When and how did you start, and what was
the idea you had when you started, what did you want to get? In which
way has this idea changed?
Eternal Mourning is more than a simple band, is a state of
mind! Our creation is more than pure art, is a colorless therapy. In
some strange way Eternal Mourning works as a therapy. Is the way we
have to release all our internal disharmonies, the form we achieve to
paint the shapeless images that personified our demons, our agonies!
Eternal Mourning is the energy needed to confront pain, to deal with
sadness to understand the anger. The conception of Eternal Mourning
started in 94, but only in 95, when we record our first demo, the real
spectrum of the band arises. We wanted to create something special,
very honest and without any complexes. Something that could hydrate
our souls, representing our minds entirely. Some years has passed since
our first days, but not to many things changed. Emotions are the threads
that sow all our actions, and emotions are timeless.
How can a band with this kind of sound leave
the underground scene and increase its public? Is this a better moment
for gothic metal? Has the success of Moonspell helped in any way?
I don't know if this is a better moment for gothic metal, but we are
very honest with our inner self. When we are composing a song or a lyric
we don't think if that particular creation will feet (or not) in some
music category, this doesn't matter. Our expectations are like our feelings,
very low. When you don't expect anything from anyone, you will not get
disappointments, you will not dress your mind with depersonalized sadness
and frustrations. If we harvest some sweet fruits is because we are
very honest with our music, is because out there, somewhere, are people
like us. People that share similar views, analogues feelings, and are
related with the same pains. As I have told you before, sometimes music
is a therapy; maybe it works for others too.
Why did you decide the incorporation of a female
vocalist in your music?
You can analyze our music as a theatre act or as a dark, but colorful
painting. The presence of a female voice gives a different dynamic,
a higher intensity on each song. We can get more closed from some particular
emotion that we need to express. Is an extra in our creations, is one
more color for our paintings, one more soul in our mourning eternal!!
Why 'Delusion & Dementia'? Is this a conceptual
album in any way?
You can say so, in some way. This is not a conceptual album in the essence
of the word, but all songs are about emotions. Human feelings are our
main source of inspiration, and in a way all songs are representations
of our natural sensations. In a normal situation I write texts every
day, sometimes they became Eternal Mourning lyrics, sometime they don't.
The creation is not an obligation, is something natural and very honest.
I write about my frustration, sadness, pains grief, and etc. This is
not an option, is something intrinsic in my personality. I can't write
about other subjects!!!
Your music is so visual, sugesting images. Is it made on purpose? What's
the importance of image in Eternal Mourning?
You are the fist person saying that, and I truly agree with you!!! All
senses have their purpose, but normally they worked together!! For me
is impossible to imagine music apart from images. The intensities of
the song, together with lyric, suggest in a very natural way images,
colors, situations. This is the reason why I consider our music so real,
so honest and so brutal. Is something that happens naturally, is nothing
Why 'Sombras do desconhecido' in Portuguese
That song is from our first demo "My Soul's Grief", released in 95.
The lyric is based in a book that I was reading at that time (I can't
remember the name), so I start writing this in Portuguese. Most of my
stuff is writing on Portuguese, but normally they aren't used. Using
different languages we can achieve different intensities on the songs.
Everything becomes more deep, more powerful and real.
Why have you auto-produced your record? Has
it been easy?
The reason for that is very simple and obvious, we didn't
have enough money to expend with a producer. It was a hard work, but
in the end we were pleased with the final result. Doing some evaluation
from the present days, there are some details that we would like to
change, but we consider this a very normal behavior. Perfection lies
on the unborn!! We don't know our future, but if the commercial impact
of the album becomes inexistence, we will produce our future work as
I think you have made this record in two times,
since 1999 to 2001. Have you been worried about keeping a same feeling
through the whole recording?
Our first option was to release some of this music's as an EP, but when
we get to a deal with Goimusic, they prefer to release the stuff as
an album. We recorded two more songs, always thinking which was the
best way to keep the same feelings present on the previous recordings.
I believe we were succeeded. The entire album has a strange, violent
and depressive aura. For us is like a journey within our sorrow, serene
as the apathy inside, alone in the world that is only ours!!
Why have you chosen Peter Vant Rielt for
making the mastering?
This decision was made entirely by our label. We are happy with the
final result, so there are no problems.
Text: David F. Abel
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