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Current promotion

Vision Éternel is currently promoting its new music video for “Pièce No. Trois” and its new t-shirts and stickers designed by Christophe Szpajdel and Jeremy Roux.

Pièce No. Trois Music Video News
Short Version

Vision Éternel is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the release of a new music video for the song “Pièce No. Trois“. The song originally appeared on Vision Éternel’s fifth EP “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts“, released through Abridged Pause Recordings on February 14th 2015. The footage was filmed by Jeremy Roux in 2012 and was edited by Vasily Atutov in 2017.

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Full Version

As part of Vision Éternel’s 10-year anniversary celebration, it is with extreme pleasure that we are releasing a brand new music video for “Pièce No. Trois“. It’s been seven and a half years since Vision Éternel last released a music video, for “Season In Absence” in March of 2010. “Pièce No. Trois” is one of seven songs that appears on Vision Éternel’s fifth concept EP “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts“, released through Abridged Pause Recordings on February 14th of 2015. This music video is long overdue after having its fair share of disasters and lost footage over the years.

Here’s the story. In November of 2011, Alexandre Julien conceived the idea of filming a new video. Original plans hinted at the possibility of editing a music video for “Sometimes In Longing Narcosis“, the first song on Vision Éternel’s fourth EP “The Last Great Torch Song“; which was eventually released through Abridged Pause Recordings on March 14th of 2012.

Other ideas considered were a feature-length video spanning the entirety of “The Last Great Torch Song” with all five songs lasting fourteen and a half minutes; or a music video for “The Asphalt Jungle“, a twelve and a half minute song by Alexandre Julien’s other band Soufferance, which was eventually released on the concept LP “Memories Of A City“.

A pre-production photo shoot was set up at the old Dalhousie train station in downtown Montreal on December 4th of 2011. The resulting film noir-influenced photographs by Jeremy Roux were issued as a promotional band photo shoot later that month. Principal photography started on the night of January 10th of 2012 with cinematographer Jeremy Roux. It was a freezing and windy night with temperatures hovering at an almost constant -10°C, omitting the wind factor. Jeremy Roux and Alexandre Julien headed to several of their favourite historical locations in the old quarters of Montreal in an attempt to photograph a comparable opening sequence to Woody Allen’s 1979 film “Manhattan” and Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 film “Berlin: Die Sinfonie Der Großstadt“, with a heavy dose of 1940’s and 1950’s American film noir embedded.

The themes of Vision Éternel’s “The Last Great Torch Song” and Soufferance’s “Memories Of A City” were intertwined in this inspiring project intended as a dedication to Montreal’s forgotten days as a former Anglophone metropolis and one of the major ports flourishing in North America.

A key filming location was the former Dalhousie Station where the pre-production pictures had been snapped a month prior. Additional scenes were filmed nearby, above and under the Notre-Dame overpass and with the former Viger Station in the distance. Another shot was set up in the Saint-Dizier alleyway in the Old Port of Montreal which has old cobblestone paving and was wet from the melting snow and grainy from the salt, sand and rock pebbles used to deal with ice in the winter.

A few scenes were shot on Le Royer Street West, a rather fancy lane that looks more like a pedestrian park than a street, and on Saint-Pierre Street. There was also a landscape of Harbour City. Finally, this handful of astounding buildings were filmed within roughly the same block near the Old Port Walkway;

  • the Hugh & Alexander Allan Office Building
  • the John Young Monument
  • the Montreal Harbour Commissioner Building
  • the Customs House Building
  • the Royal Bank of Canada Building
  • the Elevator No. 1 and Silo No. 5 Structures
  • the Five Roses Flour Factory Building in the distance
  • parts of the Old Port railroad tracks, complete with a traveling train in the middle of the night

The first night’s work yielded thirty-six shots amounting to a little over twenty minutes of footage.

The plan was for three to five additional shooting days over the next two months until enough footage was accumulated. A return to Dalhousie Station, Viger Station, the Elevator No. 1 and Silo No. 5 Structures and the Royal Bank of Canada Building were also planned; with several more locations secured including:

  • Windsor Station
  • the Sun Life Building
  • the Mount Royal Observatory and the Saint-Joseph Oratory
  • Ravenscrag Mansion
  • Redpath Mansion
  • Dominion Square
  • Dorchester Square
  • the Pied-Du-Courant Prison Building
  • the Jacques Cartier Bridge Building on Saint-Helene Island
  • the old mills on Visitation Island at the north shore of Montreal Island

Filming at these locations was postponed many times as Jeremy Roux became increasingly busy raising his family.

