Ethereal Blue interview

For the second time on Metal Silvae (you can read their first interview here), Ethereal Blue needs no introduction. Thanks Efthimis for this short interview.

1) Hello Efthimis. In our last interview you told me that you would launch the new album “Essays in Rhyme on Passion and Ethics” in 2009 and this didn’t happened until August 2010. Why have you delayed it?

Hello Razvan thanks for the support. Actually the band is not part of this whole situation with the delays and we want to make this clear. We sent the music to the label a year ago, but due to promotion reasons, some inconsistencies and omissions between our management, Alkemist Fanatix and the label, Casket Music, the album is not officially out yet and the date of its release is the 22nd of November. Hope that everything will go right this time. The good thing is that the band received retail cds five months ago and we can sell it through our official web page www.etherealblue.org

2) Please speak a little about this new album. I’ve seen that you worked with Anestis Goudas for your cover artwork. Is he a fan J? How did you get along with him? I understand that he is quite stubborn on his ideas.

We knew Anestis from a metal webzine he used to own and write some years back. He happens to originate from the city that we first started the band Ioannina-Greece, but we did not know, that he was a graphic designer and actually a good one. This guy works with great Greek and foreign bands like Rotting Christ, Nightfall, members of Dimmu Borgir and many more, so we decided that he was the one we had to work with on the visual part of the album. Indeed, he is quite stubborn on his ideas and with our own guidance I think that we managed to have a very satisfactory visual result. We want to thank him for fully embedding our mentality as a band.

3) When I dropped a picture of you guys on a friend’s desk and asked him what music he thinks you play, he answered … something with Spanish influences, probably something romantic.

I see his point. Actually, his conclusion comes from the band’s photo-shooting, which is closely tied to the album’s title and its lyrical concept. The album is titled “ESSAYS IN RHYME ON PASSION AND ETHICS” and the lyrics are influenced by the ethology of the Greek literature, so we had to look like poets or writers of the 30s. We believe that it was a great idea which goes beyond the wall of metal music and its sometimes narrow-minded views. We have received a lot of criticism on that, but we all are people who can support their views and options. We liked it and we did it.

4) How would you describe your music (except experimental death/black) on this new album?

Our music contains actually everything. Post metal attitudes, long period compositions, Greek rhythmology, black metal passages, death metal aesthetics. It is kind of extreme progressive music. I do not know how to characterize it really, we had the same problem when we were discussing on how to promote the album with the management. If you want my opinion on that, the only thing that matters, when talking about music in general, is being good music no matter which is the music style it represents. The rest is for the music industry and the eventual sales.

5) How was it received by the public? Big sales?

Not big sales actually, since as I told you before, the album is not officially out yet. Two many downloads show that the album attracted the audience’s attention. We receive great feed-back everyday and we want to thank all of you, who keep e-mailing us with a kind word on our spiritual work. This whole situation gives us the strength to go on. Our music is difficult for the typical metal fan but: “worthy hurts and is difficult”. To all of the people out there who will listen the album I would like to force them to give the record 4 or 5 spins before they decide whether it is a diamond or for the rubbish. I am sure that by listening to it more and more, surprises will come up….

6) I’ve seen on your myspace page that you’ve received excellent reviews and high scores from the media. It’s a pity that you’re not invited to play around Europe. Your music would go nicely with our Romanian bands Negură Bunget & DordeDuh.

Actually the press till now has rated the album with 8.5/10 (average)! As far as your remark on our live activity is concerned, I want to be honest with you. We have proposals to play around Europe, but we are not the type of band which earns its living from music. Obviously we can’t leave our everyday jobs and start touring. We are not in our 20s anymore and we have many things at stake in our lives. Everyone becomes very realistic when the bills arrive, we will try to play in some summer festivals in 2011, let’s hope we will make it.

7) I understand that you have big problems with p2p networks and torrent websites where your album is at free download. In my opinion this means that you are a band of interest.

Thanks for your comment. I have no problem with the download, I actually believe that with this financial crisis around, downloading is the only way for music in order to reach greater audiences. The cd prices are expensive and the record labels are seeking new ways to secure their existence. On the other hand, there are matters like intellectual property and musician fees that matter but I think that I will need 30 pages to analyze that part…

8) Do you have plans for a promotion tour in Greece for the album? What are your plans for the near future?

Yes we are going to perform our music live to the major Greek cities for the people that support us. We will play in Athens, Salonica, Ioannina, Larissa and Patra with our good friends Dustynation, a killer progressive band which released its first album some months ago and local bands from these areas. As I told you, we are seeking for some summer festivals and we will play wherever it is possible to go, without living our routine for a long time. During summer we will enter the studio in order to start the creation of our third album based on ideas which come up every day.

9) Here’s the “stupid” question of the interview: Where will you guys celebrate X-mass and New Year’s Eve?

Ha! Me and Panos, our guitarist, will visit Milan and Florence in Italy to nurture our artistic concerns!  The rest of them will stay in Athens and Patra…. What a pity for them 😉

10)   Thanks for this rather short interview and I hope I will see you someday perform live.

