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The Eternal

Formed: 2003
From: Melbourne, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest The Eternal News

Below is our complete The Eternal news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Eternal Announces 2009 World Tour Dates

Australian band The Eternal has announced the following tour dates:

2/21/09 - Australia - Adelaide - Enigma Bar w/ Universum, Black Orchid & Saeturnum

4/8/09 - Belgium - Antwerpen - De Rots w/ Marche Funebre
4/9/09 - Netherlands - Leeuwarden - Mukkes w/ Marche Funebre
4/10/09 - Netherlands - Tilburg - Little Devil w/ Marche Funebre
4/11/09 - Germany - Datteln - Raz4U w/ Dawn of Destiny + Marche Funebre
4/12/09 - Netherlands - Amsterdam - The Cave w/ Marche Funebre
4/13/09 - Belgium - Gent - The Frontline w/ Marche Funebre + Dandelion Wine
4/17/09 - Finland - Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo - Firebox Metal Fest w/ Katatonia
4/24/09 - Hungary - Budapest - After Music Club w/ Neverland
4/25/09 - Hungary - Szeged - Garaboncziás w/ Libra, Sentio Ergo Sum, Sollen, Teurgia

5/8/09 - USA - Texas - Dripping Springs - Thunder Of The Gods Festival

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The Eternal Posts New Video Online

Australian metallers The Eternal has posted their new video for the song, "Lost Our Way" online via YouTube. You can check it out below. The song comes off the bands forthcoming album, "Kartika." More...

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The Eternal Put Finishing Touches On New Album

Australian atmospheric/gothic/doom metal band THE ETERNAL has issued the following update:

"After completing all the tracking in February, we have been editing and preparing files for the final mix [of the new THE ETERNAL album, 'Kartika']. A small change of plan occurred and it was decided that Mark [Kelson; guitar/vocals] would head over Helsinki, Finland and ferry his away across to Tallen, Estonia to mix the album with Endel Rivers. Endel recently relocated back to his home land of Estonia and after what we felt was a solid album, 'Sleep of Reason', we thought it would be best for Endel to mix the new album. So after a hectic and confusing few months we are back on the track to completion. Mark will be returning to Australia with a mixed album May 19th and we look forward to finally moving onto the next stage of the project. We have decided to do a show in Sydney in May to get ourselves back in the flow before we start any 'Kartika'-related touring. We have also added some new studio photos from the vocal sessions at Palm Studios." More...

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The Eternal Issue Album Update

Melbourne, Australia-based metallers THE ETERNAL have issued the following up[date:

"We have had a busy month and a half since our last update! Terry (Vainoras - guitar) and Mark (Kelson - guitar/vocals) spent the end of December and the first weeks of the new year tracking the mammoth amount of guitars that we have written for Kartika. So with a bunch of long days and sleepless nights we managed to get through everything with the ever so hard working engineer Ian Miller. Ian is from Adelaide and came down to Melbourne for a few weeks to help make this all become reality for us. Working with Ian on this album has been like having an extra member on board, he has been working amazing hours on this project and we think it would be hard to of made it to this point without him.

After the completion of electric guitars and on Ian's return to Adelaide, Mark slipped into Palm Studios, Melbourne for 16 days to Track bass/acoustic guitars and vocals with Endel Rivers who most of you know from our last album Sleep Of Reason. Endel has been working overseas for the last year and we were lucky enough to catch him on a brief return to Australia and even luckier to get some studio time with him! It was worth the efforts in the end and we are very happy with the results. Mark's vocal work is set to outshine his efforts on 'Sleep Of Reason'. Tracking all the main & backing vocals, Mark had his work cut out for him as there are much more backing vocals and harmonies this time around.

So what is next? All files from the Palm Studio sessions have gone to Ian Miller in Adelaide, so he can begin the huge task of editing and mixing Kartika. We also have a few additional guests jumping on board with Duncan Patterson (ION) adding mandolin to the track 'Kartika' and Russian singer Emily A. Saaen (Ion) adding some additional backing vocals.

Within the next few weeks we will begin the mixing process and aim to have it all in the bag by the end of March, we will keep you posted!"

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The Eternal Tracking Vocals For New Album

Australian metallers THE ETERNAL have issued the following update:

"Hey folks!

We have had a busy month and a half recording! We have completed, drums, bass, guitars and keyboards!

Mark has been tracking vocals for the last week and a half and it is all sounding great! We expect to have recording complete in the next week or so, with only a few additional parts left to go; some mandolin on 'Katika' coming from Duncan Patterson and some additional female vocals coming from Emily A. Saaen, they are both in the band ION.

We expect to be mixing on and off for most of February and March and hope to have a mastered album come the end of March.

For now please check out some of our new studio pics, and we look forward to unleashing some new music to you all very soon.

Regards, The Eternal."

