The Flaying: Masters of the Metal

The guitarist Didier Samson is already called “Master” in his profession of criminal lawyer, but it is under the title of “masters of the metal” that he and his three acolytes of the death metal band The Flaying aspire with their second album Angry, Undead which appears March 22 on the emerging label PRC Music with a launch show scheduled April 12 at D’Auteuil.

In the forties, many musicians quietly turn their backs on their musical project to focus on other aspects of their lives. This is far from the case for Didier, William Murray (vocals), Sébastien Marier-Verret (bass) and Michel Bélanger (drums), who put their group in second gear hoping to reach the highest peaks on the planet metallic. “At age 41, the fire burns even harder than when I was 15 or 16,” says Didier, who wants his group to be known for something other than his double life as a lawyer and “metalheads”.

“Sometimes, when we play in Montreal, some are surprised and talk about the band with” the lawyer in “, but we want to be something else. Good if it can get people to be curious and listen to our music, but we do not want to mix things up. We are not fair animals! “Continues the guitarist, whose verve and outspokenness are very useful in his two careers.

Way of life

Because obviously, the guys from The Flaying all have another job: Michel works at the law faculty of Laval University; William is a project manager and team leader at the Société de l ‘assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) and Sébastien has a record store. “Yes, it’s a big management to manage our jobs and the group, but you have to focus on the group. We want to do things and that’s the only way it works, “explains Michel. “I sometimes get told” you have a nice hobby! “, But for us, it’s not a hobby, it’s a way of life!” Didier adds.

After presenting about thirty shows in Quebec and Ontario since 2013, The Flaying now dreams of going for a trip to Europe, the promised land for any self-respecting metal artist, in the United States and even in Japan. “Yes, we want to make big festivals, big shows. We want to go to a place where very few groups have gone and we know we can go, “continues Didier, who founded The Flaying with three other comrades in 2010.

After a first album, Unhope, launched independently, the signature with PRC Music, Rémi Côté’s Quebec label, which has been a prominent place in the metal world for a number of years, is part of this goal. move to another level. “Certainly the ultimate goal would be to sign with a big label like Metal Blade, Earache, Nuclear Blast or Roadrunner, but PRC Music is like the semi-pro league. This is one of the emerging Canadian labels in what is present. Many bands that have a following are signed there, “says Didier. “We also worked with guys like Raphaël Malenfant, Nick Tremblay (Now and on Earth) and Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) from The Grid to achieve the highest standards of sound quality.”

For The Flaying, the virtuosity and technical aspect of music is as important a factor as the heaviness and speed of riffs. “It’s very important, the technique, and we set ourselves very high standards,” says Didier, adding that the process of creating the group involves all four members. “These are four personalities that collide. The process is established. Someone comes with an idea and we work in a group, “says Sebastien.

The quartet also fully assumes the violent and apocalyptic nature of its themes. “Yes, there are things that could become tendentious in our songs, in the covers of our albums,” says Didier, pointing to an undead cop who is hitting another character. “The aesthetics of our universe can be very shocking, but it inspires us,” he continues. “Our words often relate to an existential and social crisis, it’s a very rich vein to exploit,” adds William.

“The message is a little” finitude “of humanity. Everyone will die and we hope to be there to play music while it happens, a bit like the musicians of the Titanic “, concludes Didier, smiling.

“Sometimes, when we play in Montreal, some are surprised and talk about the band with” the lawyer in “, but we want to be something else.
“Sometimes, when we play in Montreal, some are surprised and talk about the band with” the lawyer in “, but we want to be something else.


While many metal groups spontaneously opt for English as a “universal” language, more and more groups are also choosing to sing in their native language. The Flaying borrows both tracks, his singer William Murray having chosen to write in both the language of Shakespeare and that of Molière.

“In the last two or three years, there are many bands in Quebec that sing in both languages. Ten years ago, many people said that it was absolutely necessary to sing only in English to go abroad, but there were also some groups that only composed in French, “explains William.

“For me, it’s often the themes that lead me to write in one language rather than the other. On our new album for example, there is a room called “Place du Parvis” which deals with this sector of the Saint-Roch district. I could not really write that in a language other than French! “He continues.

William admits that writing approaches are quite different in English and French. “We often see French in black metal bands like Sombre Nostalgie, of which I have been a part. It brings a level of poetic language that fits well with this darker strain of metal. ”

“For us, what’s good is that William is able to make both languages ​​sound good. Then we will continue to have parts in English and French, “adds drummer Michel Bélanger. Ian Bussières

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