Eternal Closure is a Melodic Metalcore band that was founded in 2012 in Montreal, Quebec. Olivier Boitel (lead guitar and backing vocals), talks us through the origins of the band, as well as some of his own personal musical memories…
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
We’ve been playing together in Montreal for about 9 years now. However, the lineup is almost completely different from when we started. It’s all part of the process! Our new lineup has been playing together for about 3 months. The pandemic is slowing our whole process but it’s going great all things considered.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
We were…. bad haha. We had fun and we gave an energetic performance but we were nowhere close to good enough in retrospect. It makes for good memories and is a nice reminder to always be humble.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourself?
They should expect to hear modern Metalcore that also blends many different influences. There’s some prog, thrash, death, etc… We don’t really confine ourselves to one thing.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
Most important thing is the music obviously. If everyone has heard the exact same sound a million times before, they won’t care, no matter how good the music is.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
We’re writing new material at the moment. Our new members (Phil and Marine) are contributing quite a bit too which is nice. Our most recent thing you can check out is “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered”. The new material is slightly different, but it’s going to give you a good idea of what we’re about.
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
Almost everyone in the band loves Currents. They’re also a bit similar to us so it would be pretty perfect!
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
One of our discoveries this year has been Aviations. Check out their song “Outliers” if you like progressive metal. It really is a beautiful, long track.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
I remember watching my dad playing drums with his band back in the day. The light blub on was “ON” from pretty much day one!
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Devin Townsend with The Contortionist and Haken. If that was the last gig I saw in my life I’d be pretty happy.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
There are many options haha. I guess a “guilty pleasure” of mine would be BABYMETAL. You can say what you want about them but they’re well-crafted songs and super catchy.
Although 2020 was a year to forget for many reasons, there was some incredible music released; what would be your album of 2020?
As mentioned earlier, our whole band’s favorite album was pretty much “The Way It Ends” by Currents. Personally, I’d recommend “The Oubliette” by a band called The Reticent. It’s essentially an even more eclectic version of Opeth. Really great stuff and not many people know them.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
We are the most active on Facebook and Instagram. We post many times per week. We have fun with it. We try to make our pages funny and interesting, not just spamming “hey guys we have this show next week”. We share cat memes, takes on what is going on in the world, and everything in between. Check us out, it’s fun and interactive!
Photo credit: Sebastien-Charles Boitel Capteur D’images