Evan French- Drummer/Lyricist of Exmordium
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
A: Currently we are on a hiatus. Our guitarist Evan Page is in schooling for chemical engineering, and I was paralyzed from the ribcage down in a construction accident a year ago. In therapy and recovering. We are focusing more on our personal lives now- but still writing and practicing on our own.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
A: The earlier stuff was very much Amon Amarth and Immortal influenced black metal, but we have grown into our own recently with a more technical and progressive black metal, maybe in the vein of Dissection.
3.Some of your lyrics deal with Paganism, Vikings and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
A: Very Amon Amarth influenced in the early days lyrically. It seemed as an interesting topic to write about- the Dark ages. And in also using that as a medium to question death and life. Philosophy wise- it's the questions that need asking.
4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
A:The earlier lyrics were more about Vikings and Paganism out of interest and our roots.
Now they more reflect philosophy, the human condition, and social commentary. I find it necessary to question and try to answer the BIG questions in life- and in how we exist and coexist.
5.I know that the band name is 'Exordium and 'Mord' combiened to mean the Dawn Of Darkness. how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
A: I feel the name if very liberating in which it's not a defined word, it can mean many things to many people- and in that comes the freedom to be able to breathe and write in any way seen fit. Of course a dark undertone in the music and lyrics that come into play as well.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A: Many shows to name- just mainly the shows with good bands to play with and hang. Our stage presence is barely contained chaos, very balls to the wall.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A: None as of now...but sometime
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
A: Very mixed- our early recordings are shit, but our lives shows show and tell fantastically.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A:More of everything. You'll see...
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Influences are scattered but metal wise is Dissection, Autopsy, Tsjuder, Darkthrone, Windir, Monstrosity, Deicide, Inquisition.
Nowadays for me is mainly Jazz- and all those great drummers you know, 60's psychedelic rock, early Death/Black metal, and 60's and 70's folk
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Learning and exploring music and art, collecting music, writing poetry, hiking and traveling. Utilizing life.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Now everything is how it seems