The Last Bear Ender Logo


Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based, Instrumental Cyber Djent project, The Last Bear Ender. Huge thanks to ‘The Riffcrusher’, Wilrik, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi there, my name is Wilrik, from The Last Bear Ender. I’ve been in metal music for 20 years now. Straight to your face metalcore, Melodic metalcore and now Cyber Industrial Djent with The Last Bear Ender (TLBE). Last year in September I released my first track and try to release a new banger every one or two months. It’s been a great ride so far!

How did you come up with your band name?

With TLBE I wanted to do something new, something different. I was watching The Last Airbender on TV when it just hit me, The Last Bear Ender. Why not? It’s catchy. It’s not been done before. It’s about bears. What’s not to like?

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from The Netherlands. The metal scene here is quite big and alive. We do have some pretty large names like Within Temptation, Textures and Born From Pain. The bass player from Fear Factory was from The Netherlands as well!

Old school hardcore is the biggest underground metal scene in The Netherlands. This is where my roots lie. My first band “Dawn Of Mankind” began as a very straight forward metalcore band with strong Hatebreed influences. We put out 1 single, 2 mini albums, one full length did lots of shows, but that’s it. With TLBE I wanted to do something different and achieve more, reach more fans. Something fresh.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

‘Polar’ was released on March 26th. The next track is called ‘Dust & Ashes’, a cover by A Dark Halo. Glen Mitchell, the singer of Isolated Antagonist is doing the vocals on this track. I do have some more songs lined up for the near future!

The Last Bear Ender feat. Isolated Antagonist – Dust and Ashes (Official Music Video)

The Last Bear Ender – POLAR (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fear Factory, 100%. My music with TLBE connects with a lot of Mick Gordon and DOOM 2016 / Eternal fans. Although I obviously draw a lot of inspiration from that, it’s actually Dino Cazares from FF who inspired me the most in my music. When “Demanufacture” was released, it really changed the metal scene. For the better in my opinion. They were pioneers, innovators, with Dino as their captain. At least, that’s how I see things.

What first got you into music?

The Mortal Kombat OST hehehe. When I saw Johnny Case fight Scorpion and heard Zero Signal underneath that scene I was sold!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Dino, for sure. I’m not idolizing (maybe a bit), but it would be an honour to work with him on a track or something. Other than that, just anybody interested in my work and my music. I have some more collabs coming up. It’s a journey and I get to meet a lot of great people!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

At this point, any festival hahaha.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Weirdest? Not one thing specifically. The attention you get is just very unreal sometimes. Like, I’m just a random normal guy lol. It’s crazy how many great awesome reactions and compliments you get.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

The people reading this, donating, listening and streaming my music, buying it on Bandcamp and all of my Patrons. All of them, thank you! I cannot express this through these digital words, but really, thanks. It’s hard and honest work, and your support really keeps me motivated, keeps me going!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?


What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

All the great compliments on your work. It’s truly amazing that you get all these epic comments from all over the world about something your composed yourself. Awesome!

The fact that it’s really a lot of work to get some attention and payoff. I’m forever grateful for the supporters I have now and I’m really happy to see a steady growth in these number, but it is a lot of hard work.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Everybody is complaining that Spotify and all other platforms need to pay music artists more. I cannot relate to that. I don’t make much money on my streams yet, but it seems reasonable. I’m just enjoying myself too much with my music and all the supporters that I can’t be bothered with any of that stuff.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Demanufacture”. Surprised?

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Downloads and streams. It’s 2021 dude 😉.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I did a show in a very small village in The Netherlands. People were cramped against the walls, the bar, all the way to the back of “the venue”, with their backs to the bathroom doors. When we started playing everybody went crazy. I don’t think that much more people where there than usual, but the atmosphere and all the bands and people there, it was legendary. I’m a 100% sure that my old band mates agree with me.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m a university teacher for 8 years now and still go to work with a smile on my face. As long as I can combine this with my music, I can’t see myself doing anything else soon.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Super corny, but I think a couple of my closest supporters and music friends. Glen, Marcin, Poss, my Bear designer Reisya and also a couple of my Patrons who I really connected with.

