THE OATH was born in Lyon (France) during the year 1999. During the years, the band known several line-up changes but the hard core of the band has always succeeded in persevering... THE OATH is currently composed of Pierre Leone (guitars & vocals), Manu Da Silva (lead guitars), Romain Devaux (keyboards and clean vocals) and Christophe Bardon (drums).
The music of THE OATH is situated at the border of black, death, thrash and heavy-metal. The whole band members’ influences concerning metal or any other musical style are represented. These various contributions give to the band’s music this characteristic which makes it a band very hard to label, original and quite effective musically.
After an eponymous 4 songs demo-tape released in 2000 and some gigs during these first years of experimentations and maturation, THE OATH recorded at the end of 2002 its second self-produced demo entitled “Présages... & Ténèbres”. This recording has allowed the band to have a name within the underground metal scene, generating in that way many reviews, numerous contacts and of course some more gigs... But quickly, it became obvious that the future of the band have to pass by the professional recording of its new songs.
Christian Héritier from La Manufacture Du Son (Lyon) (KEMET, TENEBRUM INFECTUS…) started the recording and the mix of the band’s first album in February 2006. Mastered in L’Autre Studio (Paris) at the end of august, this self-produced album, entitled “The End Of Times”, was quickly pointed out by the entire metal scene and helped the band to build a solid reputation in France and in many other countries.
Motivate than ever, the band decided in 2007 to record its second opus, entitled “4”, in Kohlekeller Studio (Seeheim/Germany) under supervision of Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner who works with bands such as CREMATORY, AGATHODAIMON, SIEGES ENVEN, POWERWOLF, ABORTED, BENIGHTED...
The very good feedback concerning this album helped the band to cross a new step and THE OATH will finally spread its name and music worldwide since 2008, under the banner of the Italian record label Code666 Records.
Unanimously and internationally recognized by the main specialised medias, this album answers completely the expectations placed in it. With passion and perseverance, during two years, THE OATH had a lot of gigs to promote “4” inside and outside its native France.
In 2010, after ten years of existence, THE OATH approaches a major phase of its evolution.
Another time with the trust of its label Code666 Records (Italy), THE OATH returns to the Kohlekeller Studio (Germany) to give life to its third opus " Self-Destructed ".
For the layout and artwork matters, the acclaimed French artist Fursy Teyssier (ALCEST, LES DISCRETS, AGALLOCH...) has worked closed to the band to create a dark, dramatic and unique visual identity for its new release.
2014-2015: New line-up, new chapter, same recipe.
For the third, time THE OATH returns to the mighty Kohlekeller Studio in Germany to record its forth full-length album “Consequences”.
Announced as the most accomplished, richest recording, but also the most direct and audacious of its discography, this new chapter develops themes and musical elements which make of THE OATH a different band, built on its own, unique and original personality.
Once again, Fursy Teyssier, took care of all related artworks and visuals elements for a new stunning result.
After a 7-year’s partnership, THE OATH and Code 666 Records (Italy) decide to end their history. Spliptrick Records, EU-US-RU-JP Record Label, showed its interest and inked a worldwide distribution and promotion deal with the band. A new adventure can start!
All these years, THE OATH never hides its stage addiction and the chance to share it with some great names of the entire metal scene such as ENSLAVED, KEEP OF KALESSIN, MOONSPELL, INSOMNIUM, DARK FUNERAL, NEGURA BUNGET, CIRITH GORGOR, CHRIST AGONY, CARACH ANGREN, AGATHODAIMON, VREID, TAAKE, BESATT, SVARTTJERN, TROLLFEST, NECRODEATH, BENIGHTED, IZEGRIM, TOXOCARA, ONSLAUGHT, HELSTAR, VICIOUS RUMORS, VANDERBUYST, BORN FROM PAIN, MISANTHROPE, T.A.N.K., PUNISH YOURSELF, ANTAEUS, NOCTEM, THE ARRS, ETHS, DAGOBA, ADAGIO, SVART CROWN, KELLS, DYLATH-LEEN…
The pain goes ever on...
Source: Grand Sounds Promotion