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Doomed Confessionary: Théo Marchal (Orbis)

Photos by Joss Day

Orbis is a doom/death metal quartet from Metz, France. They just dropped their debut full-length album »Ad Astra« on March 30th, 2024 via Duality Records and Dogmatik Recordings. Recorded and mixed by Flavien Morel at Boudless Productions Studios. Artwork and layout by Steven Black.

Orbis are Jordan Crauser (guitar), Steven Black (guitar), Nicolas Zennezenne (drums) and Théo Marchal (bass, vocals).

Can you say a few words about your band?
Orbis is a doom/death band based in Metz that would like to export.

What was the biggest challenge for the band last year?
Finishing the final touches to the album in time.

What can you be most proud of so far?
On our album. It’s the first one, it’s a first real consecration. It remains to be seen whether it works, but we’re pretty confident about it, all the feedback we got until now are very positive.

What was your biggest regret?
Our drummer missed the release party because of health problems. It was a very important event for us and we had to play without him, it was not a decision taken with joy.

What was the best concert/tour so far and why?
One of our best concerts would have to be an event in Nancy where we played with 33 and Supertzar, who have become friends today, and also met a lot of very nice people in the audience. One of the best atmospheres we’ve had so far, although we’ve never had any complaints about a bad atmosphere with any of the other bands we’ve played with.

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
We’ve been a bit surprised that quite a few bands pull each other down, rather than creating and enjoying a mutual support that could benefit everyone.

What is currently in your heavy musical rotation?
Our personal tastes are very varied. We wouldn’t be able to answer 4 to this question, as our playlists range from Pink Floyd and Dying Fetus to Electric Wizzard, and even French variété for some of us.

Can you say something more about the music scene in Metz, France?
Since Covid, there aren’t many places left to play, which makes it pretty difficult to perform at home. But we make do with what we’ve got, and we always manage to get back on our feet. Sometimes good opportunities come along, like Witchthroat Serpent on April 27 in Nancy, for whom we’ll be opening!

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
At the moment, we have two concerts scheduled, on April 27 in Nancy (FR) alongside Witchthroat Serpent, and on May 18 in Châlons-en-Champagne (FR) alongside Demonauta. However, if a booker, or anyone else interested in getting us to play somewhere, reads this questionnaire, we’d love to hear from you!

What are your plans for the future as a band?
At the moment, we’re working on a second album. The songs will probably appear live before the album is released, so come and see us live!

How can people best support your band?
The best way to support us would be to buy our album and come and see us play live if you can afford it. We’ve spent a lot of money on this album because we’ve worked with some very talented people, and you can feel it when you listen to it. It’s not just Orbis, it’s a whole team. And now we have to break even.

Do you have any message for your listeners?
If you like our music, don’t hesitate to send us a message. It ALWAYS makes us happy, and motivates us to do better and better. We’re friendly, we reply to all messages, and for those who’d like signed albums, just ask us – they cost the same as a regular album. We hope to see you soon, to share a good beer in front of a beautiful stage!

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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