What’s next for the band?

April 30th, we released a cover of A Dark Halo’s Dust and Ashes with vocalist Glen Mitchell from Isolated Antagonist. I’ve got two other super epic collaborations coming up and some TLBE originals. Enough to keep releasing a song a month!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I got my personal social media and a few separate ones for my bands and projects. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Patreon and YouTube. I post daily updates on my socials and weekly videos.

To get in contact with me visit my website: www.wilrik.nl/. All the links to all my socials, and that of my band’s, are on there.

For all TLBE socials use www.linktr.ee/thelastbearender.

If you want to say hi to me and the others, you’re more than welcome over at my Discord server: www.discord.gg/VsPYrr3czU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What? *Googles* Oh, no clue. Looks like a cakuit. Biske? I dunno lol

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you, Ever Metal, for this great opportunity. This really helps out a lot for upcoming artists like myself. Never stop helping, never stop supporting. You guys are awesome!

The Last Bear Ender (Wilrik) Promo Pic

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Averted – Silenced EP

Silenced EP Cover

Averted – Silenced EP
Release Date: 18/12/2020
Running Time: 25:19
Review by Steven Hooke

It feels weird and a little dirty to describe anybody’s sound “old school djent” given the youthful tenure of the progressive metalcore-adjacent genre, following its primary explosion in popularity in 2009. I mean, it can only just about go and watch Wonder Woman 1984 in cinemas (if we were allowed outside that is).

But “old school” or “first-wave” djent seems the most fitting descriptor for this Southampton four-piece. These early days of the controversial movement saw bands perform in two very distinct ways: widdle around on guitar like they’re doing their Grade 8 exam with the occasional Meshuggah-laced power chord thrown in there to show they’re part of the scene, and swapping out the aggro parts of modern metalcore with ‘obZen’ by Meshuggah.

On their debut release, Averted have done the latter, offering a sprightly modern metalcore affair with Jamie Stevens’ tree trunk-thick guitar tone to bounce along the rhythm, that explodes into wild, spindly licks that eventually give way to the double-barrelled vocals of Syhem Angel. An underrated trope of the genre – and something producer Jack Stephens has nailed – is that a release’s mix allows drummers and bassists (the unsung heroes of metal rhythm sections) to have their talents heard to great extent as well, as drummer Merlin Parr meets every syncopated chug at the pass, and Logan Ashed does as good a job accentuating the low-end tones of the band’s sound, as he does echoing any tangible scale adventure Jamie takes, as heard best on ‘Vaecordia’.

Something I found took a little while to come around to (whilst categorically not saying they are bad at all) were the vocals of frontwoman Syhem. Her harshes are more than sound and up to the task, delivering a range not too dissimilar to Otep Shamaya, albeit with less rasp and more guttural body. In her cleans though, it almost feels like at times, she’s singing outside the ranges of this style of metalcore, having such a rich, unusual sound to her voice, oftentimes feeling more at home on a power metal record. Using ‘Sacrifice’ as an example, the instrumentation in the verses is short and punchy, whilst the vocals feel like they’re trying to use a more flowing kind of delivery, but somewhere there’s been a compromise and the vocals are trying to hit a word-per-beat ratio. Compare that to a song like ‘Absolution’, where sharp, heavy riffs build to a swell for Syhem’s vocals in a way that feels way more natural and it’s a no contest. Considering all parts of the EP were recorded in individual home studios, meaning the collaborative process would have been a different beast entirely, and as a group, they’re barely a year old, this can all easily be remedied in the post-apocalyptic future of inter-person engagements. Also, as a side note, the power clean vocals on the chorus of the title track are sinfully good. Take a bow.

