Musicscan: Who am I talking to? Could you please shortly introduce yourself to our readers?
Sons Of Aeon: Hello, my name is Wille and I am the guitarist and one of the songwriters
of Sons Of Aeon.
Musicscan: Being around as a band with an own identity and vision, does it bother you when you see or
meet people who ignore you or do not understand of what your music and your style means to you?
Sons Of Aeon: No that doesn't really bother me because in the end, it all comes down to personal tastes
and how deeply you perceive music...those are just things you can't really argue about. Not everyone likes everything
and music means different things to different people. It's just how it is.
What bothers me though is when some people form their opinions based on one song or short clips or even worse,
hearsay or not hearing the band or album at all. It's just awfully common these days, people are too busy to even listen to music.
Songwriters would be much happier if all people listened to music
with time, attention and concentration although I don't think thats a very realistic thing to assume in todays
hectic world hehe.
Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the heavy scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth
what the metal and hardcore heroes you grew up with did before Sons Of Aeon were around?
Sons Of Aeon: As I've mentioned before in many interviews, I think variety and not playing it safe are something that sets us apart.
Those are also key elements that got me hooked into extreme metal in the early nineties.
I just feel that a lot of heavy music today is too "vacuum-packed" and too...I don't know..shit just often sounds like it was played by robots.
I'm not into that at all.
Musicscan: Looking on the heavy scene in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the underground is changing all the time.
Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Sons Of Aeon?
Sons Of Aeon: Yes, I feel connected to a lot bands but they're all older groups that rose to surface in the nineties.
Stylistically those bands were very different from what we do, but somehow they had similar adventurous spirit
in them. Cathedral, Edge Of Sanity, Carcass, Entombed, Paraxism, Xysma...you know, all that stuff.
Musicscan: The style Sons Of Aeon is playing finds separation through passion and honesty from my point of view. It's well balanced,
brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards the music you are playing?
Sons Of Aeon: My attitude towards writing music to both of my bands has always been the same: write riffs and songs you would like to hear yourself and while doing that,
make sure everything comes from the heart and keep an open mind.
Musicscan: How do you guys make sure to develop as musicians and songwriters? Is there something you do on a constant base besides
going to the rehearsal room, practicing at home, and playing shows?
Sons Of Aeon: Well, I write music in two bands so for me songwriting is present almost every day.
This way you develop, no matter what. Because the thing is, the older and the more experienced
you become as a writer, the harder it is to satisfy yourself. You simply have no other option than
try to come up with new tricks and develop, otherwise there is no point in releasing a new album.
It's a never-ending challenge.
Musicscan: Your selftitled album is aggressive – but also partly catchy – and self confident. It is intense and stands somehow
outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. Is this in short what you were going for?
Sons Of Aeon: I wouldnt necessarily say we were aiming for those things. They were more elements that came naturally.
We are five different people in the band and everyone has different tastes. It shows.
Musicscan: A more general one: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern extreme metal
basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Sons Of Aeon: Well, if you'd be super cynical, you could say that all music is already done. All notes are played and everything
is just a repetition. I wouldn't personally go THAT far even though I have my bad days when I just lose all hope towards metal.
On a good day I think there are many bands that still have something valuable to give to heavier music, be it metal, alternative, hardcore
or whatever. So occasionally there is still hope hehe. Mastodon, Tragedy, YOB, Karnivool and Ulcerate come to mind first.
Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell
them with your selftitled album? Why do you think the album is an album being worth to be listened?
Sons Of Aeon: It's an album that requires multiple listenings, concentration and an open mind and for those reasons alone, I'd like to think it's worth checking out.