The Eternal's new record is titled Kartika and will include the following tracks: 'Self Inflicted', 'Means For An Ending', 'Blood', 'Without Reason', 'A Pale Reflection', 'Illuminate', 'Walk Beside You', 'Brighter Day', 'Kartika', 'Silence', 'July', 'Lost Our Way', 'Inside the Grey', 'I’ve Seen The Dream Through Someone Else’s Eyes', 'Sunshine', 'Frozen Sun', 'Last Embrace.'

Further updates to follow.

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The Eternal Complete Drum Tracks For New Album

Australian metallers THE ETERNAL have issued the following update

"We have completed tracking the drums at Mixmaster Studios in Adelaide, South Australia. A big thanks goes to all those involved in the sessions and we are really pleased with the outcome, Marty (O'Shea) pounded out 12 new tracks and they sound huge! For more studio photos please visit our MySpace page. We will commence tracking the bass guitar and guitars on December 28th, 2007. For now have a great new year from The Eternal and we look forward to being able share some new material with you in 2008."

The Eternal's new record is titled Kartika and will include the following tracks: 'Self Inflicted', 'Means For An Ending', 'Blood', 'Without Reason', 'A Pale Reflection', 'Illuminate', 'Walk Beside You', 'Brighter Day', 'Kartika', 'Silence', 'July', 'Lost Our Way', 'Inside the Grey', 'I’ve Seen The Dream Through Someone Else’s Eyes', 'Sunshine', 'Frozen Sun', 'Last Embrace.'

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The Eternal Begin Recording New Album

Australian atmospheric/gothic/doom metal band THE ETERNAL has issued the following update:

"This weekend Marty lays down the drum tracks for the new [THE ETERNAL] album 'Kartika'. Mark, Terry and Marty are heading to Mixmaster Studios in Adelaide tomorrow to met up with engineer Ian Miller and get this show on the road!

"It has nearly been three years since we recorded 'Sleep of Reason', so we are really looking forward to getting into the studio and laying down some new tracks!

"We have guitars & vocals locked in for the rest of December and January, so we are feeling pretty confident the album will be complete and ready to master in February 2008." More...

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The Eternal Confirm More European Live Dates

Australian metallers THE ETERNAL have confirmed more European dates. The band's upcoming itinerary is as follows:

May
4 - Inlive Caffe - Lisbon, Portugal
5 - SFEMeiaviense - Meia Via, Torres Novas, Portugal
9 - Celtic Pub Valhalla - Gummersbach, Germany
10 - Mukkes - Leeuwarden, Netherlands
11 - MS Stubnitz - Rostock, Germany
12 - The Rambler - Eindhoven, Netherlands
13 - The Frontline - Gent, Belgium
16 - De Rots - Antwerpen, Belgium
18 - Kultiplex - Budapest, Hungary
19 - Toxic Club - Pécs, Hungary

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The Eternal Announce New Lineup

Acclaimed Australian atmospheric/gothic/doom metal band THE ETERNAL has issued the following update:

"We would like to welcome James O'Toole as our new bass player. After quite a few months of working together we are pleased to have James officially onboard. James's song writing ability and great bass technique are an asset to the band and we look forward to introducing him to you on tour very shortly. Marty O'Shea has also returned on drums after a year's absence from the band. Most of you will know Marty from his great work on our last album, 'Sleep of Reason'.

"Guitarist Lincoln Bowen has taken an extended leave of absence due to the not-so-distant arrival of his second child. Terry Vainoras (CANYONAERO, INSOMNIUS DEI) will be taking his place for the foreseeable future. More...

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Virgin Black To Support Arcturus In Australia

After an almost three year absence, Virgin Black will begin an international touring schedule at home in Australia as guests on the highly anticipated and exclusive Arcturus tour in late March. The dates will coincide with the release of "Requiem - mezzo forte", the centre piece of the band's 3-album requiem mass.

Tues. 27th March - H.Q. Adelaide, S.A.
Thur. 29th March - Club Phoenix, Brisbane, QLD
Sat. 31st March - The Evelyn, Melbourne, VIC

Virgin Black will proudly utilise the talents of Mark Kelson (The Eternal) as session guitarist alongside Samantha Escarbe.

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The Eternal Bassist Departs

James Hunt, bassist of Australian doomsters The Eternal parts ways with the band. The following is an exerpt of his farewell:

"It is with a heavy heart that I must announce my retirement from The Eternal. For the last three years I have worked obsessively alongside Mark and Chris to achieve a common goal; to make The Eternal stand internationally as a renowned and respected heavy metal band, and to fulfil our collective dreams of making a living from playing the music that we love. More...

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The Eternal Goes Acoustic

Mark Kelson (guitar and vocals) and Chris Stevenson (keyboards) of the acclaimed Australian ambient/dark/doom metal act THE ETERNAL will be doing a number of acoustic gigs in the upcoming months, featuring both THE ETERNAL songs and "a few surprises.' According to the band, this is not their new direction, but a way to experiment some ideas before their next album.

