There are a lot of very good reactions to your new album worldwide, but tell us about the feedback in your own country Japan?
Well, there is very small doom/stoner rock scene in Japan, so I'm not satisfied the reactions from Japanese people. Trend music has invaded the domestic music scene since 70's in Japan.
A special kind and vibe of jamming is one of the reasons, that makes EE for me to one of the most outstanding heavy groups today....especially on the two last abums which obviously remarks a new era in the EE history. Is there a special jamming atmosphere during the recordings ? Please tell us about the recording sessions to "Share" and was it similiar to "Spiritualized D" recording sessions?
Yes and no. Both albums were recorded by the same sound systems at the same place, so I think they have a lot of common things. However, we have done the different approaches. Song-writing is the most of them. "Spiritualized D" songs were wrote by myself, but "Share" tunes were made by me and bassist Toshiaki. I think that our songs are added some kinds of different spices since he joined with EE.
How would you describe your sound and the main reasons for changing the sound in that way ... I mean the change from the melancolic and heavy NWOBHM vibes on the first demos or the first LP "Faithful" to the soundexperiences of your second album "Spiritualized D" third LP "Share".
I think, that we wanted to play Heavy Metal when the "Faithful" album was put out. And, during the long silence between "Faithful" and "Spiritualized D", I've listened to many others kinds of music, aside of Heavy Meta. After that, I could spread the style of music of myself. Black music and psychedelic experiences influenced my music and life so much. Changing the sound was natural for me.
What are your favourite Japanese bands ? Do you listen to early Asian Heavy Rock like FLIED EGG, BLUES CREATION, FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND, etc. Are you in contact with other actual Japenese bands like CHURCH OF MISERY, REIGN, K.N.S.K., NINGEN-ISU, SOLAR ANUS, etc.?
Flower Travellin' Band is the most important band of me. They're legend. Of course, I like Flied Egg, Strawberry Path, Blues Creation, Far Out, Carmen Maki and so on. 70's Japanese legendary bands have influenced me. Church of Misery and Boris are best friends of mine. I've played with them many times.
Do you like other japenese music besides the Heavy Rock Scene as for example the Shibuza Shirazu Orchestra, which I did see on their only concert in Europe at the Moers Jazz Festival and it was a very special and very psyched-out experience somewhere between all the stuff I like. And it was heavy, too, so what`s your point of view and do you like them?
I don't know about them, but I'm interested in.
Let's talk about the songwriting? How are the writings and composings done and who writes the lyrics? Do you work like a heavy collective power trio?
I write the all lyrics. Also sounds were made by me on "Faithful" and "Spiritualized D". Almost, the "Share" sound is made by me and Toshiaki's during different sessions. Anyway, all songswere born in a bit of my ideas or just one guitar riff, and I and he grow them.
Your very first LP "Faithful" dates back to 1993.What did you do in the years before the "Spiritualized D" LP came out. On the one hand I mean it musically, and on the other hand what do you do in normal life. Can you subsist on your music or do you have a life besides the rock business? How does one day in your life look like?
Jamming, reading the books, drawing the pictures, pot smoking... many experiences there. Rock business? Umm... it's not my business. Of course, I understand that is important and difficult to run away from it. But, I just want to play my music.
Who is responsable for the album titles and the cover artwork on your albums? Is there any story behind the titles and the cover artworks?
It's my work. Do you like it? Good ideas fall down from the sky. I just catch it and do the artwork close to the idea. Do you understand?
What kind of equipment and instruments do you use and play?
Gibson SG melodymaker '68, '69, standard '71. Marshall JCM 800. And some pedals.
You are part of an US horror movie called "I'm Vengeance" by R. Anasky. I love this breaking and substantial soundtrack which is a special kind of best of, I think! But I dont know the flick, so have you seen the film and are you interested in movies and what are your favourite genres?
No, I haven't. I just have seen a few jpeg images. Horror isn't my favorite, but I like it.
Do you have any plans on going overseas and touring for example in Europe. Is there anything planned and when do the German fans have the chance to see you live?
We'll play at 12 towns in USA from the end of October to mid of November. I want to do the touring in Europe, too. I hope to do that next year.
Thanks a lot for the interview ... and the best and most heavy wishes from Cosmic Lava to Eternal Elysium ...any last word or message to your fans?!?
Thank you for supporting us. We're happy that you're enjoy about EE. Anyway, I wanna say thank you so much. Stay heavy. Sayonara.