***IN THE BEGINNING...***
It was in October 2000 that Gogo decided to form a Death Metal band, influenced by Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, in addition to Slayer for a Thrash touch. Playing the drums, he is then joined by two guitar players and he asks his friend Aurélien, who works in a recording studio in a Paris suburb, to come and play bass with them. Their style was soon defined, with Gogo as the main composer when the band recruited Dessil in December 2001 to replace one of the rhythm guitarists and to bring some fresh ideas and new compositions at the same time. After trying several singers, Guillaume, a guitarist in the Thrash-Death band Outcast, in which Gogo also plays the guitar, is eventually recruited in March 2003 to sing and replace the original guitarist. Guillaume then has a hand in composing new songs with Dessil and Gogo, the latter remaining PSYCHOBOLIA's main composer. The group is complete at last and in May 2003 PSYCHOBOLIA was born.
***THE LINEUP EVOLVES...***
Late in 2004, Guillaume and Dessil both left, and John brought his diseased guitar skills to the band. Him and Gogo knew each other from having briefly played in a local Death Metal band, Devastated, which they both left because things were simply not progressing fast enough. Together, Gogo, John and Aurélien have the same exact tastes in music, and since they live in the same neighborhood, the 3 of them increase their practice frequency to 3 times a week, which reflects itself in the quantity and quality of the music. Early 2005, Psychoblia hooks up with Caroline, a brutal singer who helps make this lineup the most solid one ever. Quite feminine in appearance, her voice contrasts sharply with her image, and other singers are quite simply left in the dust. They play their first show at midnight at the "Fête de la Musique" in Paris (the band will forever remember the 50-something lady (bitch!) who attacked Caroline because she didn't like the band's music!). Songwriting progressed at lightning speed, and a 3-song EP was unleashed in September 2005.
2006: The debut album "Fisting You All" was recorded during the months of May and June, mixed in August (mastered the following year). The recording was engineered by François Ugarte who would also end up playing bass on the album after Aurélien's last minute hand injury before entering the studio. François remained in the band for the shows that followed.
2007: PSYCHOBOLIA signs a worldwide distribution deal with Xtreem Music. The band plays some shows (playing alongside artists such as Suffocation, Psoriasis, Impureza, etc...) and keeps writing music for further releases.
2008: PSYCHOBOLIA's debut album, "Fisting You All", is finally released in February (through Xtreem Music)! This year will also see the band embarking on its very first tour. In addition, Jacky joins the band on bass, as François's many other commitments (studio engineering + 2 other bands) and geographical distance make it difficult for him to invest much time in PSYCHOBOLIA.
Fisting You All
XM 051 CD
Brutal Death Metal
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