BATTLE WEBZINE (February 2001)
1. Hails, George !!! What's up at the moment in the Darkness Eternal camp,
what have you been doing recently ?!?
Hails Clay! Not too much going on right now, just continuing to do
interviews and continuing to promote "Dawn Of The Suffering". I'm also
working on new material for the next Darkness Eternal record, which I hope
will turn out to be even darker and more depressing than "Dawn Of The
2. Give us the history of Darkness Eternal. Which are your main influences ?
Darkness Eternal was a vision I decided to give life to in 1997. From then
until April 2000, I was composing the songs which now a appear on "Dawn Of
The Suffering". So far, "Dawn Of The Suffering" is the first and only DE
release. I'd say that my main influences musicially would be Incantation,
Immolation, The Chasm, and Autopsy. Lyrically, my influence is the darkness,
torment, and misery that I feel everyday on this planet, as well as my
hatred towards Christianity and all organized religion.
3. Darkness Eternal is "one man band". Why do you never put others members ?
Well, there are many reasons why I chose to do Darkness Eternal this way.
One of them being that I as a person am a visionary, which means that
Darkness Eternal is my vision from every aspect, from the music, to the
lyrics, this the first time in my musical career that I was fully able to
represent my feelings in this way, both from a musical standpoint, and a
lyrical one, that was very important for me. I don't know if I could find
three other people who have the same drive and determination that I have for
this kind of dark death metal, I would need to have people with me that
understood what DE is all about, and that would be 110% dedicated to it.
Another reason is that with my personal life scenario right now, I couldn't
make DE a live band, because I have to much going on in my personal life to
be able to do that right now. I'm saying that DE will never be a live act,
but it won't happen in the near future, so for now, I am content doing it
this way, even though it is a major pain in the ass sometimes, but the pro's
and the con's level themselves out, so for now DE will remain just me.
4. Do you record and produce "Dawn of the Suffering". Are you satisfied with
the final result ?
I didn't record or engineer Dawn Of The Suffering", Stew Kirkwood did that,
and for not knowing a thing about death metal, I feel he did a pretty good
job! I composed all of the drums, bass, guitars, and vocals, as well as
writing the music and lyrics fro the album, and I also produced it and and
helped to mix it. Overall I am satisfied with the results on the record, I
mean it's not perfect, but with me it never will be anyway. There are
something's that bug me about it, but overall it came out real well, so I am
happy for that. The only thing I wish was that I could have afforded a
professional artist for the cover, due to financial restraints, I was forced
to do the artwork as well, but I hope to improve that and everything else on
the new record.
5. How are the divulgation and reception of your CD ?
The reception of the CD is real good so far, actually it's a lot better than
I expected, so I am thankful for that. I didn't think that that many people
out there liked this style darkened death metal, but it appears there are
more fans of it out there than I knew about so that is good. "Dawn Of The
Suffering" has gotten real positive reviews from many fanzines and webzines
out there, so I'm happy for that.
6. What's the lyrical concept around this album ?
The lyrical concepts on this album range from my hatred of Christianity, to
my hatred of the human race, to the hatred of this life and existence that I
am living. Like I said before, this record is me unleashing my dark fury
upon this tomb of a planet. There are very dark, soulful, and hateful lyrics
on this record.
7. What inspires you musically and lyrically? How was to create all
songs and record it alone ?
Musically, true metal inspires me greatly, it is the only thing that gives
me satisfaction in this life, and the only thing that I have to motivate me
to keep going. Also, just darkness you know, darkness in every sense of the
word. Dark sounding riffs, dark lyrics, I mean it's no secret as to why I
named the band Darkness Eternal. The name says it all. Lyrically I am
inspired by my seemingly endless torment and depression, I am inspired to
write based on my life experiences, and will always continue to write my
music based on that. The actual creation of the songs wasn't that hard, with
the exception of the drum lines, that was a huge pain in the ass!! The music
just comes to me as I am playing guitar, coming with different ideas. Lyrics
are the same way, the just come to me, sometimes easier than others, but it
all works out in the end. My moods have a lot do to with the way the lyrics
come out. If I am in a real terrible mood, that is when my best stuff is
written, both musically and lyrically! So I'm glad that something positive
can come out of being miserable, ha ha! Recording it went relatively smooth,
the hardest part of the recording process was the drums, because I had to be
on time and everything like that, so once I got that out of the way, the
rest was pretty smooth. I struggled a bit with the guitars at first, just
because I was having trouble getting the drums out of my head, but once I
did that everything went well. Mixing it was a bit of a challenge because
like I said before, the engineer didn't know anything about death metal, so
I had to tell him where the lead guitars were and what should be louder or
what should stand out in a certain section, but the end results were pretty
8. I'll tell you words/names and you'll give me your thoughts about it...
Niagara - I've never been there, but I've heard it's a pretty nice place to
Apokalipse - The day I await to come. I doubt I will be around when it
happens, but I sure would like to be here to see this entire fucking planet
annihilated. I think that mankind in general has shown just how much it
deserves to be destroyed, and I feel it will be man himself who will destroy
the planet earth, and thus destroying himself. I just feel that this planet
is rapidly committing suicide, and really 99% of the human race deserves it.