THE ETERNAL released its sophomore album, "Sleep of Reason", late last year through Firebox Records to critical acclaim, with stunning artwork provided by renowned artist Travis Smith. The band recently supported Finnish goth-rockers H.I.M. on an Australian tour.

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The Eternal Australian Tour Dates Announced

Hot on the heels of their highly successful curtain-raising for OPETH and H.I.M., THE ETERNAL are hitting Australian roads in support of "Sleep of Reason", their second album for Finnish label Firebox Records. Melbourne's dark and melodic metal masters will kick off their tour in Canberra on Friday, June 23, with dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to follow. THE ETERNAL are also working on a Brisbane and some extra all-ages shows. "Sleep of Reason" is out now in Australia through Modern Invasion Music.

Upcoming THE ETERNAL shows:

Jun. 23 - The Green Room - Canberra, AUS
Jun. 24 - The Empire Hotel - Sydney, AUS
Jul. 01 - Green Room - Melbourne, AUS
Jul. 08 - Enigma Bar - Adelaide, AUS

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The Eternal To Do Release Tour

To coincide with The Eternal’s support slot on the Opeth Australian tour, The Eternal’s second album for Finnish label Firebox Records entitled 'Sleep of Reason' will see an Australian release through Modern Invasion in late April.

Released in Europe and North America in October 2005, 'Sleep of Reason' has won extensive acclaim from critics and fans the world over. The Eternal will do their own Australian tour mid-winter in support of the release.

The Eternal’s next headline gig will be at the Arthouse in Melbourne on Saturday, 29 April 2006 at the conclusion of the Opeth Australian tour.

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Insomnius Dei Update

The solo side project of THE ETERNAL's Mark Kelson has developed into a full band called Insomnius Dei which features a couple current members of The Eternal and a former Cryptal Darkness member.

The music is described as Pink Floyd meets death metal. You can be the judge for yourself. There are a couple rough samples of their upcoming release 'Illusions of Silence' on-line at the band's website and MySpace account.

'Illusions of Silence' will have seven tracks and clocks in at around 60 minutes. Full band samples from the complete demo will be on-line in a few weeks.

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The Eternal Name New Album

Australian melodic doom metal band THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have set "Sleep of Reason" as the title of their forthcoming second album, due late September via Firebox Records. The follow-up to last year's "The Sombre Light of Isolation" was recorded at Palm Studios in Melbourne and is currently being mastered by Mika Jussila (AMORPHIS, NIGHTWISH, THERION) at Finnvox studios in Helsinki, Finland. The cover artwork was conceived by Travis Smith (ANATHEMA, OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Everlasting", "A Dream's End", "Beneath the Soil" and "To Drown".

THE ETERNAL will make their next live appearance on Friday, June 10 at Cabaret Nocturne in Melbourne, Australia.

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Firebox Records Doomy Tidbits

The release of PANTHEIST's second album, recorded in November 2004, has been pushed to March 2005 due to some problems with the CD cover artwork.

The second album of Sweden's GRAVE FLOWERS has been recorded. It is being mastered at Phantom Studios in Finland, while the cover artwork is being completed by artist Tuomo Lehtonen. Expect nearly 70 minutes of melancholic gothic/doom metal, including a stylish cover version of Count Raven's song 'Leaving The Warzone'. Release is in March/April 2005.

The Australian band THE ETERNAL has updated both their lineup and the tidings regarding their new album: the band's new drummer goes by the name of Marty O'Shea, while the forthcoming CD is entitled 'Everlasting'. It shall feature 11 songs, which the band will record in February at Palm Studio. Some titles include: 'Everlasting, 'To Drown', 'Hollow Inside', 'A Dreams End', 'In My Skin', 'Beneath The Soil', 'The Sleep Of Reason', 'The Dying Light and Weight Of Empathy'.

MAR DE GRISES from Chile will tour Europe for three weeks in April 2005. The tour encompasses nine countries, including such exotic and often-ignored locales as Serbia. The band will also appear at Germany's legendary Doom Shall Rise festival.

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The Eternal Live Footage Online

Australian doomsters THE ETERNAL have posted four live video clips online: The Eternal live in Portugal, Remembrance Scars live in Hong Kong and A Cruel Misfortune & Black Serenity live in Finland. Go here to downlad. Also, 50 photos from their travels including live photos & some candid travel shots can be found here.

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The Eternal To Air Live On PBS-FM

Good news for those who won't be able to catch the Australian doomsters THE ETERNAL on their current Sombre Light world tour. The Eternal will be playing a selection of tracks from their acclaimed debut album 'The Sombre Light of Isolation' live-to-air on Burning Bitumen with Kene Lightfoot on PBS-FM 106.7 after 10pm Melbourne time (GMT +10h00) on Wednesday 25 August. There is a webcast of PBS-FM available from the station's website through Windows Media Player.

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