Saturday, January 24, 2015

Eerie Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

V.: Eerie is cooperation between Ancestor and V.O.W.O.C., coming from different cities in Poland, yet sharing the similar ideas. You might classify our music in black metal genre, or you might not. It makes no difference from our point of view.


2.In December, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

V.: I think that everyone interested should take some time to see for him/herself and not take everything that's written for granted. But to actually answer your question: the first time I've heard the music only one band came to my mind and it was Heresi from Sweden. Although there are many voices that these compositions have  their sound originating from modern French black metal bands. Others say that it's pure Norway with a bit of modern touch. So who's right? I don't know and neither do I care. It sounds like Eerie.


3.This project formed in 2014 and also released an album in the same year, do you put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?

V.: We put as much time and effort as it is necessary. Composing is entirely up to Ancestor. What I'm doing is trying to transform his tunes into emotions, and then  emotions into words, and then words into vocals. Still it doesn't take ALL of our time.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

V.: The lyrics are about Death, more or less. The meaninglessness of the eternally circulating time. About one's despair, for it is known you can't dodge what’s inevitable. About that the more you're trying to understand from the things that keep happening again and again, the more mad you shall become. And if you lose touch with reality, then you'll finally have a hint of what is it about. But it won't matter anyway. Hopelessness of human nature. Journey through the consciousness. Go read the lyrics if you're curious, for fuck's sake.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eerie'?

V.: The term "eerie" means something unsettling, weird and horrifying at the same time. That's the way we'd like the others to see our music anyway.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

V.: We'd like to round up some guys for a live line-up and play a gig or two. Whether they become full-fledged band members or not, is entirely up to Ancestor... and their commitment and ideas of course. I'm not going to come up with any names at the moment. But let me assure you - the people we're thinking about are no newbies to this music and will be a worthy addition to the band, should everything go well. Actually some of them have already agreed, but as I've said - no names at the moment.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

V.: Hell if I know. We've received some positive feedback from Russia, a few kind words from the Western Europe and that's about that. The reviews in Poland are mostly positive, and that's good. There were, naturally, some negative comments as well (more or less accurate), but then again you can't expect all the listeners to completely like your music, if ever. And you can't expect to catch everyone's attention - there are hundreds of black metal bands out there that have just been formed. I don't have time or will to listen to all of them, and likewise, the people out there can't be expected to listen to Eerie just because we're out there. There are some die-hard black metal maniacs of course, but let's face it - their 24/7 is the same 24/7 we all have. Just now, you won't ever be able to listen to everything that's been created in metal genre until now. And there's more to come. I guess the music should be able to defend itself. And I believe our album can do just that.


8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

V.: Nothing much on my side. Contrary to popular belief, I've never been a part of Blaze of Perdition, I'm just doing some vocals as a guest when there's need. Anyway,  they've seem to somewhat recovered after their accident in Austria a little more than a year ago which resulted in Ikaroz's death (may He find comfort, wherever He is) and Sonneillon's being bound between the wheels. They're coming up with a new album entitled "Near Death Revelations". As you might have guessed, it's their most personal stuff they've ever recorded. I've heard the whole thing already and believe me - it'll be totally worth listening to. We’ve had some talk about moving on with Oremus, but nothing's certain yet. There’s some music composed, but when or if it’s done is almost completely up to Aiwass. As for Ancestor's part of the story, his main band Outre has recorded a new album "Ghost Chants" and everything points out it's going to be a killer. It will be a good year for Polish black metal.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

V.: Ancestor is working on some new songs as we speak. We’re still not certain if they’ll be released as EP… or perhaps a split? There are a lot of possibilities to think through. As I look at our music, it's going to be different from the stuff we have made on "Into Everlasting Death" - it'll be more complex and dark for sure. Some of our listeners might not like it, but see if we care. The emotions are still the same, that's all that matters for me. And no, we've not decided to play dark electro now if that's what you're afraid of.


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your
music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

V.: As of late, Ancestor draws his inspiration from the bands like Urfaust, Ascension and Deathspell Omega - these are also the bands he listens to most often, I believe. Me, I rarely listen to music at all. But if I do, you'll find me listening to "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark", "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" or "Filosofem" rather than any late stuff if you get my point. Urfaust might be an exception. And perhaps some other bands, but these are the first names that came to my mind. I'm also a huge fan of Funeral Mist and eagerly await Arioch's new album - but it seems to me that he's too busy with Marduk lately ("Frontschwein" blew me out of my shoes, by the way). When it comes to my inspirations, well... I don't know. I'm trying my vocals to be as varied as possible and reflecting the emotions that are coming from the music at the same time. But truth be told, no particular names come to my mind.


11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

V.: As much as in our lives.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

V.: Our non musical interests are none of anyone's business but ours. We don't feel like sharing the details of our personal lives and we'd like to keep it that way.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

V.: No, we’re done here. Thanks for the interview.

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