Dutch thrash should be enough said to start watering at the mouth but perhaps DISQUIET need a bit more introduction, hence this interview ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Do you feel that you have come as far as you planned for the band now that you have a new album out?
-Honestly ? No, we received great comments and reviews on our previous album ( Scars of Undying Grief ) and it brought several great shows but in didn’t bring the next step we were hoping for. But in the end we play this music because this is what we like to do, so it didn’t stop us from writing and recording a new album. And now we feel very lucky with our new label Soulseller Records. It’s a small indepedent label with a lot of attention for it’s bands, so we already are feeling like we have made a step upwards!
How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-I think there are a few significant differences. One of them is the songwriting. Fabian Verweij ( guitars ) was responsible for almost every song on the previous record, where as for this album about half of the songs were written by Fabian and the other half by me ( Menno Ruijzendaal. Guitars ). Since we both have different influences, it resulted in some very interesting concepts. Furthermore the overall sound is more aggressive and in your face.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-Not really, we all agreed we wanted a slightly more aggressive sound than on the previous album. Our music is very guitar orientated so that was something we wanted to emphasize as well. We recorded all of the guitars in my home studio, and send them over to Tommie Bonajo ( Tomster Project Studio ), he made some sound-samples, sent them back for us to review and so on. Since he also produced our previous album he was already knows with our wishes, so it didn’t took very long to come up with the right sound.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are very important! They are an extensions of the music. When writing a song, we almost immediately start to think about the vibe of the song. Is it agressive, threatening, what would be a good theme for lyrics etc. Our singer Sean Maia is very keen on writing lyrics that most of us can relate to in one way or another. For example the title track is about high ranked persons (like politicians ) who are using their power for their own gain instead of the people the represent. But also greed and suppression are topics Sean has a lot to say about.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Art work remains an important part of the complete package, also in this ‘Spotify’era. It’s the image of the music. So we decided to work with Kevin Storm, aka the serial artist, known for his ingenious collagen. He translated the lyrics to a nice 3 piece digipack. The cover demonstrates the essence of the album’s theme, namely the inevitable fall of all evil sooner or later. You see the archer shooting the arrow hitting himself.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-Since our previous albums was self released we didn’t have this huge international promotion going on. However we got some great international reviews (MetalHammer even gave us the titel ‘Thrash-tipp des monats’ ( thrash-tip of the month ) And all these reviews helped us getting some good gigs throughout Germany (i.e. Wacken Open Air ), Belgium Luxembourg and even Surinam!
So hopefully with the support of Soulseller Record we will get more international exposure, we love to play as much as we can !
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-We’ve got a few big names, especially the female fronted bands (Epica, Delain, Within Temptation). But The Netherlands is not the metal country the way we’d like to see it. There is not much financial support by the government so it’s still a crusade to survive. We see a lot of bands quit when they’re not able to make the final stap.
What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-As I told you, there is not much support. Besides that, we’re spoiled with every week to much choice of international big names. We’re in the game for quite a long time, so Disquiet is a name people have heard of. We played some of the main venues in The Netherlands, but still it’s difficult. That’s why we like to play abroad. We do a short UK tour in March for instance. Things to look forward to
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-Metal will always be an underestimated genre here. Holland is known for his dance music right now. But we’ll stay metal, no matter what.
What does the future hold for you?
-The album drops January 29 th, so from then on we’ll be playing as much as possible. As told, we’ll do a UK tour in march. We have to wait for the response on this second album, but we are proud of it and that’s most important. We’ve got or first video ‘The Condemnation’ online (you can watch it here I guess). Second video for ‘Las’Pasi’ is already recorded and we will launch it in March/April. This will be a special one, as it’s written in Surinamese an shot in Surinam where our singer has it’s roots. So lot’s of good stuff on it’s way. Just check us out online or even better live!