Texas-based progressive metallers Enceladus have launched their second album titled “Arrival” a few days ago. In the interview below they tell us about this new release, but also about the metal scene, favorite records, and more.
Hey guys. How are you doing?
Hey there, we’re doing fantastic, thanks for having us!
You have just launched a new album entitled “Arrival.” How do you feel about the release?
Pretty stoked! Releasing music is always fun. I think a sophomore album release is quite a milestone, showing the world that we have a lot more to offer! We added a few new elements to this album, so were excited to see how it’s received.
How much of a challenge was to put these songs together?
There wasn’t much of a challenge putting the songs together. Some come together easier than others, however. For instance, Universal Century was written in about an hour. We record the songs in our own time, so we’ve had enough time to let the songs breathe a bit before recording them.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Texas are you friends with?
There are a number of good bands in a similar style coming out of Texas. We know some of the guys in Immortal Guardian, Aeternal Requiem, and Jessikill. I met them all in San Antonio actually. Its good to know there are bands getting that style of metal out there.
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
The metal scene is great because I always feel like I’m in good company at a show or just talking about music. I feel there should be a wider audience and it should just be bigger overall though. Lets see some shows where just as many people come out for live bands as people do for computers! The more metalheads the better. [laughs] Id like to see more melodic power/prog metal bands coming out of the states as well.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Any artist that dares to be different and step outside the box is an influence. Innovators inspire more than emulators for sure.
What are you listening to these days?
Quite a few things such as classical, Jrock, video game/cinema compositions, and prog bands. We’ve been jamming some Circus Maximus. In between that there’s some chill groovy stuff to get ‘down’ to as well. 😉
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Thats too hard for some of us, but here is a selection at the moment:
1) Angel of Salvation by Galneryus
2) The Divine Wings of Tragedy by Symphony X
3) Destiny by Stratovarius
4) Temple of Shadows by Angra
5) Blue Blood by X Japan
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Arrival”?
Sure. Its been a pretty simple process. We use Cubase 8 for our DAW / ESP LTD Bass/ ESP LTD and PRS S2 Guitars, then Focusrite Scarlett’s as the recording interfaces.
What can we expect from Enceladus in the near future?
Definitely keep on a lookout! You can expect a style that is constantly evolving and never stagnant. We have enough ideas in the works for a third album and beyond already. Some epic stuff, some chill stuff, and most of all more METAL!
“Arrival” is available from Bandcamp.