By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A new singer and a mature change in musical direction brought about by new influences have since endeared French deathcore act HURAKAN to the masses, as they are set to soon release their third album via Lacerated Enemy Records (Vulvodynia, Wormhole), with the singles “Umbra” and “Asmodeus” as a glimpse of what’s to come.
Recommended for fans of Thy Art Is Murder, Aversions Crown and Slaughter To Prevail, HURAKAN will use this album as the chance to explore deathcore and opted for a “more technical and sophisticated” swing at the genre; a departure from their previous “slamming” sound.
HURAKAN are guitarist Maxime Maréchal, bassist Raphaël Darras, vocalist Danny Louzon and drummer Thomas Crémier.
The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with Maréchal/Darras about what they’ve been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – How was the band name decided?
Maxime Maréchal – “HURAKAN” is, in Mayan mythology, the God of Wind, Storm and Fire. We needed a name that inspires power, energy, heaviness and also something easy to remember, in one word. None of us are from Mayan ancestry, though.
Music Bugle – What was it like making your video for “Umbra”?
Raphaël Darras – Let’s set the picture – Covid is everywhere. It’s October 2020. France had a curfew at 9 p.m.. We had one day only. As you can guess, it was so much fun! We managed to shoot everything we needed, we worked with awesome people and the result makes us proud. It was not a chill day, but we enjoyed every bit of it.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Raphaël Darras – A lot of blackened deathcore. That’s where we all agree! However, also some rap, stoner and electro music. A lot of things. We’re really open.
Music Bugle – What made you want to “change up” your style?
Maxime Maréchal – This idea had been in the air for quite some time. All the lineup changes enhanced this desire for everyone. The departure of Quentin Parsy and Danny’s arrival in the band just confirmed it. We’d been around “slam” and we knew we would enjoy playing a deathcore more pure.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Raphaël Darras – Both, actually. If you know how to use them, you can gain a lot from them, but it’s a real investment in time and money and today, it’s mandatory to use them. If you don’t, it will hurt you, because you’ll drown in the mass.
Music Bugle – Would you say the band was deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Raphaël Darras – Yes, like everyone. We still managed to turn it to our advantage, because we’ve been working together remotely since the beginning, so we’ve lost great opportunity for gigs, but the next album will be out in advance!
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Maxime Maréchal – As far as all of us, hanging out with friends! Also, some sports for some of us. Also, Netflix, of course.
Music Bugle – What’s something that you wish happened less in today’s music industry?
Maxime Maréchal – Maybe that it’s too hard today for newcomers to gain visibility and play great venues or with bigger bands.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Maxime Maréchal – The penultimate song of the album. No reason in particular, but I composed most of the songs in a rush and at that point, I had no inspiration left! I had to rework it several times. It was complicated to follow my own progression, but now, it’s done and we all love it.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for as 2022 begins?
Raphaël Darras – To be back on stage… is our main motivation. For all of us. It has been hard to stay at home so long.