TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Rein and Esther of To Elysium was done through e-mail in May 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
Busy, but fine, thank you.
To Elysium is a new acquaintance to most people in the metal world,
you please give us a brief introduction to the band?
We started out in 2002 on project-base until we conceived a consistent
line-up. Then we released our demo "Collision course" which resulted in
record-deal with CBI. At the moment we are busy with the promotional
activities for our first full-lenght "Dearest Vile".
What kind of musical background do the band members have? Are you
involved in any other bands or projects at the moment?
Sjoerd used to play in Altar, but they split up. Manny still plays in
Out (LP "Evil Game" Roadrunner 1984) and I (Rein) am busy with
besides TE. Esther studies at the conservatory. The others are
Reviewers will most certainly refer to bands like After Forever and
Tristania when telling the world about your music but how would you
Melodic death/black metal, accessible with compact
I avoid any comparisson with other bands, we do our own thing without
Your debut album "Dearest Vile" was released by Cold Blood
earlier this year, what has the response been like so far?
Mainly very positive, there are some exceptions, but those reviews were
by people who do not even like the genre. They mean nothing to me.
about our structures being not compact enough are meaningless as well.
really enjoy reading a well done review and most of them are well
keep talking, keep writing.
Was it a natural choice for you to sign with Cold Blood?
Yes, we get enough attention and the contact is personal. They offered
reasonable deal and welcomed us with open arms.
What have you been doing since the release of the album and what are
current future plans of the band?
We did some shows and a lot of interviews. Meanwhile we are composing
material which we want to record coming winter. Next autumn we'll do
shows and maybe already some festivals this summer.
The metal scene in the Netherlands seems to be growing stronger and
stronger, what do you think of the bands that your country has to
There are many bands, many good bands. Obviously I don't like them all
some of them I've never even heard, but only heard of. Symmetry is
brilliant, furthermore I like Cromm Cruac, See My Solution, The Wounded
of course the mighty Elegy.
What is it like playing metal in the Netherlands? Do you feel that
general support is good enough?
Yeah, but it's hard labour. The crowd is spoiled by a cornucopia of
acts, so you really have to do something to sustain. If there's will,
there's a way and we're willing.
What are your top five albums ever?
Nick Cave "Boatman's call", Bonnie Prince Billy "I see a darkness", The
Party "Triptych", Samael "Ceremony of opposites", Queensryche
If you had the chance to change three things in the world, what
I see no point in this one, it's a good thing to fantasize, but not
matters of this size.
Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:
a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.
Killing is wrong, the crowd gave him the oppertunity, so ther would be
of slaying to do. WRONG.
b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".
c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.
wrong, it also represents a rich history and a lot more. I see more in
solidifying your own 'right' than to destroy what's 'wrong' to you.
Right, if you like it.
e) Death penalty.
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
Wrong, but that depends on what's censored
a) Killing is always wrong.
b, c) Any action against religious freedom is wrong, you have to be
carefull with thinking something is evil or representing oppression.
Religion never holds such things, people do. And when people say
it is always an opinion and never a fact.
d) People are free to do to themselves what they please.
e) Killing is always wrong
f) I shouldn't try, something must go wrong in the end. You'll always
someone and most probably yourself
g) Freedom of speech is a precious thing. Have you followed Dutch
lately? Then you know what I mean.
h) In a way, this is the most important thing in the world. We excist
because we have faith. With or without a churge, you may call it
i) Whatever the goal, good or bad, there are always fundamentalists.
with such a narrow sight you'll never win anything.
Killing is always wrong.
Any final words for the fans?
Links of interest:
Cold Blood Industries