Andrew: Yeah it sounds fantastic. It has a bit of everything that you guys have done over the years. Obviously it has a lot of groove and is heavy but there's a lot of melody on there as well which is always good to hear.
JF: Thank you! It was a goal of ours to try to keep the idea of the band, the roots of where we come from but at the same time include modern influences and who we are as musicians and artists today and that was always the goal. And I think we achieved it in a big way on this album.
Andrew: Of course you guys will be hittng Australia in December which we are looking forward to immensely. What can we expect on this tour?
JF: We're gonna give a good show and I'm glad that we are starting with Australia on this tour because we're going to be the headlining band and that gives us a longer set time to play a lot of new songs as well as the classics from the band. So we are coming in prepared with a lot of new and old stuff and we're going to come with a show with all the sound and lighting, we are working on a lot of stuff right now and we're coming with all we have so we're gonna give a good 200% and hopefully people come out and check us out. Last time we played Australia which was 4 or 5 years ago we had a great time so we are really looking forward to this run.
Andrew: Is this the first time you are headlining?
JF: No not in Australia, we were headlining last time as well. But we were supposed to go to the United States this month to support Sepultura and our set time was only 45 minutes and we were wondering what songs we were going to play as 45 minutes is not a long set time. But the tour got cancelled because they had problems with their work visa so they had to pull the plug at the last minute and now the tour is not happening. So we are officially starting this year with Australia.
Andrew: Well that works out in our favor as we get to see you guys first on this tour then!
Andrew: As mentioned before you guys have been around for a long time now. A lot of bands that have been around for as long as you guys have usually do some kind of anniversary thing like play one of their albums in it's entirety. Is this something that you would consider ever doing sometime?
JF: Yeah maybe in the future. I really like writing new music and to me that's one of the parts that I really enjoy is to actually sit down at home and come up with new songs. But I think we could do some kind of old material tour or say like what Iron Maiden did with Back In Time, like all those stuff so it might be neat later on to do a tour like that for sure.
Andrew: Which album from your back catalogue do you think you would play? I was thinking maybe "Sorcery" or "Serenity Of Fire".
JF: Yeah "Serenity Of Fire" I really like that record or "Shadows & Dust" would be a good one. "Serenity Of Fire" there's a lot of good things on there or maybe a medley of the older stuff (or play) each track from the old records and do an old classic type of tour, that would be an idea.
Andrew: Yeah definitely. Well it's been an absolute pleasure talking to you. As I said the new album sounds fantastic and we are really looking forward to seeing you guys in Australia in December. Thanks again man!
JF: Awesome, thank you very much and thanks for your time.
Jean-Francois spoke to Andrew Schizodeluxe November 2013