Altar is known as the most anti-christ band of The Netherlands.
The Slogan "Youth Against Christ", resulted in quite some comotion
and forbidden gigs over the past few years. The free publicity
that came along with that comotion made the band's name well known.
Although the five musicians did get recognition by playing solid,
non-compromising and above all--- tight death metal, it's not
being denied that the media attention contributed to the fact
that Altar grew out to be one of the most successful Dutch metal
bands. In the meantime, gigs at Dynamo, Lowlands and Noorderslag,
but especially the recently released album "In The Name Of The
Father", confirm this position. Guitarist Marcel Verdurmen admits
that all the "fuzz" has worked to their advantage. "We didn't
choose for this image from a commercial point of view, we just
like to provoke. If that produces something extra for us, that's
fine. We aren't that anti-christ as everybody states us to be.
I even have been married by an arch bishop, can you imagine! It
is mostly our vocalist Edwin Kelder, whom is reacting against
christianity in his lyrics. In songs like "God Damn You" and "Holy
Mask" from the new album, he is pulling off pretty bad. He grew
up in a small christian village, where people didn't understand
him. The narrow-mindedness annoyed him, that's where the whole
"Youth Against Christ" idea came from. But we respect everybody's
thoughts and ideas. It's just laughable when people keep talking
about things this unimportant. It's not about the gimmick, it's
about the music. And some people just do not understand that."
Youth Against Christ ~ 1994
Ego Art ~ 1996
Provoke ~ 1998
In The Name Of The Father ~ 1999
gentlemen of God Dethroned are perfectionists. The album is not
complete with just the music, unless the lyrics and the artwork
have also been taken care of very well. The most recent album "Bloody
Blasphemy" is a perfect combination of those three elements. The
tight, speedy mix of death-, thrash- and black metal radiates professional
musical skill, and the inlay and lyrics are forming a perfect whole.
In the past, the band hit the necessary nails on the head as well.
Vocalist Henri Sattler caused sensation in the early 90's with the
debut "The Christhunt". Unfortunately, due to line-up problems,
the band fizzled out pretty quick. Because of the big demand for
new material, Henri decided to search for a new line-up. The first
result appeared in 1997 under the momentous title "The Grand Grimoire".
The third album "Bloody Blasphemy" was born last year. The first
record is quite different from the last two, explains guitarist
Jens van der Valk: "The debut was chaotic and too bizarre. Too many
ideas were put in one song, and the production wasn't too good either.
"The Grand Grimoire" and "Bloody Blasphemy" have a more steady character
and are easy to listen to. The vocals have changed from deep grunting
into screaming, and instead of playing pure death metal , we now
flirt with deat-, thrash-, and black metal. In the lyrics a lot
has changed as well. Nowadays we are talking about other subjects.
We still ridicule christianity, but in a more ironic way. The title
song off "Bloody Blasphemy" is about a necrofile cannibal taking
Jezus off the cross and making an apologizing monologue towards
him. Most of the lyrics are very different though. Old sailor stories
from the Golden Age, for example "Soul Capture 1562" is about The
Flying Dutchman, "Firebreath" is about the arrival of Michiel de
Ruyter in the English Chatham. Typical Dutch stuff, just like us."
The Christhunt ~ 1992
The Grand Grimoire ~ 1997
Bloody Blasphemy ~ 1999
Blo.Torch from The
Hague, chose their marking name intentionally. First of all, there
is the dot between Blo and Torch that gives the name its authenticity.
Besides there's a deeper thought behind the name. The name is based
on the English word Blowtorch. A Blowtorch melts metal and welds
pieces together into special things. The band is doing the same
with their music. Metal is the point of departure, from where different
styles are welded together into something beautiful. You can hear
the result of this fusion on the first album. Guitarist duo and
founders Hassan and Marvin explain: "We only excisted since 1996,
but right from the beginning we had a clear vision in which direction
we wanted to go. Our main influences lay in metal. From the old
thrash on to the nowadays death metal. We connected all those styles
without making it difficult for ourselves. This melting makes it
interesting for us. A good example of our diversity is the song
"Bloodstains". The song shows one of our many faces. In this case,
a heavy, threatening song, with references towards the old Black
Sabbath. We want others to be able to hear that it doesn't have
to be just hard and fast all the time. The image of metal has changed
much over the past years. A band used to be either death or thrash
metal. Today the borderlines have become vague. The listeners have
become more open minded. Dream Theater fans used to listen to symphonic
metal only. Nowadays they also buy albums from, for example, Soilwork.
