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Kadinja, the French metalcore collective from Paris, released debut record ‘Ascendancy’ last month, and like Trivium’s album by the same name, really nails what defines that specific genre in a clear way: aggressive progressive metalcore with a punch. We asked drummer Morgan about the intricacies on the album and while he might not have been able to answer all the guitarist questions yours truly always asks, he did a fine job!

By: Job | Archive under metalcore

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions! How have you been?
Hi, Morgan here, we’ve been kinda busy with the release but we’re more than happy !

Kadinja is a young, energetic collective from Paris. Would you mind introducing the band to readers that might not have heard of you yet?
Well Kadinja was first Perspectives and had to change the name, it became Kadinja three year ago, the band (Pierre Danel- Guitar, Nicolas Horbacz – Guitar, Philippe Charny Dewandre – Vocals, Jihane Langlois – Bass) released a first EP three years ago and I joined the band about one year and a half ago and we started working on 'Ascendancy'.

I feel technical metalcore has really started to become overdone lately, but you guys jumped out in originality and in your uncompromising heavy approach. Songs like ‘Stone of Mourning’, ‘Til the Ground Disappears’ and ‘Ropes of You’ are exactly what I mean by that. What would you say makes you different compared to other bands in the genre?
First we’re more than honored if people find that we pushed things in a good way. We agree on the fact that Djent coud be overdone, now we didn’t expect to make such a difference. Pierre Danel who composed most of 'Ascendancy' is one hell of a writer and musician and we all owe him a lot for that. But there’s no secret about the composition.

I’d like to go in-depth with some of the songs on the album that really stood out to me, if you don’t mind, starting with opener ‘Stone of Mourning’. I heard a lot of Veil of Maya vibes in this song. What made you choose it as the opening song specifically?
This is a song Pierre and I both like a lot and since the very beginning we wanted Stone Of Mourning to be the first song of 'Ascendancy'. We thought we had everything we look for in Djent music, aggressive groovy riffs, a cool chorus…and that part in the middle we like a lot. We never doubted about putting this one as opener for 'Ascendancy'

’GLHF’ features a solo from buff dude and guitarist extraordinaire Rick Graham. What was it like working with him?
Easy and super cool ! This guy is extraordinary, awesome musician and very very kind person. It was very excited seeing him working on this song, Pierre and him played a lot together, and Pierre and I should enter studio to record Rick’s next album.

’Til the Ground Disappears’ proves that you can really play like the best of them. How long have you guys been at it individually and what are some of your individual influences that make up Kadinja?
So the funny part for this song is that it was the easiest to create, the fastest to and the last one Pierre composed. It came for me asking him to make a song for people who don’t stand Djent, something simpler, efficient… I add clearly no idea what I was saying but Pierre made ‘Til the ground disappears in few hours. That was our test-song when we start mixing, to be honest that was the song we hated the most before the release but we knew it will touch a lot more people just because it has no blablabla in it, nothing complicated to understand. That was the first we recorded as well, she might seem complicated but it’s far from being the hardest song on this album.

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’Dominique’ has some incredibly interesting use of harmonics in the second verse, accenting some notes throughout an already heavily articulated riff before jumping into a very melodic chorus. Do you carefully balance melody with more rhythmic playing or do you tend not to think too much when writing songs?
I’m not the best here to respond, but I’ve seen Pierre working on song, everything goes pretty fast, it’s like he’s been thinking about it a lot, once he enters the studio it’s not to waste time, of course he adjusts a lot of things, but the intro is here, chorus and verse are already here somewhere in his end. Dominique is kinda different cause he didn’t make it like a pop song with things that will come back, it’s even quite hard to know what is the verse, what is a chorus, what is a bridge, an outro, 2 outros? Even I don’t really know haha, but that makes it a very special song.

’Ropes of You’ instantly reminded me of Periphery in both riff and vocals. I also heard some interesting lyrics. What can you tell me about the lyrical concepts on ‘'Ascendancy'’?
Phil always put a bit on himself in his lyrics, for every songs, but I think he puts a bit of you as well, I’m pretty sure you can find yourself in few of the songs he wrote, cause no matter how different we all are, we’ve been in the same shit at some point. Phil spends hours thinking about everything and nothing, we can have hours talking and talking about, life, love, death, any possible situation. He’s a really interesting person and some of his lyrics are really amazing.

’Seven (The Stick Figures)’ sounds a lot catchier than a lot of other songs on the album. What made you choose this as the closer of the album?
Well I can say I didn’t even want it on this album for that reason, he sounded kinda too happy for me, but Phil did a great work on this track and I must admit I was wrong about this song. We found positive vibes in Seven so we decided to close 'Ascendancy' with it. But at first it was clearly because I was not our favorite song ever haha.

What was the recording process like and what can you tell me about the gear used on the album?
Pierre recorded guitars first, then bass, then I did my stuff. After this Pierre decided for some reason to redo the guitars, this guy is seriously sick, even the pre production were more than excellent, so he basically recorded guitars three times for 'Ascendancy'… nuts. Then Phil put vocals late after us all, needed some time to feel ok with everything! I really can’t talk about gears cause I’m just a drummer, you know…

I’d love to see you in support of a band like Intervals, Monuments or maybe even Periphery and Veil of Maya. And plans of whipping up a small European tour and maybe hitting up Holland as well?
You mentioned four bands that we like a lot, would be awesome to play with them all at some point, had the chance to play few shows with Monuments in the past. We’re currently working on small tours but yea, would be awesome to tour with those guys!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of our questions! Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?
Well thank you first, and thank you all for welcoming 'Ascendancy' in a way we couldn’t even imagine!

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