The Eldritch Realm By Louis Thierry
Parius is a melodeath band hailing from Philadelphia. Parius was formed in 2011 when the members were still in high school. They’ve come a long way musically and happy to share their latest effort The Eldritch Realm. With this record, we tried to turn it up a notch regarding songwriting and variety of influences. We wanted to incorporate some darker themes to go along with the artwork and lyrical content. We wanted to experiment and try something new. Our artwork was done by the incredibly talented artist Stephen Andrade. I worked closely with Stephen to make sure the artwork really reflected what the album was all about, more on that later.
We always want to make sure that what we’re doing is better than what we did before. In that sense, we were cautious with what we let through to make it onto the album. The Eldritch Realm is our most collaborative work to date, and it helped the songs have a much stronger identity.
There is one overall story to the album ‘The Eldritch Realm’ started with me wanting to make a Twilight Zone-style story, hence the name. Since each episode is tied to a theme, I wanted mine to be the idea of being caught in a circle and stuck on the day to day grind; finding it hard to break out. The story follows a man with eternal life as he journeys to retrieve his mortal soul guided by the Black Moon, Lilith. He begins by contemplating the nature of his situation and sets off to see what lies beyond this realm and into the next; dealing with the answers, he finds while being hindered by a cosmic force.
We decided to go for a pulpy 1930s style horror movie poster as a basis for our design. I spent a lot of time studying various movie posters to try and capture the right feel. I was very lucky to stumble upon Stephen as he is very well versed in the exact style we looking to emulate.
I would certainly say metal is iconoclastic. It doesn’t have to be, personally, for all metal musicians, but it grew out of rock and roll which was a rejection of the clean, proper music of the time.
People can get too comfortable with the norms of the time. Iconoclasts don’t always bring about a net positive, but sometimes an exceptional individual comes by that does bring great change. Martin Luther King jr. for example.
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