| Ave Sargatanas,
let's start this short interview with one usual question – tell us
more about the story of Franang Zine. Why did you decide to create this
piece of art and only music has been the main reason for that or maybe something
Hail, the stuff started as a simple 16 A4
pages newsletter called Svarte Stavkirke, then after 2 issues I decided
to turn it into a full zine, with more pages, a better lay out and more
reviews. Now, I'm working on the 6th issue of Franang Zine. Only few copies
of the 5th issue are available and ¾ of the 4th issue, all the other
ones are sold out. I wanted to go farther than just buying the albums or
demos of bands I liked, some of them really deserve(d) more attention in
the scene and I wanted to pay tribute to their great Metal so that's the
main reason why the zine exists.
More for contributor, design… who are the first people
to help you or do you do everything by your own ?
In the first issue of Franang Zine, the singer of Satanel (from Italy)
did few reviews, then in the 3rd one, a friend of mine from Paris also
did 3 or 4 reviews but excepted that I did everything by my own being
the int', the lay out, the flyers design and the distribution… It's
useless to tell you that it takes me a great amount of time….
What is your opinion about the current situation of the world
wide underground ? Isn't sucks too much ? Maybe the real spirit of the
scene has been lost ! And where is the place of today cult acts in your
country – France ? Which is the most dark and brutal bands, labels,
zines, fests… Is it still remains like that in this huge ocean of
The scene is not so much shitty if you look to the underground
side only, just check great bands like Sabbat, Gospel of the Horns, Unpure,
Nifelheim, Avenger, Törr, Morrigan, Desaster, Urn, and so on…
All these acts have the real feeling of what Metal is and how it should
sound. We must really support them and stop being nostalgic of Celtic
and Bathory… these bands need the Metalheads right NOW and not in
15 years !!! Of course the 80's bands miss a lot in the scene as they
did everything which lead the Metal to this point… Obviously if
you only concentrate on faggots like dimmu borgir, marduk, immortal and
the other bands who only want money and a "clear" sound, this
side of the scene is completely rooted !!!
The French scene is pretty poor in great bands, I could mention Vulcain,
Death Power, Sortilège, and early Aggressor for the 80's, when
it comes to the actual bands I listen to Arkhon Infaustus, Gorgon and
Nehemah. The very first demos of Vlad Tepes and Bekhira were raw too.
About the labels we could say that we have strong labels like EAL, Drakkar
or Osmose (even if some of their new releases completely suck).
Is the Underground an art for you ? And fooling way – are
you an artist ?
us something about your personality : do you have other underground activities
like playing in a band.. any regular job, family… Which is your kind
of favourite bands ? What do you think of global economy of the world, EU,
religious freaks ?
I'll never consider Metal as an art which means that you always tend to
perfection and beauty. Metal must be evil, raw and dark. Classic music
can be an art, but what is this bullshit that Metal is art ? We are not
into an art gallery, we are in gloomy room playing harsh riffs. I'm not
an artist and I'll never be one !!!!
Hoooo, this question has many different fields !!! Excepted the
zine, I play sometimes in a band (a kind of Death/Black one) but nothing
has been released yet. When it comes to my favourite bands the list could
be very long as I listen to Heavy Metal to Black since more than 10 years,
so you could find the list among the
bands I've interviewed in the 2 last issues (plus the 6th one which will
be out soon), and you could add Destruction, Sodom, Exodus (the first
one), Living Death, Angel Dust, Iron Angel, Minotaur, Slaughter Lord,
Stormwitch, Holocausto, Piledriver, Root, Torr, Beherit, Death, Exumer,
Gravedigger, Bathory. I'm a freak of the Aussi scene and of the 80's Germany
The World wide economy is just an amazing organisation of bastards who
only trust in the stock exchange system and all the money are lined to
this system then we call it "modernity"….fuck them !!!!
When it comes to religious freaks they must be exterminate without mercy
'til the end !
Speak about your interest besides
music… Do you like philosophy, porno movies (French are from the
best), medieval times, winter, darkness ? How is the girls in France,
they kill in everything or am I wrong ???
I'm meanly interested in music as I spend many times listening Metal.
I read many books about the VIII-X century as I'm into a medieval re-enactment
group, and mainly books about Barbarians or Vikings, which is the period
of History that interests me the most. Winter ??? Where is winter in France
when it's 10 degree in December, every winter darkness has gone since
the world is so much polluted !!!
Girls in France are like in any other countries, most of them listen to
rap or shit like that, they are dressed like rasta or baba cool and enjoy
the shitty culture from the south !!! Hopefully some of them are not so
stupid but they are very few. In the local scene of my town I don't know
any woman who is really into real Metal as they prefer to listen to sweet
Metal or rammesteim like stuff ! The only woman who rules is Cath from
Leather and Spikes but she lives in Quebec !!!!
What do you think of our universe as an endless chaos or just
a part of another one ? Describe you visions of death… Are you afraid
of death or maybe you do not believe in this matter ?
I'm an extremely rationalist guy thence I don't believe in any unnatural
force or a kind of hand that lead the universe. This kind of though are
just good for simple mind who can't think by themselves so they ask the
other to think for themselves, this is also the principle of sect and
the most well known sects are christianity and islam. My visions of death
are just a rotted cadaver 6 feet under, period !
Say something about next Franang Zine issue… Which interviewed
bands we may find and how many pages will it contain if it's not a secret
The next issue of Franang Zine will be the 6th one, and it should
be released while you're reading this fucking int' (April 02). There's
no secret about the summary and here's the list : Exmortem, Suicidal Winds,
Throneaeon, Mortem, Goat Horns, Lonewolf , Arckanum, Throneum, Iron Pegasus
Records, Avenger, Dekapitator, Unpure, Gospel Of The Horns, Leather’n’spikes
‘Zine, Twisted Tower Dire, Satan’s Metal Records, Abyssic
Hate, Abominator, Morrigan. Up to this day I'm still waiting for 3 or
4 int'. So, you can expect a totally Black/Death Metal oriented zine,
in the pure UG way.
Ok, we're at the end. What do you know about Bulgaria ? Have
you heard any bands from there ? And what the hell means Franang ?
Thanks a lot for your support man, it was a great int' to answer
to. What I know from your country is that you eat plenty of yoghurt, hahahah
!!! No seriously I know very few from your land excepted that the Huns
invaded it 17 centuries ago. I know 2 bands from over there which are
Korozy and Sabrax, but I can't tell you if they are still playing or not
Everyone asks me for the meaning of Franang and I must say I'm proud to
find it as anybody else has ever used it. So, the word is taken from the
Northern mythology and it's the downfall where Loki hides himself.
Good luck with your zine as it's not so obvious to lead one !