The Eternal were formed by Mark Kelson (Guitar/Vocals) & Chris Stevenson (Keyboards) in Melbourne, Australia, early 2003. They were quickly signed to Firebox Records of Finland on the strength of a short promotional recording they produced that year. Their first album, The Sombre Light of Isolation was released in 2004 to rapturous reviews. Darren White (ex-Anathema/The Blood Divine) also contributed guest vocals on the track 'Remembrance Scars’. In 2004, The Eternal toured Hong Kong, Europe and their native Australia in support of their debut. The Sombre Light of Isolation was voted 5th best Australian release of 2005 by listeners to Australian national radio Triple J's Full Metal Racket, and nominated as 2nd best Australian album of 2005 by the show's presenter. The band was also named in Kerrang! magazine's '50 Bands You Need To Know Right Now'. In early 2005, The Eternal commenced recording their second album, Sleep of Reason, with Endel Rivers (Gunnar Graps Group, Proov 583) at Palm Studios (Black Majesty, Vanishing Point). The album was mastered by Mika Jussila (Amorphis, Nightwish) at Finnvox studios, and the sleeve art created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Anathema). Sleep of Reason was released internationally by Firebox in October 2005, again to glowing reviews. The band also endeavoured on video clip’s for the tracks ‘Everlasting’, Hollow Inside’ & ‘A Soul Undone’ which were also well received. 2006 saw the The Eternal landing the Australian national support slot for Finnish rockers HIM, which coincided with the Australian release of Sleep of Reason. These successful shows were shortly followed by shows supporting Swedish death/prog masters Opeth on their ‘Ghost Reveries’ Australian tour. The Eternal delivered performances which won them many new fans and much recognition in their home country. 2006 also saw guitarist Mark Kelson receiving ESP guitar and Dean Markley Endorsements. 2007 saw the band undertake their second tour of Europe, including shows in Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium & Hungary as well as promotional visits to several other countries. Currently after a successful tour the band are putting finishing touches on their third album ‘Kartika’, due to hit stores in 2008.
Members Mark Kelson (Vocals/Guitar) Chris Stevenson (Keyboards) Marty O'Shea (Drums) Terry Vainoras (Guitar)
Discography: Studio Albums Sleep of Reason (2005/Firebox Records) The Sombre Light of Isolation (2004/Firebox Records)
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