– Greetings. Hope all is well in the land of Bengal.
War Hails brother. Yes. Things are going pretty smooth.
– Eternal Armageddon recently re-emerged after a hiatus in 2013. Was resurrecting the band always a possibility when the hiatus took place?
Basically the band was getting inactive after our debut release ‘Her Forlorn Monsoon’. Numerous reasons were there. Sick underground policy back then, drug issues and shits; the band was getting unproductive gradually. So back in 2013, I decided to bring an end to this. But yes, there was always a possibility. Even at times I thought to start again as a one man project. But then I get to know about Sarcophagous and Blasphemouranter.
– The band has also went through a major upheaval in the lineup, with Asmodeus being the remaining original member. Why did the change take place? I imagine you’re satisfied with the new lineup and direction as well.
Well, like I said, there were different issues for which it was not working anymore. So the change in the lineup was an obvious thing to come. Initially, I took some time to think. Like I also do have a one man project- whether to merge that with Eternal Armageddon or what. But what I felt, that from the moment I’ve founded Eternal Armageddon, it was never meant to be some studio project or all alone DSBM stuff. It is a warhymn that cannot be sung without a battlefield. So I summoned and got two other demons with me; Sarcophagous and Blasphemouranter. And I believe right now we are an army marching forward furiously than ever.
– The act formed as a melodic Black Metal outfit, yet in the recent compositions the style has changed to a more traditional Black/Thrash leaning. To what can we credit the change?
The lineup change is of course a reason behind shifting the genre. When we started to jam with the new lineup, we found it the best way to express ourselves from now and then. We all are into Black/Thrash more than anything else.
– Your debut EP was released on two different labels. Was the reception to it satisfactory according to you?
Yeah, two labels. MTD Productions from Malaysia and Salute Records from Sweden. Well, I think it was satisfactory though I expected more. It took some time to reach the local listeners. But gradually it did. The release was distributed in various countries. It received very positive reviews from many zines from different places across the globe. For a debut EP, I believe, it clicked nonetheless.
– What’s your opinion on the Bangladesh Metal scene? It seems to outsiders like myself that a lot of quality gigs are happening, with bands such as Abigail and Impiety coming over and whatnot.
I believe the scene is improving. If I look 6-7 years back, back in 2008-09, when I started Eternal Armageddon, the scene was not good enough. Yes, there were bands, Metal bands, but to call it a Metal scene it was not just enough. I have seen guys shifting to core and other shitty genres for cheap fame and glams. But now, there is quite a mentionable scene across the Asia. There are promising Metal bands who are coming up with brilliant releases. Reaching great labels and hitting international gigs. Great bands are coming over here. Cults like Primitive Invocation, Venustas Diabolicus have been emerging, there are few distros and labels,and a few more are organizing gigs and running zines to support the scene.
– You are also playing at Metal Barbarism 2. What’s your relationship with the organizers, Primitive Invocation, and how have they helped the Bangladesh Metal scene in the past few years?
That’s true. We are about to play live for the first time since 2010. We always had a very good relation with Primitive Invocation. I know personally some true Metal warriors of this cult. How they have contributed to the scene- well, a huge question! What I believe, without Primitive Invocation, the scene could never had made this far. They played a pioneering role to introduce our scene to world.
– Asmodeus is also a co-founder of the Black Metal webzine “Venustas Diabolicus.” What inspired you to start a webzine, and have you succeeded in the aims so far?
Well, I founded this group, cult or whatever you say, Venustas Diabolicus with people dedicated to Black Metal. Initially it was group for promoting and sharing everything related to Black Metal. Later on I met my warbrother Zoheb Mahmud and came up with this proposal to start this webzine. Together we started it and later on Somber Oracle and Safwan Hossain joined us. Now we have a few more contributors (even outside of our country as well) with us and we are getting bigger every single day.
About inspiration, well, when I started to listen to black metal, or playing it, I had to face so many complexities. Even I have seen a number of Metal listeners are avoiding it or trying to be ignorant about this willingly. To me Black Metal was never dead and will never be. I tried to make a roof where we can share our listening, thoughts or whatever related to this. To promote the bands, labels and entities dedicated to this. That was the basic objective responsible for the foundation of Venustas Diabolicus. Zine is our first offering. There are more to come.
– How does Black Metal as a genre and an ideology fit into life in Bangladesh?
As a genre or ideology Black Metal has always been far from to fit into life in Bangladesh. But now, probably I’m being too positive, but I really think that a scene is growing over here. There are bands, a few, but promising. There are listeners, as we have already talked about- the Venustas Diabolicus- yes! I believe, a scene is growing over here- more people are getting into it.
– The current era has seen metal bands from South Asia touring other countries in the region, such as Indian bands going to Bangladesh and Bangladeshi acts appearing in Nepal. Does Eternal Armageddon have any such tour plans in the future?
Yes we do! The new demo is coming on early Jan’ of 2015 and we shall be hitting the stage after a long time that time. From now we shall be playing gigs on regular basis and of course, we shall be trying to make it in abroad as well.
– Thanks for answering my questions. Eagerly awaiting the new release.
The honors is ours brother. Horns up and War Hails!