On March 14th of 2012, “The Last Great Torch Song” was released and two days later, Alexandre Julien and Jeremy Roux met up once again to film new footage at the Jacques Cartier bridge building. This session was exclusively used for the video introduction to “The Last Great Torch Song“.

On March 26th, less than two weeks after the release of “The Last Great Torch Song“, a hard drive failure caused a major disaster; all of the master audio files, the original artwork files and promotional content files (posters, flyers, etc) for Vision Éternel’s EP “The Last Great Torch Song” and Soufferance’s LP “Memories Of A City” were lost. The photographs taken on December 4th of 2011 at Dalhousie Station, the photographs taken on March 5th of 2011 at Dominion Square, and every bit of video filmed on January 10th of 2012 were also lost. This tragedy was responsible for the cancellation of several promotional and merchandising plans and caused the music video to be shelved permanently.

Some of the promotional band pictures from March 5th and December 4th of 2011 had been shared on social media websites and as a result of this, nine stills survived, though only in poorly compressed quality. The remaining photographs have never been found. Two months after the hard drive crash, on May 21st of 2012, twenty scenes from the January 10th 2012 video shoot were recovered (along with Soufferance’s LP “Memories Of A City“), amounting to a little more than half of the footage filmed. It took two years before the missing sixteen scenes were finally recovered, on March 14th of 2014. With the video footage found, many different plans were proposed but nothing materialized. A year later, after Vision Éternel had released its fifth EP, “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts” on February 14th of 2015, there was talk of editing the footage into a music video for “Pièce No. Sept“, considered as a lead single. But this never came together.

It took until the spring of 2017 for the idea of a video to be brought up again. A long-time fan and follower of Vision Éternel, Hong Kong-based visual artist Vasily Atutov, generously offered to work with the footage. By this time, another song from “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts” had taken over as the lead single, “Pièce No. Trois“, slightly shorter than “Pièce No Sept” but just as driving and engaging. Vasily Atutov directed the music video for “Pièce No. Trois” from July 22nd to July 23rd of 2017 and did a wonderful job, especially considering the limited selection of footage and its history. He has a sense of timing, mood and atmosphere that fits perfectly with Vision Éternel’s style.

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T-shirts and Stickers News
Short Version

Vision Éternel is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the opening of its webstore and the release of new t-shirts and stickers made through Abridged Pause Apparel. The t-shirts are available in 6 colours (Solid Black, Solid Aqua, Heather Oatmeal, Heather Dark Grey, Heather Forest and Heather Deep Teal), 4 styles (“Vision Éternel”, “Vision Éternel Melogaze”, men and ladies) and 5 sizes (S, M, L, XL, 2XL). The shirts were designed by Christophe Szpajdel and Jeremy Roux. Also available is a limited edition sticker designed by Christophe Szpajdel.

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Full Version

What better way to celebrate Vision Éternel’s 10-year anniversary than with apparel! It took ten years to happen but Vision Éternel finally has band t-shirts available! This is a major accomplishment and we really hope that you will like the designs that we have to offer. We worked hard over the last six months to offer quality shirts, ones that we are personally comfortable in and that we are proud to see our fans wear. We also have a very limited batch of stickers!

The first set of shirts feature Jeremy Roux’s “classic” Vision Éternel logo, which he designed in the summer of 2008. This logo was used heavily during the promotion of the “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” compilation and the “Abondance De Périls” EP. This style principally reflects an era of Vision Éternel spanning from 2008 to 2011, though the logo continues to be used on promotional material to this day. This design is available in two variations; “Vision Éternel” or “Vision Éternel – Melogaze“. We decided to offer these shirts in the super-soft, form-fitting Bella+Canvas 8413 for ladies and Bella+Canvas 3413 for men. These shirts come in oatmeal colour and are printed using an off-green/brown ink, honouring the colour-palette of “Abondance De Périls“. Sizes range from Small to Double-Extra Large.

