Greetings, your second album called "Extance" is out. What can you tell us
Greetings to you too Petar. Well, “Extance”, as you said, is our second full
length album and it’s going to be released in 20th January via Code666/Aural
music. It’s a work of art that was created with much passion and we’re really
eager to share it with everyone.
Could you give us some more info's about the album like what is it about, the
recording process of it, the lyrics, etc.?
We started composing “Extance” during 2012 immediately after the release of
our ﬁrst album “Cendres et Sang”. Recordings begun in my home studio in the
beginning of 2013 but the songs changed a lot through this process. A lot of
guest musicians and artists where also involved on this so we kept modifying the
tracks till the last weeks of the recordings. Vocals are a huge chapter of our
music that we always work last so that we can focus. Concerning lyrics, let’s
just say that Aenaon’s artistic interests are anthropocentric. It would be
better if Astrous talked about this.
As I remember, after the recording of your last album "Cendres Et Sang", your
drummer left the band. Was this the only line up change between the two albums,
or was there any other as well? Also, could you introduce your new drummer?
After Vanghmar left the band and after the release of “Cendres...”, Dagwn,
our previous guitarist also left the band. At that time we started auditioning
for a drummer with notmuch luck. After Anax became our new guitarist, he
introduced us to a friend of his that wasn’t just a drummer. He’s actually an
excellent player of many stringed instruments, percussions and drums. Nycriz
ended up not just being our drummer but also playing the oud, sazi, oriental
percussions and the drums for us. He also has a very good Jazz musical education
which was a very good thing for us in order to improve this element in our
What is the biggest difference in your opinion between the two albums?
Well this is a diffcult question. I think we managed to improve almost
everything. Production, compositions, songwriting, performance and aesthetics. I
would say that the biggest diﬀerence is that simply this is a little more
matured album, we ﬁnally knew exactly what and why we where doing. I consider
“Cendres..” as a powerful beginning for Aenaon but “Extance” stands really as
the true vision of this band.
Looking back at the beginning of Aenaon, how do you seethe progress you made
from each of your releases and what is your favorite release?
Let me see... we started as an aggressive black metal band using as
foundations bands like Emperor and Thorns. After “Phenomenon” EP we decided that
we wanted to do something diﬀerent, more original. “A Parallel Zeotrope” split
with Satanochio was the ﬁrst step to that direction. After that, we just kept
improving in this direction. “Extance” is for sure our biggest achievement but
we try to keep every release special on one way or another. For example we
released a tape with unreleased material from 2009. Even this release means a
lot to us because it’s our only cassette release and of course also brings
memories from our ﬁrst more extreme years.
What bands and music styles inspire the music of Aenaon?
Through all these years we gathered so much experience and inspiring sounds
to our minds that it wouldn’t be right if I named speciﬁc bands or artists. We
try for sure to keep an eye and ear for good music no matter where it comes from
and develop these stimuli into our own sound. If someone listens to our new
album really carefully will be able to identify elements from completely
diﬀerent music genres but of course black metal is always and will be the
foundation of our sound.
You recently played live together with Primoridal in Greece. How was it and
will Aenaon maybe go this time on a tour orplay at some festivals to promote the
It’s the second time I had the honor to share stage with Primordial. Alan
was breathtaking at this one. Really nice show.We hope to plan on playing in
some festivals or doing a small European tour but on the other hand don’t know
yet if we want to make that risk. Other bands in northern Europe don’t consider
it a risk at all. They’ll had the resources to do it over and over again even if
they had no luck with their careers. It’s not the same for us. We should ﬁrst
see the responses of our new album and then we’ll see if a tour is possible.
After all, Greece at the moment is a third world country and things such as art
and education are no longer considered important. Bands who seek brighter future
should live this shithole.
Will you this time have a video for a song from your new album?
Actually we are on 90% of completing the shootings and It’s really
promising. Dark and aggressive as it should be. We’ll make an announcement soon.
Aenaon released also a few 7", Split's and tapes. Do you think that this is
something good in times when some peopleeven say that CD's are something that
will die out soon?
I download mp3s to listen new albums or to listen music that I wouldn’t care
to buy. If there is an album or an artist that I really like then I want it in
my collection. Cd, vinyl or tape. I believe there will be always such people.
People that want to hold in their hands and sense the material, read the lyrics,
focusing on the cover and the layout while listening to a complete album.Vinyl
is on the market for good again. Some people believe that cd is soon going to
die but vinyl will live forever. I think they might be right. I really like Cds
and I hope that’s not true but if you think about it, it’s just one more digital
Your new album will also be release over Code 666 as digital download. Is
that maybe the new big thing in youropinion in the music industry?
I don’t think so - this is already old fashioned in some countries. From
what I see, live streaming through apps and websites is the new way of listening
to music. New audiovisual media might rise too. It’s very hard to predict if
there is even going to be another “big thing” for music industry. Internet, new
media and piracy have changed forever what we once knew as music culture. Most
of the people hardly listen to whole albums these days.
You also play in Varathron. Any news about something newfrom them?
Yes of course - a 3way split was released (with Thornspawn and Black Altar)
just a few months back and a split with Den Saakaldte will be released in spring
via Floga Records.We’ve also already recorded guitars, bass and drums and now
proceeding to Stefan’s vocals. New album entitled “Untrodden Corridors of Hades”
is going to be released around September - I hope so.
What can we expect in the near future from Aenaon?
We’re trying to be as much active as we can concerning releases, so a new
split might rise a while after the release of “Extance” and of course we’ll try
to be active for any gig possible. Our ﬁrst videoclip is also a big deal for us
Any last words?
It was a pleasure talking with you Petar. Thanks for the interest in our
work. I wish everybody a great year. Stay true to your cause and passions.