First of all, please
introduce your project to the readers.
Gabriel (everything): Hello to all tranny fukkers
and corroded scalpel enthusiasts. GLAUKOM SYNOD is an
industrial/ electronic/ metal machine of trituratio that
was in a way reincarnated few years ago... Since I was a
teen, I have often been playing music with guitars,
shitty keyboards and computers... I decided to
reincremate the iron carcass with the help of my old
computer, because I slowly but surely turned quite bored
with the usual extreme metal patters... I probably
listened too much of it, and all what could come out
from me would have a feeling of "Ever heard it so many
times"... And after all, when you play the guitar, what
else could you find that guitar riffs? Could you invent
a new approach or something? Really hard, so I choose to
spend more and more time on the computer to try as many
things as possible!
You really have much more possibilities with computers,
your only limits could be imagination and your skills to
use your softwares...
The name 'Glaukom Synod' has a dark and agressive
sound, just like your music. Why have you picked this
name, and what does 'Glaukom Synod' mean?
Gabriel: I wanted to have a bizarre name, that
could remind of an end 80's, beginning 90's, a name that
sounds quite strong and has an aura... Something that
goes far beyond the cybernetic surface we often read
nowadays... GLAUKOM SYNOD doesn't mean much. I had the 'Glaukom'
name in stock since few years (Initially was a drawing
entitled "Glaukom cancroïde") and the "Synod" word comes
from a song title from an old Death metal Lp.
How was the idea born of forming Glaukom Synod, and
how was the idea born to add samples of metalbands in it?
Gabriel: It more or less came naturally, since I
experimented stuffs with my computer since a long time,
even if I didn't regularly tortured the old processor
with my insane request asking for hours of calculations
haha... To add metal samples was natural, since I'm a
very big Extreme metal fan, I have thousands of Death
metal albums and demos at home, and it could only be
good to steal sounds and distord it as much as I could.
I enjoy what some of the old school industrial/
electronic bands did with metal samples (FRONT LINE
ASSEMBLY, as the probably most meaningful example), so
why not trying to do it by myself... More than 10 years
later? ah ah
How do you compose your songs?
Gabriel: This question could only get a quite
nebulous answer... There are many ways to find the
beginning of something, a rhythm, a sample, a vibration,
that could lead to a song! Sometimes I program a little
beat on Fast tracker, and the following comes out little
by little... Sometimes, I'm bored, and I listen to
Mp3s... A crashing sample could evoke something in my
mind, and I try to loop it until it turns hypnotizing...
Sometimes I only try to build very basic old industrial
rhythms with a basic sound editor, and some metallic
rhythms of frozen abstinence comes out... But generally,
it takes quite a long time to have a song finished and
ready... I have a lot of quite cool ideas, beats, riffs
and potential parts of songs that sleep on my computer...
From time to time, I have the right ideas that leads me
to assemble a little part of the whole in a right way...
And finally, when the whole song's carcass sound okey, I
try to add many little samples from here and there to
bring another level of listening to the song...
The best ideas comes when you're in a quite intense
emotional state of war, hateful, depressed... Or
concentrated as an unbreakable stone... It sometimes
take so much time to finish a song, that it could feel
How would you describe your music? And what are your
Gabriel: That's quite hard to answer, and it
depend on the release... Or even on the song... But all
in all, I think "Industrial/ electro/ metal" is suitable.
The influences vary quite a lot, but GODFLESH is very
obvious for the first demo, while some FRONT LINE
ASSEMBLY and (old) LAIBACH can be felt from here and
there... The SKINNY PUPPY side might be more obvious on
the newer songs, but what I do is far from being so
crazy and musically 'exploded'.
Of course, quite a lot of death metal and brutal death
patterns could be felt (Compressed structures, some
riffs), but I paste so much samples over it, that it
wouldn't be so obvious... Add a bit of old MINISTRY, old
NINE INCH NAILS and other stuffs of this kind, to have a
decent overview of the whole.
You currently have released some demo works, which
all got positive ratings from IndustrializedMetal.tk.
Can you say a few words about all the releases you have,
and about the main differences between the releases?
Gabriel: Thanx for the positive reviews!
The first demo, "Obsessism XXIII" took quite some time
to be achieved... It initially began as somekind of "Ambiant
industrial" project; my will was to procreate something
quite hypnotic, but it turned to be quite boring and the
songs were toooo long... It took some months to take
distance, and a friend (Harsh noise maniac) helped me to
have a clearer vision of the whole!
