EMQ’s with AETHERIAL

EMQ’s with AETHERIAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Death Metal band, Aetherial. Huge thanks to bassist Cas 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?

Hi there, I’m Cas – I play bass and write the lyrics in Aetherial. The band was started by my partner, Shep Sheppard and myself in 2013 after a desire to create heavier music. We released our debut record in 2015, “The Still Waters of Oblivion” and are about to release our follow up “Nameless Horrors”, October 23.

How did you come up with your band name?

We like the concept of an aetherial space, a place beyond the world, a celestial space that can never be attained. It’s a cool contrast to the music and visuals that are dark and tormented. We also liked the original Latin spelling with the AE.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Melbourne, Australia. The scene here is quite niche and clicky for local metal bands and despite being named the “Live Music Capital of Australia”, it can be difficult to get a good gig.

Unfortunately, some of the venues that we used to play at have closed down in recent years too but it is still the centre for international shows/ touring acts and festivals.

It’s anyone’s guess what shows will look like here in the future, but I think moving forward the logistics of live performance will change and move to perhaps more underground shows/house parties/rural and virtual shows? It’s certainly a challenging time but I believe that there will a renewed hunger for live music again and the desire to get out and experience it again after this is over.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We are about to independently release our second album, “Nameless Horrors” on October 23. This will be available from all online music stores as well as our website, where we will have CD’s for sale too. It’s a significantly darker turn from the debut, both in music and lyrical content. It focuses on heavy riffs, death vocals and intense drums, whilst still maintaining polished songwriting.

The two of us recorded it ourselves in our home studio, it was mixed in Canada by Asher Ally and mastered here in Melbourne by Ermin Hamidovic from Systematic Productions. We were particular on who we got to mix and master the album and these guys are doing a lot of great work in the style we like.

We have just released the first single from the album ‘It’s Only Blood’ with a self-produced video! There will also be a new video out on the 23rd to coincide with the album.

‘It’s Only Blood (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ourselves I guess, the biggest influences for our music have been our life experiences and how they have made us feel and react. I think the most genuine music can only be written from a desire to express something that has personally moved you enough to write about it. Nature, mortality, observations in the world, questions about our place in it and what awaits us beyond life are all inspiring to us too.

What first got you into music?

I have always loved music; going to gigs and concerts, making sick mix tapes and collecting CD’s but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I actually started playing and writing it myself. So, a bit of a late comer, I guess! One year after going to a Big Day Out Festival and seeing a few women performers up on stage I just thought “I could totally do that” so I randomly went out the next week and bought a bass. Had some lessons and the rest is history! I think the progression to heavy music was inevitable really, the sheer power and passion conveyed in the music is really too inspiring not to be a part of! Plus, I’m a sucker for a fat ass riff.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Marilyn Manson I think, on some crazy industrial super heavy goth shit. Would be interesting to say the least!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Eistnaflug in Iceland! Firstly, anything in Iceland would be amazing, It’s a place we’ve always wanted to experience. Secondly, it’s a brutal festival that attracts some big names but still manages to retain its character.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

One time some guy sent us some hand drawn portraits that he had done of us – they weren’t really that far off the portrait Napoleon Dynamite drew for Tricia in the movie!! Luckily, the shading on my upper lip wasn’t as bad.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for supporting us! We hope that our music moves you and inspires you.

Keep searching for and supporting those awesome underground bands they’re the future of the genre, the ones taking risks, evolving the sound and doing it all themselves. Show them some love!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Scott Weiland.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Probably my favourite thing is simply creating and witnessing people enjoy the music that we have created. I hate the politics and barriers associated with being an independent artist trying to progress your career.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

For industry to base assumptions on the quality of the music not on who you know or how many likes you’ve bought on social media. Also to allow more emerging acts through – the voice of a generation is not the same voice it was 30 years ago.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Argh so many!! But a toss-up between Swallow The Sun – “New Moon”. I love all of it, every song and I never get sick of it! Its beautifully dark and well written and Heaven Shall Burn – “Veto”, I just love all of it especially the cover of Blind Guardians ‘Valhalla’.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I think all of them have their good points. I love vinyl with its unique sound and that slight crackle when you play them, the fact that you are actually taking time and effort to play to the music too, it’s like a ritual. Not to mention the larger scale cover art is awesome. Tapes remind me of growing up and spending hours recording and creating the ultimate mix – often to the detriment of the quality!! I still dig CD’s – you can get the booklet out, the whole thing is still covered in art and it gives you a sense of the overall band and vibe they’re trying to achieve. I think for pure sound quality though a high quality download will give the listener the ‘truest’ and most accurate sound – even if it is a bit impersonal.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

2018 at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne supporting Cattle Decapitation for the opening night of their Australian Tour. Full house, awesome night.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be a writer! I restore mid-century furniture so would probably have a lil shop too!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Erik Satie, Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Vincent Van Gogh, Julian Assange.

What’s next for the band?

