EMQ’s with ETERNAL WINTER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Maryland, USA based Epic Power Metal band, Eternal Winter. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Knight, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Greetings! My name is Matthew Knight. I am the vocalist/guitarist/frontman of US metal band ETERNAL WINTER. I started the group in 2002 and we have been going strong ever since. We play a unique style of epic heavy metal with dark and progressive elements. Our latest album “ARCHAIC LORE ENSHRINED: SONGS OF SAVAGE SWORDS & DARK MYSTICISM” was released last September.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name ETERNAL WINTER comes from the heroic fantasy Mythos that many of our lyrics are based on. It is an original concept story written in the early days of the band that has been expanded upon over the years.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
ETERNAL WINTER hails from the USA. There is a very strong Metal/Rock scene here and always has been. Although not as mainstream as it was in years prior, the underground scene is still alive and well in our land, and excellent bands are always on the uprising.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The newest album is called “ARCHAIC LORE ENSHRINED: SONGS OF SAVAGE SWORDS & DARK MYSTICISM”. It is a collection of songs based on sword-and-sorcery, weird fiction, and Gothic literature that has inspired us over the years.
‘The Curse Of Baron Sengir’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
There are so many to mention. I am very fond of metal bands such as CAULDRON BORN, VIRGIN STEELE, STORMWITCH, QUEENSRYCHE, CRIMSON GLORY… I also am a huge fan of BRYAN FERRY, DAVID SYLVIAN, AL DI MEOLA any many, many others…
What first got you into music?
Early ‘90s rock bands made an impression on me as a kid, and got me wanting to form my own band. Groups such as PRIMUS and WHITE ZOMBIE with their amazing musicianship and cartoonish imagery had a big influence on me in my pre-teen years.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’ve always been a fan of the Montreux Jazz Festival. I think that some of the greatest musicians have played there, and they always seem to have great sound and acoustics.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I can’t think of many weird gifts, but I’ve received several very cool gifts… artwork, swords, one fan made a detailed sculpture of a dragon’s eye from our concept story, and presented it in a miniature glass case. I hang on to these relics with great appreciation.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Be artistic and passionate! Unleash the power of your imagination!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I pretty much enjoy every aspect about being a musician. I live for being able to express my creativity through the art form that I love. There’s nothing that I really dislike about it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish that physical albums were still as popular as they once were. I wish there still were record stores on every corner, and everyone had albums of their favourite bands sitting on their shelves.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Al Di Meola – “Elegant Gypsy”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl, CD’s, Cassettes are all great…Although nice for reference, I’m not a fan of digital-only formats.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
In 2010 we opened for EDGUY at Jaxx in Springfield, VA. The sound and audience were great that night. It always stands out as being one of the most magical shows we’ve played.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Writing stories, or pursuing some other form of art.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Robert E. Howard, and Edgar Allan Poe
What’s next for the band?
We have a new album already written and will be hitting the studio soon to begin recordings.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Bandcamp, YouTube, and Facebook seem to be what we use the most. We also have our music up on Spotify, iTunes, etc…
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I call them a cookie!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks very much to all our friends, fans and everyone who has supported us over the years. The best is yet to come!
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