Dutch death metallers God Dethroned
have played the biggest festivals and toured with the biggest bands, and
are now about to release their 8th fulllength album Lair Of The White
Worm this month. We put the spotlight on drummer Ariën
in order to answer some questions about the band and the new release.
The following is what he shares with us......
Gothina: Congratulations, God Dethroned!
AriŽn, what is your feeling after you have recorded the new album The
Lair Of the White Worm?
AriŽn: Thanks a lot! I feel very excited about
the new album! I really like the sound and I am satisfied about the
way the songs came out with the recordings. The album is on the one
hand more agressive than on Into the Lungs of Hell, with much more
breaks, and on the other it's more melodic, especially the guitar
solo's from Isaac. He gave a great new twist to the God Dethroned-sound!
Can you tell me how did the band find you to become their new drummer?
AriŽn: I was working on a demo with my former
band 'Pandaemonium', when I read an interview with God Dethroned in
the Dutch magazine Aardschok. The Ravenous album had just been released,
and they were looking for a new permanent drummer. I saw the band
live a few times and I bought some albums, and I really liked their
music. So when I read that interview, I HAD to send them the demo
which I was working on, just to see if it would be delivered at the
right adress, haha. Later I got a phonecall from Henri, and he invited
me for an audition. After that I was the permanent drummer of the
Gothina: Have you got any other side projects?
AriŽn: I am working on another band called
'Down Till Dawn'. We recorded 5 songs, and the artwork is almost finished.
First we want to play a lot of gigs and get some reviews about the
EP. Isaac is playing in Down Till Dawn as well. And I am playing gigs
with a sixties-blues band called 'Pace Grace'quite a lot. I'm not
a permanent bandmember, but I am actually hired to play with them,
which is fun!
Gothina: Which is the band you really respect
AriŽn: Definitely Morbid Angel. I just love
their feeling in their music, no matter what music they write. All
the albums have this great dark, threatening atmosphere.... I think
they just can't do anything wrong for me anymore, haha!
Gothina: What is it like to be a part of
AriŽn: It's great!! When we get together to
rehearse or playing live and hanging around with eachother, we really
have a good time! And playing the music is always a challenge. Especially
the live-gigs are very phisical for me. But it always feels good to
play with the guys! And when we write, or perform our music, it's
just great to work with creative and fanatic musicians.
Usually the drummer is at the back of the stage. Don't you miss the close
contact with the fans?
AriŽn: On bigger stages I do miss the contact,
with the fans, and with the bandmembers too. But on smaller ones,
than I have contact with the fans, so there's interaction. And that's
the nice part of playing live, of course.
Gothina: The lyrics by the band are a kind
of blasphemy. How do you regard this type of thinking?
AriŽn: Well, the blasphemous lyrics are more
or less with a sense of humor - not too serious. And it's pointed
to the hypocrite people who call themselves true believers, and act
in the name of christ or god, yet for real they're criminals or terrorists
or whatever. And I think they are the ones who make trouble out of
the lyrics and find it evil or something....
Gothina: Have you ( or any other member
of the band ) ever had troubles with some religious fanatics because of
your music ?
AriŽn: No, not really. Back in 1996 there was
a concert in Zwolle (Holland), in the same time of the local elections,
there was a Christian group that wanted to have the concert being
cancelled. But the only thing they achieved is that only more people
came to the show, haha! Oh, and a few weeks ago we got an e-mail from
someone in the States, who was saying that we are brainwashing today's
youth and that we had to quit and that he would like to see everything
we do was to be boycotted. We wanted to post this on our website,
to make fun of him and so that people could respond, haha, but we
kept it quiet. But for the rest, no it's quiet from the side of the
Gothina: If you had the opportunity to
tour with a very famous metal band, which one would it be?
Gothina: God Dethroned is one of the most
brutal Dutch bands. What is your opinion of other bands who made a big
success ( W.Temptation, The Gathering ), though not so hard and actually
different from your sound ? Would you play with them?
- AriŽn: I wouldn't
buy cd's of these two bands, but it's high-quality music! We played
with Within Temptation last year in Germany and in Austria, and live
they're very powerfull! And of course Sharon's voice is fine to listen
to. And that goes for The Gathering as well! And After Forever, The
Wounded, Orphnanage....As long as the quality of the music is high,
than it doesn't matter if I like it or not.
Which is the best support band you have ever had?
Gothina: If you get an offer to play in
a non-metal band what will you say?
Gothina: What type of music do you listen
when you want to relax?
AriŽn: Dead Can
Dance, Heather Nova, Osdorp Posse, The Cure, pfff.... even Morbid
Angel helps me relax, haha! Really, when I'm sitting in a bus and
with my discman on, playing Morbid Angel and looking out of the window,
than I'm in a calm, hypnotic mood.
Gothina: Can you describe yourself with
part of your favourite song or anything else that represents your inner
- AriŽn: That's
a good question.... I can find myself sometimes in the lyrics of Osdorp
Posse, a Dutch hardcore-hiphop band. The frontman Def P writes very
realistic lyrics taken from everyday-life, concerning a lot of what's
going on in people's minds and in the world. I guess you really don't
know what I'm talking about, haha, but I think Osdorp Posse is my representation
How will you convince an average fan to buy the new God Dethroned
- AriŽn: I'd offer
him a thousand euro's, haha!! And after that, we'll play our best concert
EVER! And if he/she still doesn't buy the new album than he'd better
run like hell, haha! (I guess you know that I'm kidding....)
Gothina: Which bands inspire you?
I saw Slayer playing live again, and my God, what a band!!!!! When
I see a band like that, than it reminds me why I play music again.
Morbid Angel is a continuing inspiration. And Osdorp Posse because
of their non-conformity attitude and straight in you face-lyrics and
Gothina: Thanks a lot for the interview
and which is the question you have always wanted to be asked? Or is there
anything you would like to share with your fans?
That was all I had for now, Ariën
- the staff at metalcovenant.com wish you all the very best for the future,
and we sincerely want to thank you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!