With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ETERNAL SILENCE. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Hi guys from Battlehelm, we are Eternal Silence from Italy. It wasn’t so hard to choose our name, we wanted to make a sort of litteraly joke with words: is an oxymoron from the heavy side of the music we play and the silence, which represent something more calm and intimate. We also love the gothic and dark athmosphere that these words recall, so what is better than an Eternal Silence?
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-All the band members, both current and previous, have always had very different music tastes. This difference contributed in creating the sound of the band which has developed along the years. Our sound combines metal and symphonic elements inspired my movie scores and classical music. We love the heavy side of our sound as much as the more intimate and melodic side.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-At the base of the arrangement of a song there is always the will to convey a feeling. The kind of feeling we want to express makes the difference between an heavy, angry song and a slow, soft ballad. In our albums we like to play with different moods and emotions, as well as different intensity in the songs.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Recording in the studio is very different from playing live. In the studio we pay attention to every single detail, everything must be as clear as possible, playing in a more rational way. But when we play a live concert our senses are stimulated in a different way by the music and the audience. It is a more emotional way to play the same songs.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Is important to have a label who believe in your art and support you, and invest on you. Not always the musicians have the skills to promote themselves in the right way, so the best thing is to have a team of professionals who know how to work in the music business. It is true that nowadays everyone can release their own music on a lot of platform, it is easier for them to that it and to try to be known worldwide. But somehow having music for free can make it loose value for the people, and this can lead to a loss of economical means to the bands to continue create music in an high quality way.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Nowadays people have the access to millions of songs on many platforms, they are used to listen to a few seconds of a song and to skip quickly to the next one. It is very hard to impress this kind of audience and make them fans, but on the other hand you can be pretty sure that your music can easily reach almost every corner of the planet. This is a great possibility that can be fully exploited only if the quality of the content is at the top.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-The most important thing for a cover artwork is to bring the meaning of the album into an image. It doesn’t have to be just a pretty image, but it has to explain what’s inside the music in an interesting way, inviting the audience to look behind and listen to the album.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We have been active since more than a decade, and especially in recent years we focused on playing bigger shows and improving our performance and we will continue to do so. Somehow we gained our place in the national scene. Metal is not the most appreciated music genre here in Italy, and also going to small concerts and supporting new bands is something less usual for Italians then for people from other countries. Despite this, the Italian metal scene is full of great bands and talented musicians.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-The music industry is evolving year by year to keep up with this change. There’s nothing like having your favourite band’s new album on your hands, listen to it while browsing the booklet and reading the lyrics. This is a value that a band must offer to his fans, and that can’t be replaced with a digital download. We don’t have to fear this change.
What lies in the future?
-We are working on new stuff, improving our sound and trying to make our music more ripe, complete but even personal. The lockdown has certainly slowed down our plans for the next future, but we surely won’t stop.