CF: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
OM: I was born in Saumur which is a small city in the Midwest of France, very renown for having good wine here, a medieval castle surrounding La Loire River and also the renown military equitation school which is called Le Cadre Noir.
CF: What sort of kid where you growing up?
CF: Did you have a lot of friends in your early teenage years or were you more of a loner?
CF: What were some of the early styles of music you heard this would be before metal.
CF: Now how did you end up discovering the world of metal and what were some of the early bands that you heard? Do you still like those bands today?
OM: I had by chance discovered a radio show, it was called Nytroglycérine (RPS FM on 95.8 the radio still exists but not the show!), I could camp at my parent’s house, the guy was alone and played all the heavy/hard-rock/thrash Metal of the mid-eighties such as AC-DC, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Slayer, Venom, Judas Priest, King Diamond, Metallica, Overkill, Van Halen, Dio, Def Leppard…, twice a week, on all Wednesdays and Sundays night, every two weeks he dedicated the radio show to listen to a whole full-length album on air and I recorded them on a cassette, well I copied many many many songs of so many bands, and made some great compilations tapes for my own, it was truly my first gateway to the world of Metal but it wasn’t easy to tune the station properly, living a bit too far from the emitting radio signal I think, I had to fix a wire to the antenna almost to the ceiling to be able to listen to the radio show, sometimes when it was raining I couldn’t listen to it or mono only not stereo, it was my… ritual!
I rarely listen to these old bands today and what they released later wasn’t that entertaining to me, but I’ll give a try on the new AC-DC which is just out now, they’re my favourite with Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer but I don’t listen to them anymore now, except the old albums until 1992.
CF: Now underground metal? Was it a style you took right to or did it take a few listens to get into? What were some of the early bands that you liked and do you still like them these days?
OM: I found the first Immolation album Dawn Of Possession on tape version in a big supermarket, I had no clue about them and bought it from the cover artwork which was very attractive in my eyes, also found the logo very good, when I played it I didn’t understand what was going on, it was so weird, difficult riffs and solos to get into, they were extremely intricate and twisted to me, recorded from another dimension I had never heard that before, took me many listening’s but I never gave up to finally appreciate it fully as a genius album! For the story, I found their last CD Atonement in that very same big supermarket too!
These two guys were also in touch with another guy I knew who was organizing a bus to go to a concert, that guy was in the same boarding school as me, he later also ran another radio show which I took over the place after he quit, he taped me full albums by Entombed, Dismember, Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, Suffocation, Benediction, Incantation… he had a job and could find and buy all albums that were circulating at the time, he definitely was a freak, driving his car with his friends to Amsterdam and came back with weeds, hash and Metal vinyl’s tapes, cds, I imagined his car was full on!
CF: Now what were some early magazines that you read? I imagine Kerrang/Metal Forces and Metal Hammer would have to be on that list right?
OM: I didn’t find Kerrang in stores but yes Metal Forces, Metal Hammer and Hard Rock mags were the ones I checked occasionally but just for the reviews, I knew that when a band got a bad review, I’ll sure like the album and checked it, for instance, Winter “Into Darkness” had a really bad review, I found the tape in a record store and became a fan of these doomsters immediately! (Yes, I mostly bought tapes in the beginning, I had no cd player yet!)
CF: What was the first metal concert you went to and what was the first underground metal show you went to?
Another show I remember was Agressor on June 12th 1993, my parents left me there and I was coming back home with the aforementioned friends who had a car, they played with many punk/rock bands that day, no needs to say that we were only there to see the French Death/Thrash legend, they had their second album Towards Beyond out at that time probably one of the very few first CDs I ever bought!
CF: When did you first learn about fanzines? If you remember, what were some of the 1st ones you read or saw?
CF: Now back then how was the underground metal scene in France?
CF: Did you do any writing for any other publications before starting up Liquid of Life fanzine?