Anthemon - Biography




The meeting of Sylvain Bégot, a guitarist, and Marc Canlers, a bassist, in January 1997 leads to the creation of the project ANTHEMON. The duet works on personal compositions, which are very quickly directed towards an Atmospheric and Doom metal style. (later described as " Sympho Doom " by the label Holy Records). The dark, powerful and melodious music of ANTHEMON is, at that time, enriched by a male death metal vocals / lyric female voice duality.

Very quickly, the project wishes to develop as a true band, in order to avoid the frustration of not being able to give concerts. In order to recruit motivated musicians, ANTHEMON decides to record its first demonstration, ' Nocturnal Contemplations', in June 1998, with the assistance of a soprano singer .
The good reviews of the CD, then a distribution by Holy Records make it possible on the one hand to supplement its line-up, and on the other hand to get known among the Parisian underground music.

Because the band underwent so many changes in musicians in one year, the arrival of appropriate musicians: Nicolas Joyeux on drums, Nathalie Bonnaud on female vocals, and Alexandre Kohler on second guitar, finally allow ANTHEMON to stabilize itself. Then starts the composing process of the songs that will feature on " Talvi ". In May 2000, the sessions of the " Talvi " MCD recording begin (TALVI means "winter" in Finnish). Its music is richer and more mature than in the previous release. The CD is released in November 2000. Good reviews and some concerts allow ANTHEMON to get well known around France.

In 2001, ANTHEMON is composing and preparing the recording of its debut album, " Arcanes ". The sessions are lasting from january to may 2003, shortly after SebastienLatour has arrived as a permanent keyboard player. " Arcanes " takes its shape and ANTHEMON gets a deal with Thundering Records. On this first LP, The band has worked a lot on efficience and atmospheres, and trusted Ahti Kortelainen from Tico Tico in Finland for the mix and Mikka Jussila from Finnvox, both in Finland, to give to the album the excellence of the scandinavian sound. The album is really appreciated both by the press and the audience. But as ANTHEMON starts to gain more and more weight within the Atmospheric Metal scene, both Nathalie Bonnaud and Nicolas Joyeux decide to leave the band in November 2003 for personnal reasons.

Including Loïc Malassage on vocals and David Verbecq on drums, the new line-up decide to increase the evolution of the band, working on some new music with male vocals only and a darker and more progressive style. The album that would become "Dystopia", takes its shape. Recorded in June 2004 and mixed in August 2004 by Ahti Kortelainen of Tico Tico Studio once more, this album shows ANTHEMON at the top of their creativity. The album can be seen as an original soundtrack of the terrible world described in the lyrics, where freedom of mankind is just an illusion... A world that looks very close to ours...

"We have Soma for feeding your lifelong coma"

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