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1. First of all I’d like you to fill us in on what’s happening in the EYE BEYOND SIGHT camp at the moment.
We started to work on the new material actively. We have many rehearsals and as well try to arrange some local shows and festivals. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and then we can have a new record in the beginning of next year.
2. Please point out the most important moments and experiences you’ve had with the band thus far, be them good or bad. Why did it take you so many years to release this album?
Well, the most important moment so far that I can point out was us playing with SEPULTURA in 2009. We grew up listening to their music which made us to fully admire them. They all are really great musicians with a lot of experience and they are also very friendly guys. As we had some tours, it will be really a long discussion to go through all the funny and interesting situations we experienced during our Estonia and Finland tour 2011. Briefly, as it is usual in an amateur band, there are no trucks, buses that we can use for touring, no roadies etc. We managed to get a van packed with all the stuff and started the tour. The first show was in Tallin where we arrived after 27 hours of driving. The club was in the center and they had no parking lot so we needed to park the car approximately 200 meters from the club. We were tired, had no shower, but the adrenaline in the show was so perfect that we really enjoyed it. After the show our car was robbed and the front window near the driver was smashed. Some of us were so drunk in that time that we thought we could speak Estonian. After a long waiting for the cops and then the following negotiations we spent the night at Tallin´s police department, giving explanations till morning. We needed to catch our ferry boat to Helsinki that left at around 6 am. We hadn’t slept for two days and without shower we were so stinky that anybody who we made a contact with we needed to keep a distance. There was glass everywhere in the car, but we finally were on the ferry with a broken car window and needed to find the exact type of window glass in Helsinki and find as well a service where they could install it during our wait, otherwise we would be able to finish the tour. Finally we did it till the night and went to our accomodation where we got drunk with Otto-Psychoparalysis. I have to mention that it was raining all day long that day so the Police officer from the Criminal department gave us a bigger carrying bag for which, we are really thankful to him but it didn’t help us much at all. Anyway, he was a really nice old guy and during our hearing he fell asleep and started to snore. At that time we did not know what to do. We were in a 2x2 square meter office, stinky and drunk and the police officer from the Criminal department was snoring in front of us. Well it was a really weird situation.
According to the timespace between the two records, we really wanted to work on the songs and do the best we can.
3. Can you present “The Sun and the Flood” to our readers in a few words? Give reasons to our readers to check your work out. What will they find in it?
I think this record really represents the years spent together in the current lineup. There are many ideas both in the music and in lyrics that represent the band’s vision. I am sure that those who are listening to thrash, groove, will like this record. The songs are really versatile and this could either be liked by some or not.
4. Have you got any new songs ready? How do they sound and when are you thinking of releasing a new album?
Well that´s a good question, we have some ideas already for some songs but there aren’t the final structured versions yet. We plan to release a new album as soon as possible but realistically, I think it could be ready in the early beginning of 2013.
5. Why do you think you stand out from most thrash/hardcore bands out there? What do you believe you can offer to the metal scene?
First of all, we try to present ourselves, and our thoughts to the world. As we all are older, people can find the influence of older metal bands in our music but we in the meantime are listening to new stuff as well that could have an impact in our music.
6. Which song or songs do you think are the most ideal to represent the whole album’s essence?
The opinions vary, but we think the best song to represent the album is the song called “From Stars to Scum” and for sure the song bearing the title “The Sun and the Flood” . I think those who listen to these two songs get a complete overview of our style.
7. Which are your sources of inspiration when it comes to the lyrics? Which are the main topics you deal with?
The main sources are the nowadays, current social happenings. And it can be seen by anybody who has no blinders.
8. Why did you name the album “The Sun and the Flood”? What do you mean?
Well it was mainly a spontaneous decision. After considering the general meaning of the lyrics that are written about the “good” and the “bad”, it can be explained that the sun is the one that is giving life, the one that feeds the nature, and the flood- that can ruin this in a very short period of time. Well, everybody can explain it in several ways but the relevance cannot be overlooked.
9. Who shot the photo on the cover artwork and who is it? Why did you decide to put a photo of a face showing rage as a cover?
The photo was taken in our friend´s Gibbo´s studio and the face is our rhythm guitar player Doki. Well the reason is in our lyrics and it is easy to discover that we feel rage against the world. Anyway, the photo was so catchy for us that we decided to use it as a cover for a new release.
10. Have you got any plans for live shows? How easy is it for you to play your songs live? Do you have to be in a certain state of mind in order to create the right atmosphere and feeling?
Yes, thus far we have confirmed some local shows in SK and some in Hungary. We plan to play at festivals during summer and in the meantime we work on the new songs. Well good question, if getting drunk is a certain state of mind than we need it yes! We give the atmosphere to the audience from the first seconds in the same manner, nevermind whether it is a small club show or a bigger one somewhere in festival, and mostly they get it.
11. Have you made any video clips? With YouTube I think videos have started becoming a necessity for bands again. How helpful is the Internet?
So far we have one music video for the song “The Sun and the Flood”. Yes it’s a good way to promote the band through YouTube and other sites. Well we all know the positive and the negative influences of the Internet in the music industry.
12. What kind of feedback have you received thus far? Can you mention a comment, be it positive or negative, serious or funny, that impressed you?
We already have a couple of reviews as the record was first published by Edge Records from Hungary. The record always managed to get an avarage of 75-80% rating which is not that bad at all. We as well received both negative and positive criticism there was not really a funny situation. When we receive a bad review we try to learn from it and when the review is positive then we are satisfied with the job that we have done and feel it was worth it.
13. I know you are a signed band, but do you think that the contemporary metal scene has a place for record labels? I mean more and more bands do everything on their own and more and more labels don’t support the bands or pay them any money… What’s your view on this phenomenon?
Well yes that sucks. Today the bands need to do everything unless you are a talented freak that receives a contract after you publish your first song. And we have to mention that the competition is very big between the bands. I don’t blame the record labels at all, they are in a really hard time and they deserve respect that they are still on the scene. The core of the problem is that they do not have any capital for financing new bands because people do not buy CDs. People rather download music, share look up on the Internet and this really affects the selling ratio.
14. What kind of feelings and thoughts do you think your music creates to your listeners?
Hehe, whatever feelings they have, we hope they enjoy it. I think there is a lot of agression, rage and disagreement both in the music and in the lyrics. The changes between the patterns can surprise the listener however, after some listenings they will get use to it.
15. By the way how did you come up with your moniker?
Our guitarist and the vocalist came up with that during a drunken night.
16. How’s the Slovak music scene? Any good bands you think deserve our attention and we should check out?
Yes I think there are many good bands that deserve to be listened: DEMENTOR, INTERFACE, GOD DEFARMER, HEAD2DOWN, etc… These bands really support the metal scene in Slovakia and we are thankful as well as to those people who try to recover the whole scene with arranging shows for Slovak metal bands. All our respect to them.
17. Thank you! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We want to thank you for all the support and as well the readers that found the time to go through our short interview. We hope you enjoyed it. Thank you all and Cheers!