I cut in the flesh, restricting my hesitation, and did a
brutal lifting (That's not an easy thing to avoid the
convenience in your own songs... You always like this or
that riff, and would like peoples to hear it... So you
keep it playing for 1 minute, while 20 seconds was far
enough!!) and the whole was more dynamic, eclectic and
ready to spike the listeners in their sleep. The final
style, even if it's quite eclectic, sound very much
influenced by old GODFLESH, with intrusions or quite
harsh noises, old styled industrial/ industrial
electronic, with few touches of EBM, Extreme metal parts...
I tried to do the more 'powerful' stuff I could at the
The second demo, "Hydrocephalizer", should rather be
considered as a MCD.
It contains 1 song of harshnoise with industrial
patterns. I tried to do something really harsh, yet
while keeping a coherence, so that the whole could
It also contains a song I began at the time of the first
demo, plus a remix of the Australian breakcore project
DYSPHEMIC, and an outro.
It was a nice way for me to experiment music with my new
computer, to begin things in a more compressed and 'sterile'
The third demo, "Uczulony", is the one that most
probably took me the most time!
I didn't have a job for about 6 months, so I had the
time to concentrate on the procreation of wicked sounds...
I was very often enclosed, deep in my own world, for
days long... Experimenting on riffs, loops and samples
for hours and hours... I also took quite a lot of time
to make better song structures, with much more dynamic
and many changes everywhere... I tried to make the whole
sound more logic, and to make the levels of potential
understanding much more diverse (Samples and micro-beats
are hidden and flying at various levels of understanding/
compression). All in all, this is the demo I might be
the more satisfied with. It's the more achieved, the
more logical, the most fulfilled with ideas... even if
it's not necessarily the most emotionally crushing.
The influences are very varied, I don't know if it would
be useful to quote a list of bands, because it would
turn into something unrepresentative... Think old
industrial/ electronic with a dark, serious approach,
and metal influences.
The "Androjungleous" Ep that was "released" on some
poser 'Net label" was done just after the previous demo.
I still had some free time, and wanted to 'relax' with
something less complex, something more 'naturally
flowing'... So I took a more metallic path, that would
all in all follow an 'usual' metal side mixed with old
styled industrial thrash like Ministry/ Kmfdm... But I
couldn't avoid the temptation to work on the samples
How did other people/press react on your works so far?
Gabriel: I can't have a realistic or meaningful
answer to this question, since my demos weren't spread
to a thaaaat wide audience, mostly to friends,
underground labels, and some webzines... I happen to
receive some feedbacks on Myspace, but it's sometimes
sooo short that I wonder if the guy really listened to
my songs, or simply wants me to listen to the stuffs he
did... Ah Ah! Anyway, the feedbacks are generally good
and peoples seem quite impressed/ interested, or to
appreciate the purulent assault of the GLAUKOM. It's
sometimes enthusiasting or reassuring to read some
feedbacks! Thank you ;-)
Your latest EP, Androjungleous, was released on a
weblabel but got removed only a few days after. Can you
tell me what happened here?
Gabriel: As strange as it could seem, some
children from this label were VERY enthusiastic to see
my music released on their web pages... So we spent
quite a lot of time to set everything (It wasn't so easy,
due to various email problems... I sent them the Mp3
files through emails)... Finally everything seemed to
work fine, and the whole was offered for download... But
finally, I receive an email from an apparently 'boss' of
the 'label' who told me all contributors to their 'label'
didn't like my stuffs, and they thought it didn't fit
the styles they usually embrace... So they simply
deleted my files, and meant I could fuck off!
That really strange to receive this kind of frustrating
feedback, especially since they told me they were SOOO
enthusiastic and wanted to enlarge their rooster... I
sent them 2 explanation messages, the only answer I
received was a little bluuuurb like "Waaargh?"... I
guess this is only few children trying to look serious,
to be rockstars or something...
What can we expect of Glaukom Synod in the (near)
Gabriel: Not much in the near future. I've just
began a new job, and need to focus on it so that things
Anyway, I did a lot of GLAUKOM stuffs the last six
months, so I need to take time to have new experiences,
take some distances, and find newer influences for other
following songs, to avoid repeating myself...
Thanks a lot for answering the questions. If you have
some final words to add, please do it here.
Gabriel: Thanx for your questions! It was nice,
and offers me the possibility to speak a bit about it!
That's cool support.
Peoples who would like to know/ hear more from GLAUKOM
SYNOD can visit my website: http://glaukomsynod.site.voila.fr
There are links to 4 sites with quite varied Mp3s.
Interview by: Gerardo (September 2006)