Moonreich released their debut album, Loi Martiale, earlier this year after their formation in 2008 and reaching a final lineup in 2010. Sounding similar to Swedish black metal bands such as Watain and Marduk, Loi Martiale is certainly an early contender for album of the year so far. We talk to Weddir, guitarist and founder of the band to learn more about Moonreich.
Weddir: I started the band in 2008 and did it alone, it was a solo project, no ambition to have a real line up at all. Then I tried to find musicians in 2009 and did one show, which was really bad. I recorded an EP named Zoon Politikon. Since 2010 we have a totally new line up and recorded the first album, Loi Martiale.
We understand that the current lineup has been put together for a year already. How has it been working out for the band so far?
The 2010 year has been very good for us, we recorded Loi Martiale and started to make some more serious gigs in France. This is a very strong line up with strong devotion for Moonreich. We are now preparing for few selected shows in some cities of France.
What does the name of the band mean? Roughly translated, Moonreich seems to refer to the realm of the moon, yet “reich” seems to have a reference to the Third Reich in Germany. What is the significance of the band name and how does it relate to the band’s music?
Moonreich means a lot for me, this name is of course a metaphor. It represents for me the chaos inside the human mind. I really hate people and it’s this hate I want to create with Moonreich by the songs and by the lyrics. Anyone can see different meaning for Moonreich, some people seems to understand that reich is only about Third Reich, I understand it cause we are speaking about war which is a great inspiration for us, not only a lyrical theme.
The band recently released the debut album, Loi Martiale earlier in the year, and is definitely one of my current favourite albums so far for this year. How has reception towards the album been so far?
Thank you, I think we had some good receptions and some less good. I don’t give that much intention to that.
The album art features a scenario of a war, complete with a skeleton in a soldier uniform and a tank in the background. How did the concept of the artwork come about?
The artwork totally represents the spirit of Loi Martiale. A French artist did the cover for us and I did the rest of the artwork. The visual represents death and devastation, like I said, this is a really great inspiration for us.
For fans of the band who are unfamiliar with French, would it be possible to tell us about the concept behind the album? What are some of the more significant and important points that the band is trying to bring across?
Yes, the concept is about the trauma due to war. We speak about a soldier who hung himself after war because he couldn’t live anymore with the souvenirs of war. The lyrics are not directly about war on the battlefield but more about human mind in war and after war, the great torture of soul.
The album title, Loi Martiale, along with the song titles seem to suggest that the band’s lyrical contents are influenced heavily by warfare. How did the interest in war begin, and why the inclusion of these interests into the band’s music?
This interest in the band’s music came naturally for me and I have to say that I watch a lot of documentaries about WWII. Playing Monreich songs is like being in war for me.
On the closing track, L’aube de cristal, there is a bagpipe solo towards the end of the song. How did the idea of including bagpipes into the song come about?
This song is about our hate against monotheism. It is about the actual situation in France, the current Muslim invasion that I think will make a civil war. The bagpipe is truly a traditional instrument in France and I think French traditions will be lost soon, that’s why we decided to include it in Loi Martiale.
After the song, there is also a hidden segment featuring an organ instrumental before ending off with the sound of howling wind. What is the significance or meaning behind the inclusion of the organ instrumental track?
The organ has a very particular sound, the sound of death, I guess. We did think that it is a good way to close this ceremony, the final touch of death. The wind represents the emptiness after war.
Also, what are some of the influences that the band draw upon when writing the music? We hear a whole range influences, ranging from Marduk, to Watain, to even folk metal in the album. Are there any non-metal influences?
Of course I personally like these bands but I can’t get any inspiration on other band. When composing, I’m much more inspired by documentaries, books and story of war. I don’t listen to folk metal at all.
Now with the new album released, what are the plans for the band in the near future?
We are doing some selected shows in France and we started slowly the composition for next album.
Thank you for taking the time off to answer our questions, the last words are all yours!
Thanks you for your support, hope we will play in your country one day !
Album Review: Moonreich – Loi Martiale