New Jersey-based progressive metal quartet ETHERIUS will release their stunning new instrumental progressive metal EP, entitled Thread of Life, out August 24, 2018. The impressive new five track offering is available for pre-order via Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. You can also stream select tracks now via Spotify.
ETHERIUS just revealed a brand new drum playthrough video for the massive track “The Inevitable End”, featuring stunning aerial views in the natural environment of High Tor State Park, NY. The video was filmed/directed/edited by Michael J Adams of Blackline Studios. Watch the video now, exclusively via DRUM.
ETHERIUS drummer/producer Zaki Ali says, “With “The Inevitable End” being the fastest song on this record, there was a pretty specific approach to the double bass in regards to how some of the parts lie. It’s mostly played as double strokes throughout the song because of the tempo. There’s a section with nine stroke rolls on the kick, which I played as rrllrrllr for each group of nine. Just like with hands, it really comes down to assigning specific combinations of patterns according to the amount of rest space in between the hits. That allows playing that perfectly in time to be physically possible. So, while there’s little room to stray from the compositions within this music, there’s also the drum solo section in the middle of the song which is ultimately an improvised studio take using a combination of singles, paradiddles, and paradiddlediddles. Before tracking the record, I had somewhat of a sense of the direction I was going for, but after recording it, I sat down and just learned what I did on the record hit for hit.”
The concept of Thread of Life and the album’s artwork were inspired by ancient Greek mythology, specifically The Moirai (moy-ray), or “three fates”. Thread of Life was produced and engineered by Jay Tarantino and Zaki Ali with Angel Vivaldi acting as co-producer, was recorded at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (owned by Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Kevin Antreassin), and was mixed/mastered by Mutiny Within vocalist Chris Clancy at Audioworks Productions. Additional tracking was completed with Angel Vivaldi at his home studio.
Thread of Life track listing:
- Thread of Life
- The Soothsayer
- March and Defy
- The Inevitable End