Answered by Liam Tailor.
Good day Eteritus! How are you guys doing these days?
Good and getting better. Things have been slow for quite some time, but we’re picking up the pace rapidly.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
We play our own take on the oldschool Death Metal, taking inspiration mostly from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Members are Nitro on the drums, Greg with the bass, Michał on the guitar, and me – Liam Tailor – with vocals and second guitar.
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
So that was over five years from now already. I don’t know the details, but I know that somehow Nitro and Zimny (ex-guitar) met and came up with an idea,
to create a band that would bring back the oldschool sound to Death Metal, throwing away all of the “innovations” that accumulated and evolved over the years with the genre. Some time later – after a short, unsuccessful bout with being a vocalist of a modern progressive metal band – I’ve found a post on a website for rock and metal fans, about some guys looking for a vocalist for a death metal band. Since that’s much more of my thing I replied and soon we started the first rehearsals, doing covers of Cenotaph (Bolt Thrower) and Into the Grave (Grave). After some time I decided to also the rythmic guitar, which went terrible at first, but soon we had four tracks ready, and we went into the studio for our first mini-CD “Tales of Death” (available on YT). Soon after Greg joined on bass and we released a full-length CD “Following the Ancient Path” and recorded another one. Unfortunately we then fell into a semi-comatose state, where we wouldn’t get any reasonable deals for the release, and our guitarist decided to leave the band. Recently however we’ve awoken however, with the coming of a new guitarist and a new label for the upcoming release. And as for the name “Eteritus” – it’s derived from the latin “praeteritus”, which means “ommited” or “forgotten”. We’ve found it fitting for our oldschool style of play.
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Ok, but they’re sort of a mish-mash of science-fiction, folk, fantasy and horror so bear with me. I’m gonna go track by track, briefly describing the idea.
So from the first release “Tales of Death” we’ve got:
1. The Beggining/The End – This is a folk tale, as told by an elder of some ancient tribe. It describes mythical twins, who traveled the world since the dawn of time, and that a deadly curse is placed upon them. The ending verses reveal that the twins are actually a binary star system – revered as gods – which, as we all know from astronomy, will eventually either move to close, or drift apart.
2. Land of Graves – straightforward lyrics about the last days on earth of a person trapped in an unforgiving and deadly land.
3. Elder God – Based on the Lovecraftian mythos. About the old gods finally coming back to reclaim the Earth.
4. Warlord – This one is about another mythical figure, although more human-like. The Warlord is kinda like Thanos, in that he conquers many lands to bring peace by throwing everything into chaos.
On to the second album! “Following the Ancient Path”:
1. Biocentric – On the theory of biocentricity, that life is the actual reason for the universe to exist.
2. Hellish Imagery – that one is supposed to be more of a landscape painting, which shows – through the perception of all senses – how interesting place Hell is, and how dull our world is in comparison.
3. The Unliving Thing – pure horror, describing a wolf hunting it’s prey.
4. Eye of the Storm – This one uses fantasy/horror themes to talk about human fears and tragedy.
5. Incinerator – Have you watched that Chronicles of Riddick movie, where Riddick is trapped on a planet which is perpetually scorched by an incredibly intense sun? The lyrics are about that place.
6. Somber Mind – About the weakness of human logic in finding the ultimate answers.
7. End of Line – This one tells how insignificant death can be, and how little on life means.
8. Mortal Prophecy – Antropomorphised fire as a teacher of passion.
We’ll see about the lyrics from the new album when it comes out 😉
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Probably personal tastes mostly. For me it’s about a challenge. This kind of music is really hard to pull off, both technically and physically. Playing a Death Metal gig is like sprinting through a marathon while doing a maths test. I’ve already learned a lot, and I’m still far from where I want to be.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
Honestly the biggest obstacle is time. We’ve all got our lives, and it’s sometimes hard to find time for music. If you’re asking specifically about recording in the studio, it’s easy-peasy and a great fun. Seriously, we rehearse so much before going into the studio, that recording is just in-and-out, one day per person and all’s done.
Order Of Death to be released on November. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
I can only say for myself, since we recorded eveything seperately. For me it was about two hours of recording everything track-by-track with a tea break inbetween, and then another two hours sitting on the couch with Nitro (drummer) listening to the recordings, and doing a few minor brush-ups and adding some additional screams, where we thought they’re needed. Nothing especially funny or sad that I can recall, but it was sure a lot of fun!
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Part of the reason is probably that the kind of music we play is very niche, and there isn’t much room for another big-player. But mostly I blame it on ourselves. You know, if we’d do more gigs, take some bigger risks, and just spend more time on the band overall, maybe we would be a bit further by now, who knows. It doesn’t really matter, if we keep going and just do our thing, since that’s what we love to do.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
Nitro: Former drummer of polish black metal pioneer North and only trve polish slavonic pagan metal band called Neasit. Drummer for whom metal is the whole life. At concerts, he always gives his best.
Greg: Fun fact I know about Greg, is that he realased his first cassette tape with a band called Croque-Mort when I was whole ONE year old. So yeah, he’s been in this business for quite a while. Besides being a bass player, Greg also composed some of our best pieces – they’re usually the more aggressive ones.
Michał: He’s our latest member, so a bit more info.
Started learning to play the guitar at 16, and soon got into a band called Klątwa (“Curse” in Polish), which later renamed itself to Damned Gods, where he played bass. Afterwards he tried to work with many musicians and projects, but none picked his interest enough to turn into anything big. In the meantime, Michał started to take lessons for a 7-string in a Yamaha school. In 2012 he finally recorded a debut album called “Inception of Dying Mind” with thrash/death metal band called Warflame. Later on he started to concentrate on solo projects, which lead to a few demo recordings. To further hone his skills, Michał turned to a man called Jacek Hiro, who worked with some of the best Polish musicians ( e.g. Kat & Roman, Decapitated). Finally he left Warflame to start two bands: White Rabbit and Painkiller. After two years and some gigs, Michał finally concentrated his efforts on the latter, and recorded an album called “Death Carrier”. And this year (2018), he joined Eteritus. Favourite instrument is Hohner Professional The Jack.
L. Tailor: I’m the youngest member, with the least experience. Before Eteritus I was only really in one band, for like half ayear. We’ve played one gig, and released a demo, but we were all kinda mismatched musically. Besides that I’ve been practicing vocals since I was about fourteen or fifteen, mostly recording myself when I was home alone. At that time I’ve also started to play a little guitar, but it took me a few years until I really got into it.
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
Favorite band are: Entombed, Grave, Unleashed, Napalm Death, Carcass, Gorefest, Asphyx, Vader, Repulsion, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Death etc.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
Poland metal scene is one of the best in whole world. And not only mainstream bands like Vader or Behemoth but there are hundreds of bands playing very good. And this is death, thrash, grind and black metal worth listening to.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Not yet, but that might change in the not-so-far future.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
Not that I know of as of now. There’s is one animated clip on the YouTube however, for the track “End of Line”.
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Religion – No thanks!
* Death – Someday, hopefully.
* Gospel Of… – Mark. That’s a thing, I think?
* Grinding … – Gears in my ears. So probably Industrial Metal.
* Power of … – Imagination.
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Thanks guys for coming to the gigs and supporting the Death Metal scene!