French metallers ETHS will reunite with their original lead singer, Candice Clot, for two final shows before calling it quits.
Clot left ETHS for personal reasons in 2012 and was replaced by Rachel Aspe. Rachel‘s vitriolic vocals fit perfectly the pounding riff barrage of the band’s modern metal style, which was demonstrated on the 2014 EP “Ex Umbra In Solem” and this year’s “Ankaa” full-length.
ETHS commented: “These last few years, a number of ordeals slowly pushed us towards different musical yearnings while dulling the fun that we have had playing as a band.
“ETHS has always been about honesty and fun, but we have to face the fact that our hearts are not in there anymore. Therefore, we made the joint decision to call it quits —- in order to fully focus on our separate musical endeavors and to find our joy in music again.
“From the bottom of our hearts, we want to extend our deepest thanks to all the fans, old and new, who supported the band through thick and thin. Thank you also to all musicians, road crews, bookers, radio DJs, directors, graphic designers, photographers, producers, journalists, and all other professionals of the music business, who helped us out in one way or another along the way. We have experienced unforgettable moments thanks to all of you and we will cherish those times forever.
“We are excited to announce that we will reunite in our original lineup for last two remaining gigs, which will be dedicated to the memory of our two friends Mika Bleu and Ju Isilion, who passed away far too early. We will close our ETHS adventure in style!”
The exact details of ETHS‘ final two performances will be revealed soon.
ETHS was founded in Marseilles and rapidly managed to conquer the covers of French music magazines following the wildfire success of their EPs “Autopsie” (2000) and “Samantha” (2002). Debut album “Soma” (2004) saw the band open for CHILDREN OF BODOM and CRADLE OF FILTH in France. With the follow-up, “Tératologie” (2008), ETHS demonstrated its experience and maturity grown out of playing hundreds of shows. When time came to release third opus, “III”, the band took the challenge abroad by releasing four English versions of the original French songs on an international edition.
Rachel played her last show with ETHS on December 3 at Le Chabada in Angers, France.
Name: Kobra Paige
Associated acts: Kobra and the Lotus
Personal motto: Live life with good intention, live life to the fullest.
Current plans: N/A
– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –
Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and journey thus far to be a vocalist.
Kobra: When I was 8 years old I began classical training falling into the likes of Beethoven, Bach, and Vivaldi. When I was 15, the tides changed. I went to a Judas Priest concert, heard Painkiller, and was forever in love with the music and culture that came with it.
Metal Divas: In your opinion, what is the essence of music in general?
Kobra: Music is there to evoke thoughts and emotions and strengthen us. Whether it is toward a place of happiness, inspiration, anger, sadness, or reminiscence, it opens and guides us to a place of feeling; a bigger “inner” place, than we were in before hearing it. Music is the sound of our life and aspirations.
Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” rituals you might have.
Kobra: I pace back and forth while chanting a monotone, private prayer I learned while in India.
Metal Divas: What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Kobra: Every part of this career has been memorable because it has taken so much hard work to achieve even one baby step forward. One of my most favorite moments was the first time we saw people singing our music right along with us at a show. It was the first time I really realized people were paying attention.
Metal Divas: What is a rule — whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken?
Kobra: People should marry or be together for love.
Metal Divas: Name five things you can’t live without:
Kobra: 1 – My family
Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan.
Kobra: When we were in Europe last fall, my leather pants ripped open 2 mins before set time. I tried to safety pin the crotch back together but all the pins opened and scratched my legs as soon as I ran on stage. Not only were the first three rows staring at my underwear with their mouths open, I was in a lot of pain!
Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your voice in good shape?
Kobra: Lots of rest, water, a healthy diet, and intense cardiovascular exercise. The healthier your heart is and more oxygen your lungs can hold, the better your live performance can be. You can move more without compromising the quality of the notes.
Metal Divas: Please give any advice to young aspiring vocalists who wanna enter the music industry.
Kobra: The best thing you can do for yourself is not hold back and give it a shot. Jump right in and go for it. Seek mentorship from wherever you can. Learn by having real experiences and doing the work. Look up to the people that have done what you aspire to do and realize that they were aspiring people just like you. Know it is possible. I would also recommend taking some vocal lessons to learn proper techniques surrounding breath support and vocal protection. It’s scary when your instrument is in your body and you only get one! We have to fight for what we love or there is no meaning to life itself.
Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…
Kobra: Still rocking out but doing our own headlining tours! We will also have 5 more albums out by then!
– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED KOBRA –
Metal Divas: Do you parallel park or drive around the block?
Kobra: Parallel Park
Metal Divas: Which shoe do you put on first?
Kobra: Right foot
Metal Divas: What’s the strangest talent you have?
Kobra: I’m not too shabby at Reggaeton!
Metal Divas: Which vegetable do you hate?
Metal Divas: What question should you never ask a woman?
Kobra: Anything regarding her body especially how much she weighs!