Fundy Bay - The Bay of Fundy is located in Nova Scotia, again can't say too
much as I have never been there, I live on the west side of Canada, in
Canadian islands - The only Canadian Island I've ever been to was
Vancouver Island, and I liked it. It rains there a lot, and Victoria is a
nice city. It would be cool to live there except for it is very expensive
to live there. Again on the east side of Canada is where many of the
islands are like Prince Edward Island. Since I haven't been to the east
islands, I can't comment on them.
world actual politic,economic and social situation - Well, I think it is
safe to say the world political, and social situation are in dire straits
right now. The same goes for the economic end, with exception of a few
countries, like Sweden and the USA, and using the US maybe a bad example,
because it is a country where the rich prevail and the poor have a real hard
time. I real can't comment to much on details concerning politics, as I am
not a political person. I just feel that the world in general has more
problems than it can deal with, and the end times are coming soon in my
Arthur Schopenhauer - I like Arthur's work very much. We have the same ideas
in a lot of ways, especially on our view when it comes to basic existence.
He was the first philosopher of his time to speak of suffering in this
world, he was the first to really acknowledge that maybe everything isn't
fine and dandy, that there is evil that surrounds us, and that sometimes
darkness and sadness does prevail over happiness and joy. I could go on for
hours and hours about his books and works, but basically he had many
ideologies that I on a personal level can relate to and thus agree with.
9. How do you view the metal scene in Canada ? Who are some of your fave
bands on the scene right now ?
The metal scene in Canada is pretty good right now. In Alberta, which is
were I live we have real good bands like Lust, Ouroboros, Disciples Of
Power, Rites Of Thy Degringolade, Axis Of Advance, and Dead Jesus. The
infamous Blasphemy and Conqueror are great bands from B.C. And then on the
east side of Canada we got bands like Cryptopsy, Rotting, and more. Of
course we have the great old school bands like Sacrifice and Voivod from
here as well. As for the general metal scene, my favorites right now are The
Chasm, whom are one of the most authentic and original bands ever, the are
truly amazing, Incantation, whom are the masters of dark blasphemy,
Immolation, whose new record is godly, Nile, Thornspawn, Black Witchery, and
Worship, an amazing doom band from France, if you like great doom, get this
10. How do you spend your spare time? Hobbies, interests ?
Honestly, for last three or four years my life has consisted basically of
just working and music! I was lucky to even fit sleep in there, so I think I
have forgotten the meaning of the words "spare time". Any free time at all
that I have goes towards Darkness Eternal right now, whether it be creating
music, or promoting the band, or doing interviews. Unfortunately being the
only member in the band also makes me the bands manager and promoter, which
is the shitty part of the deal, but that's the way it goes. I do like to
read when I can, but like I said, my scenario doesn't permit me that much
time. I haven't had the time to read a good book in while, but I always try
to make time to read underground metal zines, I love getting those in the
mail, they are an integral part of the underground. I also like to surf the
internet when I can, I also use the internet as a tool to promote DE. As for
interests, again, basically just metal. Listening to metal, playing metal,
being metal, sleeping metal HA HA! I'm just someone that is real passionate
11. What three books and movies would you consider essential ?
Hmmm, that's a real good question. It's hard for me to pick just three
books, but basically anything by H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Schopenhauer, John
Milton, I like some of William Burroughs stuff. I read the Lords Of Chaos
book and thought that was real good. I like to keep an open mind about as
many things as I can, so I try to read about and study different kinds of
religions, beliefs, and other cultures. I read anything from Catholic
literature to Buddhist literature, to Satanic literature. As much as I feel
that it is a fairy tale, the Bible I think is a good read, just so that you
can see the Christian perspective on things. I think by reading the bible,
you really can see just how hypocritical the Christians of today's world
are. I mean, to me it seems that they follow only the rules of the bible
they want to, and then they disregard the ones they don't want to follow,
and then they excuse themselves for sinning by asking for forgiveness from
their God. As for movies, right off the bat, The Exorcist's I, II, and III
are all genius and horror classics in my opinion. They are just so fucking
dark. I think it is great when you can pull of such a dark and morbid movie,
without 15 gallons of blood and gore. Also, The Omen movies (I-IV) are also
brilliant, and I feel that they are underrated. The Omen movies are right up
there with The Exorcist in my mind.
12. Plans to the future ? What is the plan with the new album ?
The plans for the future are just to keep Darkness Eternal a strong and
unholy force in the underground for as long as I can. So far I am writing
new material for the next darkened piece of blasphemy that will be the next
DE record. I plan to make the next record even darker and more depressing
the "Dawn Of The Suffering", and with the way my life has been going lately,
I can assure you that my dark feelings will be reflected on the next record.
I would like to have the next record ready to record in about six to seven
months from now, but I again, I can't predict the future so if all goes as
planned it will work out that way. I also hope to have an official website
up around the same time, and also will have new merchandise like shirts and
13. Thanks for this interview .... Your final bullets...
Thanks very much for the interview and the support Clay, I really appreciate
it. 666 Hails to the underground for supporting me and my cause, stay
underground! If you don't have a copy of "Dawn Of The Suffering" and would
like one, you can get it for $12 USD (Price includes Shipping and Handling)
well concealed cash or money order (make payable to George Velaetis) to:
P.O. Box 5002, Spruce Grove AB, Canada, T7X 3A2. Look for a website in the