1. Hails Aethon so how did you guys form? What is the story behind the beast that rose from the abyss?
Can you also introduce the members of the band for the readers? How did you guys get Okkulto on vocals? I know since he left Desaster he hasn't been involved in the music scene at least to my knowledge.
Aethon: Hails to you. EURYNOMOS’ spirit is quite old, cause some of the songs have already been written many years ago. Okkulto is an old friend of mine, we live more or less in the same area. We both like the same styles of Metal, and I thought it is a pity that his unique dark voice was not heard after he left DESASTER in 2001. He has always been interested to play music again. Therefore started writing songs and riffs so that one day he can roar again. It took really long to get the first real line up together. I tested some drummers, but it didn’t work out, the chemistry wasn’t there or the drummers lived too far away. Okkulto finally managed to find Nimetön in April 2014. He used to be the session drummer in the very first DESASTER line up. We started to rehearse and work on old songs for the 1st EP. In September I recruited Magma on bass guitar. He used to play in a Death Metal band which split up, he was hungry again to torment his 5 string battleaxe. I myself never played in any band before, unused like a virgin, hehe. Okkulto hasn’t been involved in any band after he left DESASTER. He got several offers from bands to do vocals, but he refused. He needed a time out from the „scene“ after all those wild years with DESASTER. But now he is back, armed and ready and full of energy!
2. I really liked your promo video. To me it looked like you guys rose from the crypts of dracul and is now back to slay the metal posers. Who's idea was it to make that promo video?
A:Thanks for the nice words. There are two promotional teasers on the net, I guess you refer to the one with the movie-part, right? Okkulto always liked to do things the dark and mystical way. We live in an area with lots of medieval architecture, it is also a part of EURYNOMOS’ visual presentation. I don’t exactly remember who came up with the teaser idea, think it was something we all agreed on. The filmed part was done by Okkulto, that was his idea. In future we will probably do a more professional promo video, there are already ideas existing.“
3. How was the writing process for you guys? Do you guys come together or how does it work?
A: The raw structures for the songs from the 1st EP were prepared at home. I presented them to the others and we worked on them, added some parts or changed elements. On the second EP structures of two songs, „Eurynomos (Beast of Hades)“ and „Eye of the Pantheon“ were also prepared at home and one song, „Invisible Rays“, was done spontaneously at a rehearsal session. We always discuss the songs. And if somebody has a good idea, we try it and see if it works out fine. I personally like to get some input from the other members, cause it opens new doors and gives me new inspiration. Fortunately we have more or less the same ideas about the musical direction, otherwise it wouldn’t work out and I am not a guy who wants to do lots of compromises.
4. I really like the artwork. To me it really fits Eurynomos. It's totally primitive. Is that meant to reflect the music?
A: Cheers for your words. It took me quite some time to draw the devil and make him look wicked and mean. Yes, the artwork should reflect the music, we are a traditional, conservative dark Metal band with songs and riffs that are to the point, no progressive stuff. The logo is also very classic. It should be easy to read but still look dark.
5. Musically, I can tell you draw from the old. I noticed it's very primitive. Which I really enjoy it. For our readers could you tell us what your musical influences are. Also, to me this style is a sort of rebellion to the technical, wankery, jazzy metal that has taken root in metal.
A: The style we play is the style we prefer to listen to as Metal maniacs and fans. We do not play this style on purpose just to rebel against technical, jazzy or whatever type of Metal. I mean, guys who love technical progressive Metal will probably not like EURYNOMOS anyway and vice versa. The style is in our blood, it is fixed in our DNA. Usually I don’t tell people what influences we have, cause they should judge by themselves what influences they hear in our songs. It is more interesting for us to know what the headbangers think about the style. All I can say is that we are influenced by all the pioneers of the extreme Metal genre from the 80s, bands who twisted traditional Metal into a faster, more sinister and aggressive type of Metal. We want to capture that spirit in EURYNOMOS… dark Metal mayhem that is still linked to traditional Metal.
6. When was it decided to record an Ep? Also, how did you sign to Iron Pegasus? Also, the sound to me sounds old school and raw. Really it sounds like it could have been recording back in the 80's. It's just raw however it isn't totally unlistenable. How did you achieve this sound?
A: As a new band I think it is better to start with a 7“EP instead of a real album. Lots of bands started this way and we wanted to follow that tradition. A 7“EP is a nice format to introduce a new band. Also, for me personally it is cooler to do some great EPs instead of one long boring album. IRON PEGASUS is part of the circle for EURYNOMOS, we are linked to each other. IRON PEGASUS stands for conservative Metal Mayhem, just like EURYNOMOS, there is no difference. When you look at the discography of the label, like POISON (Ger), MASSACRE (US), DESASTER, SABBAT, PENTACLE, MORTEM, MESSIAH, etc etc we fit in that line very well.
About the sound: We use old gear. Like old Marshall amps, my guitar and Nimtön’s drum kit are from the 80s as well. We record in the traditional way with microphones, etc and play everything from start to finish, no copy paste stuff. Magma, our bass player, has some recording experiences and a very good ear for vintage sounds. We are very fortunate that he is our producer. Plus he is a great bass player and a cool guy as well.“
7. Is there any live shows in the works? Or are you waiting for when the time is right?
A: There are already offers which is great but first we want to do the third EP and close the EP chapter and move on with new plans. Also, we want to do more new songs and complete old ones, so that we have a good and long repertoire of songs IF we ever play live. I am personally not into live gigs but the other members are, so let’s see what the future will bring.
8. I noticed the EP is out on a 7" vinyl and going to be released on cassette. You guys obviously hold physical releases in a high regard. I personally really like Cassettes and Vinyl.
A: We are Vinyl fans cause that was the format in our teenage days, when record shops were sacred and magical places that you invaded with lots of excitement. Vinyl will always be our fave format. And when you see the 7“EP in real you will hopefully love it as much as we do, we are really satisfied with the result. The cassette edition was not our idea, we got approached by the label, COFFIN FILTH RECORDS, who wanted to do a MC version. We thought this is really cool and agreed.
9. I'm a guitarist so I'm picky on guitar tone. I can hear the old school speed/heavy metal. But also like early thrash like slayer. Is guitar tone important to summon the old?
A: You are right, old school heavy/ speed and old mighty SLAYER are major influences for me. The guitar tone is a very natural one, I have that tone like forever, don’t know, it just happened. Call it natural development, hehe.
10. Do you think there is a possible full length in the future?
A: If the gods are by our side, yes, for sure. There are enough songs waiting to be completed. But if we do a full length, we want the album to be a diverse, interesting album. Not too much of the same. I really don’t like albums where you even cannot remember one single song after you heard it. So we have to see which combination of songs would be good for a full length album. We want to offer a product that is really good and not just average.
Some songs are already done which we didn’t want to use for the EPs but for the full length. And they are real rippers, wait and hear.
Thank you for your time. Any last words for the fans or shout outs?
Big salute to you for inviting us into your realm. It was a pleasure to do this interview. All you chains and leather wearing headbangers, check out our music if you like it traditional and dark. Thanks Nathan for your support, keep up the good heavy works with METAL WARFARE, maximum volume only !