…And then it was time for another Gnaw Their Tongues album. You seem unstoppable. I really don't mind though, as you're still able to deliver consistent quality. Doesn't all this productivity make you stark raving mad at times?
In fact it does, which is why I haven't written any GTT material in a year. All current releases were made at least a year ago. I noticed I was losing my enthusiasm for new material, so it was time for a break. This means I can work on other projects and refind my enthusiasm for GTT.
It struck me that the release of 'Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus' was fairly low profile compared to its predecessor, 'L'arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante'. Before the promo for the vinyl release had arrived the album stayed pretty much under the Lords Of Metal radar. Can you give an explanation for that?
That's odd. I think the label, Crucial Blast (they released the CD versions) was confident that I have so many fans that an extensive promo campaign isn't necessary any more. I did see many reviews though, but they were mainly in foreign magazines and websites.
What's the deal with Candlelight Records? Is that going to be a one album only thing, or will more things happen on that front?
Candlelight released just one album, 'L'arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante'. It didn't sell as much as they had hoped for.
'L'arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante' was a fairly radical departure from the trademark GTT sound. Said album was much more orchestrated, solemn, almost restrained even. You did explain back then that this was by no means an indicator for future sounds. Well, you were right… This one is quite a bit more brutal. I suppose you felt like going for a more extreme take again?
'L'arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante' is in fact an EP that spiraled out of control. It was meant to be only three songs. Candlelight wanted to release something really soon, preferably more than just an EP, so I expanded said EP to a full length. I basically composed more songs in the same style. For 'Per Flagellum… I wanted to tidy up the production, and let the notes, instead of the distortion, do the talking. Moreover I recorded many instruments on location and integrated them into the album. I think 'Per Flagellum…' is my best work so far. It is a coincidence that there are more fast parts on it. It just happened, and it sounded right.
On the other hand, the orchestral parts have remained, but in a more oppressive, haunting way. To what extent has the previous album been a learning experience for being able to continue this route?
'L'arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante' was recorded on my old computer/studio. 'Per Flagellum…' was made in an updated studio with more possibilities. It can be heard in the orchestration and the production. My studio limited my possibilities much more in the past. Now this is not so much the case. It would be an ultimate dream to work with a real orchestra, but for now this is beyond my financial capabilities.
The drums on 'Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus' reach De Magia Veterum-like speeds at times. I think I asked you before, but aren't you afraid that the lines between projects will become blurred at some point?
No, absolutely not. I have a very clear vision in my head about each of these projects. For an outsider this may be less clear, but I don't care. I understand what you mean, but the rest of the instrumentation is quite different. There are barely any guitars in GTT; just a lot of bass (many of the higher pitched parts are also on bass). For DMV I tend not to use that many samples and orchestration.
Where have you headed this time in terms of lyrical direction?
The usual depravity of course. I had some kind of vague idea of writing about rituals. Rituals people make up for various purposes. Of course I used the filthiest, nastiest shit I could find.
Apart from your own projects you have been involved as a guest on several other albums. You contributed to the latest Alkerdeel album, as well as the previous Anaal Nathrakh cd. Can you elaborate on that?
I get asked more often for these kinds of guest contributions. I made the intro and outro of Alkerdeel's latest album. Great guys, great music. I also contributed some samples for an Anaal Nathrakh song. I was quite honoured (although they misspelt my name in the booklet, haha). Recently I was asked to defile a song of another, relatively well-known band. It will be lovely.
Yes, I know, but I will keep asking: live shows?
Haha, no (perhaps something nice, but I cannot tell anything about that yet). I will do many shows with Aderlating however.
What's in line for the next few months? I am really stoked about a 2xCD/ 2xLP of my other project SEIROM, that will be released on Aurora Borealis (UK). It will highlight a very different aspect of me as a musician. Also, the second part of Aderlating's 'Spear Of Gold And Seraphim Bone' will be released soon. It was almost three years in the making! It became a very dirty little beast.
Thanks again. Is there anything you want to say in conclusion?
Thanks to you. I always like Lords Of Metal!