Interviews About Albums: EternalHelcaraxe - Drown In Ash (2022)

In this new interview, we sat down with the Irish Epic Black Metal band EternalHelcaraxe to ask some questions about their new album "Drown In Ash"

1. What can you say about this new EP/CD?

Praetorian: In this release, it was more like a sort of therapy for me. I, for most of my life dealt with depression, anxiety, feeling of lack of self-worth, and being too hard on myself, even when things were going good, and it came to a head a few years back. I think in the previous releases I felt I had to hide this, try to write lyrics to put up a front and to try and motivate myself to live the way I felt I should, to hide how I really felt, what I felt were my faults. I suppose I felt I saw it as weakness, instead of embracing it I pushed it down, the lyrics on this release were written in my darkest place, the "dark night of the soul" before I built my life back up and started living again. Musically, the aim was to reflect this, the sadness, the lack of love that I felt, and the strange comfort that I felt in it.

2. What is the meaning of the EP/CD name?

Praetorian: The title of this release was a reflection of how I felt when I was in this dark place, how alone I felt. I would look back over photos I took throughout my life, or think of memories and how friendships and relationships had failed, due to both sides. How I felt I needed help and it wasn't there. So the idea of "Drown In Ash" was the mental image of someone reading over the book of their life and how it was an illusion, it going up in flames Infront of them, and choking on the ashes.

3. Which one is the composer of the CD/EP?

Praetorian: I wrote the lyrics and the foundation of the tracks. But I feel that it was a band effort, the changes and the parts that Tyrith and Oceans have brought to it hugely improved the ideas and made it feel bigger, and increase the intensity of the release.

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

Praetorian: I think my personal favorite track on this release is "Ice Cold Winds". It took very little effort to write the music as it all flowed so well into each other, it was complex but also a wall of sound too.

5. Is there a special message in this EP/CD? If there is what is it?

Praetorian: Not particularly, it was more of an offload of feeling, or a sort of cleansing of the soul, a much-needed reset.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

Praetorian: No, not really. I took a lot of time in writing it in a particular way to lead the listener on a journey, that most of the lyrics complement each other and build up a portrait of what I was trying to achieve. Picking parts or putting down a few lines of the lyrics possibly would be taken out of context.

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

Praetorian: Musically, bands like Shining, Patrick Walker's music in both his bands and his lyrics, Jason Molina/Ohia, Nortt, Woods Of Ypres, Austere, Abyssic Hate, Damien Rice, his earlier albums, Thy Light, Woods Of Desolation, Morrissey, the list goes on. The people would be my family especially, and some good friends like Fionn Keywood, Rina Puutola, Peter Denton, and Andy Fay, who showed me kindness and love when I couldn't see any in this world myself. It takes so little to encourage people, and it's something that I feel we don't do enough to each other at all.

8. Something to add?

Praetorian: Thanks to everyone who had reached out to us since the single release, and the announcement. The album will be released on the 30th of September, some new merch is up on our band camp, and there will be more to follow.

Thanks for the interview.

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