Country of Origin: France
- Kathy / growls, melodic voices, guitars
- Igor / growls, guitars
- Jeremy / bass
- Bertrand / drums
DYLATH-LEEN results of an alchemy of styles, vocals, sounds and
atmospheres that give it its so particular mark. In a Death-Metal
vein, the band draws its originality from the performance of a
surprising female singer-guitarist who mixes death, black and
melodic vocals in a personal and innovative style. The deep male
vocals, the polished bass and drum parts and the massive guitars
offer this band a unique personality on the Metal scene.
In 2002 DYLATH-LEEN releases its first album "Insecure" that
comes as a bombshell in the underground and pushes this atypical
band, when female death vocals still were unusual... This first
self-production will bring DYLATH-LEEN many opportunities, in
particular in Belgium, where a loyal fanbase will support the band
until the successor of "Insecure" was released, 6 long years later.
"Semeïon" hits the stores in 2008 and strikes loud, confirming what
first album had implied : DYLATH-LEEN is here to stay and impose
After touring with Arch Enemy and Samael, walking the mythical
stages of Hellfest and Metal Female Voices Fest, sharing the bill
with Vader, Obituary, Moonspell or Cynic, DYLATH-LEEN sweeps away
the prejudice with powerful shows and establishes as a safe bet of
DYLATH-LEEN is back in 2011 with "Cabale" which will undoubtedly
hit hard and will be a consecration, striking with a more
oppressive, more furious, more apocalyptic style... To be continued
1. Tonight we are talking with the Powerful Death Metal band Dylath
Leen. Thanks for doing the interview my friends. So for those who
are new to your music, they may not realize that you have actually
been around since 1999. When you first started there where only a
Death Metal bands with female vocals. How was Dylath Leen
received from fans at the start?
Bertrand : Hello, you're welcome! Well, that's a
fact, in 1999 there were very few bands with female growlers! It's
a thing that had been done by a band named CRISIS whose singer,
Karyn Crisis, was a huge influence for Kathy. Another famous band
with a female background growler was CYNIC (Dana Cosley used to do
brutal vocals and keyboards on the band's shows). But even the most
popular band in that musical genre, ARCH ENEMY, had a male
growler at that time. I remember our first shows, people were
surprised hearing Kathy do brutal vocals but the feedback was good
: in a way, that labelled us as an original band, on a live point
of view also.
2. In 2002 your first album came out, and was well received.
What was the feeling among the band at this point?
Bertrand : we had a very good surprise because,
even if we believed in our music and were happy to release our
first album "Insecure", we didn't expect to have such a good
feedback. We achieved to leave a mark and that is something we
would not expect. So the feeling was very positive and encouraging,
it gave the band a good kick after the line-up change that happened
at that time.
3. What was the goal for the band when you first started, and
has that changed over time.
Bertrand : we wanted a simple thing : write music,
play music, play our music live, and release our music. Finding
music on the Internet wasn't a common thing in 1999 so we made
everything we could to find financial support to make our first CD.
We avoided the "demo" step because we felt we were ready for a CD
album. It is something that has not really changed since then, we
still love writing and playing of course, and we still work hard to
find shows and festivals to play. Even if recording has become a
much easier process now, it it still difficult to find a label,
maybe even more difficult than few years ago! Fortunately we have a
good management team with us, 2wild4, that helps us in many
4. The Dylath Leen sound is absolutely brutal in every way.
Was this the intent from the beginning or just a result of the
Bertrand : It was our intention and that's why we
never wanted to release a demo. To us, music needs to be strong and
oppressive, it has to bring strange atmospheres, that's why some of
our riffs and keyboards arrangements can be dissonant. Music must
also reach the listener straight to his/her mind, and that needs a
lot of work on the sound for vocals and the instruments. Since
we're not a brutal-death-metal band, we have to find another way to
have that "brutal" feeling and that's an interesting thing to work
5. Does the band write as a whole or do you have one person
who does the majority of the writing?
Bertrand : Igor (growls, guitars) usually writes
most of the riffs, Kathy also wrote some riffs on our first album.
They share the work for the lyrics. When Igor brings a song we
usually add the drums and the bass, sometimes second guitar is also
written, then we decide together which riff could be repeated,
shortened, or placed anywhere else in the song... this is necessary
to give a soul to the song and we really work on giving each song
its own identity and atmosphere... and that's a way to not let Igor
write everything hahaha :D
6. The latest release from the band is called "Cabale" tell us
about the songs and writing of this album.
Bertrand : we wrote it very quickly, it is the
most spontaneous album we did so far. What has changed compared to
our first two albums, is that we didn't write the keyboard
arrangements ourselves. We asked Thibaut Basely, a friend of us and
also a professional musician, to bring his touch on these parts and
we participated in saying "yes that's a cool one" or "that sucks,
start over" :D
He brought the outside point-of-view we needed and that
helped us gain a lot of time in the writing process. The result is
stunning and we can't wait for the album to be released! We played
3 new songs live so far : "Never Rising Sun", "Forever... still"
and "I'm the crusher" and we're confident since the audience seemed
to love them.
7. I understand Seth from Septic
Flesh did the cover art for the album. Who produced the
Bertrand : yes, we loved Seth's work for other
artists and he could be very fast on working with us, we gave him
the lyrics, the album's general concept and the final artwork is
not so far from the first drafts he sent us. He made something very
dark and beautiful, 100% linked to the album concept. For the
production we recorded the album near our home, in Roncq (North of
France) with RomTomCat and the mix was done by famous Stéphane
Buriez (singer / guitarist in LOUDBLAST). Stéphane knows us very
well since he already worked on the production of "Insecure" and
the mix for "Semeïon" and his very good knowledge of metal always
helped us in releasing good records!
8. Is there anything you want to incorporate into the music of
Dylath Leen that you have yet to try?
Bertrand : well...it is something we don't really
think about, for example, in our new album "CABALE" the keyboard
arrangements are the most rich and complex we have ever written and
we realized how much our music needed that... but that was after
hearing them! So it was not something we needed to incorporate but
the result sounds like a natural evolution, which it is, indeed. I
don't know what we could bring next, let's be spontaneous :) But I
think our music will get even darker in the next
9. What is the next big goal for the band?
Bertrand : the Dylath-Leen albums have to get a
better distribution worldwide, that's what we are working on! In
the meanwhile we're trying to setup an online merchandising system
so the fans can get the CDs directly from us. We would also love to
keep on playing bigger festivals, play in new countries... step by
step we will achieve that! It's a mix of hard work, meeting the
good persons and a little part of luck.
10. In closing please leave us with any final thoughts or
Bertrand : OK, what can I say... it's a great
thing we can do such an interview via the Internet. It's a
fantastic tool that helps be in touch with fans, with the webzines,
magazines! Communicating has never been so easy with the e-mails,
websites, Myspace, now it's Facebook and who knows what the tools
of tomorrow will let us do?! I hope that people will keep on coming
to shows and see their favorite bands live, because that's what
music is meant to be : played and shared on stage! And that lets us
meet people for real which is great. Thanks Jason and Nocturnal
Euphony for your support!!!