The world is full of bands that I haven’t heard of. ETERNAL REST is another of these to be ticked of now. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-Death Metal – Aggressive, tight & emotional listen backed up with an intense live show.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-To be honest not very, ER was chosen when the band started roughly 10 years ago during high school, while trying to come up with a “metal” name.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-When I was younger melodic music had a major play in pushing my tastes heavier, bands like killswitch engage, As I lay dying etc
Today im inspired by all genres of music, there is a lot to learn from other genres that will benefit your own music. I also pick up / learn a lot from and am inspired by artists I work with on a daily basis (work as a FOH engineer).
The recent music we have been writing / over the last year has had a big influence from bands like Dyscarnate, Vader & Decapitated.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The name came first, though our sound is something that has developed over many years. As time has gone on each member’s personal influences have been mixed in along with writing as a full group, I think this is something that will continue changing as the band grows.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think albums will always be how bands release new music, with singles included etc. People are just more likely to now stream your music online, which also has its benefits as there is more promotional benefits for bands themselves and is easier for listeners to find info / music from your band. Has also been because of a massive increase in social content, videos, competitions, merch stores etc. Can essentially listen to bands without paying for their music, touring is where bands make money.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-A big part, needs to be an artistic representation of the music within the album will also be the first impression of someone coming across your CD. It’s great when you can work with an artist that will really take your ideas, interpret in their way and come back with a perfect summary.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Run it the same way, there are just so many more avenues to upload your band info / music to now. Street promo is essential, word of mouth is the greatest promotion for your band.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-For sure, the metal community is one big family from local to touring artists. I feel heavy music is being more accepted by popular genres / platforms recently which is a great thing for bands / fans and shows a like.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Touring band, though at present we have had time off from the road since the middle of the year busily preparing & writing for our 2018 plans. All will start to be revealed in the coming weeks / months leading into the new year.
Yes! Touring / gigging is a must if you’re looking at taking your band to the next level, will also be a majority of the bands income.
The Market is flooded with tours in all genres that’s continually increasing, every night of the week now there is a show you can find – get out and enjoy!

What will the future bring?
-I’m not too sure how much I can reveal now, but all I can say so far is 2018 will be the biggest / busiest year for the band to date. Announcements will begin in the next few months leading into 2018!

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