Sunday, March 16, 2014

Scepter Of Eligos Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Scepter of Eligos formed in the late summer of 2011, we recorded the demo in the last few days of December 2012 and have been playing shows mostly around the Denver area. We’ve shared the stage with bands such as Nightbringer, Satan’s Host, Velnias, and Whilt. We are currently writing new material and working on playing great shows with great bands.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
2. We’ve been called everything from Death Metal, to Stoner Doom, to Blackened Crust. I wouldn’t say any of those 3 are spot on, but they all do represent different aspects of our music. Sludge and Death Metal are the main elements at play, and to a lesser extent Crust, Black Metal, and Doom all with some Psychedelic hints when it is appropriate.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The lyrics are mostly about H.P. Lovecraft and occult themes. There is also some stuff about astral projections/out of body experiences.

4.I know that the band name comes from the Goetia, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Occult?
4. I’ve always found the Occult to be an interesting subject; while I don’t exactly buy into the supernatural aspects of it I identify with a lot of the philosophical ideas. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. When we played with Satan’s Host and Vacant Throne it was at a bigger mid-sized venue, which is still the largest venue we’ve played by a long shot; there were lots of lights going and it was pretty fun. On the other side of the coin, we played with Whilt and Rhogog was in a small dive bar, and pretty much an “anything goes” environment which is always fun. The crowd at that show was really great too. I’d say “cathartic” is a good way to describe our shows, at least from my perspective; it’s a good way to let out the negative energy all at once.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the shows you have scheduled for the future and also are there any plans to do any shows outside of Colorado?
6. We have a show March 23rd with Saus (from CO Springs) and some yet to be announced bands. There is also a killer show planned for July, but unfortunately that’s all I can say at the moment. As far as playing outside of Colorado, its definitely in our plans.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. There has actually been no label interest yet, however we’ve mostly been focusing on shows and just getting our name out there to more people. We’re definitely open to working with a label. But I think for where we are now we’re doing fine without one.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?
8. Most of the feedback we hear on our music has been pretty good, it seems that most people seem to view us as a sludge/doom band but everyone seems to appreciate the way we bring some faster tempo stuff into the mix. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. You can expect to hear us honing our sound into something meaner, heavier, and more cohesive. We all really like the direction the band is headed in and we want to continue that, yet still be cautious and keep it from sounding monotonous.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. I think everything you listen to influences your music to a certain extent. But there are definitely some things that influence Scepter’s sound more than others. For me personally my biggest inspirations for the band are probably Buzzoven, EyeHateGod, Entombed, Nunslaughter, DOOM, Nausea, Sleep, and Electric Wizard
For my listening habits there’s some stuff that doesn’t ever leave the rotation (see above) but lately I’ve really been getting into Badr Vogu, The Cosmic Dead, Goatsnake, Radar Men From The Moon, and King Dude; also been re-visiting a lot of Cathedral and Crowbar albums.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I make a lot of paintings and drawings, like the cover of our demo for instance, I also do a lot of ink drawings and photos. I also do some home brewing too and would eventually like to make a beer for the band.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thank you for taking the time to interview us, and thank you to anyone who took the time to read this. We’ve got good things planned for the future so keep an eye out for us we’ll catch your attention soon enough.
Sorry it took so long to get these questions back to you, we've all been really busy lately. Thank you again for the interview!
Cheers!
Andrew

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