Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
It all started in 2012. In August that year coRPus ceased to exist. A little later Tobias, Steve, Lio and I regrouped to form Endtime Odyssey. The only thing we missed was guitar. It took us until early 2014 to find the right guy: that's when Tim joined the band. We started working on our debut EP which was released in September 2015. The next two years we did some shows with a couple of cool opening spots. At the end of 2017 Tobias announced he'd leave the band. It was purely a matter of prioritizing his spare time so no bad feelings at all and we still meet regularly. We were in full process of writing new material but we didn't stop to find a new keyboard player. We finished the songs for our first full-length and in the meantime we used a backing track to fill in the missing keys. A couple of months later Veronika joined us as keymaster. The album was released in October last year and now we're already making some new material.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
After careful consideration we like to classify us as “progressive rock”. We used to use the term “modern metal” but people had no idea what to expect so they didn't give us a listen or didn't come to our shows. When we asked feedback from people who did show up they told us they had no idea what to think of the term “modern metal”. We didn't change our style but we did change the name we used after a while. Now it's progrock, simple but recognizable.
As for our influences, they're plenty. Some obvious examples: Leprous, Soen, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Karnivool, TesseracT, Haken, ...
Our taste, and our influences with it are more varied though. Queen, Perturbator, Eminem, David Guetta, Stravinsky, ... you'll find them all in our music collection and they each inspired us in one way or another which is reflected in our songwriting and the way we play our instruments.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Not only metalheads, everyone should buy them. All kidding aside, there’s no reason to buy our albums. You can listen to them online for free. They’re on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, … Name a platform and you’ll most likely find us there. As to why one should listen: I think we have songs that are inviting and challenging to listen to at the same time. They might not stick after the first spin but give it a couple of times and I'm sure some songs will definitely stay with you.
Of course I'm lying when I say there's no reason. There are two actually: to support us and to add us to your vast CD collection (we're CD/vinyl collectors ourselves but we're becoming a rare species in this digital age).
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have two releases so far: our self-titled EP and our full album “City in Decay” which we released last year. As for our EP, we didn't get any reviews as we didn't think about writing blogs/zines to have it reviewed. We did with our album though and response is varied to say the least. When looking at the reviews we received we get the impression it's a “love it or hate it” album. Either the reviewer couldn't say a good word about it or he praised it into the stars. And it’s not as if one or the other is an exception, the amount of bad and extremely good reviews is fifty-fifty. Obviously we did take some advice into consideration for future releases but overall we're pretty happy.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We've had a couple of great opportunities: opening for Leprous, Kingcrow, Votum and The Perfect Tool are some of them. We've got three more gigs in the next three months, one of them as opening act for the Estonian band Illumenium. We've been busy figuring out our live act as to make it as interesting as possible to look at/listen to. We've added some visuals plus the visibility of our band name and now we're ready to hit the stages again.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We're five people who play what they like and like what they play. Our main focus is to keep everything fun for ourselves. We have to stay happy and comfortable and this translates to the reaction of the crowd. If you enjoy yourself on stage, the audience will enjoy themselves too.
We're not at the end of the road yet and we're eager to grow, continue to improve ourselves and keep on pushing our limits while still having fun.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We hope to gig on a regular basis, maybe a small tour. We're planning on releasing new material more often so there's definitely something to look forward to.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
As mentioned we're on almost every only platform: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, BandCamp, Google Play, Amazon Music, iTunes, ...
To buy our stuff you can go to our BandCamp page: https://endtimeodyssey.bandcamp.com/
Or you can go to our webshop: https://endtimeodyssey.fws.store/