Dååth’s Eyal Levi Fills Us In on His New Instrumental Album With Fellow Dååthster Emil Werstler
Dååth guitarists Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler have just released an instrumental record called Avalanche of Worms (Magna Carta) from their side project Levi/Werstler. Playing alongside Cynic drummer Sean Reinert, bassist Kevin Scott, and keyboardist Eric Guenther, Levi and Werstler indulge unbridled shredding and prog-rock riffs on the disc. Dååth fans should take note of this tangent, though, because the guys have said that the music on this album foreshadows what they’ll be doing on that band’s new record, due in October. Here, Eyal Levi explains the connection.
REVOLVER Why did you and Emil decide to step out of Dååth to create this instrumental record?
EYAL LEVI We’ve always been involved in lots of different musical settings. In this situation, the label approached us wanting to do it, and it coincided with having a little bit of time off in the initial stages, which was a case of perfect timing… It’s something that we have always wanted to do, so it was kind of a no brainer. It is very important to us as musicians to do something besides Dååth and have it be released and get some attention. While Dååth is what most people know us for, it’s not the only thing that we do and it’s never been.
When listening to this album, it feels like listening to an enormous piece of music rather than individual tracks, what inspired you to take that route?
I’ve always dreamt of having a long-form kind of album like that. It’s just been a personal goal, where you can listen to it from start to finish and it takes you on a journey, it’s not really about singles, it’s more about a collective whole work… It just started to present itself that way after a little while of working and it became pretty obvious that this would be a really good way to put the music together and to construct it. It just felt right.
The cover artwork is very interesting on this album, did you guys draw it up, or was it based on a concept of some sort?
We wanted legit art on the visual side to represent our music. The same guy that does all of Dååth’s artwork, Jordan Haley, did it for us. All we told him was that we wanted it to be psychedelic, trippy, dark, grotesque, and not traditional metal because that’s what this album is. He always catches the vibe of what we’re working on. … People get a vibe from the artwork that represents you. They’re associating your music with that visual. When you put the amount of work that we put into this, you want it to be packaged in an appropriate way, if we didn’t we’d be selling our music short.
How do you think the overall experience of making this album will inspire or influence the new and upcoming Dååth album?
Avalanche of Worms was the initial testing ground for some of the things we had talked about doing in Dååth, and the test was successful. So we’re going to use some of those techniques again in a completely different way… We’re really set on making each project we do have its own personality… We took things farther than they were before on this record. The rest of Dååth heard some things that they haven’t heard us do, which shows that we have some new options to bring to the table. But the next Dååth record is not going to be a 45-minute long song. It’s gonna be a Dååth record.
Interview by Roger Vai