Does it feel like you carry on a great heritage being a Dutch death metal band?
-Actually not at all, we try to play Death Metal as less modern as possible and there’s only a handful of equal minded in the Netherlands and we’re all friends sharing a mutual interest in this style.
Over the last 30 years of being a metalhead I’ve come upon very few Dutch metal bands that suck totally. Is there something special to being a Dutch metal band that allows you to not suck?
-There’s not a particular Dutch sound so bands just play whatever they like without any boundaries. Especially in the early nineties band emerged from the underground scene like a kind of fungus. All had their own kind of style.
I’m amazed by how band after band can come up with something new when you have so few notes to work with. What is it that inspires you to write music that hasn’t been heard before?
-Maybe that counts for other bands (which I always here a lot of American inspiration in the dutch scene, we’ve got a lot of Immolations, Cannibals Corpses and Morbid Angels walking around here. But it’s almost impossible to come up with something new. The only thing that was missing the last 15 years was real songs. Everything was about the fastest drummer, most technical guitarplayer, best and most unnatural production and professionalism ..pretty boring to me. Seems like a lot of bands start listening again to the old bands from the 70’s and the 80’s and that retro rock or death metal caused some great new bands.
How much do you think about ?if I take that part from that band, mix it with that part from that band and come up with something new?? How much is song writing a trial and error process?
-For me it’s more like “I heard this riff before” kinda process, when I;m listening the whole week to the Come Reap LP from the Devils Blood…I can only come up with that kinda riffing when I pick up my guitar. When im out of inspiration for Entrapment I put on some old fashioned autopsy, nihilist or slayer and after a while ideas start to come.
When you are a death metal band are there certain colours that you can’t use for art work? Are there a death metal aesthetic?
-Depends on what kind of mood you wanna create around your band. An old band like Disharmonic Orchestra used artwork and colors which definitely wouldn’t fit Pungent Stench and Vice versa. In my most ignorant years I could go to our local record store pick up an lp ..and when the band photo consist a guy with a mullet and a big black mustache I wouldn’t even think of listen to it. But that was more than 20 years ago, now it would be a recommendable look to check it out haha!
What lyrical themes work best in death metal? Do the lyrics have to fit the music?
-Well ordinary love songs wouldn’t really work for brutal death metal I guess. Same for political lyrics. I guess the most conservative way is still the best. Horror drenched lyrics! You can use a different point of few on the subject or more abstract.
How much do you think outside the box when it comes to presenting the band? Or do you just go with the tried and tested formulas?
-Besides death metal I listen to so many different kinds of music. But I am a very conservative guy when it comes to music. I really don’t like modern cross over experiments. History has proven that it’s better to keep to your style. Can you imagine the impact if Death – Scream Bloody Gore would have a cover painting like the Toy Dolls or so?
How much of a help is the electronical sources of today (social media etc.)?
-The internet is really helpful for musicians, a lot of the old magic is gone but on the other hand…arranging shows and exposure are way more easy!
In an ever declining record industry market what part does a label play today? How much of a relief is a label in helping promoting the band?
-So far I only worked with small labels run by music fanatics who know they will never get rich out of it.
But so far the labels that helped me out did a great job and gave me a lot of attention!
What would you like to see the future bring with it?
-After the full length we’ve got some split releases to come out with bands we like a lot. So I’m really looking forward to that. And off course to play some great shows with some great bands would be excellent!