Interview Exclusive: Eternal Storm Wreak Havoc With New LP, Video

Earlier this month, scientists announced to the public that hurricanes—supercharged by climate change—are getting so strong, they’re off the charts. Scientists said they are pushing for an expansion of the classification system to Category 6, so they can accurately account for these “mega-hurricanes.”

Unfortunately, the announcement was too little and too late. Less than two weeks after scientists publicly expressed their alarm, a hurricane of epic proportions made landfall Friday. As one of those yet-unclassifiable weather events, it was not only off the charts—it might stay around forever. Terror is sweeping across the lands as we try to wrap our heads around this never-before-seen hurricane of Biblical proportions.

Until the proposed “Category 6” term sticks, there’s potentially an interim name for the unfathomable behemoth: Eternal Storm.

(Eternal Storm’s camp asked New Noise to exclusively premiere their second video tied to Bound to Fall, a grisly clip for “Void.” We merrily obliged.)

Lest ye have forgotten that you’re reading New Noise, what we’re really talking about is a band. The Europe-based, relatively clean-cut phenoms are armed with attributes similar to the ones delineated above. On Valentine’s Day, New Noise caught up with Eternal Storm co-founders Daniel Maganto, who lives in Spain; and Scotland-based Jaime Torres for a heartening conversation (ba-dum-bump). (Danny R. Flys, who became the vocalist for both Eternal Storm and like-minded Persefone in recent years, was on tour with the latter and thus unable to participate in our video conversation with the band.)

Eternal Storm’s second album, A Giant Bound to Fall (released by red-hot, India-based Transcending Obscurity Records), came out two days after we chatted up Maganto and Torres. The release mostly slipped under the radar (no, not the weather kind). Still, anyone with even the slightest affinity for extreme melodic death metal will immediately latch onto Eternal Storm and their catastrophically potent sophomore effort. Bound to Fall is a record with such undeniable strength, dexterity and skill that it should be considered the best metal album of 2024 thus far.

“With this record, we wanted to expand both the more atmospheric and melodic sides of our music—while also enhancing our more aggressive side,” Torres says, in Eternal Storm’s first Bound to Fall interview for a U.S. music outlet. “Most bands, when they try to expand on one direction, they normally either go softer or they go brutal to the extreme. It’s (reassuring) to see people saying we’re doing it right.”

Bound to Fall came out five years after Eternal Storm’s 2019 debut, Come the Tide, which Transcending Obscurity also released. The band was on such a roll at the time that they actually wrote the entirety of Bound to Fall in 2019. The reasons for the delay are obvious: There was that whole COVID thing, multiple changes to the band’s lineup that led them to rejigger their sound, and a strong desire by the band to make every second of Bound to Fall sound exactly like they wanted it to sound.

Eternal Storm emphasize that they’ve always been, and continue to be, a Spanish band—even after Torres relocated to Scotland in 2014. However, when asked about the bands they most admire, the cited MDM masters like Moonspell (from Portugal), Amorphis (Finland) and Enslaved (Norway) in particular. The long-running, revered acts don’t only sound somewhat akin to Eternal Storm, they’ve also undergone a dizzying number of lineup changes that were part of Eternal Storm’s growing pains.

It’s extremely common for metal bands to sulk or even throw in the towel altogether when one or more of its members head toward the exit door. In a sign that Eternal Storm have more prowess than bands twice their age (or even older), they take the opposite tack the opposite tack. Eternal Sound revel in the opportunity to evolve their sound. To that end, they carve out ample time to acclimate the new band members, process the ideas those newcomers bring to the table—and often incorporate them into Eternal Storm’s material.

“[After Flys joined in late 2019,] we decided, ‘Let’s not rush this, let’s integrate our new member and see what we can do with him. Let’s work together and spices things up,’” Maganto says. “We actually had plenty of time to work even more on the songs … (but) obviously it would have been a completely different record if we had rushed it and recorded it back in 2019.”

Thusly, Eternal Storm waited till 2021 to record Bound to Fall.

“Then the mixing process also took a while—almost a year—because we took our time,” Maganto says. “But the wait was worth it. … You can tell even from the first track that there was so much deliberateness that went into the songwriting and the time changes.”

Thanks to the hard work Eternal Storm put Into Bound to Fall, it’s a captivating listen throughout. Each of its nine songs are epic in their own right, and over the course of the entire record, time-signature changes surprising twists and turns with instrumentation keep listeners on their toes. The album’s massive sound only plays second fiddle to the 15-year-old band’s superbly executed fusion of progressive metal and tantalizingly executed melodicism.

For youngsters unfamiliar with that cliché, have no fear: Eternal Storm do not employ fiddles, an instrument as blasphemous to metalheads as the genre is to people paranoid about today’s resuscitated—yet more laughable than before—“Satanic Panic.” Beyond some keyboard flourishes, Eternal Storm adhere to the traditional rock configuration of guitar, bass and drums.

The band that Eternal Storm mostly closely resembles (there aren’t many more), that’s just about the only respect in which Eternal Storm can be called “traditional.” Three of the band’s four members are polymaths who handled multiple instruments on Bound to Fall.

Vocalist Flys also plays guitars, keyboards and bass. Bassist Maganto contributed additional guitars and vocals. Guitarist Torres sometimes places his primary instrument on a guitar stand, freeing him up to contribute vocals, keyboards, bass and fretless bass. That leaves Jonathan Heredia, who joined Eternal Storm after they wrapped Bound to Fall and, one surmises, isn’t a fan of the game musical chairs.

With that unorthodox approach—not to mention how Eternal Storm uncommonly call two cities “home” (Madrid and Edinburgh), it seems to be a given that they have a sound all their own. Sure, Eternal Storm are a wee bit similar to Opeth, as they both 

We’re living in a time when aging, intransigent music fans claim to have “heard it all before.” People supposedly grow wiser with age, but in not wizening up to Eternal Storm, it’s their loss. That all-too-prevalent, cynical attitude provides an opening for younger acts to pursue their own musical ideas in unfettered fashion.

Having formed in 2009, the expression “a storm’s a brewin’” can no longer be slapped onto Eternal Storm. Progressive metal’s most promising project as arrived—and, as the band’s name suggests, they’re a good chance they’ll stick around for a very long time.

Photo courtesy of Sergio Albert.

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