Summon: How did the band get started?
Di’ Brom: Eden’s Onslaught was formed as a black metal garage band during the summer of 2004 in Rosemead CA. The original 3 members at the time consisted of Jaye Vampira (vocals/keyboards), Blastphemy (drums), and myself Di’ Brom (guitar/vocals). I invited the two to form the band, but at the time it was considered a side project because I was playing guitar in thrash band. The thrash band was called DS8 and had the current drummer Aaron, who is my brother.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Di’ Brom: We consider Eden’s Onslaught a black/death/thrash metal band with elements of grind and punk.
Summon: How has the band response been?
Di’ Brom: I sorta don’t understand the question, but if you are referring to the fan response we are climbing up the charts daily (reverbnation/myspace/facebook). As for the bands response, the current members of Eden’s Onslaught take the music very seriously and professionally. It is our passion to present our crafts of metal to the rest of the world’s entertainment/listening pleasure, as well as invoking the dark spirits within the minds of everyone to enhance the power within.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Di’ Brom: The band name was created by me (Di’ Brom) amongst the other two original band mates after the first practice took place. The band name is an abstract name in which the listener will decide what they wish it means only because Eden’s Onslaught is a multitude of concepts combined. As for my personal beliefs in the name Eden’s Onslaught, it means “for there to be an Eden, there must be on onslaught” or in simpler understanding, “before Eden was created, there was an immense evil vs evil war taking place within the universe. During this time, only dark evil powers existed, and war was fought in the most gruesome, brutal, gore consuming, un-imaginable tactics before the existence of mankind. This war was fought amongst non-human entities and is considered the first ever battle between what I consider to be “the galactic war for the creation of a master war oriented life-form, the war for the creation of humankind”. THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTE, IS THAT THIS WAR TOOK PLACE 4.54 billion years ago when Earth only consisted of lava, rock, and “zircon (which consists of uranium and thorium”, and silicon. These founding elements made Earth appear as a crystal/metallic planet with metallic looking plant forms. The location of Earth was to be kept a secret for the secrecy of humankind. The secrecy of the planet was unfolded during WW2 once the atom bomb was dropped. *Once again, this is all a concept that SHALL NOT be taken beyond the form of entertainment*
Hence, for there to be an Eden, there must be an onslaught…Eden’s Onslaught.
Summon: Introduce the band members
Di’ Brom: The current band line up consists of Clint B. on bass, Aaron on drums, and me (Di’ Brom) on guitar/vocals. Aaron joined the band in November of 2009, and Clint in February of 2010.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Di’ Brom: Starting from the debut album to the current album Dimension 9 I wrote all the music and lyrics except for the bass, drum parts, and the 5 lyrics/ 3 keyboard parts for the debut album’s intro/drenched in blood/intoxication in which Jaye Vampira wrote . I find that there is more chemistry when the other band members take control of their expertise.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Di’ Brom: They come from different occurrences in my life as well as long philosophical conversation amongst various friends/musicians/free thinking people. As for most of the brutal topics, talks with anonymous ex military people who have seen death first hand and experienced the true wrath of war. I like to write the lyrics in an abstract format that’s based upon details from my and/or other peoples beliefs/experiences.
Summon: How many albums/Cd’s have you released?
Di’ Brom: The Debut album which was recorded in 2007 and released in 2008 for sale, Dimension 9 (live preproduction version 2011), and the official Dimension 9 studio album which is still undergoing the last additions of keyboards and vocals. Everything else for the official Dimension 9 album is complete and is scheduled for launch in the beginning of August 2011. All the albums were recorded, produced, mixed/mastered and released under the bands private independent record label, Midnight Murder Records. Sound engineers James Doser and Mike Carlton were hired by Midnight Murder Records in assistance of the debut album for capture, mix/mastering under the production/organization of MMR and Eden’s Onslaught.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Di’ Brom: “DIMENSION 9” (released 2011)
1. Intro (Traditional black metal keyboard introduction)
2. Eden’s Onslaught (this song is about the endless brutality and chaos of human existence)
3. Annihilation Theory (Re-written) (this is revised version of the first and is about human domination through endless war)
4. Dimension 9 (the opening of a dimensional gate which will allow access to the parallel universe.)
5. Translucent (how one’s existence seems invisible, a number, or a simply a statistic in this world under the endless feelings of turmoil, despair, indifference, and outcast.)
6. Drenched in Blood (Re-written) (lyrics were left untouched from the debut, and is about an anonymous soldiers experience on the battlefield.)
7. Tragic Despair (need I say more? This song reflects the endless tragedies of life and the despair that follows)
8.Beholder (this is about the true power of knowledge, truth, and wisdom ….and how without it one is a slave to those who possess it.)
9.Nuclear Winter (this is about post war nuclear fallout polluting the atmosphere with radioactive dust/debris, mutated people/animals, suffering, starvation, rising population, post war chaos, and the collapse of all forms of human rights.)
Summon: Do you have any side projects? Tell me about them if so.
