Theudho interview

  1. Hi Theudho! How are you doing these days?

Greetings! I’m doing alright, thanks.

  1. How would you classify your music? Do you agree with the reviewers who trying to describe your musical genre as Pagan/Black Metal?

Yes, I do. There are a few side steps, but I would say the core is black metal, musically. The “problem” of course are the lyrics devoted to paganism, which somewhat deviate from the “satanic” norm when it comes to black metal. For lack of a better term, I use “blackened pagan metal” myself.

  1. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

When it comes to metal bands, I’d say “Viking age” Bathory, old Burzum, Dissection and maybe some 80’s thrash like Slayer and Metallica.

But I’d have to admit that there’s a lot more influential bands and even genres beyond those. I mean, there’s a part I adapted straight from the Wagner opera “Das Rheingold” on the debut album, that kind of says it all.

  1. What do you want fans to take from your music, just a moods, maybe some ideas and so on?

Personally, I regard my music as escapism. I hope that listeners can indeed drift away on certain moods and atmospheres. Where they are willing to take that beyond those moods, is up to themselves. The lyrics are inspired by the heathen traditions of pre-Christian Europe, so interested listeners can surely explore a lot of material in that area.

  1. Tell us about your latest release – De roep van het woud? Can you translate this for us?

“De roep van het woud” basically means “The Call of the Woods”. It is a reference to the ruling sentiment in Christian societies that nature was “pagan” and thus “evil” while communities centred around the church reflected the order of “God”.

  1. What do you love and hate about the music business?

The term “business” basically summarizes all that is negative about being involved in music. I’m 100% into music for the creative aspect but I really, really hate all the other stuff that comes with it: websites, social media, promotion, contracts, …

I love being able to put out music on CD, vinyl and whatever other formats that are out there, but I kind of miss the underground demo scene of the 90’s where you had full control without any “business” involved. Record, dub tapes, print and copy covers, done.

  1. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I’ve been to quite a lot of concerts in the past decades, so I really can’t pick just one. I have fond memories of a lot of local underground gigs here in the 90’s: I saw Ancient Rites many, many times, Occult (totally worshipped their first album), Enthroned (when they released “Prophecies …”), Sinister (Hate!), Behemoth when about 20 people knew who they were, … Also some great local bands that never got the fame they deserved like The Darkening or Magia Posthuma.

I was also lucky enough to see a lot of legendary bands back then, like Deicide on the “Once upon the cross” tour, Morbid Angel on the “Domination” tour, Luciferion (!), Impaled Nazarene, Marduk, Enslaved, Absu, …

On the other hand I also saw a lot of bigger bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, … which I always appreciate, too.

Theudho quit being a live band in 2009. Still, I liked the opportunity of being able to present music in an organic and “in the moment” way as opposed to a mere recording.

  1. How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

A mere period of only one year might be a bit too short of a period to notice evolution, but if you play the first Theudho demo and the latest album back to back, the huge difference (and inherent evolution) should be very obvious. I think the song writing itself has become much better, but also the musical execution.

  1. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I think it would be an interesting learning experience to intern with accomplished musicians/producers such as Peter Tägtgren, Fredrik Folkare, Magnus Andersson, Dan Swanö, Andy Sneap, … From a historical perspective, it would have been nice to be able to meet and talk to Jeff Hanneman, Quorthon, …

  1. What is next for you?

We’re currently working on the debut album of another band I’m in (Slithering Decay, https://slitheringdecay.bandcamp.com/releases ), which we’ll hopefully start recording early 2018. I’ll be also doing some mixing jobs and some layout stuff for other bands in the next couple of months. Besides that, I’m always working on some new ideas for Theudho.