Ottawian death metal combo OMINOUS ECLIPSE have a new album out now. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-In a lot of ways it’s gone further than we could have imagined. We’ve gotten to share the stage with bands that were inspirations to us and made friends with musicians we were originally fans of. That being said, in retrospect there are some things I wish we did differently from the get go. Such as investing in publicity for our first releases, that would have helped us progress a lot faster.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We definitely did a better job on Sinister than our first record End of Days. This was mainly because we had more equipment to record from home with. This allowed us more time and flexibility since we didn’t need to worry about studio booking.

Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-I think our sound has changed drastically from our first album and I think it will continue to do so as we progress

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-I think lyrics are very important as they can add a lot of power and emotion to a song. Our lyrical topics usually consist of war, humanity’s downfall, and other dark characteristics found among people.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-People typically judge a book by its cover so I think it’s very important to have captivating artwork. Even with digital downloads; the art is the first thing you see when browsing.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I suppose it all has to do with your local scene. You need to be in a place where you can make connections and get exposure. Luckily with modern technology, bands coming from remote areas have the internet at their disposal to get their music out there. Good music is good music plain and simple. If people can access it easily, it will get around. Success to me is subjective based on what your goal is. Being a successful band would be amazing and I hope we will be one day. But the priority is to have fun because I write music and play in a band because I love to do it.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-The element of our music we hope makes us “stand out” is diversity. We try to accomplish this by not setting limitations on ourselves with our writing. We’ll explore and experiment with any genres we enjoy, in and out of metal, to make a nice blend in sound. As mentioned before, fun is the priority so we write what we like and if it makes us standout then that’s a plus.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-We are pretty lucky with our local scene I must admit. Ottawa isn’t very big for a major city comparing it to its neighbors Montreal and Toronto. With this factor, a lot of the bigger tours skip Ottawa but big name bands still come through on their own and the locals get to open. This is fantastic for exposure, building your bands resume, and an opportunity to make connections.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-I think Rob Zombie described it best when he said “it’s so fucking huge, and yet certain people don’t know it exists.” This definitely applies to the local scene as metal is not exactly “pop culture” but has its own vastly loyal community. A lot of people are deterred by music on its own but I’ve found when I’ve introduced non metal heads to a live show and they see the pits, the headbanging and the general energy, they develop a much greater appreciation. I think to change people’s attitude towards the genre more people need to really experience it in its live setting. A good way to achieve this is to have more festivals with both mainstream and metal artists.

What does the future hold for you?
-We look to continue writing music, playing shows and hope to expand our fan base with the release of our new album!

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