Overall Averted haven’t rewritten the rules for djent or ushered in a new era of techy metalcore, everything on “Silenced” has been done before, but it’s a testament to them that at no point did it feel repetitive or boring. Again, considering each part of the EP was recorded in separate remote locations and doesn’t sound horrendously dysfunctional shows that they have promise as a unit. Getting a better hold of the song flow that is mutually beneficial to the music and vocals will improve with time and the delicate experiments with synths and keyboards, show that they’re already looking to expand their sound, and thus it may be a matter of time before the dedicated tech metalcore crowd starts taking notice.

01. The Plea
02. Silenced
03. Vaecordia
04. The Curse
05. Sacrifice
06. Absolution

Syhem Angel – Lead Vocals
Jamie Stevens – Guitars
Logan Ashed – Bass
Merlin Parr – Drums



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Monolith – Sentience

Monolith – Sentience
Release Date: 13/11/2020
Running Time: 53:10
Review by Beth Jones

Hands up who likes Progressive/Tech/Djent/Industrial/Electro Metal??!!! Ah good!! Me too! Well I’ve got a little something you might like.

Monolith is a one-man project that’s got all that and more. It’s the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, and an old friend of mine, Nathan Hughes. And his debut album, “Sentience” has just landed. Formed as a project for his university degree in 2018, Monolith has grown into his ‘passion project’, culminating in this release. It’s a meld of everything, like one big metal caravan filled with whatever the hell you want, ready to set off on a trek to wherever the hell you want, down all the twisty and turny A roads and dirt tracks you can find! Metaphorically speaking!

The album explores a myriad of soundscapes, infusing synth effects with more traditional metal instrumentation. It starts with ‘Sentience I – Awakening’. The opening couple of bars sound like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, which I thought was pretty fitting for the direction this album is aiming to take. But it quickly becomes a guitar and drum driven track full of darkness and intrigue, as well as a myriad of complex rhythms and interlocking sections. A great start.

‘Lucid’ is up next. Groove funk central!! It starts off with drums and some pretty nifty bass licks, and then tumbles into groove laden guitar. But don’t get too comfortable, as some crazy synth then drills into your brain followed by a ridiculously complex rhythm section, then some full-on thrash! It’s impossible not to move to, but do NOT try to bang you’re head, as you will either a) get annoyed at yourself for going off beat, or b) look like you’re having some kind of episode.

‘Departure’ takes you on a much floatier and more calming journey to start with. Massive reverb on a solo guitar, with wave sound effects in the background, lead into bass synths, and a Pink Floyd style guitar solo that’s indulgent, but not to the point of it becoming tacky. It’s just peaceful. I likey. ‘Skyline’ comes next. This takes the crazy djent prog madness of the first two tracks, and the mellowness of ‘Departure’, and chucks them both together, purely because it can. It also has synth sax, again, because it can. Although, I’m a bit of an old fuddy duddy when it comes to wind instruments, because I was brought up in a house full of very proficient sax players, and synth versions of them grind my gears. They just sound corny. Sorry.

Anyway, moving on! In the middle of the album, at track 6, ‘The Elusion’ we’re introduced to some more new sounds. An almost 90’s grunge feel, cloaking, but not completely obscuring, the crazy proggy madness that we have been gifted with so far. Given the point in the album, and the track name, I think this is very cleverly thought out bit of placement. Possibly a metaphor for the ‘more socially acceptable’ version of ourselves that a lot of us over here in metal corner have to create in our day to day lives, in order to be accepted within ‘normal’ circles.

The next tracks, starting with ‘The Price Of Reality’, are a much darker journey. Slower than what has gone before, and with more trepidation. ‘The Price Of Reality’ using sludgy doom inspired sections, and ‘Lost’ making use of a minor key, an altogether slower tempo, and synth strings, giving it a stark and overarching feeling of sadness. Being a melancholy soul, this is my favourite track on the album. The musicality in the instrumentation really is superb here, and the progressions and cadences almost send it into the realms of a classical composition.

