1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a french black metal band formed in 2012 by members from the underground scene of Bordeaux. Our first album "Post Ecstatic Experience" have been released in april 2015 on Emanations, a division of Les Acteurs de L'Ombre Productions, a french black/avant garde label.
2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We would describe it as dark, occult but also ethereal, melodic and mesmerizing. Those two sides reflect the album theme, and lead the listener in a hypnotic spiral.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Lyrics evoke the duality between rapture and collapse. Each song offer its own approach of this concept. For example we broach this idea through themes as loneliness, mourning, naive faith etc...
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lifestream'?
We wanted a powerful name, mystic and mysterious, which stand out from traditional names in the black metal circle. Lifestream can refer to many things, as an invisible force who links everything around us, or as existence itself, whose death is a part of it. Its meaning can be understood in different way. Finally, it's a name who describe us pretty well.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We did not play so many show during those three last years but each one is occult, messianic, tragic and bright. Visually, there is a will to think outside the box and not to fall into usual black metal cliché, using for example light clothes.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Lifestream will play a gig in Bordeaux at the end of May with The Great Old Ones, and other shows in France on which we're working on, but no tour is planned for this year.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Feedbacks are positive and encouraging . We think people are surprised, but at the moment, this is too soon to have an opinion. Our Label LADLO make a great effort to promote our album.
8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Currently , we are working on new material. Our aim is to push to its limits the two faces of our music. More occult, more mind-blowing.
9.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?
We all listen a lot of different kind of music but all of us are in black metal stuff of course. Some listen death metal, hardcore or rock and other styles which have nothing to do with the metal scene. Our influences are large, if we had to name some bands it would be probably Enslaved, Ascension, Emperor, Mayhem, Darkthrone... But our personal influences allow us to incorporate different elements into our black metal vision.
10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Art, and particulary music, is a privileged way to access to occultism. From our point of view, our music, visual or lyrical themes have to be occult to bring us to introspection. In this sense, we want people to think about themselves. Our vision of occultism is purely artistic and philosophical.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
( désolé, on ne sait pas trop quoi répondre )
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks to all the people who support us and thanks to you for your interest ! Keep the grey flame alive !