Our music is very varied, one moment it grabs you to throw you against
a wall, and the next we just go on smoothly. We like to experiment
with different styles, and we now our way around musically. Because
of these factors we think we can add something essential to the
Dutch metal scene."
Blo.Torch ~ 1999
Occult is a striking appearance in
the Dutch metal scene. Not only are they known as "the band with
the longest hair", but the band also has two vocalists. A male singer
and a very little female singer. Different from the other doom metal
bands like with Orphanage and Lacuna Coil, she is not fulfilling
the part of meaningless siren--- but she is roaring unashamed. The
band was in the news for the first time in 1994 with "Prepare To
Meet Thy Doom", followed two years later by "The Enemy Within".
Last May "Of Flesh And Blood" was released. Vocalist Maurice Swinkels
tells: "The first album was a rush job. The label pressure was really
big and above all I was suffering from a throat infection. Although
the reactions we got were positive, we were not satisfied. It didn't
sound like us. "The Enemy Within" was much better. Yet, we are pleased
the most with the last album. The music is less thrashy, mainly
because Rachel Heyzer is not singing in the background anymore,
but takes turns with me on the vocal parts. The songs are much heavier.
Yet we will approach things differently next time. Because shortly
after the release of the last album, we discharged guitarist Leon
Pennings from the band. He was too dominant and was leaving his
mark on the music way too much. What he wanted was to make technical
music and therefore put aside every idea we came up with. Quiet
instrumental parts like on "Dormant Till Dusk" and on "Downfall
Of Deity" were written by him. Those things we won't do any longer,
we want to go down the fast and heavy road. Just banging from the
beginning to the end. More simple, without solo's and all sorts
of frills, but most of all heavier."
Prepare To Meet Thy Doom ~ 1994
The Enemy Within ~ 1996
Of Flesh And Blood ~ 1999
Dead Head was formed April 8th 1989 in Kampen, Holland. On that
day the four original members Tom van Dijk (bass, vocals), Robbie
Woning (guitar), Ronnie van der Wey (guitar), and Hans Spijker
(drums), decided to form a band and to become the most intensive
and brutal thrash-metal band Europe ever had seen. In the fine
tradition of bands like Dark Angel, Kreator and Sadus they distilled
their own way to compose songs and to make a solid impact on stage
by pounding out their songs as if every minute could be the last.
Especially the outrageous drum-style of Spijker, the psychotic
double guitar-riffs combined with Tom's penetrating screaming
gave the band a well-earned status in the metal-scene of those
days. A countless number of performances throughout whole Europe
sustained this, and made the band known in the metal scene all
over the world. The first serious studio-recordings were made
in 1990, and resulted in a record deal with the German company
Rising Sun Records, who released Dead Head's first album 'The
Feast Begins At Dawn' in 1991. After the recordings for the debut-album
Dead Head did a tour through Denmark with Edge Of Sanity and Invocator,
and played in Holland with Sepultura, Heathen, Skyclad, Candlemass,
Suffocation, Sinister, Gorefest, Malevolent Creation and Grave.
In 1992 original drummer Spijker was replaced by Marco Kleinnibbelink.
With him Dead Head started working
on new material, which in 1993 resulted in the release of the band's
second album 'Dream Deceiver'.Shortly before that Dead Head and
French deathmetallers Massacra did a 20-date European tour. During
this tour both bands played in Belgium with Kreator and Biohazard.
1999 - 'Kill Division', Dead Head's third album was put together
in the original setup as they began in 1989. Altogether, this album
represents the band's roots more than anything, maybe except from
playing live. The songs were recorded directly, no bullshit, no
dubs, keyboards or drumtriggering and shows the band as it really
is: raw and without any compromise. The songs are even more intense
than on the debute-album, but they still contain all elements of
what Dead Head is all about: high-speed, non-trendy infarious thrash
with occult but realistic lyrics that contain messages only for
the people who are really able to understand them. On the edge of
a new millenium Dead Head's music is still alive. And if we pass
that infernal boundary, the next album (to be recorded this summer)
will be even more devastating, because Dead Head has only one slogan:
FUCK COMMERCIALISM, FUCK FASHION, FUCK YOU
The Feast Begins At Dawn ~ 1991
Dream Deceiver ~ 1993
Kill Division ~ 1999