Interviews: Echoes Of The Fallen

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal band Echoes Of The Fallen from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or come out just like that?

A while back, the band was called Bury the Martyr. We had gone through some lineup changes and were working on a different sound. There’s a lyric from Dimmu Borgir’s song Kings of the Carnival Creation that goes “Left are the kings of the carnival creation, carrying out the echoes of the fallen,” and felt it matched the apocalyptic themes we were writing about at the time.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We’ve all been into heavy music for quite some time and came from other similar groups. We have a fairly eclectic sense of taste among our members, so we try to incorporate that into our sound.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Our current lineup has, for the most part, known each other for years. Some of us go way back to high school. Tyler, our vocalist, is the new guy to the group (and the local scene!). He answered an ad for a vocalist, and we got lucky enough to have him come and try out. Even luckier that he can put up with our sh*t. He’s been killing it!

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Nathanael: hard to pick a favorite, but I've been really into Lord of the Lost. 

Josh: The Black Dahlia Murder is my favorite, however Fit For an Autopsy and Shadow of Intent are right there.

Justin: Coheed and Cambria.

Tyler: That's always a tough question for me as my favorite bands depend on the days. Some of my favorite bands include Periphery, Invent Animate, ERRA, Shadow of Intent, and Chelsea Grin. Favorite vocalists at the moment would be Tom Barber, Ryan Kirby, and Dani Winter-Bates.

Sean: Scar Symmetry

Aaron: if forced to choose, Avatar, although Type O Negative and Lacuna Coil are tied for 1st with them.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Tyler: Inspiration not only comes from listening to music in general for me but also collaborating with the rest of the band. There's something about hearing that first riff that either Josh or Nathanael start writing and hearing it evolve in the practice space as everyone else starts to add their own ideas and end up with a finished product is very satisfying. Lyrically speaking, I continue to be inspired to write something that someone who enjoys our music can listen to or read and maybe feel like they can relate to in some way or form.

Josh: I Love creating music/art. coming up with riffs and the process of that riff fully realizing into a complete song. Listening to the input each person brings to the songs and how they come together is such a cool feeling. For the type of riff, a lot of it comes from what genres I’m currently listening to and the mood I’m in at the time.

Nathanael: Growing up, I was exposed to a LOT of music, both parents being musicians. Like a lot of guys in their teens, I got interested in playing guitar and drums, and then it evolved from there. Inspiration can come from weird places. I’ve had ideas come to me from art, movies, other music of course, and other genres of music. Overall, music has been a somewhat visual thing for me in that it creates an aural topography and color palette. It’s fun to play with to try (emphasis on try) to create a mood or story.

Sean: The first musician that ever made me feel their music was Stevie Ray Vaughan. The way he poured his emotions into his playing always captivated me. I found my own outlet through drumming, but credit Stevie with blazing the path and showing me what it was like to find joy through playing. That joy of playing my instrument with my friends is my inspiration to make music and perform. 

Justin: I write and add to what we create right now, and feel like the production of the electronics is inspiring.

Aaron: Nothing specific for the most part, I'll just be playing and come up with a cool riff and just build off of it. If I'm given a specific theme to write a song about, that definitely helps influence/shape my head space for writing riffs though (major versus minor, etc.) Whenever I’ve written lyrics, it's typically been based on books and/or video game lore.

6. Where was your last gig?

Studio B in Minneapolis, MN with our friends in Beastface, VVOLF MASK, Courier, and Cymothoa.

7. Where would you like to act?

Besides a lot of the lovely venues across the U.S. and abroad, one of our bucket list stages is the main room at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The place has an incredible history from when Prince was playing there regularly onward, we just haven’t had the planets align on that spot.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Too many to mention! Any of our favorite bands for sure.

9. Whom not?

Taylor Swift would probably be a poor fit.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

A few of us have over the years. The more you play live, the easier it gets! Seeing the crowd react to your music whether it's headbanging, moshing, etc., once that gets going you’re just in a zone. Soundchecks can be tough with stage fright, don’t focus on trying to play something crazy just play something that gets the levels you need to hear your instrument. LISTEN TO THE SOUND GUY!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The Gothenburg sound has been a large influence on us over the years (In Flames, At the Gates, etc), as well as The Black Dahlia Murder, Soilwork, and lately, Fit for an Autopsy. Some black metal has crept in from time to time as well.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Fans have been fairly down to earth, there aren’t too many bizarre requests with this project.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We feel lucky for each and every fan we have.

14. What do you think of our site?

Love the site! There is so much music to explore from around the world.

15. Something to add?

We hope you all enjoy the new single and video for Cease to Exist!

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