Not many of you readers might have heard of this young band from France as they're not so much popular now, but their new release will probably open them new doors and new audience. HELLIXXIR is a band from my area and delivers 80's Heavy/Thrash Metal hymns, following the paths of their idols such as Megadeth or Metallica. "War Within" is their first full-length and yet assert some great riffs of Thrash Metal, delivering some harsh headbanging parts while some vocals will remind you of Metal Church. Guitarist Matt answered the questions…
|Hail, could you
briefly introduce you band to readers ?
HELLIXXIR is a fucking good Heavy Thrash Metal band from Grenoble, for sure Metal is still alive in France !
Why did you create a Thrash Metal band
and what are the bands that influenced you to write the early tunes of
Your band name is a mix between Hell
and Elixir with the addition of "x" as Exxplorer did back in
the 80's for instance, how did you end with such a name ? I don't know
why but your band name reminds me of a kind of XIXth French philosophers
and as these writers who used Absinthe as elixir for their inspiration….
is pretty influenced by the 80's Thrash Metal Bay Area bands such as Metallica,
Megadeth, Exodus, Dark Angel and so on, but excepted me being wrong you
were rather young when all these bands were at their top in the 80's,
so how does it come you feel close to this part of Metal ? Which were
the early Thrash bands you discovered ?
What is your
background in the Metal scene, did you play in another band previous to
HELLIXXIR ? When and how did you get into Metal ?
You second full
length has been unleashed through the French label Brennus Records, could
you explain how you ended under their wings ? What is the deal about,
I mean did you sign for further album ? And were there any other labels
interested in HELLIXXIR ?
you explain a bit the concept of the release ? The title album creates parallels
between your line up troubles you've been through and the unstable human
behaviour is that right ?
Yes, I think this album is the rebirth of HELLIXXIR and the end of an era. In such a point, we can establish a parallel between the line up troubles we had in 2004 and the whole concept as following: "War Within" is a concept album that deals with the theme of Human Behaviour when sick. Immersion in a chaotic world where each individual is contaminated by a parasite, making them unpredictable, irrational and violent. Partially awake, Mankind questions its actions and its future, starting a true inner fight: WAR WITHIN.
What is the meaning behind "War
Within" cover album ? Is it a kind of burning foetus in the bubble
? Furthermore, there's a rising sun behind the bubble, which could be
interpreted as a kind of new hope or more brilliant future….
Lyrics from "Mr Hide" some
kind of reminding me Mercyful Fate even though your lyrics are not as
evolved as the Danish mastermind, do you agree with me and are you influenced
by his lyrics when creating yours ?
keep on the "Mr Hide" lyrics, the end of the song mentioned
grave desecration and a lost man in a graveyard. These images brought
me in mind 90's Scandinavian grave desecration from B.M. scene, is there
any connection to them ? By the way what is your view on religions as
a whole and on Satanism ?
|According to me,
the lyric department of "War Within" would have needed much more
time. Songs such as "Tears Of The Christ" are really down to Earth
and sorry for this but useless. Don't you think that you could have come
with more complex
To my mind, you are right: this song seems to be useless and doesn’t reflect well Hellixxir’s music now. You probably know that playing in a band sometimes means to do compromises and choices. This was the case and it reflects Hellixxir’s difficulties trough the past. You are right, maybe this song could have been more personal… nothing is perfect. But I want to thank Pascal TOURNOUD for playing guitar with me on that song.
your song is rather humanist as you point the violence through war and
suffering people from these events through "Of Rage And Violence",
so do you consider as lover of mankind ? I noticed that back in the 80's
even though many Thrash Metal acts were pretty aggressive through their
lyrics they wrote many songs against war and chemical warfare (i.e. Whiplash,
Toxic, Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Kreator, Sodom and so on…), is that
the same from HELLIXXIR…?
|How does it come
that "Kill The Parasite" is a bonus tune on your web site and
doesn't feature on your release ? By the way who are those parasites you're
dealing with ?
“Kill the Parasite” should have featured on War Within, but this song was not completely achieved at the recording session in terms of lyrics, rhythm, melodies and arrangements. We only put the middle part of the song on the web because we thought this was really great !
How do you write a HELLIXXIR's tune
? Who come in first with his musical part ? Many of the impressing artists
being from musical field, literatures, painting used drugs and hard addiction
substances to get the best of themselves. I mean they needed to go beyond
their everyday mind to get the worst of themselves and create something
unique. Do you believe that you need this kind of state of mind to compose
your tunes, have you ever tried to explore this unknown part of your brain
this way ?
What is your religion with religions
? Do you think that all Metal bands must deal with religions ? Do you
consider yourself as antireligious ?
Thanks for the answers, end
this int' as you wish…