Your new album “The Great Perseverance” will be released in few days,
can you share with us the most difficult moment of its preparation?
Any crazy/funny behind the scene?
I think every member of the band would answer this question differently.
We all had our difficult moments but for me personally I’d have to say during the recording of
“My Temple Broken”. Our producer Ace really wanted it to sound kind of.. Depressed and frustrated..
So that means you have to bring yourself down to a point where you’re basically in the state of mind that
the lyrics describe. It’s a heavy emotional journey really.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
Me and Sven start with basic vocal lines and see which ones work with what riff.
Then I write lyrics that match the length of that vocal particular vocal line, or edit them while writing.
As for context I think of things that made me angry, things that happened and made me say “are you f**ing kidding me?”
Either in the news or in my personal life.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
From a personal point of view I like to think of my lyrics as a short-story.
So to pick one particular verse is hard to do.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
This one’s easy! Sepultura – Refuse/Resist
What was the first record you ever bought?
Sepultura – Chaos A.D.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
Until the planning of The Great Perseverance we used to do everything ourselves.
From booking shows to any kind of promotion, so the “industry” is something we never really had to deal with.
Belgium has and enormous amount of incredibly talented metal bands so it makes it hard to stand out.
But I think we managed to create something that isn’t your typical European band.
What inspired “Dethroned” ?
It’s a story about jealousy. About not wanting someone to succeed even though it doesn’t affect you in any way.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Flame In The Mirror”?
Not the exact day but I can remember the period of time it was written in.
It’s about a fictional person, who used to be full of life, that watches his former self in the mirror.
A flame would look exactly the same as it does on the other side of that mirror but it doesn’t give off any heat.
If you reflect that idea on someones life it would mean he’s lost his inner fire.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
Not really, I try to write in a way that many can relate to in one way or another.
I make it interpretable in different ways and challenge the listeners to create a story for their own.
Make my lyrics guidelines to your own tale.
At least, that’s how I experience music.
What inspired “Condemn the unknown”?
Politics, money and greed.
The rich making decisions for the poor, not knowing what it’s like to be in that situation.
What is the best show you ever played?
Very hard to pick a favorite one but I’d have to say that sharing the stage
with Sepultura, Vader and Destruction at Antwerp Metal Fest,
in a city we never played before and getting an amazing response.
That was one of the most intense experiences of my entire life!
What are your plans for 2018?
Do as many gigs as possible, maybe cross the Belgian border a couple of times (Italy would be sweet!)
and promote the living hell out of our new record. That sounds like a plan to me.