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Ecthalion
Biography
Bio by Andres.

Ecthalion was founded in summer 1998, partly to protest against the abundance of similarly sounding black metal acts. I had met Lauri (guitars, vocals) in a radical black metal band 'Tarbatu', and soon the idea of composing something more melodic occured to us. First songs we composed were actually styleless. Rather soon our music took the form of slow, depressive gothic/doom inspired mainly by Katatonia's "Dance of the December Souls". This style not being popular at the time, it was quite hard to find a stable (and able) lineup. That is why we consider the real beginning of the 'band' to be summer 1999, when Kristjan, our new drummer, joined Ecthalion. For almost a year of frequent live performances, the band gained popularity in the Estonian metal scene and developed musically, in places breaking the boundaries of what is usually called 'doom' or 'gothic'.

In summer 2000 we felt confident enough to record our demo (or a 'debut album', if you wish to say so) called 'In the Embrace of Nocturnity'. Though it may sound raw and 'hand made', the feedback was (and surprisingly still is) quite positive. Just as a remark, after releasing the demo, we decided to stop using those pseudonyms you may find in the booklet.

Soon after the release of 'ItEoN', darker times arrived for the band. For almost 2 years we suffered from all kinds of unpleasant surprises like constant changes in lineup (crucial members decided to leave; all but me and Kristjan had to be replaced; potential new members lacked interest or ability) and motivational crisis. I personally was on the very edge of giving up quite a few times. Then again, the 'core' of the band (at the time Kristjan, Raul and Alice) just didn't let me resign. Can't thank them enough now for their support.

Well, it lasted until we were asked to be one of the local warm up bands for BEHEMOTH in september 2003. Given the circumstances, it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. This live restored our will and energy. All respect to Mart Kalvet (Herald, Whispering Forest), one of the most talented vocalists in the Estonian metal scene, who offered his helping hand and and made that performance possible!

As of 2008, we have been reduced to something that may be very well be called a 'project band'. I mean, only me, Raul and Holger (kind of half assed) have remained. In the studio...the drums were recorded by Marko Atso (which, of course, is good news, as he is probably the best available in Estonian metal scene), guitars and bass by us, vocals and keys are yet to be recorded, but probably no 'members' take part of it. I mean, I can take the blame for the sitation. A word of advice for all 'band leaders: a) don't live in another city so that all rehearsals must be scheduled after you and b) never break your finger beyond repair. Anyway. We still hope to recover and finish the album. And who knows, what comes next. So far, there's a glimpse of what we are up to...

by Andres

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Update July, 2009:

Mariana Silm, the original singer of the band, who left after release of our first album in 2000 is back in the band since December 2008! She has already recorded pretty much all female vocal tracks for new album. Marko, who supposed to do male vocals on album is replaced by Mart Kalvet once again (ex-Whispering Forest, ex-Mortified, ex-Herald, Nitrous, Taak) who was our session member in 2003 and did the Begemoth warmup gig. Keyboard tracks are produced and recorded within a band but we still will be in need for keyboard player for future plans, also the drummer!

by Raul

http://www.estonianmetal.com/band/ecthalion
Band name: Ecthalion
Location: Tallinn
Genre: doom metal
Style: atmospheric gothic-doom metal
Founded: 1998
Members:
Andres - lead/rythm/acoustic guitars Kalm, Tarbatu
Mariana - female vocals
Raul - bass
Holger - lead/rythm guitars
Mart - session male vocals Mortified, Dawn Of Gehenna, Whispering Forest, Herald, Nitrous, Taak
Atso - session percussion Aggressor, Shower, No-Big-Silence, Loits, Solwaig, Human Ground
Previous members:
Marko - male vocals (2003-2009) Nihilistikrypt
Alice - keyboards (2000-2005)
Anna - female vocals (2003-2004) Spellbinder
Kristjan - drums (1999-2004)
Mart - session male vocals (2003)
Vlad - guitars (2002-2003) Grom, Head Not Found
Diana - female vocals (2001-2002)
Maria - female vocals, acoustic guitar (1999-2001)
Silja - session female vocals (2000-2001)
Lauri - guitars, male vocals (1998-2001) Tarbatu, Realm of Carnivora
Mariana - keyboards, female vocals (1998-2000)
Ingmar - bass, male vocals (1998-2000)
Valmar - drums (1998-1999)
Discography:
In the Embrace of Nocturnity 2000

1. Nonexistent Souls
2. In the Embrace of Nocturnity
3. Frost Glitters Beneath Its Surface | mp3
4. ...As the World Drowns in Rivers of Tears | mp3
5. Laurelin
6. The Hour of Dusk in the Last of All Forests
7. Shrouds | mp3

Tracks on compilations:
Eesti Metali Enziklopöödia Nr. 2 2001

1. Frost Glitters Beneath Its Surface

Videos:
  • Silver Spirits of the Moon - Live (high) @ Tartu 06.09.2003.
  • Dispassion Play - Live (low) @ Tartu 06.09.2003.
  • Website: www.ecthalion.com
    E-mail: ecthalion (at) metal.ee
    Last change: 29-07-2009 edited lineup
    Band has 2 reviews.


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