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"...Succubus Irons is a duet from Québec blending Doom metal and Progressive rock...its founder DooM also runs another project, named Doom's Day...I think that it would be good to sort out how these projects work, that's why mister DooM is in our virtual studio tonight!"

Interview with Doom's Day.
"I've always had an idealistic picture of Canada, so I always carefully watch for any Doom bands which appear there. Thus, I found Succubus Irons, a duet from Québec whose first album 'The Gorgon’s Lullaby' appeared to be an interesting and soft blend of Doom metal and Progressive rock. But when I dug deeper, I discovered that its founder DooM also runs another project, named Doom's Day, where he experiments with mixing Doom, Heavy rock and Punk! Well, I should probably say that there's not too much Punk. But I think that it would be good to sort out how these projects work, that's why mister DooM is in our virtual studio tonight!"

Talking to us today: DooM (Vocals, Electric guitar).[Photo: Eloise Chabot].

Hi DooM! How are you? What’s going on in Quebec?

Great! It's still cold here and it's almost summer. We got snow today!

How did you shape this combination of Doom, Progressive and Hard rock in Succubus Irons? From where did you start this musical journey?

It came along naturally. I’m the Doom side of the project and Genevieve is more the progressive side. We just blended our styles together.

The other half of Succubus Irons: Geneviève Francoeur (Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums).

How did you come up with this idea? I mean the mix of Doom, Prog and Greek mythology? It reminds me a little bit of Italian band The Black, with their album 'Gorgoni': have you heard them?

Including Greek mythology is just something I always wanted to do. When we started the project, I thought the subject was perfect for the musical style. We wanted to do something different. Usually when bands do something related to middle age or mythology, it’s mostly symphonic and pompous music. The goal was to be far away from this idea.

No, I never heard of this band. I will check them out for sure!

Lyrics based on Ancient Greek mythology are one of the main features of the album: why did you choose that, when most metal fans hail to Odin?

There’s a lot of amazing stories to be told in Ancient Greek mythology. I’m also a big fan of Ray Harryhausen’s movies. I love Jason & the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. They are great movies! We try to capture the same kind of magic as these old movies with Succubus Irons. They are raw and epic at the same time.

Oh! I’m glad that you choose old movies! I’ve seen the modern version of "Clash of the Titans" and it’s unbelievable crap! Did you watch the new versions of these movies?

Yes I watched them both. They’re watchable but forgettable movies. Nothing will top the original movie.

Succubus Irons is just you and Geneviève Francoeur: how do you usually work together? Who write basis of music?

There's no rules. We jammed most of the songs together. I usually write the electric guitar parts, the vocal melodies and lyrics. Genevieve writes all the acoustic guitars, bass and drums parts. She’s very talented.

'The Gorgon's Lullaby' album was recorded at The Four N' Half Sound Lab in summer 2014, and was released in April 2015 by PRC Music. Why did it take so long to release it?

Succubus Irons is really a personal project we share in common, Genevieve and me. We just want to do things right. There’s also a big time factor. We’re both busy with other projects. I’m currently working on the new Doom’s Day album. I’m also in another project called Wrath of Echoes. Both will hit the studio this summer to release an album and an EP this fall through PRC Music. They’re both time consuming projects.

What is Wrath of Echoes?

Wrath of Echoes is a new project I’m working on with some Doom’s Day members. It sounds a lot like Swallow the Sun and old Amorphis. I play guitar in this band and we released our first single last month.

As Succubus Irons' debut was recorded nearly two years ago, I believe that you already have a new material, isn't that so?

Genevieve wrote lots of new material. I heard some of it and it sounds great! We will probably start working on it next winter.

Succubus Irons – 'House of Atreus':

How do the new songs sound now? Will you keep the direction of 'The Gorgon's Lullaby' or do you plan to change your sound?

We don’t plan on changing anything. If there’s something different it will come naturally. There’s no planning with the way we work this project. It’s just about feeling.

What is the lyrical content of the new songs?

Ancient Greek mythology of course!

The best answer I expected to hear!