‘Cmd_Shutd0wn’ sees us heading swiftly back into Electro/Djent, and is hugely Gojira inspired. It’s only a small track, but it’s no less technical. It also marks the beginning of the reverse, which will bring us full circle to the sounds that opened this album. This is more noticeable however in the penultimate track, ‘Transcend’ which draws influence from everything that has already been introduced, and neatly packages it into a little under 4 minutes. ‘Sentience II – The Neon Dreamscape’, closes the album in much the same way, ending with the same synth sounds that we were first met with in the opening bars of the album.

Musically, this album displays the undeniable talents that Nathan has, as both a musician and a composer. It’s also superbly mixed and mastered, given that the sound is huge, but was basically put together in his bedroom. But, there is a fairly large elephant in the room, that I haven’t addressed as yet. This album, in its current form, is purely instrumental, and is crying out for vocals. While every track is masterfully constructed and played, there is a vocal shaped hole in them all, that needs filling to take this album to the next level. Maybe I’m biased as vocals are my thing, but for me, with vocals, this album would be a solid 10.

That said, if you like any of the aforementioned musical styles, you really should check out “Sentience”. With Monolith, and this release, Nathan has taken a really great step onto the metal project ladder.

01. Sentience I – Awakening
02. Lucid
03. Departure
04. Skyline
05. Overseer
06. The Elusion
07. The Price of Reality
08. Lost
09. Cmd_Shutd0wn
10. Transcend
11. Sentience II – The Neon Dreamscape


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tournai, Belgium Modern Djentcore band, Ocean Encounters. Huge thanks to bass player Pieter, guitarist Nathan, and vocalist Thomas, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Pieter: Hi guys! I’m Pieter the bassist, and I’m here with Nathan (one of the guitarists) and Thomas (the singer). There’s also Quentin (the drummer) and Greg (the other guitarist) but they couldn’t make it today. Together we are Ocean Encounters from Tournai in Belgium. We started back in in 2015. Greg and Quentin got together with our old guitarist and singer and started jamming out. Soon one of my students (I’m a teacher) who knew Greg approached me saying that she knew about a band looking for a bassist. So, I went to a practice session and by the end we had 2 songs ready to go!

Nathan: Then a few years later the first guitarist had to leave because of some differences in the band, and so I was lucky enough to be asked to come on. I’d seen them a few times and really enjoyed the music they were making, so when Greg sent me a message saying they needed a guitarist, I jumped on that chance!

Thomas: Yep and then a similar thing with the original singer. He didn’t want to keep going, and I had just left my band, so the timing was perfect. Although Ocean Encounters was just at the precipice of a huge line-up of shows, so to say that I hit the ground running is an understatement (laughs). I had to learn 8 songs within something like 3 weeks!!

Pieter: Now in the most straight forward terms we play metal. Heavy down-tuned guitars, guttural vocals, big drums, lots of headbanging. But if you’re a fan of niche genres or hyper-classification of the multitude of subgenres that exist in the metal world, we like to throw around the term Modern Djentcore. That’s because if you listen to any of our tracks, there’s moments where you’re nice and comfortable, cruising to a nice little section you might enjoy, and then WHAM, out of nowhere you’ll take a nice rap/trap section to the face, followed by a rumbling breakdown chugging its way straight through your living room, and then WHOOSH you’re on the wings of a fire-tailed nighthawk soaring the notes of an ethereal sweep picking guitar solo taking you way above the clouds and into the upper reaches, where you’re serenaded by an angelic chorus, which then dissolves into fire and ashes, as you tumble back down to this purgatorial speck of dust flying through the cosmos…. too much? (laughs)

How did you come up with your band name?

Thomas: Well, as we were getting started, ocean-themed band names were really up and coming, and we were huge fans of those bands. So, we thought, why not head in that direction?

