When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of bands and music. Answered by Eternal Closure – Phil Lemelin – Guitar
To begin with, it would be best if you introduced your band.
Hey, we’re Eternal Closure, we’re a female-fronted, six-piece metalcore band from Montreal. We have been around for a little while in the local scene and we released our 3rd album, At the Center of it All – Chapter I, in September. Our sound is a blend of progressive metalcore with some modern and some old-school influences. Oh, and we love cats!
Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
The lineup did change quite a lot over the years, but it has been mostly because the band became more and more serious over time and we needed musicians that were more in line with our goals. It isn’t easy financially for sure, but we all work very hard in order to be able to give our best shot at doing what we love.
How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, and concerts with music?
Half of the band is working full time and the other half of the band is studying and working part-time. The money mostly comes from our day jobs to cover the costs of being in a band. However, whenever we make some money off a show or merch sales, for example, we invest that money in the band. At this time, we are not able to cover all the costs from our music revenues alone.
What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
For me personally (Phil, guitar player), I listened to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden when I was a kid, of course, but what really got me into metal was Avenged Sevenfold. I used to think Synyster Gates was the best guitar player in the world. From there I was introduced to August Burns Red, which made me fall in love with metalcore. I also grew up listening to a lot of classic prog bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis with my dad, so I’m also into prog metal bands like The Contortionist, Between the Buried and Me, and Tesseract, for example.
Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self-publish considering the internet?
From our experience, it is hard indeed. It requires contacts we currently do not have. All of our material is self-published. That doesn’t mean we never want to work with labels in the future.
What have you published so far?
We have 3 albums: At the Center of it All – Chapter I (2022), Color of Our Fears (2019), and Screaming in Silence (2016), and also an EP, Ad Primum (2014).
How do you create songs, how do you record them?
Most of the songs are based on Olivier’s (guitar player and vocals) ideas, then Marine (guitar) and I add some of our own ideas and make it work for three guitars. After that, Jonathan (bass) and Philippe (drums) tweak their own parts. Once a song is mostly done, the lyrics – which are usually written by Olivier – are added on top of the music. We record demos ourselves until we are satisfied with what we hear. For the final versions, we go to Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy), who is definitely the best producer in metal music in the Montreal area.
Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
For the last album, the inspiration came mostly from Olivier’s thoughts and feelings on a range of subjects. It was some of his most personal lyrics since he started the band. Our new lead vocalist Kat has a lot of lyric ideas as well, but when she joined the band everything was already written, so she will be able to participate more in future releases.
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
My favorite song we released so far is Exiled. It has everything I like in a metal song: it’s fast, it’s punchy, it’s melodic, it has different dynamics throughout and different vocal styles, and it has some great hooks… And there’s a killer guitar solo in it!
Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
You listen to our music on all major streaming platforms. That said, please consider checking out our Bandcamp page if you’re interested in buying some merch or a CD, that would definitely help us out!
How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you, and how many people come to such concerts?
I joined the band in 2020, so there haven’t been that many concerts because of the pandemic. That said, this year we self-produced two shows, one that already happened last July and one that we are about to do, on October 14th at Le Ministère in Montreal. We have opened for great bands in the past such as The Agonist, Obey the Brave, Beyond Creation, Ice Nine Kills and Red Handed Denial. Our shows gather around a hundred people every time, I’d say. Our biggest crowd was closer to 200 people.
In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
The album launch show of Screaming in Silence at Foufounes Électriques was the best in the band’s history. We haven’t toured extensively, but I can assure you that Montreal’s crowd is amazing. We are lucky to live in such a city with dedicated fans. We would love to play in other countries to compare!
What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
We are still very attached to albums. For At the Center of it All, for example, we decided to split the LP into two separate chapters. It’s kind of like the A side and the B side of vinyl, but with the difference that Chapter II will be released at a later time.
Was metal music more honest than today?
We can’t speak for other bands, but our music is definitely honest, it comes from the heart. We wouldn’t be here if that wasn’t the case. I think what is great about metal is that you can do whatever you want, there are no limits.
How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal and is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
Artists never like labels. Eternal Closure has been called metalcore, progressive metal, djent, thrash, and even a death band because of Kat’s vocal style. I think it is counterproductive to try to categorize every band into sub-genres. It helps finding more of what you already like, sure, but in the end, there are no two bands that sound exactly the same. Everyone has something unique to offer.
Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
I’m not sure what you’re referring to here. I’m happy to see metal bands get worldwide recognition. As for t-shirts, if someone wears a band shirt and doesn’t actually listen to the band, I can’t say I mind! Every kind of support and visibility are welcome.
What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
Being born in 1993, I lived with the Internet most of my life haha. However, I would love to see more people going to shows to discover new bands instead of staying home listening to what Spotify decides you should hear.
How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
The support is absolutely vital. Every gesture counts, whether you come to a show, buy a CD or merch, or simply tell a friend! There are so many great local bands killing it right now: Sudden Waves, In Disarray, Confined to Oblivion, Ocean Drive, Fayne, Fall of Stasis, just to name a few.
How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
Again, I’m not sure what this question refers to. Horrible things happen every day in the world, unfortunately. To be honest, I used to be a journalist and now that I’ve quit, the last thing I want to do is read the news every day.
Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of bands that are offered to them every day?
We would be honored if you gave our music a shot. We believe our sound has a little something unique that sets us apart from the others. We have just released a new album and we believe it’s our best work yet. And if you happen to like it, the second chapter of At the Center of it All is already written, so rest assured, there will be more soon! 🙂