Montreal’s Eternal Closure have a new album, At The Center of It All – Chapter I, coming out September 23. They have unveiled their third single, “Dimensions Apart,” along with a lyric video to accompany the release.
Since their conception ten years ago, they have constantly been evolving. What started as a metalcore cover band has become a proggy, djenty powerhouse with deep gutturals, piercing cleans, and three guitarists that pummel the listener from all sides. The single is the first time the band utilizes 7-string guitars, lending to extra thickness and variety.
Main songwriter and guitarist Olivier Boitel details the track,
“This one was mainly written by bassist Jonathan Lauzon, but had a bit of a different structure initially. It’s more-or-less the sequel to a song from our album “Screaming In Silence” called “Wake Up Dead.” It was also mixed with ideas he had for other songs that were never used. It’s a pretty straightforward banger, with me showcasing my grittier singing. I wrote and recorded the drums which was a lot of fun. Lyrically, it’s about the disconnect between generations that was created in part by technology.”
When it comes to Eternal Closure’s lyrics, Boitel speaks from the heart; they come from a personal place and are rarely about a fictionalized character. Compared to their other albums, there is less storytelling on At The Centre Of It All – Chapter I. It is all about how Boitel thinks and feels about different subjects. Presented in two parts, it’s not quite a concept album, but many lyrics and musical ideas are re-used throughout.
With the new addition of vocalist Katrine Castonguay, Eternal Closure is confident they will stand out with a meaner sound that offers a satisfying listening experience for a wide range of metalheads, not just those into core. They boast no filler, just six solid, headbanging tracks.
Hey guys! Olivier here. I play guitar and sing for Eternal Closure. We’re a Metalcore band from Montreal, Quebec, and we’re releasing the first half of our third album, At The Center of It All – Chapter I, on September 23rd. We blend many sounds into our main formula, incorporating touches of Death Metal, Progressive Metal, and Thrash Metal. We strive to make every song special and not just a copy/paste of a trend that will probably pass by the time we release it. When I write something, it either needs to emotionally resonate with me or make me want to headbang. The most important thing, though, is that we love cats. Maybe too much? Nah, you can’t love cats too much.
It’s our first release with our new lineup. Kat, Marine, and Phil came in during the writing process, and they helped give us our new sound. It has a good amount of things we haven’t done before, and it’s overall a bit heavier than our second record, “Color of Our Fears.” I feel like most metal listeners would appreciate what we did here. We’re extremely proud of it. The blend of female and male voices also adds a lot of dimension to our sound and makes us stand out in this genre in particular. I wrote almost 100% of the last album, but “At The Center of It All” was a much more collaborative effort, and I think that shows.
Things are slowly coming back to normal here in Quebec. We played a show a few weeks ago, and it was great.
The timing of the pandemic wasn’t that bad for sure. It gave us time to really put everything on the album’s writing, so we didn’t lose too much. We kept our social media pages as busy as we could during that time with teasers, memes, and cat pics, but it’s good to be back into some sort of normal rhythm.
Probably Protest the Hero. They influenced me greatly and are still going strong. “Fortress” was the album I listened to throughout my last year of high school, and it was so special seeing them play it in its entirety live a few years ago. They truly are an amazing band.
Our goal is to promote “At The Center of It All – Chapter I” as much as we can until the end of the year. We’ve also released videos for our singles Practice What You Preach and Exiled, which are getting a lot of great attention so far. We really want this release to succeed, and we’re putting everything we can behind it.
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