We hope to come and play for our Romanian friends soon. Thanks for the support all these years Razvan, we hope to meet you in the flesh someday. Our best wishes to your readers.

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ECHOES FROM TRANSCENDENCE EVENING

Pe data de 24 ianuarie, in selecta locatie The Silver Church Club, Calea Plevnei Nr.61, organizatorii Kogaionon & DonisArt prezinta, in premiera, o Seara Speciala dedicata elitei muzicale underground autohtone!

Prima alegere se numeste THY VEILS iar Daniel Dorobantu, mentorul acestui concept, a decis ca pentru aceasta seara sa aduca sub lumina reflectoarelor si pe cativa din colaboratorii cu care a realizat ultimul album. Este vorba de “Mountain and Cloud”, un CD ce a aparut oficial chiar astazi si despre care puteti afla toate detaliile, inclusiv audio, pe http://thyveils.bandcamp.com. Este un material conceptual, ce insumeaza 4 piese, cca o ora, care dezvolta o aura Landscape Music remarcabila! Puteti asculta, in cel mai inspirat si inedit mod, o combinatie stranie de keyboards cu chitara, trompeta, instrumente de percutie indiene, didgeridoo si chiar voci feminine! Sunetul THY VEILS dezvolta o dimensiune misterioasa, greu de patruns sau perceput la o ascultare superficiala insa perfecta pentru  meditatie sau evadare din cotidian! Efectul minimalist al unor instrumente sau sample-uri pune in valoare si mai mult armonia acestui concept muzical care se bazeaza in egala masura si pe latura vizuala, Daniel fiind un artist incontestabil ce stie sa manipuleze imaginea in cea mai abstracta si, poate, retorica forma!

THY VEILS este primul proiect Dark Ambient infiintat in Romania, in urma cu 15 ani, iar cel de-al 5-lea album dovedeste o maturitate rarisima pentru intreaga noastra scena Dark Ambient. Este un material ce se adreseaza in principal fanilor trupelor promovate de Cold Meat Industry, Rage in Eden, Cyclic Law, Eibon, dar si tuturor celor ce accepta impletirea de muzica si imagine ca pe o reala si introvertita provocare…

DORDEDUH este o trupa infiintata de Hupogrammos si Sol Faur in urma despartirii de NEGURA BUNGET, in vara anului trecut. Este prima oportunitate pentru fanii Black Metal autohton sa vada la lucru acest nou grup timisorean, intr-o formula extinsa cu invitati diversi. A existat si inca exista o intreaga dezbatere despre existenta sau inexistenta unei continuitati conceptuale intre muzica DORDEDUH si NEGURA BUNGET.

Pana acum nimeni nu a avut ocazia sa afle care este adevarul…

Organizatorii au hotarat impreuna cu muzicienii sa arate, in premiera, tuturor fanilor de sonoritati Metal, care este adevarata identitate DORDEDUH!

Desi trupa este la inceput de drum, casa de discuri germana Prophecy Productions le-a oferit deja un contract, albumul de debut urmand sa apara in acest an. Mai mult, in foarte scurt putin timp va aparea si un EP, format din doua piese distincte, ce vor contura barierele stilistice intre care penduleaza muzica celor doi timisoreni.

DORDEDUH doreste sa arate tuturor ca, in ciuda existentei unei scene Black Metal abundente, unde cantitatea este mai importanta decat calitatea, se poate compune si interpreta intr-un mod elegant, profesionist si sincer muzica in care crede!

Va fi un spectacol de imagine si muzica pe durata a 90 de minute, intr-o maniera mai putin intalnita pentru astfel de sonoritati, atat in Romania cat si in Europa!

Asadar, DORDEDUH va aparea pentru prima data pe scena in seara de 24 ianuarie iar posibila sinergie cu THY VEILS o veti putea descoperi doar atunci, fiind, probabil si unica!

Pentru o initiere in universul ECHOES FROM TRANSCENDENCE EVENING, cei interesati pot sa citeasca un interviu cu THY VEILS realizat in urma cu mai bine de 10 ani, ce trateaza insa teme la fel de actuale cu ale noastre vremuri… Aici se va gasi si posibila explicatie pentru Seara Speciala ce sta sa vina…

http://www.kogaionon.com/romana/revista_kogaionon_full/no_05/revista_kogaionon_no5_015.html

Ultimele noutati despre trupe vor veni curand, prin postarea a doua interviuri realizate in aceasta luna!

Vor mai exista in 2010 si alte Seri Speciale in afara celor anuntate? Raspunsul pe 24 ianuarie, in The Silver Church!

Accesul in sala va fi permis la ora 18.30, unde se va putea urmari cca o ora din spectaculosul DVD AGALLOCH, aparut acum cateva saptamani, o raritate dar si o piesa de colectie pentru toti fanii Dark Metal !

In jurul orei 19.30 prima trupa va urca pe scena, cea de-a doua urmand sa-si termine reprezentatia dupa ora 22.00.

Pretul unui bilet este de 40 lei si se va putea cumpara din Reteaua Diverta,  www.ticketpoint.ro, sau la intrare, in seara evenimentului.

Va asteptam!

…underground will never die!

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