Pieter: On top of that the Ocean allows for an un-depletable source of song topics. You can talk about the monsters that definitely live in the depths, you can talk about ships, adventure, hope, despair. All of it!

Nathan: Yeah plus the fact that Pieter spoke only English or Dutch in the beginning so the internationality of it was a fun metaphor to play around with.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Nathan: We’re all from Belgium, except for Quentin, who is actually French. But he’s lived here for over 15 years so he’s pretty much Belgian, but don’t tell him that (laughs). Belgium actually has a HUGE metal scene. And our festivals are award-winning international insanity. Graspop Metal Meeting is huge! Plus, festivals like Alcatraz that try to give non-megastar bands a chance to play on a huge stage with thousands of people.

Pieter: Even the town we’re from used to be huge in terms of the punk/hardcore scene. You hear stories about how back in the 80’s people would come from the big neighbouring cities just to go to the shows here in town. Our drummer even had a live music bar a few years ago, but the town has gone downhill in terms of cultural or artistic support, so it’s all died out a little bit, which is really sad to see.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Thomas: We just came out with our debut album! It’s called “Anchored” and available on all the usual sites and services. We even have them on old-school actual CDs! So those are available for purchase by either sending us a PM, or coming to the shows!!

Nathan: We also have an EP that came out a few years ago, and that has some serious bangers on, that we still play live from time to time. Like ‘Clock’, oh man I love playing that one live.

Who have been your greatest influences?

(everyone laughs)

Pieter: We are so all over the place when it comes to influences. Even though, just like with our genre, you can place an umbrella over all of them and say ‘rock and metal bands’, but we have everything From Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd, to Blink 182 and The Offspring, to Northlane and Polaris, to Infant Annihilator and Thy Art is Murder. We even have some EDM and rap/trap influences. So that’s a tough question.

Nathan: And you’ll hear some of those throughout our songs. Like on our first single off the album ‘Disappoint’, there’s this really catchy jumpy riff at the beginning, a heavy lumbering rap section in the middle, and the chorus is this bluesy, emotional, epic thing that sits on top of it all. It’s fun taking the listener on an adventure (laughs).

What first got you into music?

Pieter: Pheewww man. I think that’s also gonna really differ from person to person in the band. I know for me performing on stage has been something on my mind since my parents played Paul Simon CD’s in our house growing up. Then picked up a guitar around my early teens, got together with a friend to play some covers and the rest is history!

Thomas: Yeah for me it was the urge to play in a band. I had a lot of friends that has started different projects, and then one day, while singing along to a song in the car, I realised I could do this whole screaming thing without destroying my voice. So, I practiced a little bit and before I knew it, I was in a band doing it for real!

Nathan: I used to just cover songs in my bedroom. Then bought a 7-string guitar because I wanted to go heavier (now I’m up to 8 strings haha). Then Greg called me saying his band was looking for a guitarist, so I thought why not?! As good a time as any!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Pieter: Me personally I’d have to say Lamb of God. These guys have been in the game for so long and keep putting out quality material. Plus, every show is a party. I’d just follow them around and pay attention to every single tiny little detail and soak it all up.

Nathan: It’s gonna sound stupid but I’d love to colab with a Grindcore band. For some reason, their shows pull crowds time and time again. You can have a big-ish metalcore or djent band come in from England, and there’ll be 5 people in the audience. But there was this show by this Austrian grindcore band, (not sure how explicit you guys can print but the band was called Vaginal Penetration of an Amelus with a Musty Carrot!!) and the same place will be PACKED. I don’t know how or why, but it’s something I want to learn.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Thomas: Of course, there’s the big ones like Big Day Out or Download. But I think I’m gonna have to go with either Graspop Metal Meeting, or Alcatraz Music Festival. They’re in good ol’ Belgium, so we’ve got the home-crowds, and we can speak all 3 languages of Belgium, plus English, so we can most definitely reach every single f*cking person in that audience. Which is what we aim to do for each show anyway!

