Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Interview with Erebus Enthroned done by Patrick

Metal  Hails!! 
hope  everyone  is  having  a  good  week so  far? Here  is a  new  interview  with Erebus Enthroned  from  Australia  with  their second  full-length  released  on  cd  through  Séance Records in Australia  and a  vinyl  version  through  W.T.C  Productions  in  the U.S.  
hope  everyone  enjoys  the  Interview  and  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of   Temple Under  Hell

Interview  with  A  Bass  player   for  Erebus  Enthroned  done  by  Patrick

. Metal  hails   A.   when  did you   first  discover  metal?  Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands you  listened  to? Who  are  some  of  your  current  favorites ?

And you. To be honest I’m really not sure when, but I do recall the first black metal release I bought was a CD of Bathory’s Under the Sign... It was all deeper into the pit from there to be honest, everyone knows that story for themselves I’m sure.
For the last few years though I am spending much more time writing music than finding it, but whatever takes you can never be denied. Some new bands have kept my interest, but for the most part my diet has been satiated on old German thrash, death metal and other wild, primal and heavy styles of playing.

2. When  did  you   all get  the  idea  to  form Erebus  Enthroned? What  is  the  current  line up of  the band? How did you  all come up with  the  name for  the band? Does it have a special  meaning?

 The original formation of the band was in fact devised by long before this group of individuals was gathered together; with a lot of changes and swapping of roles out of convenience. But now, our lineup has N handling the vocal mayhem, D on the electric guitars, M on drums and myself- bass. Truth be told, we have always been of the opinion these other first years don’t matter, and are not relevant at all to us. Erebus Enthroned really only began when the last wimp was ousted. What we have now will be the only lineup, the first and final.
The band name meaning is not cryptic, by any means, like so many it takes only a small scratch on the surface of the world’s mythology to understand. However, as far as any special meaning goes, a name is only as strong as you make it through your actions. There is a point when it ceases to signify the exact words from which it is derived and then represents a power, or a feeling. This is how the name has become to us; the idea of Erebus Enthroned is a beast with its own worldly momentum and ubiquitous intent. We are bound to it.

3.Erebus Enthroned  is getting  ready  to  release it's  second  cd/lp  "Temple  Under Hell"  how  long  did  it  take  to  write  the songs  for  this  release? 

At the time of writing, ‘Temple Under Hell’ has in fact been out on CD at least for several months. We had been writing this release for years, the first songs were already being written before our debut album, ‘Night’s Black Angel’ was even released. They were all written in a variety of ways- each to the individual power and merit of the songs. But ultimately, there can be no shortcuts to cheat creativity, nor any haste to produce a product to fill the silence.

4.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics for  the  band? What  are some  subjects you  all write  about?

 For the most part the vocalist, N, will hold those reigns. Singing is an empowering instrument- there is a certain fire that it conjures within you, when the voice is treated like a weapon or as a pathway for overcoming one’s self. Naturally, if treated with that purpose in mind the singer himself is expected to formulate and craft lyrics around that upheaval of his own state of awakening. Who better? That being said, I have myself contributed some songs in the past as well as all of us occasionally becoming involved in the process of arrangement.
Are as far as subjects are concerned, for Temple Under Hell we have been fixated around the exploration of Satanic ideals around ascent and the processes of becoming. Represented as they are in the album’s songs through visualisation, frenzy, and devotion- the truth is this is simply one further step along the path.

5.How  has  the  response  been  from the  fans? What  about  the  press?
They’ve been great. The fans, that is. Our album launch show a month or two ago here in Sydney was a total success, after a long period of gestation it was great to finally take this album into the light. As always, it is rewarding to see some friends and fans out there whose devotion can match our own. As for the press; while I wouldn’t say I hold it in any great esteem, as far as I know the press response has been quite positive to the new album.

6.The  cd  is  being  released  by  Séance  records How  did you come  in  contact  with  this  label? 