“Nameless Horrors” is out next month, so we’ll be busy with that for a while. We are aiming to start getting into field recording over the next few months too – in particular natural sounds to incorporate into our next record. Which we might add are really keen to get started on!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

People are welcome to visit our website to catch up on news, watch videos and buy music
www.aetherialofficial.com

Or our socials are –
www.facebook.com/aetherialofficial
www.instagram.com/aetherialofficial
www.youtube.com/aetherial
www.twitter.com/Aetherial_metal

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bahaha a biscuit for sure!! You can run it through the courts all you want to prove its a cake – but if it’s sold in the biscuit aisle and you can eat it in one bite with a coffee, it’s a biscuit!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us Rick! And make sure to stop by our pages to say hey!

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EMQ’s with PUNCTURE WOUND

EMQ’s with PUNCTURE WOUND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gold Coast, Queensland based Old-School Death Metal band Puncture Wound. Huge thanks to rhythm guitarist Travis 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?

My name is Travis and I play rhythm Guitar. I started the band on the 6/6/16 with the simple vision of creating OSDM. The band consists of Alix on drums, Gene on vocals, Beau on bass and Pedro on lead guitar. To date, we have released a 4 track EP entitled “Brutal Butchery of Bargain Basement Bodies” and more recently, our debut full length, “Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name on the same day I created the band. When I decided on the name, I did some searches and could not find any death metal bands with that name, which surprised me, so I stuck with the name, had a logo designed and away we went.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The actual scene on the Gold Coast is very small, but the broader scene in Australia has been and is very healthy. Australia has produced some of the best death metal bands which include Abramelin, Misery, Corpse Molestation, Necrotomy, Beyond Mortal Dreams, Darklord to name but a few.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release will be a single from the new album called ‘Devoid Mausoleum’ which is being released through CDN Records. The single is from the debut full length “Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses”. The single will be released by the time this is done and will be a lyric video on YouTube.

Devoid Mausoleum (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

All early old school death metal like Death, Incantation, early Cannibal Corpse, Dismember, Massacre. Basically, everything between 1989 and 1993. Hahaha. Basically, all the early Earache Records and Nuclear Blast releases.

What first got you into music?

I was drawn to music and my Father always had music playing in the car, house and I found my own stuff. In 1988 I was introduced to Anthrax, Metallica and Kreator which I just couldn’t get enough of. In 1990, I was introduced to Deicide and Morbid Angel and that is where my life changed for ever.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

There is no specific band or musician. As long as they live for OSDM, I could see myself working with them.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would prefer the smaller festivals that mainly have death metal. The Maryland Deathfest would be great.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Never received any gifts. So, if your reading this, and like our band, send us some love. Hahaha.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Please support all forms of music by buying bands merchandise, be it CDs, T-shirts, concert tickets. Most death metal bands do this for the love of it as there is no money to be made, however, by supporting bands like ours and buying merch, it allows us to keep it going and putting out more music, T-shirt designs and possible tours.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

It would have to be the Godfather of death metal, Mr Chuck Schuldiner. The first 4 Death albums are all masterpieces. The death of Brett Hoffman really hit me hard, and I had never even met the guy. However, I bought “The 10 Commandments” when it first came out followed by “Retribution”. These 2 albums had a huge impact in my life during those years and it really struck a chord with me. He is really missed.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the comradery and teamwork making/creating our music. It’s extremely fun and allows us to release stress. What I hate is the politics and bullshit involved behind the scenes. I stay away from all that and if it’s not a good fit for Puncture Wound, then we stay away from it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Probably that bands get more of a cut from these fucking greedy online streaming services and the like. I hate to name and shame, Bandcamp is a good tool, but fuck me they take a huge percentage of digital sales. When I say huge, I mean nearly all of it. Don’t even get me started on the other so-called services like Spotify etc…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Massacre – “From Beyond”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s for quality of sound. Vinyl for layouts and visualisation. Downloads for convenience by loading several thousand songs/albums on your phone.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I really enjoyed our support slot of Artillery when they came to Australia. They were cool guys and we played tight and fast.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Just keep doing what I’ve been doing for 30 years. Keep buying death metal as I am a huge fan and collector. All formats. I have tons of t-shirts, CDs, tapes and vinyl. I just can’t get enough. Lately I’ve been buying and collecting the Xtreme Music 10”vinyl series.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Murphy, Mike Smith, Kam Lee, John McEntee and Brett Hoffman (R.I.P).

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on the follow up album, which will be our DDoDDD album, and will be released through CDN Records whenever it’s complete. We always have new bits and pieces of merchandise coming out so keep up to date with us if you want anything.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/puncturewoundosdm
www.instagram.com/puncturewounddeathmetal
www.twitter.com/puncturewoundDM
www.youtube.com/user/jesusanal
www.puncturewound.bandcamp.com/releases
www.puncturewoundosdm.tumblr.com

Email at
puncturewounddeathmetal@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t really know what they are as they are not available here is Australia. But I have to say cake, simply because they have cake in their title. After a Google search the look to be a biscuit, so fucked if I know. hahaha Can they be both??

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for the interview and interest in the band. Thanks to Craig and CDN Records for having faith in us and releasing the CD. Everyone should like and follow all of our pages and they all have different content that gets released on them.

Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.