Nathan: I’d love to have a Burning Man, but for only metal. Or what was that festival where everyone got stranded because of COVID? Like this island where it was just music and jams for 3-4 days. THAT would be awesome. An island for only metal. Can you imagine? Maybe we should start that…?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Pieter: An old, beer soaked, smelly, woven bracelet from a woman easily in her 80s. She threw it on my wrist without a single word or caution, tied it tight and spent the rest of the show in the front row. Moshpits and all. It was wet, it smelled bad, but I couldn’t take it off right away because she seemed so happy to give it to me. It was weird hahaha!

Thomas: I’ve never gotten a present! Now I want one!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Nathan: Listen to the whole album. Even if you’re bored, use it as a mental exercise to focus on something, and stick with it for more than half an hour. Some songs fit the ‘single’ profile, so they’re juicy bits come in soon and fast, but we don’t write all our songs with the sole intention of making them big. A lot of songs are written from personal stories and have a lot of work that went into them, but might take more than a minute to really kick it in gear. Sometimes you gotta climb the mountain to see the best views, not all of them have chair lifts or gondolas to take you straight to the top of the mountain, grab a selfie, and go back down.

Pieter: I totally agree. ‘Free Bird’ or ‘Child in Time’ or ‘Stairway’ don’t “kick off” until several minutes in, and those are some of the biggest songs of all time!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Pieter: Ronnie James Muthafuckin’ Dio! That guy knew how to get a crowd going. And such a NICE dude. Always humble, always polite, always a winner through and through.

Thomas: I’m a huge Linkin Park fan, so I’m gonna go with Chester.

Nathan: Dimebag, man. Wow could we get any more obvious with our answers? hahaha! We literally just picked the 3 most straightforward answers to that question!

Thomas: Well, yeah, all those guys had huuuge impact on the scene when they passed. Let’s throw some Kurt Cobain in the mix as well!

Pieter: Fine, but then I’m adding Robin Williams. He wasn’t a musician, but when he passed, I literally cried every time I thought about it.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Pieter: Playing live shows. There’s nothing better than seeing a few heads bob in the crowd. As soon as heads are bobbing and feetsies are tapping, I consider that success. We’ve had moshpits, and there’s no denying that that is awesome when it happens, but a head bob or a foot tap is instinct when you’re hearing something you enjoy, so that’s the signal I look for.

Nathan: For me it’s funny, because right up until the moment I’m actually on stage, I hate it. I hate it so much. The anxiety of going up in front of a few hundred people is something that I still struggle with. But once the intro kicks in, that IMMEDIATELY goes away and it’s go-time. And then I love it.

Thomas: Yeah definitely love the live shows. What I hate is how nobody prepares you for the very real amount of shit you have to haul from one place to another when you’re in a band. Like, 90% of being in a band that plays live shows, is literally hauling stuff. Amps, guitars, cables, mic stands, the drumkit, merch. All of it. Actually, physically playing a show is MAYBE 5% of what you ACTUALLY do in a band. And while my love for it is a motivator to do it all, it really blows having to do it over and over again. But you just do it because that’s what gets you on stage.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Pieter: It’s easy to put this responsibility on the shoulders of the music industry because they’re the ones catering to it, but I’d have to say the formula of “success”. It’s leading to simplification of music as a whole. The need to bang out hit after hit after hit is causing the music to simplify, and musicians to run out of ideas (why on EARTH do you need 10+ producers on a single track?!). But I think that responsibility also lies with the audience. Try treading into genres you never listened to before, listen to an entire song start to finish, start listening for, and appreciating diversity in your taste.

