ENCELADUS: Cathartic Expression

Enceladus

Texas prog-power metallers Enceladus have recently launched their second album entitled ‘Arrival,’ and in a new interview for Prog Sphere they let us dive into their world, the album, and more.

Define the mission of Enceladus.

The mission of Enceladus is to usher in the new era of rock ’n’ roll, baby.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new album Arrival and the themes it captures.

Normally it begins with a riff. Within that one riffs contains the tempo, the overall key center, and what sort of the feel the song will have. From there we bounce ideas off of each other as to what other parts could go with that riff. After that, we arrange the ideas into what will become the structure of the song. We then record a demo track and start putting vocal melodies over it.

The themes on this album range from love to abstract philosophical concepts. We wanted to be less in your face with lyrical content and let the listener come to their own conclusions as opposed to the first album which was mainly a cathartic expression of views on the socio-economic-cosmic structure.

What is the message you are trying to give with Arrival?

I AM MUSIC, most ancient of the arts. + I am more than ancient; l am eternal. + Even before life commenced upon this earth, I was here in the winds and the waves. + When the first trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them. + And when Man came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle, and most powerful medium for the expression of Man’s emotions. When men were little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good. +In all ages I have inspired men with hope, kindled their love, given a voice to their joys, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in times of despair. + I have played a great part in the drama of Life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of man’s nature. + Through my influence human nature has been uplifted, sweetened and refined. + With the aid of men, I have become a Fine Art. From Tubalcain to Thomas Edison a long line of the brightest minds have devoted themselves to the perfection of instruments through which men may utilize my powers and enjoy my charms. + I have myriads of voices and instruments. I am in the hearts of all men and on their tongues, in all lands and among all peoples; the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and learned. + For I speak to all men, in a language that all understand. Even the deaf hear me, if they but listen to the voices of their own souls. + I am the food of love. + I have taught men gentleness and peace; and I have led them onward to heroic deeds. + I comfort the lonely, and I harmonize the discord of crowds. + I am a necessary luxury to all men. + I am MUSIC.”

-Allan C. Inman

Enceladus - Arrival

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We use the tablature software Guitar Pro to keep track of and exchange ideas amongst each other. We primarily use it to write down the basic structure of each song like the chord changes and vocal harmonies. For guitars, those are documented by recording demos and sharing them with the band.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Not necessarily. As long as the song is fun to play and listen to then the rest comes together. I find that it takes more discipline to play less than to always go all out with the shredding and big chords, so I sometimes find myself having to go over parts and “try easier” instead of “trying harder.”

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Number one, we only write when inspired. Music is fun, so we never try to force it. If we individually have to take a trip, party hard, make sweet love, whatever, then thats cool. Like Lao Tzu said “Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.” So once we’ve gotten the basic structure of the songs, we add vocal melodies and start recording. The most important parts instrumentally are the drums and the bass. Once we have those, the rest comes together quite easily. We each record our own parts from our own computers, wherever we are on the planet. From there we send our raw files to be mixed and mastered. A few weeks later, the album is ready to be released!

How long Arrival was in the making?

Approximately one year.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

We’re super into bands that step out the box. Bands like X-Japan and Galneryus are big influences. Guitar wise, Im learning new things about chordal harmony from neosoul and jazz/pop bands like Hiatus Kaiyote and Dirty Loops.

What is your view on technology in music?

It’s cool, but man, you gotta learn to play your instrument. Anybody can program some cool shit with a basic level of theory. Can you play it live with a band though? We didn’t reach the pinnacle of human society to let computer playback become the epitome of what it means to be a musician. I dig electronic stuff like liquid DnB and house music a lot, but thats clearly made by computers, and some of those sounds are only able to be produced through computers. It’d still be cool to hear that stuff with a live band. Rock/metal bands though, I’d prefer to see some more authenticity like a full live show without any playback audio tracks. Normally it’s keys or some orchestral part. Give a keyboardist or string players some work. It’s all love though, just my two cents. We still record to a click so there’s still room for improvement.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

I won’t play coy and say no, because I totally do. I want to help facilitate a new global order of unity and the embracing of our technological advancements. It’d be fun to put together some festivals with multiple genres based on global unity and development of a locally integrated, yet globally minded infrastructure.

What are your plans for the future?

We are in the process of writing and recording a third album and beyond. While all that is happening, we will be preparing to play shows in the US. From there, the sky’s the limit. Rock on brethren! \m/

Arrival is out now and is available from Bandcamp. Follow Enceladus on Facebook.

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