Eternal Void Talks New EP "One Of Us," Occupy Wallstreet, And More
Burgeoning Ohio metallers Eternal Void are a rarity in the underground scene: an unsigned band that already sounds like a top quality act that should be booking cross country tours and selling out venues.
With the release of the new EP "One Of Us" (review forthcoming shortly) Eternal Void shows a smooth blending of various extreme styles, while still keeping up a head bobbing melody and memorable song structures.
After getting my first taste of the EP I got in contact with guitarist Evan Hilderbrandt to talk about the band's unique yet still familiar sound and dive deeper into the themes of the EP. Evan shared his thoughts on the Occupy Wallstreet movement and how its message has been received over time, the Ohio metal scene, and even his excitement to see what's coming up next from the mighty Behemoth now that Nergal is back at the helm again. Check out the full interview below.
xFiruath: Let's start out with some basic history. How long as Eternal Void been together and how did this lineup come about?
Evan: Eternal Void was formed in 2008. Dylan Krebs, Jake Tehan, and Cody Long had already formed the band, while me and Dylan were in another local band. Long story short, it broke up after a few months and I got tired of not being in a band so I called Dylan asking to be in Eternal Void. After about a year of messing around with rotating bass players we hooked up with David Maus. From there we really focused on writing new music and playing shows.
xFiruath: What sort of bands would you consider your biggest influences, and how would you describe Eternal Void's sound to someone who hadn't heard it before?
Evan: We listen to just about everything from Flamenco and classical music all the way to black and tech metal. The bands we really agree on would be Pantera, Metallica, Human Abstract, Lamb of God, Mötley Crüe, Demolition Hammer: The list could really go on... However, we don't go out of our way to sound like any of these bands. We're really proud of the fact that we push to create our own sound and uniqueness. For those who haven't heard us before, I would have to describe it as heavy, and filled with unique rhythms and melodies. We like the music aggressive so we push for the drums to be insane. We always strive to have the guitars intertwined, and most importantly, the vocal rhythms have to flow and intensify the song.
xFiruath: Is the song "The 99" about the "Occupy Wallstreet" or "We are the 99%" movement, and what are your thoughts on those issues?
Evan: That song is really on the fence when it comes to both movements. I wrote the lyrics to that when the Occupy Wallstreet movement was all over the news, so that is where my mind was at the time. "The 99" is about the decline of the middle class and what would happen if the Occupy and 99% movements combined and overthrew the government and created a divided nation of rich and poor that was ran by warlords. When the movements started happening I really didn't have a problem with them, but as time went on I really think the message was completely lost due to the media coverage and misinformed people either being for or against it, and then spreading their own misinformed message. I don't want a hand me out, everyone in this band busts their ass to get things done, and I think people should be willing to work for the things they want.
xFiruath: What do your other song lyrics deal with, and do you tend to tell a story with the lyrics or leave the themes open to interpretation?
Evan: It depends on the song. "Eyes of the World" is about child abuse across the world and "The Art of Our Demise" is about survival and never giving up when things get rough. But "One of Us" can be open to interpretation.
xFiruath: Tell me about the recording sessions for the EP. Was this a self-produced effort and where did recording take place?
Evan: We recorded this EP with Nick Ingram at Capital House Studios in Columbus, Ohio. It took a total of six days to do the whole thing and we were thrilled everyday to be there. Nick is really a great guy to work with and I feel like he captured the sound of the band really well. We'd lay down the scratch tracks and then Dylan would play through the songs until we were satisfied with everything he had done. From there, we were very analytical about the guitars and bass and making sure they were lined up. Then Cody came in and did the vocals. Looking back, it felt pretty natural doing it the way we did.
xFiruath: You guys launched a music video recently - tell me about that whole recording process and how the end product turned out.
Evan: We were impressed with the response people gave us when they saw the video. It hit 3,000 views in under three days and what is interesting is that we shot it ourselves. Dylan is amazing video editing and we had shot a video before for an older song called "Four Walls" so it wasn't a new for us to do. The thought process going in was that we wanted to outdo the previous video tenfold and I feel that we accomplished that. We were all very happy with the final product and we saved thousands of dollars too (laughs).
xFiruath: Fill me in on your local live scene. What's going on in the world of metal there?
Evan: The metal scene here in southwestern Ohio is really starting to pick up. There are a lot of really great and original bands starting to get some attention. I think people should check out what we have going on here.
xFiruath: Have you been to any great concerts lately?
Evan: I saw Guns 'N Roses when they came through Cincinnati and although it wasn't the original line up, it was a really good show. Dylan and Jake went to see Animals as Leaders recently. They are simply amazing live. They never mess up and oddly enough they have a huge sound for a three piece band.
xFiruath: Is there anything in the coming year you are particularly looking forward to in the world of metal?
Evan: I'm really looking forward to some things Eternal Void has up its sleeve for 2012, so that should make for an interesting year. Other than that I'm really looking forward to Mayhem Festival, and to see if Behemoth is going to release anything new now that Nergal is back. Also, Eternal Void is looking at the possibility of doing a summer tour so that is something I'm looking forward to as well.
xFiruath: Are any of your band members involved with other projects right now?
Evan: Cody drums for another local band, but other than that we are all very focused on Eternal Void.
xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to discuss?
Evan: I just want to thank all of the Eternal Void fans for their support and to keep a lookout for releases from us. Also, for anyone who hasn't heard us, come check us out at www.facebook.com/eternalvoidofficial Facebook and check out the "One of Us" music video! Apart from that, I want to thank you for a great interview!
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