The second batch of shirts feature Christophe Szpajdel’s “10-year anniversary” logo, which he drew in the spring of 2017. This logo honours the black metal origins of Vision Éternel; Alexandre Julien founded Vision Éternel as a side-project while playing in two black metal bands: Throne Of Mortality and Vision Lunar. We decided to offer these shirts in the super-soft Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex style, which looks great on both men and ladies. As with the Jeremy Roux design, the Christophe Szpajdel shirts are available in two variations; “Vision Éternel” or “Vision Éternel – Melogaze“.

The Christophe Szpajdel design shirts are offered in five different colours, all printed with solid white ink. The colours available are Solid Black, Solid Aqua Blue, Heather Dark Grey, Heather Deep Teal and Heather Forest. These colours were selected to showcase the evolution of Vision Éternel, from a black metal-rooted project (the Solid Black and Heather Dark Grey colours), to an uplifting ambient band about to release its 10-year anniversary boxed set “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” (the Solid Aqua Blue, Heather Deep Teal and Heather Forest colours). Sizes range from Small to Double-Extra Large.

Also available is the first batch of Vision Éternel stickers. These stickers feature Christophe Szpajdel’s logos (for “Vision Éternel” and “Melogaze”) in white on top of a solid black background. These stickers have a matte finish and are extremely limited. With this new merchandise, Vision Éternel is proud to announce that our web store is fully functional and taking orders. So go check out t-shirts, stickers and digital editions of our releases.

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Images

You may download band pictures, logos and images related to the current promotion with the following links.
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Members of the press are also entitled to download Vision Éternel’s complete discography freely at this location.

Biography

Mini Biography

Vision Éternel is a melogaze band from Montreal, Canada, founded by Alexandre Julien in January of 2007.

Short Biography

Vision Éternel is a melogaze band from Montreal, Canada that was founded in January of 2007 by Alexandre Julien. Over its 10-year span (2007-2017), the band has released 5 EPs: “Seul Dans L’obsession” (2007), “Un Automne En Solitude” (2008), “Abondance De Périls” (2010), “The Last Great Torch Song” (2012) and “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts” (2015); 1 compilation: “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” (2009); and has appeared on a handful of compilations and samplers. Two singles feature music videos; “Love Within Narcosis” and “Season In Absence“. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the band in 2017, Vision Éternel is releasing a limited edition boxed set entitled “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes” (updated from the 2009 version) and new merchandise and apparel.

Full Biography

Vision Éternel is a melogaze band based in Montreal, Canada, which has over the past 10 years, been crafting a style of its own and established itself in the ambient, shoegaze and post-rock scenes. Being too emotional for the ambient genre, too minimalist for the post-rock scene and too ethereal for the emo revivalists, songwriter Alexandre Julien eventually coined a new term; “melogaze”.

Melogaze has been described as a perfect blend of shoegaze and melodrama. Alexandre has painstakingly collected emotions from past heartbreaks and redistributed them into concept albums. Each Vision Éternel release has been a concept album, dedicated to a different phase of love; usually the one that is dreaded by most… having to move on.

Vision Éternel was founded by Alexandre Julien in January of 2007. Initially, the band was part of the Triskalyon collective; a group of bands with common beliefs who shared band members and had their own record label, Mortification Records. And so Vision Éternel was immediately signed to Mortification Records and the band’s debut EP, “Seul Dans L’obsession“, was released less than a month later on February 14th of 2007. “Seul Dans L’obsession” was a concept extended play and depicted several phases relating to love; from meeting a girl and falling in love, to the troubled relationship and the break-up, to finally having to painfully move on.

A music video was filmed for the single, “Love Within Narcosis” and was promoted exclusively on YouTube throughout the first half of 2007. A second single was released in the summer of 2007 for “Love Within Isolation“, and helped Vision Éternel peak on the independent Myspace charts; reaching No. 6 on the Shoegaze charts and No. 21 on the Ambient charts. To this day, “Seul Dans L’obsession” remains the best-selling and most downloaded release on Mortification Records.

Beginning in the summer of 2007, Alexandre experimented with the idea of expanding the band to include other members. The first person to try out was Philip Altobelli, who had been a member of Triskalyon with his solo project Darklink. But Philip only lasted a brief time in the band. When he left the band, he also gave up playing electric guitar completely and dedicated himself to classical guitar, an instrument and style he today teaches professionally. In October of 2007, Josh McConnell performed with Vision Éternel for a single rehearsal. Josh was a heavy metal musician who played in the Montreal heavy metal band Mad Parish and also sang in the Iron Maiden cover band Brand New World. His style was so drastically different from Vision Éternel’s that things did not work out.

