Interviews About Albums: Elderseer - Drown In The Shallowness (2023)

In this new interview, we sat down with the British Doom Metal band Elderseer to ask some questions about their upcoming album "Drown In The Shallowness"

1. What can you say about this new CD?

The new album 'Drown in The Shallowness' is four new songs combined with four songs from a previous independent release. The style of all the songs is fairly consistent but I suppose there is a noticeable development from death/doom to a more blackened gothic doom sound with the addition of synths and pianos and more aggressive drumming.

2. What is the meaning of the CD name?

It refers to how we are drowning in the superficial shallowness of this modern society.

3. Which one is the composer of the CD?

Well Barry is the main composer on the songs included in this new album but there are further songs still in development from Freddie's ideas, additionally Vinny and Darren joined Elderseer at a time when the recording was complete and we now already have new songs being worked on feeding off their ideas they have brought to the mix, it is important to bring ideas to the rehearsal and flesh them out as a band with a healthy mix of influences to create something new.

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

Difficult to answer as although the songs we feel are consistent they each have their own attribute to suit particular atmospheric situations. I guess Gilded Shackles, the opening song on the album sets the overall mood of Elderseer with a heavy atmospheric soundscape with some grinding riffs throughout and a blackened vocal style yet with an epic vocal/melodic outro.

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

The lyrical side of the songs have contemporary pagan themes, touching on subjects of the relationship of nature and modern society, especially the joys of self isolation and introspection. We often get asked about that and felt it was the best way to describe the Elderseer sound, the appreciation of the environment around us and how in contrast to a materialistic world, the spiritual essence of aspects within the environment are ignored or not appreciated and therefore lack of appreciation of ourselves.

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

Lyrics are an important part of a song and we include the lyrics in the album and in promotional videos so listeners/viewers can appreciate the message. Some of our lyrics that come to mind that are especially relevant to points made in the answer to the previous question are “We lie asleep in a corporeal tomb with no hunger yet encouraged to consume” and “Under a dark sky life becomes clearer”, another few lines would be "My eyes rescind this age that's been, I cannot see a place for me, I'll leave it all to oblivion, the ancient ways precede a bygone amenity, it all becomes too much for me". But as I said all the lyrics to the songs are available online and in the digipack physical release to those who are interested.

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

Life and living within a modern society and how one sees/feels themselves fitting within it.

8. Something to add?

We would like to give a huge Thank You to all who have and continue to support Elderseer, it is much appreciated!

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