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Latest news: Mon, Apr 25 2016, ETHS

Latest release: "Ankaa"

Release date: Fri, Apr 22 2016, US Fri, Apr 22 2016

ETHS have just released their relentless new album 'Ankaa' worldwide. The new opus of the French modern metal stars can also be ordered directly from the Season of Mist shop and is available for streaming in full here. Continue reading for more details and tour dates!

ETHS guitarist Staif Bihl comments: "Here we are, the entire album! I'm really glad to finally share it with everybody. Each song has its own universe and I have built Ankaa as a walk through these different atmospheres, like a passage from the oppressive darkness to soothing clarity. I tried to keep the essence of the band but, in the same time, to bring it in places where we've never been. I injected a big part of myself in this opus and I hope you'll like it as much as we do! We want to warmly thank all those who participated in this album, a part of each of us is in here! Faustine Berardo, Sarah Layssac, Jon Howard & Björn Strid for all the additional vocals, Dirk Verbeuren for the drumming, Guillaume Dupré for the percussions, Nelson Leeroy for the mixing, Mobo (Conkrete Studio) for the mastering & Nicolas Senegas for the artwork. This album is dedicated to our friend Isilion..."



  1. Nefas
  2. Nihil Sine Causa
  3. Amaterasu
  4. Seditio
  5. Nixi Dii
  6. Vae Victis
  7. HAR1
  8. Sekhet Aaru
  9. Kumari Kandam
  10. Alnitak
  11. Alnilam
  12. Mintaka

ETHS have already scheduled a string of shows in France. More international dates will follow soon. All currently confirmed concerts can be viewed below.

26 Apr 16 Grenoble (FR) Amperage
07 May 16 Gueret (FR) Chapelle de la Providence
16 Jul 16 Landresse-Ouvrans (FR) Festival La Guerre du Son
13 Aug 16 Hensies (BE) ParkRock Festival
14 Aug 16 Vareness Vauzelle (FR) Why Not Metal Fest
30 Sep 16 Montbeliard (FR) Atelier des Moles
01 Oct 16 Decines Charpieu (FR) Warm Audio
14 Oct 16 Istres (FR) L'Usine
04 Nov 16 Auch (FR) Le Cri'Art

Eths bandpicture

Staif Bihl: guitars
Rachel Aspe: vocals
Damien Rivoal: bass
R.U.L: drums (live)
Dirk Verbeuren: drums (album)

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Ankaa, also known as Alpha Phoenicis, is the brightest star in the Phoenix constellation. ETHS are reaching for the stars again with their fourth full-length, which also bears the title 'Ankaa'. The French modern metal outfit has been a shooting star in its homeland, but now aims to shine in a new light and in a new constellation.

'Ankaa' manages 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 are new elements in the sound of the French act. The new album sounds more diverse and generally a touch darker. Electronic patterns find as easily a fitting place as a beautiful Arabic chant by guest vocalist Sarah Layssac (ARKAN). For this recording, SOILWORK drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren stepped in and delivered a massive yet intricate pounding.

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 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).

ETHS are not just very much alive and kicking, but as clearly demonstrated by 'Ankaa' also creatively exploring new dimensions. Only the stars are the limit!


Name Instrument
Staif Bihl Guitars
Rachel Aspe Vocals
Damien Rivoal Bass
Dirk Verbeuren Drums (album)
R.U.L Drums (live)

Releases Season of Mist



General information
: Fri, Apr 22 2016
: Fri, Apr 22 2016
: Modern Metal
: SOM354
: available


Ex Umbra In Solem

General information
: Fri, Mar 14 2014
: Modern Metal
: SOM271
: available


Autopsie & Samantha

General information
: Fri, Feb 15 2013
: Tue, Sep 17 2013
: Modern Metal
: SOM292
: available



General information
: Fri, May 18 2012
: Tue, Sep 17 2013
: Modern Metal
: SOM262
: available



General information
: Fri, Apr 06 2012
: Tue, Jun 05 2012
: Modern Metal
: SOM255
: available



General information
: Mon, Oct 15 2007
: Modern Metal
: SOM168
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sat, Jul 16 2016 FR Landresse-Ouvrans Festival La Guerre du Son
Sat, Aug 13 2016 BE Hensies ParkRock Festival  
Sun, Aug 14 2016 FR Vareness Vauzelle Why not metal fest
Fri, Sep 30 2016 FR Montbeliard Atelier des moles
Sat, Oct 01 2016 FR Decines Charpieu Warm audio
Fri, Oct 14 2016 FR Istres L'Usine
Fri, Nov 04 2016 FR Auch Le Cri'Art
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