INTERVIEW TO ETHEREAL BLUE:
YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
"Ethereal Blue is a band that performs atmospheric Death metal music.
We started playing music altogether while we were all studends at the
University of Ioannina-Greece."
WHO ARE ETHEREAL BLUE AS BAND MEMBERS?
"Ethereal Blue are: Efthimis V.-vocals, Fok.S-guitars, George A.-guitars,
Miltos D.-Bass guitar, Dimitris K.-drums, Akis P.-keyboards."
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
"The band was founded back in 2002."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
"The band found its musical chemistry quite fast I must admit. We started
playing together in January 2002 and the rehearsals sounded so good that
by the end of August 2002 we had composed the material that consisted
our first demo cd titled "A mourning ocean...". During these first six
months we had the chance to perform some live appearances that helped
the band to open up new prospects."
ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
"We managed to sign a contract and create an album having only one demo
in our potential. That demo was our only recording effort till the time
that our first full length circulated worldwide by Deadsun Records. The
demo was gothic oriented and very melodic. We were using both male and
female vocals at that time."
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
"We have started composing the second album for about a month now, the
new songs are more complicated than the songs of Black Heart Process.
We have to work a lot in order to make them sound the way we want to and
at the same time we must find a record label to put it out into market.
The contract with Deadsun is just for one album and we do not know if
they will try to keep us by offering a new one."
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
"The most important facts in our history are the circulation of Black
Heart Process album in all over the world and our live guest appearances
to groups like Arcturus, Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh."
COULD YOU INTRODUCE US YOUR ALBUM 'BLACK HEART PROCESS'?
"As the flyer for the advertising of the album says "Black Heart Process"
is an individual apprenhension of the NWOSDM, the english gothic metal
forms and the bitter aggression of the Black Metal genre within aggressive
and intense but also melodic paths. I agree pretty much with this statement."
WHY DID YOU GET SIGNED BY DEADSUN RECORDS
"Our first demo A mourning Ocean received pretty good reviews from the
metal media worldwide.This fact attracted some metal labels to possess
Ethereal Blue in their roster, among them was Deadsun Records which finally
gave us a better offer than others did, and so we signed with them. The
co-operation with them is very good till now. JF rules!"
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
"The recording procedure for the album was quite painful. We used four
different studios to achieve the best possible result. It took us about
2 months to record, mix and master the material. We have many beautiful
memories to remember from that period and the result of the whole procedure
was as we expected it."
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
"No there is no particular concept concerning the album.The lyrics concern
personal experiences and points of viewing life, humanity, God, love etc.They
are quite symbolic and expressed in a rather poetic way, but we believe
that enyone could find oneself in these fiction(?)-states of mind and
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
"It is melancolic and nostalgic at the same time. It reminds me of the
feeling I have when a person I love walks out of my life. Those times
you feel sad and depressed but at the same time your ego imposes you to
go on with your life. Somewhere among all these fellings you will identify
your self with the mood of Black Heart Process."
THE MUSIC IS VERY SYMPHONIC ORIENTED?
"I would not say that Black heart Process is symphonic oriented, it is
melodic and intense at the same time and the role of the Keys is at the
backround in order to "dress up" the music. In all the album I do not
think that the keys have the leading part so I cannot claim that the album
is symphonic oriented."
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
"I think that its melodies and the pure melancoly that flows from it are
the most salient aspects of the album."
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
"We have read many reviews of the album and we really have not seen any
bad comments till now, actually we must admit that in some of them we
have seen very flattering comments about our music. The feedback is more
than encouraging and prompts us to work harder."
"At the moment we are touring around Greece in order to promote the material
of the album. We have arranged to appear as support act to the great shows
of Rotting Christ in Ioannina and Moonspell in Thessaloniki. A month ago
we played in Sofia-Bulgaria in a metal Festival called Winter Storms and
we are trying to arrange some gigs abroad. We will see... The touring
part of the "job" is the one we like the most."
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
"For me the best thing in life is to be satisfied with myself, to satisfy
my mechanical ego as the title of the first track of "Black Heart Process"
says. I try to be agreeable to the people that I love and through this
procedure I gain to. If you ask the other members of the band I am sure
they will tell you something different."
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
"This is really a very good question. I am sure you know that the conditions
for the metal bands in southern Europe are much more difficult than for
the Northern ones. The reason is that people in southern countries do
not accept metal music the way they do in the north. There is no chance
to see a greek metal band for instanse to be awarded with a music price
in our country like you often see in Sweden and Norway or to hit the charts.
The studios and the sound engeneers are not aqcuainted with the metal
sound like they are in Germany. Many difficulties... One thing I know
for sure is that we love what we do with the band very much and we will
continue to do it no matter what. United we have a chance..."
ANY LAST REMARKS?
"Thanks to the magazine for the chance that it offers us to be better
known to the metal audience in Italy. I hope you will enjoy the listening
of the album."
For more infos: www.etherealblue.org
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