Black Metal has always been under
constant reinvention, these will of
change have resulted into some quite
interesting proposals and into some
major failures as well… The sound of
Netra certainly belongs to the first
group; the introspective, yet powerful
sound of “Mélancolie
Urbaine”, the band’s first full length,
is definitely a puff of fresh air… So
we contacted Steven Le Moan, the
mastermind behind this project, to talk
about his quite uncommon and obscure
music… Here’re the results…
by Alvaro Pacheco)
Hello Steven, first I would like to
thank you for giving us this interview.
Netra is a quite new entity, “Mélancolie
Urbaine” is the first “massive” offering
of your band.
Can you tell us
about the demo-era Netra?
I'm afraid there's not much to say about
it… I have indeed recorded two demos.
The first one, "..emlazh" is an attempt
at depicting the ultimate escape from
urbanism. it tackles the topic of
suicide in a somehow romantic manner.
The second demo, "Mélancolie urbaine" is
but a draft of what became later netra's
What was Netra
doing during the four years between your
demo 2006 and this first full length
Let's just say that I've been slowly
giving shape to this first album, taking
Can you tell us why your last demo has
the exact same title of your album?
This demo contains earlier versions of
songs from the album.
What the name “Mélancolie
Urbaine” means to you ? Can you tell us
why you choose this title to enclose the
concept of your album?
It is an expression that is actually
linked to a lot of memories and
feelings. I couldn't have called this
album otherwise, it wouldn't have made
Your music is a
very refreshing form of Metal… How would
you describe the sound of Netra?
Tricky question…i think I will pass this
Your music has been
labeled by many as “Depressive” Black
Metal (even when I’m not completely
agree with this asseveration) …What do
you think about it?
I don't care really.. I express what I
have on my mind, everybody is free to
interpret the result his own way.
Actually, I think that over-labeling an
album is a quite wrong thing to do since
it completely influences your listening.
In the end, it's more like a commercial
thing. And, after all, isn't depression
underlying when it comes to black metal
? I don't understand the need to
emphasize so much something obvious.
“Depressive” or “Suicidal” Black Metal,
I would like to know your opinion about
this incredibly popular tendency.
Well, I think that conveying depressive
feelings through art requires a certain
amount of honesty, not with the
audience, but with yourself. I kinda
doubt that all these so-called
"depressive" artists have ever
experienced real depression, which is
somehow ironic. Now, even though I have
very few consideration for a majority of
these bands/projects/whatever, there are
always exceptions. Anyway, we live in a
society in which the lack of respect for
oneself has become fashionable. Being
suicidal is fun !
interesting non-Metal references at “Mélancolie
Urbaine”. Can you tell us about your
Let's say that I have no boundaries in
terms of style, as long as the music is
somehow touching. It is of course very
difficult to define one's influences,
but I would say that Joy Division has
influenced not only the music but also
the creation of netra. They have had a
very strong impact on my vision of
music. I'm also quite fond of a german
jazz act called Bohren und der club of
gore, they have a very unique approach
of the style. Rob Dougan's Furious
Angels is also among my favorite albums
ever. So many names could fit here
actually… I guess it would be easier for
me to talk about my "metal" influences,
as they are probably fewer.
How was the composition process of this
Quite long actually, I always come up
with new ideas to throw in, even now.
Are you satisfied
with the final results of this album?
What about the audience’s response?
I don't know a single artist that is
honestly satisfied of his work. This is
what you get when you try to depict
human emotions. As for the audience's
response, I must admit that I've been
positively impressed about all the
feedback I got, I honestly didn't expect
so much enthusiasm and am very much
looking forward to the release of
netra's second album.
Have you ever
considered including members to you
current one man line-up?
Well, I have nothing against
collaborations, but if you are
mentioning rehearsals with an actual
band… not really.
The music of Netra
is quite complex and multilayered; do
you think there’s any chance of
reproducing this sound on stage someday?
As of today, I really don't think so.
What’s Netra doing
Producing a new album, which may take
Can you tell us
about Netra’s future plans?
Not much, I will look into the
realization of a new video soon, but
nothing defined yet.
Thanks once more
for your time, is there any last words
you would like to say to our readers?
Thanks very much for your interest. Keep
supporting Hypnotic Dirge Records and
all the underground labels and zines,
they do a damn hard work, just for