Interviews About Albums: De Mal En Pire - Sã Mo (2024)

In this new interview, we sat down with the Canadian Post-Metal/Sludge Metal/Post-Hardcore band De Mal En Pire to ask questions about their album "Sã Mo".

1. What can you say about this new EP/CD?

The first album "SãMo" invites its listeners into a world of brutal melancholy through a conceptual story narrated by powerful metaphors. The choice of French poetry symbolizes the band's patriotism for its Quebec roots, a risky but unique path in an industry dominated by the English language.

The music resonates with vibes akin to Cult of Luna, Deftones, The Ocean, and Mort MortMort, as they find similarities in their dynamic clear vocals, progressive melodies, and emotional themes. The ambient sound, poetry, and uniqueness of musicality make De Mal En Pire a vehicle of expression for those seeking solace in enveloping cynicism.

2. What is the meaning of the EP/CD name?

The album's name, "Sã Mo," is derived from phonetic language, referring to homophones included in some of the titles (Cent Mots, Sans Maux, Cent Maux, Sans Mot). A visual detail correlated with the concept and lyrical effort deployed in the album.

3. Which one is the composer of the CD/EP?

The album was collaboratively created by the lineup consisting of Rémi Brière-Aubé, Frédéric C. Smith, and Mick Mongeau, with additional assistance from Michael Chouinard, who is part of the musical journey surrounding the group.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

"L'Astre de Velours" is one of the songs that was initially created amidst chaos but has since become one of the band's most successful. It also stands out as one of the catchiest tracks on the album, all while retaining its post-metal edge.

5. Is there a special message in this EP/CD? If there is what it is?

During the height of the pandemic, our album sought to encapsulate the sensations of isolation, vulnerability, and psychological turmoil. Delving into deeper layers of both lyrics and melodies, we aimed to evoke a sense of ambiguity, mirroring the complexities of the human psyche amidst adversity.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

One of the songs on our album is titled "Cent Mots," spelled the same as the album name, which means "Hundred Words." The lyrics present one of the many challenges we set for ourselves. They consist of precisely 100 words, both in the written lyrics and when sung in the song. This constraint adds a layer of intricacy to the composition, requiring precision and conciseness in our expression. Through "Cent Mots," we aim to showcase not only our musical abilities but also our dedication to artistic experimentation and innovation. It's a testament to our commitment to pushing creative boundaries within our craft. (PDF in attachment - Track /)

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

Drawing inspiration from Théodore Géricault's "The Raft of the Medusa," our album "Sã Mo" delves into themes of abandonment and mental fortitude. Just as the survivors of the raft grappled with loneliness and desperation, we explored the internal struggle to persevere in the face of despair. Through metaphorical and indirect lyricism, we intentionally crafted an enigmatic narrative, inviting listeners to interpret and delve into the underlying emotions. While our words may seem cryptic, they offer profound insight to those willing to unravel their depths, fostering a rich tapestry of interpretation within a deliberately ambiguous structure. The album serves as a vessel for expression, particularly for those seeking solace amidst enveloping cynicism.

8. Something to add?

Here’s some assets worth mentioning:

Délire Mantique [official videoclip] -
L’Astre de Velours [official videoclip] -
Official website -

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