Haha! Sorry! To be honest I didn’t start writing a single line of lyrics yet. But I confirm the subject matter!

You were already in the band Doom's Day when you started Succubus Irons: why didn't you just express these ideas through one band?

I understand your point but I feel Succubus Irons is very different from Doom’s Day. There are some similarities on some level but Succubus Irons is more progressive and less aggressive. The subjects are also very different. I also work with different people on both projects.

Doom's Day: Frank Breton (Guitar), DooM (Vocal), Pat Gauvin (Bass) and Dominique Verreault (Drums).[Photo: Phil Rousseau].

How did Doom's Day appear? It was started as a duet, right?

Yes but Doom’s Day is a project I first did alone. I did it as personal musical trip. Then Antoine Guertin (Aeternam, Hillward) came along during the recording session and offered to do the drums. I published the project on Facebook and PRC Music (our actual label) contacted me for a deal. The rest is history.

Doom's Day – 'Sabbath Deadly Sabbath':

There are songs like 'The Devil's Eyes', 'Ave Satanas', 'Crush the Cross' and 'The Unholy' across both the Doom’s Day albums. How seriously are you singing such lyrics? Is it a tribute to the legacies of the metal genre, or is it a reflection of your own ideology?

It’s a mixed bag. It is a tribute to the legacy of the metal genre with a bit of my own ideology. There's a lot more than just praising Satan in Doom's Day. There are songs like “The Sorceress” about addiction, “Cathedral of Lies” about greed and “The Outsider” inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, to just name a few examples.

Okay, how much of your own life is in this songs?

Not sure if this will answer your question, but there are no songs of which I can say “Oh this is totally me or this happened to me”. Sometime it’s related to people close to me; not necessarily about me. As I said, it’s there but just on the surface.

Can you tell me more about the song 'The Outsider'? On which story is it based?

It’s based on a short story H.P. Lovecraft wrote with the exact same title as the song. It’s a great little story. I think telling you more about it would have the same impact as telling you the story of the Sixth Sense movie. It’s a first person story and you need to read it until the very end.

What are the main sources of your inspiration for Doom's Day?

From horror movies, religion, ghost stories to life experience. I give everything I have to this project. I talk about almost everything in a dark way.

What kind of horror movies inspired you to write certain songs for Doom’s Day? With examples please!

The Evil Dead for Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and The Exorcist for She’s Possessed.

'The Devil's Eyes' album was released two years ago, so you already have plans concerning the next record…?

Our third album “The Whore” will be released this fall via PRC Music and will feature eight new songs. Everything is written and preproduction will start next week.

Wow! What is the concept behind this title? Are you invoking the image of the Whore of Babylon?

The story behind this title is taken from an hypothesis about Jesus’ birth. The theory is that Virgin Mary had an affair with a Roman soldier named Tiberius Iulisu Abdes Pantera. Nothing has been proved of course, but imagine that everything started with a lie! This song explores this side of the story. Musically it will sound as a mix between Danzig’s “The Devil’s Plaything” and The Misfits’ “Die Die My Darling”.

Doom's Day – 'Black No. 1' (Type O Negative cover):

How does the new material sound? Does it continue along the lines of 'The Devil’s Eyes'? And do you plan to tour in the support of “Whore”? How often and where do you usually play gigs?

We want to stay true to the roots of ‘The Unholy” and “The Devil’s Eyes”. But we will expend further what you already know. We recorded ”Black No1”, a Type O Negative cover, last summer and it was really an inspiring experience. This kind of mood will be back on our next album. There’s no plan for a tour right now but we’ll definitely keep you posted if and when something happens.

Do you play live as Succubus Irons?

Unfortunately no. We’re thinking about it a lot. We want to do something special like maybe record a live session of a few songs. We’re still working on it.

Thanks for your time DooM! Let me know when you have some new tunes: that’s all for today, good luck!

Thank you very much for the interview Aleks! It’s been a pleasure.

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Interviewed on 2016-06-10 by Comrade Aleks Evdokimov.
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