Original photo by Anthony Dubois.
Believe it or not, France is steadily becoming a beacon for excellent metal, as evidenced by this year’s stellar debut releases from Uneven Structure and Betraying The Martyrs, the latter of which are currently embarking on their first ever tour in America, supporting Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, and Carnifex [show review here]. I caught up with Betraying the Martyrs bassist Valentin Hauser for an exclusive interview in which he discusses the origin of the band’s name and the troubles of getting a European band into America. I also make a fool of myself by pronouncing his name wrong. Luckily, Valentin is a great sport and a friendly dude!
Alright, so for everyone who doesn’t know, who are you and what do you do?
I am Valentin and I play bass for Betraying the Martyrs.
Oh! “Valentine!” I’ve been pronouncing it like “Valenteen” this whole time! [laughs]
Yeah, in French, “Valenteen” is a name for a girl…
So please, don’t do so! [laughs]
I apologize! I am very American…