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Interview - ETERITUS - Killer old school death metal from Poland!

Interview with death metal band from Poland - ETERITUS.

Answered ETERITUS.

Translated by Petra, thank you!

Questions prepared Jakub Asphyx.

Recenze/review - ETERITUS - Order of Death (2018):

Ave ETERITUS! I haven’t found any interview in the Czech language with you, yet. So please, first introduce the band to our readers who don’t know you. You could start from the early beginnings and describe the whole ETERITUS history. 

Torun, Poland based Eteritus was founded in February 2013 when Zimny (guitar) and Nitro (drums) met. First rehearsals followed soon. In March 2013, Liam Tailor – the vocalist – joined the band, and we started creating our stuff. In December 2013, a four-track MCD titled ‚Tales of Death‘ was mixed, and in February 2014 it was released via W.M. Psycho. Meanwhile, Greg, a bass player, joined the band, and Eteritus became a full-fledged band. On 26.06.2016, the debut album titled ‚Following the Ancient Path‘ was released on Godz ov War Productions. On 16 November 2018, Deformeathing Productions released Eteritus‘ second album titled ‚Order of Death‘. 

Last year you released your second album entitled „Order of Death“. What reactions did you receive from fans? What about official reviews and which impact have the songs during the live performances? 

We received magnificent response, there has always been great support from the fans, and official reviews are simply brilliant. 8 out from 10 almost non stop. This is a fantastic feeling. We’re playing most of the new tracks live, but we’re bringing some surprises to our fans as well. 

First thing, which captivated me when I looked at your album is the great album cover made by Marcin Studziński. On the web, there is only a little information about him. Please introduce this guy. How did you get together with him and why his work so "catch" you? Did you choose the cover art from his already prepared paintings or Marcin designed this cover only for you? Did he listen to the album for the inspiration? 

We met Marcin Studziński thanks to our label. Marcin is a very talented graphic designed, he’s already designed several interesting covers. The cover for ‘Order of Death’ was designed specifically for Eteritus. We came up with the idea together, but it was him who materialized the idea so perfectly. Plus, he did listen to the album so as to get the vibe. 

The sound of the whole record is excellent. It is dark, cold and sharp at the same time. In which studio did you record it? Did you have the "last word" concerning the resulting sound, mastering and so on? 

Thanks, the sound is actually awesome, top notch death metal. But, most importantly, we didn’t copy the sound featured on the first record. In fact, we recorded the album ourselves, with a little help from a friend at whose place we have our rehearsals. Of course, mixing duties were handled by a professional sound engineer who handles metal recordings on an everyday basis. Everything was done the way we wanted it to be, and the outcome is really good. 

Could you reveal us who is an author of the lyrics and what is their background? Where did you take inspiration for certain topics? 

The lyrics are by Liam Tailor (with a little help from me). In general, we write about life and death, although there are tracks that discuss some very interesting topics. For example, ‘Phlogiston’ is about the combustion theory developed in the 17th century, based on earlier alchemic concepts. It assumed flammable objects contained a substance called phlogiston. Further experimental works, among others by Lomonosov and Lavoisier, proved it had been completely wrong. On the other hand, ‚When on High‘ is the ancient Babylon genesis, and the chorus is originally in the language of the ancient Babylon. 

I often hear at concerts here in the Czech Republic, that fans don't attend the shows in such amounts and attendance is poor. I wonder what experience you have in Poland. For us you are a big country with lots of bands, promoters. There are often performances of groups, which usually exclude our little country from some big tour. Are death metal concerts popular in your country? Do you prefer clubs or larger festivals? 

Death metal is very popular in Poland although it may not be so when it comes to gigs. There are several large concerts held, Metalmania for example, featuring the best metal bands from all over the world, and there are lots of small club acts. Some gigs at clubs are of a very high quality, whereas others, in terms of organization and sound, leave much to be desired. Still, Polish fans love metal, and you can always count on them. 

And what about ETERITUS and concerts? When I browsed the internet, I found out you don't have a lot of live shows. I know, this is about money, but would you like to be a part of some European tour? I can imagine you as support for example for VADER on some small tour. 

We haven’t played much live so far, which was due to various factors, not always money. Still, we did play several gigs alongside such great acts as Dead Congragation, Dead Infection, or Armagedon. If we’re ever offered to open for Vader, we’ll definitely take advantage of the opportunity. 

We perceive Poland as a strongly Catholic country. Is that really true? Does the Church cause difficulties for organizing of metal concerts? Does Christianity affect teaching in schools or influence ordinary life? I can’t imagine such a situation; in the Czech Republic most of us we are atheists. 

Lucky you… Down here, it looks like the church want to have control over the souls, the minds and the wallets of each and every human being, no matter if they actually want that… And yes, it sometimes even prevents people from holding metal gigs, this way or the other… 

I think the album „Order of Death“ would be the best released in the form of vinyl. Are you considering this possibility? What is your relationship to vinyl records, to their sound? Are you a collector? 

Honestly, we’ve never thought about putting out a vinyl version. But you never know what the future holds for you… We’re not avid collectors – if we happen to have any vinyls, there are just a few of them, acquired ‘by accident’. 

Lately, a lot of young bands start to play “old school death metal” again. Most of them are not very good, but there are some, who really understand the message of this old genre. Do you have such favorite band, about which you think it has a potential “to resurrect the old times”? 

The most interesting ones include Deserted Fear, Graveyard and Skeletal Remains. And Lik are quite a true OSDM band… 

Can you recommend some new albums, which impressed you at the latest time? 

Definitely Lik, Chapel of Disease, Obliteration, Corpsessed, Embrional and Eternal Rot – these guys are truly worth your while… 

Do you know and listen to some metal bands from the Czech Republic? 

Masters Hammer and Tortharry. 

Thank you for the interview and I wish you a lot of sold CDs, hundreds of crazy fans and tons of great ideas. 


Recenze/review - ETERITUS - Order of Death (2018):

Recenze/review - ETERITUS - Following the Ancient Path (2016):

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