Nathan: Yeah, I’ll step in that same boat. I don’t have any idea of how to fix it, but making money from album sales again would be awesome. You really have to understand and exploit the algorithms Spotify and Facebook use before they can be used to an advantage, and by then they’ve run off with such a large chunk of the cut that you’re starting from behind once you get popular enough to actually start drawing money from those streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pieter: “Enema of the State” by Blink 182

Thomas: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

Nathan: “Miasma” by Black Dahlia Murder. I love the song too because it’s in ¾ measure, so you can Waltz to it hahaha!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Pieter: Urgh I’m gonna have to be a dick and break the question down into what it is you’re looking for. I know it breaks the rules a little but there really are 3 different answers for me. If you’re looking for quality of sound and dynamic in your tracks, you gotta go vinyl. But do a bit of research and make sure it’s been mastered for vinyl. It makes a serious difference, and once you hear it, you can’t go back. CD’s for in the car 100%. AUX cable is good, but a CD gets that little extra bit of volume and crunch you just can’t get anywhere else. Then download for ease of access. There’s no denying the convenience of Spotify on a phone during a road trip. Thousands of songs, poof, just like that.

Honestly can’t think of a reason for cassettes to be better than any of those 3 options. Plus, they deteriorate and you gotta rewind it every time and yeah, no, CD’s, Vinyl’s and downloads depending on what you need.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Thomas: Gotta say Durbuy Rock Festival 2019. We opened the festival with big big names like Napalm Death and Black Dahlia Murder, we had a solid moshpit, strangers coming up to us afterwards and praising our music, it was just so awesome.

Nathan: Yeah and our shitty little van was parked right next to Black Dahlia Murder’s tour bus, so it was this first moment where we were like “oh sh*t, we’re in it now!”

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Pieter: I’m already doing the other thing! Teaching and history tours of the battlefields around Ypres. I love history. If you don’t like history then you had a shitty teacher. It’s fascinating!

Nathan: Honestly, no idea. I’ve got a job on the side, but there’s nothing that gets me going like playing music with these guys.

Thomas: I’m with Nathan, I do a job to pay the bills and survive, but it’s the music that I really WANT to do all day, every day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Pieter: Oh man, so many options. But I’ll stick to the question this time hahaha! And just for the sake of making the conversation at that party as interesting as possible: Robin Williams, Jesus, Hitler, Alexander the Great and a Neanderthal.

Nathan: There is nobody I would add or remove from that list. Why a Neanderthal though?

Pieter: We all have a bit of Neanderthal in us, but we don’t know a lot about them. Could they talk? Did they make music? Did they procreate with Homo Sapiens? Was it awkward introducing your Homo Sapien girlfriend to your Neanderthal parents? You know, the questions that matter.

Thomas: You guys are weird. But yes, that list seems perfectly fine.

What’s next for the band?

All collectively: TOUR!

Pieter: Yes, most definitely. That’s a collective goal of ours. Short term is just getting a tour on its feet. A few weeks, a few countries, either with a few bands or by ourselves. We just want to drive to the location, set up, play, break down, load the van, drive, set up, play, repeat for a few weeks. Dirty, tired, craving healthy food and a good bed, yeah that’s the stuff.

Thomas: Definitely. And then long-term the dream is really to get just big enough that we can make a living off of this stuff. The BIG goal is to write an album for a year, then tour for a year, then write an album, then tour. And do that until our bodies give out, or we can’t financially do it anymore.

Nathan: Yeah, we have a few small differences of opinion in the band sometimes. but I think we can all agree that touring is both a short- and a long-term goal.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Pieter: All the classics and the competition of the classics. Spotify, Facebook, Apple music, Google Play, Amazon, Youtube, Groover etc.

Nathan: Yep but all the important information is on Facebook, I think that’s the easiest one.


Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Pieter: A cake cut to the size and shape of a biscuit. Kind like mini muffins. Muffins are ALREADY small cakes, why you gotta go and make them even smaller!?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thomas: Good questions! A little bit more than the standard! Nice!

Nathan: I love lamp.

Pieter: Nothing for me. Thanks guys!

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