Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The DVD is considered as bonus material to the album Moons of Jupiter that was released last year. It includes videos for the four largest (Galilean) moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto with enhanced sound effects available in stereo or surround sound. The compositions of the songs are analogous to the physical composition of the moons themselves. Io is a little moon with a lot of volcanic activity, Europa is covered with ice with a sea with possible life beneath, Ganymede is a giant moon larger than Mercury and has it’s own magnetosphere, and Callisto has the oldest and most heavily cratered surface in the solar system. So those were the guidelines and our inspiration for our creation process - musically for us and visually for Juma who made the visualizations. We are very happy with the final result and agree that it was worth the time it took for us to come to this point. Both as a band and as a wider collective of contributing artists who offered their unique talents for all of the visuals, cover artwork included.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
Our music is actually quite a wide mix of different genres that could all be shortly summed up as post-metal. The whole story takes you from moments where you can feel moments of post rock, stoner, sludge, math rock and hardcore in a psychedelic atmosphere. We would recommend it to fans of bands such as Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Meshuggah, Alice in Chains, Breach and the like.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
We recorded the music in our own rehearsal place in Velenje in the summer of 2012, when we were recording the album. It then took us more than one year to produce the album and another year to produce the DVD edition with special sound effects and remixes in surround sound. During the whole process we took a lot of time to experiment and try different options so it was a very insightful process. The best thing was creating the surround sound remixed, because mixing in surround can take on a completely new level and when you switch back to stereo it feels like switching from stereo to mono or even worse.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The cover artwork is, as all of the other art around the album, influenced by Moons of Jupiter. It encompasses the mythological aspects behind them and their names, binded with realistic elements from Nasa’s 1989 STS-34 mission that sent the first probe to explore Jupiter and its moons. The story also includes a third aspect of discovery, so it also includes elements from when Galileo Galilei first saw Jupiter’s moons through his telescope back in 1610. Dalibor Kazija is the mastermind behind all the visual art, except the video material of Entheogen, including CD and DVD covers and T-shirt designs. The lyrics on Callisto are focused on the mythological part of the story and the lyrics of song Jupiter, which is not included on the DVD, talk about Galilei.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
We are writing our music and playing it mostly for our souls, so the main goal for us was to create something new that we would all be pleased with and with the surround sound version of the videos we succeeded to achieve that goal. Currently we are in the process of writing our second album, so finishing and recording that is our main goal at the moment.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The CD was released as an 8 sided digipack in 500 copies and the DVD was released in a limited series of 50 copies.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
We promote it mostly through social media on the internet.
Where can we order it from?
You can download or order from our Bandcamp page at: entheogenband.bandcamp.com