Aeternalis By Pete Colucci
For ‘Aeternalis’ we wanted to focus the general theme of the album around the many mysterious stone structures, monoliths and ancient carvings found all across our planet. There are many untold stories that have been lost to the time surrounding these prehistoric sites, so we wanted to put our spin on a few of them. I like to write smart lyrics with lots of inspiration drawn from science fact, fiction and theory… but at the end of the day, we are a death metal band, so the elements of gore and violence are peppered in quite frequently to showcase the horrors of that specific unknown. The artwork shows a once revered temple or megalith of unfathomable scale that was buried deep for centuries beneath layers and layers of overgrowth. The fact that sites similar to this actually exist right under our noses and are being discovered to this day is both intriguing and absolutely terrifying at the same time. Who knows what else is out there!
Although fitting in most cases, I feel that a lot of technical death metal bands tend to overuse certain ‘space’ themes in their music and artwork. Since we already approached that particular subject matter on our first album, we wanted to focus on something a bit more terrestrial this time around all while still keeping some of the very cryptic and cosmic elements that intrigue us very close at hand.
I don’t categorise us in the sub-genres of death metal because to me a couple of words doesn’t define the best way to describe what you are hearing. To get you in the door its technical death metal but once you arrive you’ll find a much more ominous realm… and I promise I won’t keep you long, I’ll keep you forever…
The approach on this album was a direct result of the struggles I had on the last record. The previous release was such a technically difficult album to play that I almost out wrote my abilities as a guitarist. For ‘Aeternalis’ the approach was simple, write something I could play after multiple imperial stouts. I just plugged into an amp and used my phone to record whatever riffs came out. ‘Neglected Megalith’ was the first song I wrote for the album followed by ‘The oracle room’. After those two I reverted to the old way of writing, but the tone was set for the remainder of the album.
I believe that the universe is a chaotic, dark and terrifying place that is older than time itself and is constantly expanding into a blanket of the infinite void. Basic math and common sense simply dictate that we (humans) are not in any way special nor are we alone within in this reality. I believe that both good and evil are real tangible things that you can see and feel and experience every day throughout this existence and whether you choose to relate that to “heaven and hell” or not, the actuality and probability of a higher level of power, intelligence and importance above man is almost a guarantee.
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