  Seance was begun in Australia by some very good friends of ours, who have always been more than willing to offer their genuine support to us. It was a natural decision, then, to cooperate with them on the realisation of our albums. A lot can be said as well for working with a label with whom you can speak face to face, on the same level. We have every intention to continue working with Seance as well.

7.The new release  is  also  being made into  vinyl  version  being  released  by  "W.T.C rec.   how did you come in cotact with  this  label? When  will the  vinyl  version  be  available to the  readers?

  Around the release of the first LP, we did some trading with Sven and later on got to talking about an LP release through the World Terror Committee as well. Working with vinyl out of Australia is very difficult for a lot of bands, it is much more sensible to release such a heavy format on the European continent.
As for the vinyl release, any day now...

8.Does  Erebus  Enthroned  have   any tours  coming  up? Who  are some  bands you  have  shared  the  stage with?

We’ve shared stages with some very memorable, and some very forgettable bands. From those that come to mind, there are a few great international bands we’ve had the pleasure to work with; especially the mighty Absu (US). In Australia, there are a host of bands here we have always enjoyed playing with; Nazxul, Tyrannic, Denouncement Pyre, Nocturnal Graves, to name just a few.
We don’t have any tours planned as such, but we will be destroying the Under the Black Sun festival in germany this coming july. Beware!

9.What  does  the   term  "Black metal"  mean  to  you?

 A primal art form, rooted in a morbid obsession with the endless calling of darkness and fire. It is the magical tool through which we extend our willpower and wild spirit into the world, and through which we allow it to grow and evolve ad infinitum. I personally believe it must have a deep seated wildness entrenched within; carrying in it the howls of the caged beast.

10.I  have  been a  huge  fan  of  Australlian metal  since  the  late  90's   What  is your  opinion  of  Australia's  metal  scene?\

 As I’ve mentioned, there are a lot of bands whose company we enjoy. Some, not so much. In the past, there have been some stellar examples of every style of heavy metal here in Australia. Even still today, but the ocean borders of the country make it difficult for a band to thrive as they would in Europe or the American continent. We have at most 5 capital cities worth travelling to, so the extent of touring that is possible changes things completely. Geographic isolation means that a lot of bands appear and die off just as quickly, when faced with the challenge of trying to break out of this cage- it takes some real work and devotion.
This definitely shows in any scene we have, at times it resembles a mutual respect and other times it reeks of cabin fever to me. Nonetheless, there are a lot of promising bands whose progression has me waiting for more.

11.Who  are  your  all time  favorite  Australian  bands?Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?
Personally, I have great respect for the entity that is Nazxul. If you know them, watch carefully as those black wings may soon unfurl once again. I grew up listening to the D666 maniacs, and that is still with me as well. As far as newer bands go here; check out Innsmouth (new album is killer), Convent Guilt and Tyrannic from Sydney. Interstate, there are a host of great bands at the moment- Nocturnal Graves, Denouncement Pyre, Grave Upheaval, Cauldron Black Ram stand out to name just a few.

12.Are their  any good  Label's/distro's  you feel  the  readers should  check  out? What  about   metal web or  fanzines?

  13.A.  you   handle  the  bass for  the  band  when did you  start  playing  the  bass? Are  you self  taught or did you  take  lessons?
I play bass because someone has to, I started about a week after I joined the band... and yes I am definitely self taught.

14.Who  are some  of your  favorite  bass  players?  do  you  play  any  other  instruments?
Favourite bass players? Hah, we both know that nobody really cares that much about bass players. For conversation’s sake I’ll say the legend Angelripper, but to be honest that could really just be a matter of favourite bass guitars though. Usually, I’ll play six strings or sing as well, that is it thought.
15.Are  you  or  any of the  members of Erebus Enthroned  currently  working  with  other  bands? If  yes  could  you  tell  the  readers  about  them?
All of us are, and none of them are really open to discussion here and now. We have a lot to handle with an upcoming European assault alongside this LP release, and possibly another more local tour so right now this is where our focus lies.

16. Thank you  A.  for  taking  the   time  to   fill this  out.Do  you  have  any  final comments  for  the  readers
Never rest.