release. “Just a Signal… ” will
probably evolve as a software, even if this is not usual
for an album.
much rehearsal and did elaboration require "Just A Signal..."
difficult to say, as some titles were quite old and others
were new. On the top of that, we basically couldn’t
afford long recording sessions. The titles were already
"frozen" and we tried to arrive in studio as precise and
ready as possible. Therefore it did not take that much
time all together to record them.
there some special concept behind "Just A Signal..." ?
there is, but it's not only in “Just a Signal…
”. Most of the 25-30 titles we have
in the past ten years are linked to a more general script,
where you can you can find some universal themes but also
quite introspective moments. This goes from this character,
which wakes up in “Birds”, then expresses
some personal frustrations in "Insane", and becomes close
to a kind of relief in “Global Awareness”.
“Just a Signal… ”is expected
to present essential parts of the whole thing.
do you observe the musical present time of Europe? What
styles do you listen, besides the progressive rock?
have the feeling there’s a lack of solid novelty
and creation. It seems that lots of bands recycle existing
music (maybe because they are forced to). The bands we
use to like are very disappointing today, and the new
ones don’t survive their second or third album.
So finally we have fun with "old" albums or with today’s
short life music from different styles.
Yet Dream Theater could be corresponding to what
we expect (especially for Gil-keyboards and Cyrill-drums).
Apart of that, you can find heavy and death metal, noisy
pop rock and new metal, jazz-rock, flamenco, oriental...
in what we listen.
are your plans for the rest of the year?
may record one or two more titles, to increase “Just
a Signal… ”content, but the important
rendezvous with the people who follow us is the Prog
Sud festival in May.
you for your time
Frédéric. Do you want to add something
to finish the interview?
of common facts or stereotypes about Argentina (current
economic problems, beef production, elections, former
military regime, Tango…), we should know more about
your country. And especially regarding music.