ETERITUS

ETERITUS has a real death metal ring to it. Check this one out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-I didn’t come up with it, but I vaguely remember we’ve been throwing a few ideas, when Zimny (guitar) proposed the one we went with. The name “Eteritus” comes from a latin word “praeteritus”, which means “disregarded, neglected, omitted”. We play Oldskull Death Metal, so we thought the name is a perfect fit.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-I usually say that’s it’s Death Metal like it was “back in the days”. It’s gritty and dirty, but it sure ain’t plain or easy.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Only one greatest single influence? It is probably Entombed with their first album „Left Hand Path”.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-I’m not sure if you can talk about “local scene” anymore these days, since everything is shared globally now. Sure, there are some local bands, but I don’t think are many gigs anymore. As to the second part of the question, I think that local bands proliferate more local bands. First – the more bands play locally for kids to listen, the more bands the kids will create. Secondly – how are you going to find musicians to form up a band if noone’s playing? Bands tend to exchange members, or just, well – disband, and those guys go on to join or form other bands. Also it’s much better to get a gig going with 2 or 3 bands then solo, especially early on, when you don’t have enough songs to play for an hour or more.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-The band is definitely more then a sum of it’s parts – I sometimes wonder how the hell are we, or anyone else, able to devote all that time to being in a band (you have to remember that a single 45 minute gig can be a whole day of traveling and waiting + many hours of rehearsals). And more importantly, WHY the hell are we doing that?! I suppose there has to be more to it then just music to keep us going. As to the “part of a movement”? I’m not sure if I personally feel it, but that’s probably because I’m a mild guy, who seldom has strong opinions on something, but I still do crack a condescending smile when I read about someone calling rock/metal music “satanic, evil and makes you suicidal”, or when some organization or other tries to BAN A SATANIC CONCERT.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Are you kidding me?! A swarm of bees can MURDER a dude if on little bee gets pissed off! And birds of prey are notoriously Death Metal. And as for the actual question, I suppose a good cover has to be sort of like an Intro to the album. If you don’t know the band, and you have no idea what kind of music they play – one look at the cover should tell you what you’re dealing with. Unless it’s a Black Metal band, then you just have some trees, goats and on that you plaster a face in corpse-paint or a pair of tits 😉

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-It’s definitelly not killing, but rather changing it. The difference is – I think – while you once had some collection of – let’s say – fifty records at the store that you sift through and maybe pick one because you thought the cover is nice, you now have many tens of thousands of tracks for your choosing for free anywhere, anytime, and you just drown in the stuff. Maybe it means that you would listen to one album more times in the past, get to know it better and appreciate it more, while now you just phase out while fifty same-sounding tracks auto-play one after another from the recommended list. I don’t know – can only speak of my own experience. On a more serious note, I think that it was maybe more elitist in the past, while now it’s much easier to put your music out to the world. That also means, that you probably have to be either really original, or really good to not get lost between all the bands out there, but that was the case pretty much always.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Usually pubs, sometimes some mini-festivals at slightly bigger venues. It’s nice because you know there’s a cold beer waiting after you’re done. It tastes so much better when you have to wait for several hours to drink one 😉

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We take our gigs seriously, always want to do everything perfectly, and because of that we’re never entirely happy with our performance. But I see it as a good thing, since it motivates us to get better. But after we’re done? Pack all the shit to the car and gimme’ a beer!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Can’t say I ever think to far into the future, but we’ve got some gigs abroad on our radar, so maybe that’ll be some kind of a new, exciting adventure.
Cheers from Eteritus! Support death metal!

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