It was in January of 2008 that Alexandre struck luck. Vision Éternel was joined by Nidal Mourad on acoustic rhythm guitar and Adam Kennedy on lead electric guitar, performing solos. Nidal had formerly sang in the Alberta metalcore band Natesment, while Adam was from the Ottawa region and had dabbled in hard rock, hip hop and electronics, performing under the names AK & Lord V and Orpheus. This successful trio managed to re-work two Vision Éternel songs into post-rock/indie rock-sounding material.

But Nidal left after a few weeks, and Alexandre decided to continue the band as a solo project. Since leaving Vision Éternel, Nidal has become a successful DJ, performing under the name Ziko Ghost. As for Adam, he established himself as a multi-instrumentalist producer and studio engineer. He has played in Beyond the Dune Sea, 1993, Acid Cross, Owl Eyes Project and Wake the Wolf. He also opened his own recording studio, Vital Philosophy.

On March 14th of 2008, “Un Automne En Solitude“, the second Vision Éternel EP, was released through Mortification Records. This extended play continued along the concept initiated with “Seul Dans L’obsession“. But Alexandre elaborated on it to incorporate a theme from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo“; the story of “man meets woman, man loses woman, man meets woman again, man loses woman again”. The sophomore extended play featured the single “Season In Absence“, which landed two music videos; one directed by Niels Geybels (who has played in the dark ambient band Sequences, has designed many artworks under his company Depraved Designs, and presently owns the record label Audio.Visuals.Atmosphere), and another directed by Alexandre Julien.

In the summer of 2008, Vision Éternel announced a split 7” vinyl with the Californian post-rock band Ethereal Beauty. This release was highly promoted for several years but it was eventually cancelled when Ethereal Beauty broke up in 2010. In September of 2008, Vision Éternel was signed to Abridged Pause Recordings, as part of the record label’s initial four bands on the roster. The other three bands were Ethereal Beauty, Dreams of the Drowned and Black Autumn.

On February 14th of 2009, exactly two years after “Seul Dans L’obsession” was released, a Japanese exclusive compilation was released. “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes“, which compiled the first two EPs with three unreleased b-sides, was released through Frozen Veins Records and came bundled with a poster.

Vision Éternel’s first release through Abridged Pause Recordings was unveiled on March 9th of 2010 with the band’s third EP. “Abondance De Périls” was mastered by ex-band member Adam Kennedy and was released on the same date as Beyond the Dune Sea’s self-titled debut album, Adam Kennedy’s new project, also signed to Abridged Pause Recordings. Beginning with this third EP, Vision Éternel’s sound began to mature. This release spanned two singles; a limited edition, Bandcamp-exclusive promotional download for “Rehearsal November 30th, 2009” and the proper single for “Thoughts As Naïvety“.

A follow-up to “Abondance De Périls” entitled “The Last Great Torch Song” was released on March 14th of 2012 through Abridged Pause Recordings. This fourth extended play featured a slew of guest musicians and collaborators including Garry Brents (of Cara Neir, Parabstruse, Bunrage, and many others), Eiman Nejad (of Mutiny Within, Eliminator, Antiquity, Arcanum, Beneath The Dead Ring, Brainscan, Intifada SS and Unblessed), Howard Change (of Throne of Mortality, Black Albatross, Funeral Junkie, Arcanum and Valleys of the Living), Alexander Fawcett (of Oceanus, Arboretus, Esuna and Sleepless Dreams) and Marina Polak.

Following “The Last Great Torch Song“, Vision Éternel remained quiet while Alexandre worked on other projects. In the summer of 2014, Vision Éternel was approached to compose the soundtrack to a short film. Alexandre composed a soundtrack highly influenced by Clint Mansell’s “Moon” score. But the film’s producer, writer and director vanished with the entire funds for the project, leaving the material unreleased. Instead, the soundtrack was edited, re-recorded and re-conceptualized into Vision Éternel’s fifth EP, “Echoes From Forgotten Hearts“. This EP was released through Abridged Pause Recordings on February 14th of 2015.

Vision Éternel is now celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2017. To promote this, several surprises have been planned for the year. The first of these will be the long-anticipated boxed set, “An Anthology Of Past Misfortunes“, which will present most of the EPs in physical format for the first time. Additional merchandise will be also be released.

Links

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