Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The Eternal Dance is a concept album about cycles. It features the Hindu goddess Kali on the cover, who’s role in mythology is that of both a mother goddess as well as a bringer of destruction.
The album title was inspired by the idea that our lives, our ideas, and all the things that surround us are just small motions in a larger movement: a never ending dance that is the Universe. One motion ends, but a new one follows up to continue the dance. One life ends, but a new life is born.
Each song on the album represents a phase in that cycle, both lyrically as well as musically. It starts heavy and energetic, and gradually moves into a more sluggish, dragging kind of vibe.
The fifth song “Moksha”–sanskrit for liberation and freedom–represents the release from this cycle of death and rebirth and features spoken words by the 20th century zen philosopher Alan Watts, taken from a lecture about his thoughts on death.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
Where we are now is really an evolution. We started out at a death/doom formation on our first EP, but on our first full length we already incorporated more atmospheric stuff, and now on our second album we expanded on that even more really continuing that evolution.
How does your writing process normally work out?
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
Our ambition is to continue to reinvent ourselves, seek out our boundaries and dance along the edges.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
We’re a band of six dudes and we all listen to different types of music. All of these influences are expressed differently, from riffs and composition to tones and effects. It results in heavy contrasts, at one point we might have a very atmospheric almost Pink Floyd-esque build up and then all of a sudden a crushing deathmetal riff kicks in.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully a period of lives shows!