METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Marion. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. How are you now that we are midway into 2019, everything going all right?
MARION VOLLE: I'm fine, thank you! I'm very glad that we have played several live shows in the last months to present our debut EP An Infinite Landscape and finally shot our first music video.
MPAP: It’s been eight months since your debut EP was released, so, let’s talk a little about it and also about your recent video, "The One Above All," shall we; but first, tell us about Swarmageddon that everyone needs to know? Tell us something that’s going to grab our attention and our eardrums and want more?
MARION: I can already tell you that we're currently working on our next album and I dare say that some of you will probably be a little surprised.
MPAP: Looking forward to that.Now let’s dive headfirst into the shallow end of the pool, what can we expect when we listen to An Infinite Landscape for the first time?
MARION:An Infinite Landscape is clearly a metal album mixing melody and aggression with a modern touch. We used a lot of synthesizers and music samples, and we are inspired by sci-fi movies and video games. This album can be seen as a sort of journey towards the end of mankind.
MPAP: A few of the standout songs found on it like are "The Last Escape," "Flying Monkeys," or "Survival Of The Prey." Is there a message you were trying to get across? Take us inside your mind during the lyric writing process.
MARION: Most of the songs were co-written by myself and a former bassist. The common point between these songs is based on the fact of the finiteness of our world caused by the human being himself. But I suppose that each person can find a different meaning from mine. I don't use any special methods for writing the lyrics of a song, but some of my readings can inspire me.
MPAP: Moving forward, your "The One Above All" music video, take us inside it. What’s it about?
MARION: The song "The One Above All" can be seen as the message of a Superior Being sent to human beings to put an end to their destructive deeds by eliminating them from the face of the earth.
MPAP: What’s next for Swarmageddon? New music, another video? Possibly a tour?
MARION: We would like to tour soon; we're going to try to organize this. But currently, we're focusing a lot on the writing process of our future album.
MPAP: Well after the new album, hopefully you'll be able to make it to the United States for a tour, or at least a few music festivals. So, everyone, An Infinite Landscape is worth picking up and listening to, you won’t be disappointed, but let’s put it down now and talk about you and your group in general. Black Sabbath and Nirvana each carved out their own music genre. And then Iron Maiden and Metallica have shown longevity in being a band. Each group has a legacy in the music industry. What legacy do you want for Swarmageddon?
MARION: Of course, I'd like Swarmageddon to exist as long as possible. I want people to feel touched by our music.
MPAP: Of course, it wasn’t just beset upon them, they each had to fight tooth and nail to get there. What have been some of Swarmageddon’s struggles as new up and coming musicians?
MARION: From the outset, we had a lot of line-up changes, which delayed the process of songwriting. And we have had to learn to know each other to play together. Then, the difficulty was and still is, to get concert dates, and to make a mark on everyone's minds and ears. We haven't signed with a label, and playing metal in France in a little-known band isn't always easy, and moreover, many concert halls and clubs have had to shut down. Playing music in a band also means to make financial investments to continue to exist and to play live in good conditions.
MPAP: Are you able to make it a full-time career, or do you have a day job to support what goes on in Swarmageddon?
MARION: I'm a psychiatric nurse and I love my job, but I would prefer to devote myself entirely to Swarmageddon.
MPAP: I’m sure you could ask Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, or even James Hetfield from Metallica about being together in a band for so long, and I’m sure they’d say they each had a motivation, a determination. So, if you had to climb a mountain and prove your worth, what could you state you have done so far or are willing to do for the masses below to show Swarmageddon is for real?
MARION: I don't know where we'll end up with Swarmageddon, but we're trying to use the most serious way for living our passion as much as we can. And we continually strive to improve our musical skills.
MPAP: Continuing with longevity, are you in Swarmageddon band for the long haul? Let's bring up Iron Maiden and Metallica again. Iron Maiden formed in 1975, Metallica; 1981. When you created Swarmageddon back in 2015, did you have a goal of what you wanted to do or even be, a 5-year plan more or less?
MARION: When I founded the band, I needed to have a creative outlet. Then, I saw its potential, so I didn't want to just play music in a garage for fun and perform a concert once a year.
MPAP: I have a good feeling you're in this for the long-haul and Swarmageddon is going to go far. Now, let’s talk about your hometown, Besançon. Besançon is a city in eastern France, near the border with Switzerland. I’ve heard the news; it’s scorching over there right now. Recently in the small town of Villevieille in southern France, the temperature soared to 113 degrees. I’ve seen it’s also claimed several lives. Very sad. Even though Villevieille is almost five hours away from Besançon, how are you holding up?
MARION: This is a very difficult situation for everybody, because people are not used to tolerate the heat outside. The only solution is to stay at home and have air conditioning when possible.
MPAP: What’s the music lifestyle in Besançon? Is the Swarmageddon death metal genre welcomed with open arms?
MARION: France is not known as being a metal fan country. In Besançon, the metal scene exists but I think the reggae, rock, or hip hop scenes are the actual dominants. Despite this, there are people who support our music.
MPAP: The title of your EP brings up a great topic to end this interview on. An infinite landscape, what does it mean to you?
MARION: For me, 'an infinite landscape' refers to the universe where many mysteries still remain to be discovered, or to the field of human consciousness.
MPAP: On behalf of myself and Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Marion, for doing this interview. We look forward to what Swarmageddon does to finish out 2019 and beyond. We hope you can reach the United States soon and pummel our eardrums. I’m sure you have a lot of fans here that would agree. Any last words for everyone out there reading this?
MARION: Thank you for this interview, it was a pleasure for me to talk with you about Swarmageddon! I hope you'll enjoy our music!