RouteNote Exclusive Interview: Nevercold

In 2006 three men came together to jam metal. With the addition of a bassist they became the French “Rock’n’core” metal band Nevercold.
Hailing from Rhône-Alpes in the south-east of France Nevercold released their eponymous debut EP in 2007. Since then the band have spent their time playing numerous concerts and have recorded three full length albums.
The track ‘My Bleeding Remains’ was used in a compilation of the best tracks in the French metal scene. This release expanded their presence outside of France and they have since gained fans in Switzerland, playing gigs at various arenas there.
Nevercold have just released their killer third album ‘Rebirth‘ online with a physical release due on the 31st October.

How did you meet and start playing music together?

It wasn’t a conscious attempt to form a band at first. We were trying to jam some metal riffs just for fun while there were just 3 of us. We weren’t taking this too seriously but we quickly wrote some catchy tunes so we decided to give it a go – and one bass player later we were ready.

Nevercold metal play live

What has been your favourite experience since being in the band?

The last studio session was a real blast for all of us, we pretty much got rid of our creative limits and every one of us was really involved in the overall production. Things like clean vocals all together (Lonesome Ranger) or a quite unique song intro (Under My Skin) were stuff we’d never have done before. It took us years to develop our own personal sound, but we took a huge leap forward in this direction when writing and recording this album.

If you could choose anyone to collaborate with who would you choose?

Having a song featuring Phil Anselmo (Pantera vocalist) would definitely be like the dream come true when thinking of great names in metal we could collaborate with. Not only for the vocal performance but also for the man himself.

Phil Anselmo Slayer
Nevercold’s dream collaboration would be with Pantera’s Phil Anselmo ©MarkScottAustinTX

What do you imagine you would be doing if you weren’t doing music?

We’d probably do absolutely nothing together because we’re so different individually. Music is the only thing that unites us. Basically, it works for us if we start to jam; If we start debating over something, nobody knows where it will lead but certainly not to a killer new song! You get the idea…

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take one song each to listen to, what would you choose?

Wow, tough one! Most of us vote for ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash

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Do you have a favourite track out of all of your own music?

That would be ‘Lonesome Ranger’ from our last album ‘Rebirth’. We had lots of fun writing the lyrics all together and this song really feels like a wild and lonely trip in the west. It would really fit a movie’s ending sequence. We played the track live a few times and it’s a song that pretty much wins the crowd over every time.

What advice would you give for other aspiring musicians/DJs/producers?

No matter the level you’re playing at, amateur or pro, it’s a lot of work to be able to rock the stage, but those moments when the band and the audience suddenly become one – it’s a feeling worth every sacrifice. Never give up!


Nevercold

Facebook – www.facebook.com/nevercold

Bandcamp – nevercold.bandcamp.com

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/nnevercoldc

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