Spain has given me plenty a good time metal wise over the years from Baron Rojo to this new acquaintance ETERNAL DREAM.©2015 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Eternal Dream is a Symphonic Metal band from Málaga, Spain. We’re Ana on vocals, Niko on guitars and production, Álvaro on lead guitars and backing vocals, Motta on bass guitars and Isaías on the drums. In our music you can find all kind of influences, from classical music, to the fastest power metal riffs and from sweet symphonic melodies to the most energic prog rythms. We were born in 2007, and after a demo in 2008 and an EP (The Seed of Naryll) in 2009 we released our first album in 2012 called “The Fall of Salanthine”. On December 2014 we released a new single called “Reign of the Skies”, that we hope you enjoy.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Our band is called Eternal Dream, inspired by the idea that there’s dream that everyone has, that everyone want more than anything, but not many get the chance to touch throughout their lives. You may be far from accomplish it, you may even forget it; but it will always be there, and it’s the force that guide your steps.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-When we began, our inspirations were symphonic and power metal bands with the classical “European sound” such as Stratovarius, Nightwish, Rhapsody and Kamelot, but also with other influences as, for example Symphony X. Now we’re embracing also “the American sound” because you cannot close any door to music.
You have released one album on cd in 2012 and now you have a single out digitally. What is the advantages/disadvantages of digital?
-Well, of course there are good and bad things about digital releases. The first benefit is simple: costs. physical format has some costs. This costs are not only fabrication costs, it also has some costs of for example shipping. Also you need to do a medium order so you may get 500, 1000 or 2000 copies of your album, and this need an storage. That costs and efforts for full albums are necessary but not essential for singles. Of course digital distribution makes much easier, faster and more efficient to reach potential fans.
We, metalheads, like to collect music, and digital is not compatible. But we think it give us also, as music lover, the chance to listen the work of a band before adquiring, that gives you a more accurate idea of what are you getting and, as band gives you the real feedback of people that you like.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think both are totally compatible. In our experience, always giving our works in digital, we have seen a very sincere feedback, and a great support without interests, adquiring our LP having it free on the net. Also the good thing of giving ourselves this works is that fans don’t need to search on the internet or downloading files with doubtful quality, they only need to go to our website.
As we have seen with “Reign of the Skies” there are good things with single tracks releasing. If you release an album you are working with 8-12 tracks, it’s a huge work that needs around 2 years. You also manage a lot of different songs that need to fit perfectly in the whole album concept, so you have just to focus in promoting a few songs. So a very good song may be diminished because “does not fit” in the album as others, or because it’s in a position where doesn’t bright.
Another good thing is that bands use to evolve, and we have always seen two consecutive albums of the same band that seems too different, because there are 3, 4 or 5 years of difference. With singles every 4 or 6 months, you can see more graphically this evolution of the sound.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release songs digitally?
-We think that we have to give a quality product, so, for us, a single also deserves a full graphic design. You may do it more “simple”, because the idea is release singles with a frequence and if you release a full album, this graphic must highlight over the rest, but “simple” does not means “careless”. You can do a good cover with a simple idea.
Is it a whole different way to promote a digital track than it is promoting a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-The idea of promotion is the same, but the way of promotion itself is different. As told you in previous questions, there’s a “concept” idea in an album, where everything has to fit, and the volume of the work is much bigger. But first of all, you will have just “one promo campaign”. You can, of course focus it on different “campaigns” but they are different campaigns of the same product, just focusing differently.
If you release single tracks with some frequence, for example every 3-4 or 6 months, you will have a more constant promotion, with a much closer contact with listeners. But also a much more sincere feedback, because listeners just have to pay attention in one, two or three songs. So you can analyze better why a song works or not, so you can consider if a track is good or not for a future full album. But you can also analyze why a promo campaign works or not. If you fail in a single campaign, well, next one will be better, but if you fail in an album one, it’s a much more serious matter.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We have travel to different cities in Spain, inside and outside of Andalucía. We distribute our album in Mexico and Japan, but we keep our feet on the earth. We feel part of the Málaga metal scene.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love traveling and gigging wherever and showing our music. We have always been a live band. We make our work in the studio but it’s just a base for live, a band must show his potential on stage and we love to be on it.
What will the future bring?
-Watching the advantages of single tracks promotion, and after more than a year of silence we may consider to publish a few more singles to show the change of sound that we have done since the release of “The Fall of Salanthine”. And be back on stage and gigging, gigging and gigging.