Saturday, July 11, 2015

Unearthly Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Eregion: We’re changing the line up, replacing the (now former) lead guitar player. We haven’t announced anything yet but on the right time everything will be revealed. Also we’re preparing for our first US tour, and we’re very excited about that, it will be a blast!


2.Your current album was released in 2014, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Eregion: There is one “cliché” saying about becoming more “mature” on each album released, but it still very precise. I think we’re trying to be more our own without following any specific direction, and have less outside influences and more and more our own kind/way to do Metal, and I can guarantee that we’re getting better at this.


3.In the early years the band played more of a pure style of black metal but know are in more of a blackened death metal direction, what was the decision behind the name change?
Eregion: Natural evolution. For us, as a ‘long road’ band, sometimes you feel tired to do the exact same things and want to explore different ways to perform your art. It’s not that simple but that’s the way it goes.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the current music?
Eregion: Mostly against christianity and other religions, but like I told you sometimes we want to explore different themes. So we have lyrics with a political approach, death by different perspectives, afterlife, history, war and etc… I personally don't like to write about one thing only.


5.On the last album you had a song about Eshu an Orisha from Quimbanda,  can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Eregion: I grew up on a family which is influenced in a way by Umbanda/Quimbanda, especially an aunt, so for me always it has always been a very interesting topic. For some christians this kind of religion is straight up bonded with the Devil. I like this controversy. Also I spent a lot of time researching and reading to write something at least on the same level as this magnetic Orisha. This song in particular was the very first one which I started to compose, riffs and etc, and the last one to get finished.
Another interest thing is, before I recorded it I took this song to a Quimbanda religious center and they gave me the “approval”.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unearthly'?
Eregion: There are a lot of different stories behind this. M. Mictian (bassist and founder) played in a band called Anopheles. His name, “Marcelo”, literally means “from Mars”, “out of planet”, so he gathered everything and came up with “Unearthly”

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Eregion: Very difficult to say, I personally love the huge crowds, playing on festivals is amazing, but sometimes it’s fucking awesome to play for a few people that love and enjoy your music. You can look them in the eyes and feel the energy. About our show it’s pure power, high voltage, and we always try to perform our best, of course. But for us it’s even more important to interact with the audience, headbang, share the intensity of a brutal tune. 

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the North American tour that you have coming up?
Eregion: We don’t have a regular set list for all the concerts. We want to try a different approach, play songs from the current album, play some old stuff, and let’s see what happens.

9.As a bonus track you did a Sepultura cover, what was the decision behind doing a your own version of one of their songs?
Eregion: Actually I gathered on this recording session a bunch of different people to record vocals on, guys from a lot of local bands here in Rio de Janeiro, guys from Polish bands, Russian bands, a former member of Sarcófago, guys from other cities here in Brazil too, even my little brother screams on the chorus! We filmed everything, but we weren’t authorized by our Brazilian label to publish it. We have an amazing experience recorded unpublished yet. We tried with Andreas but he just doesn’t give a shit. Also Max/Gloria didn’t reply us. We have common friends who also helped to talk with them to get the authorization, but they just don’t care. That’s why we don’t want to publish it anymore, at least not now. Maybe in the future.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Eregion: It’s very interesting, we have fans from places like India, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and every day we meet and know more people that like our music, and we want more. Reaching the US is our main goal now.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Eregion: I work with a lot of bands and musicians, producing, recording and sometimes acting as a sound engineer. Our drummer plays on tons of different bands, some covers, some independent bands, but always metal. Mictian plans to make a side project, but not at this moment.


12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Eregion: We want to keep our focus on extreme metal, but without predilection. We want to put more influence from our background, brazilian stuff, and of course reach more and more people around the globe with our art.


13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Eregion: Each one in the band has a lot of different influences, me and Mictan are more metal/rock n roll people. Braulio and the former lead guitar are more “musical free style”, having more influences of jazz, regional music, besides heavy metal. Nowadays I mix on my playlist brutal death metal acts like Krisiun, Sinister, Origin, Misery Index, some old school stuff like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Wasp, CCR, and the classical thrash like Exodus, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction.

14.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Eregion: Pursuit of knowledge. Us, as human beings, of course, don’t have an answer for everything on life and after death. I think we always try to learn more, and for sure this is not for anyone. Some people choose to stay ignorant and keep on following the shepherd.


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Eregion: Just to say thank you, for you who did this interview and for our loyal fans that always support us, and for the people who didn't know our work and now have the opportunity to know more about it. Cheers /,,/

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