Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Ant: Eyestral was founded in the fall of 2012 by me (Ant Majora-Guitar/Vocals) and David Ayme (Guitar). I already have a dozen of songs by myself and David had some songs too. We were looking for a bass player and a drummer but it took some time. One year later Baptise Collay joined Eyestral as our new drummer and in 2014 Valentin Chouaf joined as a bass player. We released a demo at the end of the year followed by a lot of shows in 2015. Then in February 2016 we released our first full-length called “Beware the Rat King”.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Ant: Our style is a medley of what we like the most in music. It’s described as Progressive Thrash Metal but in reality we’re influenced by a lot of stuff such as Metal, Progressive music, Classical, Jazz fusion, Classic Rock… The bands that we’re influenced by are Death, Coroner, Dream Theater, Slayer, Planet X, Metallica and even bands like Genesis, The Doors, Yngwie Malmsteen…
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Ant: You should buy our album for supporting us and the Metal scene in general. We all know that CD’s sales are diminished with Internet and it’s harder for new bands to make a living from music. Now the bands are living off merch sales and touring. Maybe in the future with the streaming services and digital stuff the bands will be able to make a living. We’ll see.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Ant: As I’ve said before we released a demo in 2014 only on the Internet. And our first album “Beware the Rat King” was released via streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Youtube… and physically via CD. So far the response for the album has been great, we had some reviews in some fanzine/website and they liked it for the most part and it’s cool!
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Ant: Yes, we play live frequently. We try to play live as much as possible because this is what we love the most. We have already played in a lot of cities in France and we’ll try soon to play abroad in country like England of Germany, because in France it’s kind of difficult to touring.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Ant: We’re actually looking for a record label right now to help us grow. We’re a band who likes Old school music but we incorporate some kind of new element to it such as progressive, rock and even soundtrack from movie or video games for example. We put a great and dynamic live show and we’re ready and motivate to do so.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Ant: We want to become bigger and bigger like plenty others bands. First of all we want to play bigger shows and maybe some touring with a famous band. We’re already had some shows this year with bands like T.A.N.K. or Mass Hysteria and we played in front of bigger crowds and it felt great. In December we’ll play with Hexecutor and Thrashback two thrash bands that are known nationally. We’re also having started the demos for a new album that will come out the next year. So we’re looking forward to have bigger shows and an album out in 2017
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Ant: We can listen to our band on YouTube and all streaming services like Spotify, iTunes… and you can buy CD’s or T-Shirt via our Bandcamp (eyestral.bandcamp.com). See you soon!