Friday, September 2, 2016

Aeternitas Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well the most important act after finishing the recordings was to find a new label, which took some time. But finally and luckily we found our new label Massacre Records and are honoured to be part of the Massacre family now. Because some of their early bands such as Theatre of Tragedy had a huge influence in the beginning of our band.

2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Our new songs are kind of modern symphonic metal, which means we have catchy chorus parts with strong melodies highlighted by our two singers Alma and Oliver. As basis we work with metal riffs and rock parts and – of course – we use huge orchestra arrangements in a lot of songs.
In comparison to our two early albums we are straighter now. At that time we had much more different genres combined such as Death Metal and a variety of different vocal parts and singer. And on our last album – the gothic-rock Musical "Rappacinis Tochter" – we had less metal parts and more Musical elements.

3.This is your first full length album since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
As mentioned above the 2009 album was a gothic-rock Musical that we performed on stage in a real Musical show for over 50 times in different theatres for about 5 years. That was a huge fun but also a huge work to manage the shows and the complete staff and it left us little time for being creative and write new songs. After some years we saw that we cannot handle such a project for second time. So we had to think of what should be the new style for the next songs and albums and finally we came to our modern symphonic metal presented on our new album "House of Usher". But it was a long way until the final result. That's the reason for the long period from our last album release.

4.The lyrics on the new album are based on the E.A Poe story 'House Of Usher', what was the decision behind putting this story to music?
The last album was based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne a companion of E.A. Poe. So apart from all the musical changes we wanted to maintain the gothic-novel topic within the new album and came to the extraordinary short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Poe, which fits perfect to our new musical concept.

5.I know that the band name means  'the  personification of eternity' in Roman mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
The band name results from our first album "requiem" – also a concept album –which was a real requiem based on the original Medieval Latin Mass lyrics. Herein the Latin words for eternal and eternity, aeternus and aeternitas, were important and thus seem to fit best for the band name.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Some of the best shows we had were on the Wave and Gotik Treffen Leipzig. The different venues all over the town and the atmosphere is very special and always a pleasure to be part of it. We had also some great shows during our theatre shows on our Musical tour e.g. in a very old and nice theatre.
With the new songs we returned to a straight rock performance with lots of fun on stage.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We had and will have some single shows with our new songs and hope to perform on some festivals next year. Everyone who is interested in seeing us live in the future should follow us on our socials to be up to date.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth metal?
We always had lots of fans and positive feedback from the Goth Metal scene in Middle and South America and also from Russia although we never played live in these regions.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
After lots of changes in the past our main goal is now continuity. We are always working to improve ourselves but will follow the path which we are on with "House of Usher".

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
In the early years there were the godfathers of Gothic Metal "Paradise Lost" and also mentioned above bands like "Theatre of Tragedy". In the younger past "Within Temptation" had an influence in our current style.
Personally I also listen to modern American Metal bands such as Alter Bridge.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Although I didn't find much time besides music, job and family I am interested in good modern TV series.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
This question always reminds me to consider some very intelligent and philosophic last words… Till then I would say: Enjoy our music and enjoy all good music and give the music the value it deserves.

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