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Eternal Armageddon
Bangladesh’s Eternal Armageddon have returned to action with a brand new line-up, as well as a new demo. After a brief hold for about a year starting in 2013, the now three-piece entered the studio to record what became the Black Thrash Bastards demo. Feeling that only a review may not be enough for this occassion, I sent over some interview questions via e-mail, which were answered by vocalist and bassist Asmodeus. Check out what he had to say below!

How is everything going on your end? I hope all is well.

Asmodeus:
War Hails Brother! Things are going pretty smooth!

Eternal Armageddon hails from Bangladesh, which I’ve seen has a fairly small Metal band presence. What’s the community there like?

Asmodeus:
Well, you are right! It’s a small scene! But there are some real brilliant and promising Metal acts. To mention some name, Orator, Nafarmaan, Morbidity and a few more are hailing the flag of true Metal. All I can say is a true scene is really growing over here in Bangladesh!

How about when it comes to Black Metal and the ideals that usually surround the genre. What kind of cultural impact or stigma does the genre have in your region of the world?

Asmodeus:
Well, Black Metal yet stands far from receiving a warm welcome! Haha! It’s never meant to be, right? But the point is in the local scene of Bangladesh, there are some truly amazing Black Metal acts! And guess what, a group of real listeners have grown in recent time! Again, the cultural barrier is a fact anyway. We have a very strong cultural root of our own. But what I personally believe, Metal is nothing regional rather a global form of music. It can always fit in no matter where do you live or which culture do you practice.

How about to you. What does the genre mean to you on a personal level?

Asmodeus:
[Answered as Asmodeus] Well, to me, Black Metal is the musical representation of the beauty and the glory of darkness! The freedom of thoughts from the deepest corridors of mind!

Alright, let’s get down to the band itself. Eternal Armageddon formed in 2009, but was put on hold in 2013 from what I read. Why did you guys kind of take a break, and what prompted the return in 2014 with a new line-up?

Asmodeus:
Numerous reasons can be mentioned for this. After releasing the debut EP ‘Her Forlorn Monsoon’ back in 2011, the band was getting inactive gradually. Many reasons can de mentioned for that. Sick underground policy in the local scene back then- again internal ideological distance among the band members and most importantly drugs issues and shits! So being the frontman of the band I thought to bring an end to all this. Around almost a year, I didn’t play in any band but I was always with music. Then, I would like to mention a name, Zoheb, a war brother of mine, he always inspired me to give the band a fresh start. Later I found Sarcophagous and Blasphemouranter and decided to start it again!

There was also a shift in direction from the group from what I read. You jumped from Melodic Black Metal to Black/Thrash Metal. Why the change?

Asmodeus:
The change in the lineup is the obvious reason for that. When we started to jam with the new lineup, we found that this is the best way to express ourselves from now and then.

Aside Sodom obviously, who are some of the bigger inspirations for the band’s new direction? Are any of them the same as those that inspired the initial Melodic Black Metal approach of the band when it first formed?

Asmodeus:
Well, about inspirations, it doesn’t really matter to me which genre I’m playing or how many times I change my genre! Those who have inspired me, I’ll always consider them as my inspiration. Guess what, I’m die hard Iron Maiden fan! They are my biggest inspiration. To mention some names in case of Black Metal, I really appreciate the music, ideology and philosophy of Dissection, Immortal and Emperor. To tell about Black/Thrash, Venom, Sabbat, Sarcofago, Hellhammer apart from Sodom; considering the new era, Aura Noir is unbeatable. I like Desaster, Niflheim, Gehennah, Sabbat, Bestial Mockery and many more.

So how was Black Thrash Bastards recorded exactly? I hear a lot of ticks and static through the demo. What happened to prompt that?

Asmodeus:
It’s simply the raw and straightforward recording of our rehearsal without any mixing or mastering and computerized ‘sophistication’ and ‘beautification’! *laughs* No studio thing. And we didn’t go for any further mixing or mastering. We wanted to give the most raw and vile offering to our listeners.

Why did you guys decide to release ‘Black Thrash Bastards’ as a limited edition compact disc instead of cassette? Is printing on more analog formats something the band may consider further down the line?

Asmodeus:
Well, there is no specific answer of that! We just felt like releasing it in CD-R limited in 66 copies and we did! HaHa! The demo will definitely be re-issued but this time it will be through some international labels and yes, we will definitely see whether it can be released in some other formats as well.

Were there any other songs that didn’t make it onto the demo?

Asmodeus:
There are a few more compositions in the pipeline. You can expect them in the full length.

How about the older material? Is that all in your past, or will the band one day re-record them, maybe for a full-length album?

Asmodeus:
There are not really much chances about utilizing old materials. We are doing just fine in our current genre and we are making new compositions in regular basis. Not focusing on the past that much anyway.

Where can anyone interested in hearing ‘Black Thrash Bastards’ order a copy or, if sold out, at least hear it?

Asmodeus:
CDs are still available! So people from abroad can purchase ‘Black Thrash Bastards’ using paypal. Even though none of us have paypal, but we can use the paypal of a good friend of us. So email/message us if you are up for buying it using paypal.

So what’s next for Eternal Armageddon?

Asmodeus:
Right now we are looking forward to play more live gigs and we are thinking about hitting the studio for the full length pretty soon!

Take care, and all the best with the band and ‘Black Thrash Bastards’!

Asmodeus:
Thanks for your support brother. Keep the chaos alive. Ave!

Eternal Armageddon: Black Thrash Bastards
Eternal Armageddon
Interview conducted thanks to Eternal Armageddon.