Hi! Martijn, the drummer of Apotelesma here. Thank you for the interview. Apotelesma is an atmospheric death/doom metal band from the Netherlands. We tend to mix different styles, but with doom metal as a common thread, which makes our music accessible for people who don’t like doom metal aswell.
What can you tell me about Apotelesma latest album “Timewrought Kings”?
‘Timewrought Kings’ is the result of many hours of arduous, passionate, and sometimes frustrating work. Following the EP, ‘The December Sessions’, ‘Timewrought Kings’ chronicles one’s apprehension at the transience of time and a growing disgust at the weakness in man, yet clinging on to some measure of hope and pride rooted in a sort of staunch steadfastness, and eventually abandoning society altogether. In a sense, one is wrought, or made into that which one is, by the inescapable arrow of time, constantly pushing one into a ceaseless industriousness celebrated by modern society. As such, the tracks tend to stretch beyond the ten minute mark, taking the listener on a pensive and somber journey through landscapes of apprehension and gloom.
When your fans can hear something new after “Timewrought Kings”? I mean if there is scheduled some info about new album.
Before we released “Timewrought Kings”, we decided to go on an indefinite hiatus, which means the chances are very small we will be releasing another album in the future. But who knows what the future will hold!
Do you have enough of positive feedbacks about the album so far?
People have been very positive indeed! The reviews we got where very good. Someone even named us possible contender of “Album of the year”, which is of course a big honor to hear.
Solitude prod released your album, so how you can value your collaboration, will you continue with them?
We’re very positive about our collaboration. They’ve supported and informed us very well during the whole process of releasing the album. Communication was quick and open. If we decided to record another album, we would definitely release another album with Solitude, if they’re open for it as well.
Is it enough easy to play metal and have stable line-up in your part of country? Can you live from album sales?
Doom metal is an upcoming genre in the Netherlands. More and more doom metal bands emerge here every day. We also have a festival called the Dutch Doom Days, which gives new and local bands the opportunity to let other people hear their music.
I think only the really big bands can live on album sales, which is likely less than 1% here in the Netherlands. You certainly can’t when you play in a metal band, haha.
Quite a few people have been involved in Apotelesma since its inception. How did you come to find a stable, permanent line-up of members?
As far as I know, we’ve only had one line-up change after Jasper (the first lead guitarist) decided to leave. We’re surrounded with a lot of supportive people with a lot of knowledge about music, whom we thankfully use of course! Thus finding a stable line-up wasn’t really that hard, since we’ve already had a stable line-up in the beginning, in my opinion.
Which song off of “Timewrought Kings” would you choose to play if you wanted to create a new fan of Apotelesma?
By far, my favorite song of the album “Remnants”. The first half of the song prepares the listener for a big outburst of melancholy, which is slowly built up in the second part of the song. After building up to a climax, the song burst in heavy, tremolo riffage, accompanied by a mid-tempo blast beat to almost give it an atmospheric black metal like feel. Every time I hear this song, I still get goosebumps.
Which was the band that made you go, “that’s it–I’m starting a metal band!”?
Listening to Warning and Pallbearer where the overriding conditions for me to start a doom metal band. Both bands are still among my top five favorite bands, and I’m pretty sure that won’t change in the nearby future.
Any parting words for the readers of Metal Militia?
Thank you for the interview and giving us the opportunity to have a chat about our band and music. We hope that you’ll listen to the album and give us your feedback. We’re keen in hearing your opinion about the music. Remember to support your local underground metal scene!
Thank you for your time!
Your welcome, thanks again!