Summon: How did the band get started?
Achilleas: The band started at the year of 2005, from some persons with the same vision about music.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Achilleas: Progressive Black Metal with jazz elements, or else just avantgarde black metal. You can call it whatever you want.
Summon: How has the band response been?
Achilleas: The response is quite good. The are a lot of people out there who seem to really like what we do. On the other hand there always going to be people who think our music is “not experimental enough” and others who find it “not true enough”. If you want to make happy everyone you can play pop music.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Achilleas: It’s an ancient Greek word that is still in use and means: the infinite, inexhaustible, eternal
It’s coming from two other Greek words: (adv) ae=forever and (vit) nao=flow. The ever-flowing existence. With this word is described the existence of human soul, the endless universe and a lot of different and mysterious things about life and death.
Summon: Introduce the band members
Achilleas: I am Achilleas and I play the guitars, Astrous is doing the vocal parts, Dagwn is the other guitarist and Thyragon the bass player. This period we are in search of a new drummer.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Achilleas: Astrous is writing the lyrics and works the concepts. I am in a big part responsible for the Aenaon compositions.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Achilleas: The album “Cendres et Sang” is dedicated to human and his mortal existence. We like to observe human from different perspectives. Some times like a drug and abuse addict, other times in a spiritual way and other times like a cold beast. A lot of writers are influencing Astrous’ lyrics and some of them are obvious even from our titles.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Achilleas: Silly beliefs. All religions created by humans for humans. I am quite rationalist about this subject. I enjoy the theatrical side but can’t really take those things seriously… modern Satanism is interesting but it’s really naive in many ways.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Achilleas: We released a Mini-CD “Phenomenon” at 2009, one split 7″ inch with Satanochio (a Romanian band) at 2010 and finally before few months our first full length album “Cendres et Sang” under the mark of Code666.
Summon: Tell me about some of the songs on the latest CD?
Achilleas: I wish you were a little more precise hehe. Well, i think every track is a different experience. You’ll listen to some raw black metal but you’re also going to listen from time to time a complete unique experience. I think it’s important to mention “In Heaven” track as it is a cover based on the David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” soundtrack. We are also pride to have Thomais from Dakrya on some amazing jazzy female vocals on this cover. Also it’s important to mention that V’Gandr from Helheim is doing some guest vocals on the “Grand Narcotic Harvest”.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Achilleas: I am also playing at the occult band Varathron since 2003 and Dagwn is playing at Nethescerial, a symphonic black/death metal band. The rest members are not involved at the moment in any other band. There are some more side projects but not yet to announce.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Achilleas: Well, DHG or Ved Buens Ende are bands that we all in the band respect but i don’t think that we really sound alike. You know there are so many influences in our music from King Crimson and Eloy to traditional Black metal sound that it is useless to make some kind of list. Concerning the jazz elements i could say that Contemporary Noise Quintet and the music of Bohren und deer Club of Gore are a powerful influence.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Achilleas: Well, unfortunately it’s been almost two years since our last tour so it would be silly to answer the question. Now, i must admit that we care more about making really unique and special music than playing it live. The only thing i can promise you is that we’re going to start live shows soon again and it’s going to be a fucking Armageddon.
Summon: Do you have any type of stage props or special clothing?
Achilleas: Playing this bad-ass music and enjoying it on stage is enough for us. Plus, we are musicians not fashion models.
Summon: What was the best band you played with?
Achilleas: It’s really subjective and maybe insipidity to answer…
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Achilleas: Not yet, but as i already told you Aenaon wasn’t really a live band. So i guess now if we start live shows again we are going to visit a lot of European countries and of course wherever we are asked to play.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Achilleas: It depends, some times 300 people others just 50. It’s not an easy question to answer. It’s not the same thing playing in a fest or in a small club.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Achilleas: We are devoted in our performance, not to watch the crowd. However I think they response pretty well.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black/Death Metal scene?
Achilleas: A great scene with great bands but some times with stupid bands too. Of course it’s a huge country with a huge scene. My favorites are probably Nachtmystium and Wolves in the Throne Room. Concerning death metal bands it’s a different story but i really love Vital Remains.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Achilleas: I think that they are listening more old school stuff, that European scene has already surpass. Both sides must be more open in new or old elements in music. As Aristotle said, Moderation is best.
Summon: What are some of new favorite Black/Death Metal bands?
Achilleas: Hard to choose, there are a plenitude of good bands. In Lingua Mortua and <Code> are really an apocalypse, hope they’ll manage to continue playing such good music in their future works too.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Achilleas: We already have some ideas for new songs, but there is no time to be hurry. Good songs need time.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Achilleas: Releasing good music and playing some good live shows. Definitely we don’t want to be another “rock star” band. We compose music and have good time. Pushing ourselves to our creational limits is all about Aenaon. That’s enough. Thank you for this interview. I enjoyed it.
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