1) Hi, we're Aether. We've been around for a little bit more than a year, pillaging and raiding the lands of Poland from our hometown, Łódź. Thus being said, we started the band in late 2015 with the spirit of Melodic Death Metal in our hearts. Which of course led to the release of the "Tale of Fire" EP on September 30th.
2.In September you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) It's a mixture of our biggest influences such as Wintersun or Blind Guardian and our first attempt to create something unique and original. It has all that you might want it to have - blast beats, powerful screams, acoustic parts, INGENIOUS BASSWORK, a little choir and a lot of orchestrations! And, a riddle to us, as some people say black metal influences. ;)
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3) That's one vast topic to explore. Fair enough to say each song is a separate story and for a careful listener the whole EP somehow blends into a bigger picture (which was actually unintended when I was writing the lyrics). And if someone's careful enough it's easy to notice that the stories touch more profound topics regarding man's dilemmas and his quest for understanding.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aether'?
4) In ancient Greece Aether was one of the primordial deities, a personification of the upper air. He embodies the pure air that the gods breathe thus filling the space between the realms of gods and mortals. However he had barely any shrines and no cult or temples at all. In other words, Aether is something that exists, yet is not to be touched nor seen; an idea of magic and all beyond understanding.
It's also a magical element in the "Witcher" saga and sounds dope as fuck :D
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5) Since our first stage appearance we had our fair share of gigs in entire Poland with a lot of great folk metal bands, but our hearts always beat faster in our hometown - Łódź. And so, the most memorable Aether's concerts were played there. Such as our EP release party, which was a priceless experience.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6) Well, it's a hard topic to talk about without spoiling anything or making hype of things that may not happen, but we definitely want to grow bigger, go HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER... We want to start playing gigs outside of Poland and have our first serious tour. And even though we're starting to catch the first glimpses of what may the future bring us, only time will tell.
7.The ep was released on 'Art Of The Night Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7) Well, it all started when we were playing one of the "Folk Metal Night" gigs. There was this one funny guy selling merch, sipping his beer from a drinking horn.
We were introduced. His name is Leopold and he's the owner of the label. Long story short, a few months later, after sharing a few beers and gigs he said "Hey, once you have some stuff recorded, hit me up, I may release it". And well, that's basically how it worked. Leo, aside from being a super cool guy, is one of the main reasons the Polish folk metal scene is so cool.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death and folk metal?
8) Overwhelming. We were shocked how many people wanted to listen to our music and get in touch with us. It's truly amazing. We shipped out quite a lot of CDs, not only in Europe but also to the USA and Japan.
And if it was not enough, we are constantly receiving very positive feedback from members of greater acts such as Beyond Creation, Ionic Bond or Aether Realm. It's so unreal - artists who wrote some of our favourite songs say they enjoyed our music and put it on their playlists! Truly shocking!
So as you can see, the support is amazing and we are truly thankful to everyone who believes in us.
9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9) Difficult question. We have a lot of ideas and as you can imagine it's not this kind of stuff that can be written in one evening. It takes time to write a song we're satisfied with, and we have no idea when all those half-written tunes will be finished. But I can assure you that it will happen... someday... I hope...
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10) It may vary, depending on which bandmember you ask, but we all share a neverending love and appreciation towards Blind Guardian and Wintersun. That's it. There's nothing more you need in life.
(Well, you still have to eat and sleep and do some other things, but who cares about such down to earth things) :P
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11) Honestly there are hardly any that we share. Unless you count drinking, partying and eating Chinese food as interests. Seriously now, some of us enjoy games, but who doesn't nowadays. And we all have individual interests, namely some scientific/medical/technological stuff and photography. Life's too short not to explore new areas of interest!
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) First of all, we want to thank you for giving us an opportunity to write our asses off. Secondly we want to thank all our fans for letting us develop as a band, it's you who make us who we are! And last but not least, thanks to all of you who made it down here, we really appreciate it! Cheers ;)