are glad to welcome you in the World of malediction. Hailing from Laon
in Northen France, four musicians, Sylvain, François, Olivier
and Nicolas founded a group in September 1997, wich they called "MALEDICTION".
Sarting off with a repertoire made of cover versions of MEGADETH, JUDAS
PRIEST ans also IRON MAIDEN standards, they sooon concentrated on writing
their own material in a typical heavy metal idiom, yet sung in French.
In May 1999, François left the band to join Yyrkoon. Mathieu
was his temporary replacement for a couple of gigs, an experience which
persuaded him to permanently join MALEDICTION.
In November, the foursome recorded in a hurry (a two days session) their
first demo tape, consisting of five original compositions in order to
introduce themselves and to have access to the specialized labels. Following
an enthousiasmic welcome by the music press, they decided to commercialize
the recording by way of the underground and independant retailers of
French heavy metal.
first démo 5 tracks
together as they had never been before, yet fully conscious of the harshness
of the French market, MALEDICTION embarked on the production of their
first real album, called "Condamné" in January 2001.
The record features the five original tracks, in completely reshuffled
and newly recorded versions, augmented by three superb new songs.
"Condamnés", in the lineage of the art of BLASPHEME,
SORTILEGE or other ADX, has just been released in June 2001 on the BENNUS
label, distributed by MUSEA.
16th 2001 : MALEDICTION opens for SAXON at the famous Elysée
Montmartre (Paris), a sold out event. That night the band really got
noticed by the Metal scene (fans and medias), mainly due to the energy
and intensity coming out from their show. This live appearance is a
turning point for MALEDICTION (and gonna remains a wonderful memory
for the whole band!).
December 11th 2001: MALEDICTION keeps going on and plays at the Laiterie
(Strasbourg) with EDGUY (+ HEAVENLY)
March 21st 2002 Press : MALEDICTION was featured in the poll from Hard
Rock Magazine in the hopeful band category as sixth (every nationality
Sales (first trimester 2002): "Condamnés" is listed
among the best 20 sales from the huge Holy Records mail order.
March 30th 2002 : MALEDICTION headlines the second Metal night in Resson
sur Matz (60).
The "Coups De Metal 2002" tour which was originally scheduled
for the first half of May 2002 and should have invaded the major French
Metal towns was cancelled and will hopefully take place at the end of
this year. This tour features MALEDICTION, NIGHTMARE and HEAVENLY.
May 1st 2002 : first t-shirt "Malediction" released.
May 31st 2002 : show at Charlieu (42) with REVENGE.
June 1st 2002 : festival appearance at the "Beast in Bresse"
in Attignat (01) with KILLERS
June 8th 2002 : festival apperance at the "La Rotonde d'Hirson"
in Hirson (02) with WITHIN TEMPTATION, NINA HAGEN + BAND and VANDEN
August 31th 2002 : show at Eloyes with DYSLESIA, BREAKPOINT and CHRYSALIS
September 21th 2002 : festival appearance at the "Paris Metal Kings"
at Ris Orangis ("Le Plan") with KILLERS, NO RETURN, GRONIBARD
September 28th 2002 : show at Tours ("la Pléiade")
with MANIGANCE and FREEDOM CALL
November 1st 2002 : festival at Vouziers (Ardennes, near Belgium) with
NIGHTMARE, KILLERS, FYFTY ONE and ICE CAKE
Following this last show, MALEDICTION begin to work on the next album
and decide to not play any other shows to be able to concentrate fully
on the new material. The only gig appearances for 2003 were at the Keep
It True festival in Oberlauda, July 19th (German festival which happened
to be the band's first live experience outside France) and in Resson
sur Matz, September 22nd. We build our own studio ("Malediction
Studio") and use it to record the guitar, vocals and arrangements
parts for the successor of "Condamnés". This same year
will also mark Nicolas Mollard's departure just before the recording
of "Esclave Du Vice" started, replaced by Franck Légé
on drums. Franck supported the band since the beginning and was close
to the band members.
August 22nd 2003: Sign with N.T.S. (Wagram distribution) for the new
"Esclave du vice" is released on January 26th 2004 (official
release date) everywhere on the French territory and in Europe.
this point starts the album promotion : promotional week ends in Paris,
photo sessions (link) and a French tour in February 2004. This tour-
starts February 11st til February 21st- takes place in some of the best
halls in France and even stops for one date in Belgium:
13/02: Montpellier, Rockstore
14/02: St Armou (near Pau), Salle polyvalente
15/02: Bordeaux, C.A.T.
17/02: Paris, l' Elysée Montmartre
18/02 : Strasbourg, Laiterie
19/02: Verviers (in Belgium), Spirit of 66
20/02: Notre Dame Doe (near Tours), l'Oésia
21/02: Lorient, Manège
tour is a total success, an average of 200/ 250 people showing up for
each date. Despite some minor health problems for Sylvain (which eventually
led the band to cancel the first date- Nancy- unfortunately). Every
date on this tour has given us the chance to expose our music and our
energy on stage. A big hello goes out to the members of MANIGANCE and
A new t-shirt "Esclave du vice Tour 2004" was made for this
From now, MALEDICTION are gonna spend 2004 to promote as heavily as
they can their new album on stage in France and in foreign countries.
A month and a half after its initial release, we can safety say that
it was extremely very well received by the international press and especially
by the public. We'll go on in that way.
IS ON THE MOVE !!!!!!