A funny thing is happening now that I’m more in a writing mode as opposed to a ‘label guy’ mode. All the e-mails and music that I see is being examined with a different lens. I can finally kick back and APPRECIATE music again. It’s hard to explain, but there are times when you’re so entrenched in your own world, you find time escapes you. I love music. I always have. But when you run a label, things are much different. If you’re not putting something out, you tend to listen briefly and move on. You know it’s good and you’re aware someone else has put it out, and you type it into your ‘want list’ and off you go. Now when something comes around, I can listen intently and appreciate (there’s that word again) music. I can fall in love with it again. I’m not worried about time lines, bands getting me art, me approving art, putting bar codes on the back of 200 records, shipping, etc. The fun is back. This brings me to Eos.
I am on the Fallen Empire mailing list. I have been for a while. I know they’re a great label. This one came across my inbox about 3 days after I made the decision. I listened to one song and was hooked. I asked the Fallen Empire folks if I could have a contact e-mail for the ‘band’ and they responded immediately.
The music is what many would generically label as ‘black metal’. To me, it’s much more. It’s black metal that you can feel and touch. It takes hold of your senses and pulls you in. The sound is extremely organic in nature. It sounds as though they plugged in and went for it without sound like it was recorded in a bedroom.
Eos is made up of two members who are known to me as “G” and “K”. They live together and make music. They are from Québec City and make some of the best depressive, bleak black metal you will hear all year. I sent them some questions as finding information about them on the Internet was difficult (don’t worry, I will have links at the end for you). If you like what you read and what you hear below, be sure to go check them out and also check out Fallen Empire out of New Jersey. A great label that is putting out some extremely beautiful and dark music. Bands/labels like these don’t get the press they deserve. Enjoy!
What are your names and what instruments did you play on L’Avalé? Did anyone else contribute?
G. : I played all the guitars and bass on L’Avalé.
K. : I played all the drums and did all the vocals on the release. No one else contributed.
Where are you from?
G. :Québec City
How did Fallen Empire hear of Eos?
G. : They wanted a Wendess’ track for the SVN OKKLT compilation, but we didn’t have any track to contribute. I then suggested Eos since we were already in the process to record some demo tracks, which led to the Katharsis track on the compilation. Mike is a great guy to work with and we hope it will be a long partnership.
How many releases do you have out?
G. Beside L’avalé, the only other release we have is the demo version of Katharsis, which is on Fallen Empire’s SVN OKKLT compilation.
Can you describe the recording process? Can you let me know the gear you used?
G. We both studied in sound engineering, so we did everything ourselves. First, we recorded the drums in our rehearsal place with a Sennheiser MD-421 on the bass drum and on the toms, Shure sm57 on the snare and we don’t remember for the overhead unfortunately. The rhythm guitars were recorded at our school studio with a SM57 and MD-421. The rest of the guitars were recorded at our rehearsal place as well as the vocals which were recorded with a SM-58. The bass was done with a D.I mixed with the amplifier signal. We mixed and mastered all the demo at our home-studio with Cubase 7. The result is not what we first expected but still, we had everything under our control.
Who are your influences?
G. I’d say Emperor, Deathspell Omega, Swans, etc.
K. : Deathspell Omega, Mayhem, Sonic Youth, maudlin of the Well
What are your thoughts on illegal downloading?
K. : We’re both not against it and that’s a reason why we want to put anything we will release for free download. We cannot say how many bands we’ve discovered by illegal downloading, free download or YouTube and that we’ve went to their shows, bought their merch and their physical albums after. As an underground band we want to be heard but we don’t expect to earn our lives with our music. Still, we know that for some other band, it’s not the case, but illegal download still help them to be known.
Your album has a very bleak sound but also sounds somewhat hopeful. That may sound weird for what sounds like black metal. I think there are some melodic undertones (especially on Avale). Is there a sense of ‘hope’ in these songs?
K. : If you can feel hope then yes there is. As in life, if you can sense all the grey, but you can see it in a kind of objective way and get over it all, well there can be hope.
Any shows planned in the future? What is the future for the band?
K. : We’re planning to do live in 2015 and we’re actually composing our first full length which we hope will be finished by the beginning of 2015.
Anything you’d like to add?
G. : Thanks for your interest in our music!