Di’ Brom: Eden’s Onslaught has been taking up all of the member’s free time. We are a dedicated 3 piece band. Maybe in the near future when there is a rest period we might consider forming side projects…
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Di’ Brom: ABORYM, Marduk, Malfeitor, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, OPETH, DARK FUNERAL, Wintersun, DRAGONLORD, Windir, DELTA 9, Cryptopsy, Cattle Decapitation, Cradle of Filth, (before Midian), Cannibal Corpse, SLAYER, Symphony X, Vader, Japanische Kampfhorspiele, VITAL REMAINS, Bile, Nile, THE BERZERKER, Behemoth, The Kovenant, Napalm Death, DARK TRANQUILLITY, Goat Whore, PANTERA, DEICIDE, Exhumed, DECAPITATED, TESTAMENT, Dimmu Borgir, Mictlantecuhtli, IRON MAIDEN, Anal Cunt, MEGADETH, Dark Throne, IMMORTAL, Borknagar, Rammstein, Sepultura, Velvet Acid Christ, Funker Vogt, Dream Theater, Rush, Dio, Agathodaimon, Racer X, Dying Fetus, Superjoint Ritual, Pink Floyd………..YNGWIE JOHANN MALMSTEEN.
Summon: Which current bands?
Di’ Brom: All what is listed in question 11 except the bands which are no longer touring or writing albums.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Di’ Brom: We play our best at all costs. Keeping a professional reputation is very important in the music industry. We also prefer to get insanely stoned (at the proper rate) to get ourselves in the correct element. All 3 current members are legally licensed patients. \m/
Summon: Do you have any type of stage props or special clothing?
Di’ Brom: We prefer to wear the traditional all black attire and denim. For exclusive high financed shows, we break out with the battle gear.
Summon: What was the best band you played with?
Di’ Brom: That’s a tough question because we’ve played with many amazing bands in the past. I can only answer that question by saying “best bands.” The best bands we’ve played with so far are Dragonlord (both line ups with Gian Pyres and Creamer), Deicide, Napalm Death, Vital Remains, Kataklysm, and the all-female Iron Maiden tribute band The Iron Maidens. There were also “other” bands with international fame that have requested us to play (which I won’t bother naming) that simply were too sell out or not metal enough for our taste and fan base. We are very cautious about playing with ONLY METAL BANDS. To open, co headline, or headline with anything that else that isn’t metal is a violation to our code of metal honor. Simply not worth our time.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Di’ Brom: No. But we plan on to very soon once we find the right opportunities to take us there. Even though we have our own private independent record label, we are open to major record label deals. To be signed to the right label at the right time, is definitely the best way to reach out to the world.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Di’ Brom: Depends on the show, the max capacity of the venue, tickets available, and how much they charge for it. The most we’ve ever pulled was 300 people on our own outdoor event. Venue wise 60- 200.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Di’ Brom: Extremely brutal. Eden’s Onslaught’s goal is to release the inner hatred within every fan and have them battle it out in the pit. We approve of the draining of hatred from one’s mind and body and feed off the crowds intensity while we play. We stopped playing outdoor non venue non security shows in early 2007 due to a violent riot that took place between metal heads and hardcore kids. There were a few fatalities and critical damage inflicted on those who decided to join the massive brawl. We are very choosy on deciding which shows to play, due to that tragedy in the past.
Summon: What is your opinion on death metal bands and black metal bands? What is your opinion on the conflict of Black Metal Vs Death Metal?
Di’ Brom: Eden’s Onslaught is a blend of both death and black metal, so we are obviously for both! To be honest, we were never aware of any conflict between black metal and death metal. They are complimentary to each other and is seen mixed into a lot of newly formed metal bands today. Whoever thinks there is a battle between the two is basically at battle amongst themselves! Music is made for the sole purpose of entertainment and enjoyment. When people get too critical, they are not listening or viewing the music correctly. Every listener should try to listen/view the music through the artists mind, unless it was crafted to be abstract music.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black/Death Metal scene?
Di’ Brom: It is the most brutal music scene this country has ever experienced or witnessed. It’s consistently owned the approval of all metal fans day by day ever since the 80’s and has evolved into a serious cult following/fan base. Black/death metal is the fusion and evolution of various forms of heavy metal. Name any other music scene that’s owned the venues and ears of fans since the late 70’s and/or 80’s? Not many genres have carried such a long tradition nor spawned into the multiple genres’ as metal has. \m/
Summon: What do you think of the overseas scenes?
Di’ Brom: We are very impressed with the metal overseas. They are consistently adding on newer, brutal, and more intricate forms of metal. I personally am a firm believer that every musician’s country and environment they are raised in has a massive effect on the music/lyric writing process. Some people around the world live in more chaotic, war ravaged, non-religious, repressed, and over populated areas and have authentic experiences to write about that some of us could never imagine. Then once again, there are certain parts of the world that are more developed with bigger scenes that have the newest technology, equipment, recording software, advanced studios, and basically the newest of everything….which has an insane impact when it comes to writing “new” music. Sometimes new music and new sounds require new technology….
Summon: What are some of new favorite black/death metal bands?
Di’ Brom: Krallice, Castevet, Alter of Plagues, Woe, Mictlantecuhtli, Ascension, Dreaming Dead, Lightening Swords of Death, Valdur, and Pale Chalice.
Summon: Any plans on writing any new material?
Di’ Brom: Our goal is to write a new album every 1 to 3 years. The more time we put into it adds more quality and thought to the album writing process. Once again, our music is based upon experiences and occurrence’s within times pass. Time is the master, and always will be. To rush yourself, is to cheat yourself. Once the music is officially released/launched there is no going back when it comes to last minute edits.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Di’ Brom: The future is something we like to plan ahead for. To be honest with you, after the band went through significant band member changes, the plans for the band did as well. Clint, Aaron, and myself are definitely taking this band to the limits and one day plan to tour the world…. even if it means having to produce the shows with our private label Midnight Murder Records. Sometimes in order to get things done correctly and efficiently, you have to DO IT YOURSELF. Fate is a very hard thing to get a firm grasp on, but if you work hard, stay persistent, and never give up on your dreams…anything is possible. \m/
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