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Interview - ETERNAL - Death thrash metal that makes you feel the near presence of death!

Interview with death thrash metal band from USA - ETERNAL.

Recenze/review - ETERNAL - Cryptic Lust (2024):

Ave ETERNAL! Greetings to the underground. I hope everything is fine with you. It should be because this year you have released a first long-play full-length album in your band's career. I have to admit it has literally blown my mind. It is dark, energic and as if it cuts by the sharp edge of the knife. I can hear from the record you did a really good job and you added a big portion of the talent, too. How do you perceive the new album in comparison to the previous records? Where did you want to move and in what are these two records different?

With this full length we finally found our sound and style and were able to make a better well rounded product than before. We went through alot of lineup changes since our inception including current members playing different instruments but this time we have found ourselves as a unit and it shows compared to our other releases.

„Cryptic Lust“ includes all attributes of good death metal. For me personally, it represents the record, which I really like to listen to. How did you produce it? How look the writing process of new material in the case of ETERNAL?

The writing process was simple. We would come up with a part or section that we wanted to be the foundation of the song and we would compliment it added other riffs and sections and in turn making a better foundational riff or section than the original. We tried to incorporate Swedish and Florida style death metal together in the same track to keep things fresh as well.

I have to confirm that the sound literally kills. It keeps making me turn up the volume on the hi-fi tower. The sound is harsh, raw and dark and animalistic at the same time. Who's behind it? What studio did you record in and how did everything go?

We recorded the album ourselves at our drummer Xander Bridges' place. The kid is a Wiz and was able to give us the exact mix we were looking for.

I have been wandering the underground for over thirty years and I still go to Arizona for music with certainty. I think we have a similar nature and taste when it comes to metal. I like your bands a lot and I monitor your scene carefully. Maybe I envy you a little, because we only have a few death metal bands that are worth it. How do you explain that death metal are doing so well in your country? How do you perceive your scene, fans, labels?

The Arizona death metal movement is thriving and doing well. There's alot of really great bands. We had a strong scene but at the end of covid we had an emergence of a whole new wave of bands that grew it even more.

You play death metal influenced by, among other things, the old school. Today, the band can't avoid comparisons, but I would like to know how the idea to start ETERNAL was born, who was and is your metal idol? Where do you want to move your band? Are you attracted to large foreign festivals, for example, are you willing to go on tour with a more famous band?

Our biggest inspiration at the band's inception and still is Death. The European and southamerican festivals look incredible and we hope for the opportunity to play one someday. We also would love the opportunity to tour with a famous band and grow our audience.

How do you approach the promotion of your music? Do you rely upon the label or do you send the CDs for various reviews by yourself? Forexample, I buy albums that I really enjoy. What about you? Are you also fans who often support your colleagues? Do you go to concerts?

We try to promote our music online the best we can to grow our audience. I also like to buy physical media from artists I enjoy, especially underground bands. I love to support our fellow local bands and try to attend as many local and national shows as I can.

On the one hand, today the new band has a lot of opportunities to make themselves more known, but on the other hand, there are a huge number of groups and the fans are getting lost in this big metal sea. A lot of people just download mp3s from the internet and instead of to visit the concert they prefer to spit poisonous saliva on Facebook. How do modern technologies affect you as ETERNAL? What do you think about downloading music, google metalists, streaming music, etc.?

I think that the internet has given us the opportunity to have a global audience and with that comes the negatives you mentioned. I Think that the positives outweigh the neatives and that aslong as our music is getting to people that want to enjoy it I'm ok with them downloading it for free.

I like to ask the musicians what death metal means to them. How would they define it, whether it is more the philosophy and lifestyle thing for them or "just" relaxation? What does it mean for you? How do you perceive and experience it?

For me Death metal is an outlet to express myself in a way that I can't within social norms. Music in general is a huge part of my life and it's not something I think about, it's just there like breathing.

Finally, a classic but important question. What is ETERNAL planning in the upcoming months? Where can we see you at the stage and when will you visit the Europe?

In the next few months we will be touring the West Coast of the United States and we hope to visit Europe soon someday!

Thank you so much for the interview. I wish a lot of success to the new album and let the number of your fans expand as much as possible. I will look forward to seeing you somewhere live again. I wish you a lot of success both musically and personally. I'm going to push „Cryptic Lust“ into my head again!

Thank you for the interview and fighting the good fight for the bands in the underground! Life is temporary, Death is Eternal…


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