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 Suffering"!

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 good.

8. I'll tell you words/names and you'll give me your thoughts about it... ok ?

Niagara - I've never been there, but I've heard it's a pretty nice place to visit

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 Alberta

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 opinion.

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 demo!

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 about it.

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 stickers.

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 coming months.