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 joined 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.
Just one more thing: you haven’t heard the last of the band yet and can expect one final surprise from ETHS.”
According to the band, dates and details will be announced soon.
ETHS were 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 their experience and maturity grown out of playing hundreds of shows. When the time came to release third opus ‘III’, the band took their challenge abroad by releasing four English versions of the original French songs on an international edition.
Many predicted ETHS‘ star to be falling when charismatic frontwoman Candice Clot left for personal reasons in 2012. Yet the gang was far from finished and scored a coup by enlisting impressive vocalist Rachel Aspe. The singer had already won broad attention, which is highlighted by over a million clicks on a clip showing her growling away at an awe struck jury at France’ biggest talent show. Rachel’s vitriolic vocals fit perfectly to the pounding riff barrage of the band’s modern metal style, which was demonstrated on the EP ‘Ex Umbra In Solem”’ (2014).
With their latest album, ‘Ankaa’, ETHS managed to keep the essence of the band, guided by mastermind and guitarist Staif Bihl, who also produced the album. Yet with new frontwoman Rachel Aspe and other changes in the line-up there were also new elements introduced to the sound of the French act that made their latest masterpiece more diverse and generally a touch darker.
Staif Bihl: guitars
Rachel Aspe: vocals
Damien Rivoal: bass
R.U.L: drums (live)
Dirk Verbeuren: drums (album)