Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Terzij de Horde Band Profile

I know that there are probably a lot of people here in the US that aren't familiar with Terzij de Horde.  Its understandable, being that they are a relatively young band from the Netherlands, you almost have to be actively looking for information on them to find them.  Well I wanted to give everyone an idea of what they're about, and I'm going to compile a list of reviews for you to check out.  

First off, I just have to say that these are some of the coolest guys I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  It's a real shame that we live thousands of miles away from each other, because I know if there wasn't an entire ocean between us, we'd hang out on a regular basis.  I'm not saying that the personalities of a band's members needs to reflect in their music, or that it even matters to the people who listen, but it sure makes me feel good to be working with them and supporting their efforts. As I've said before, they are truly top notch guys.

I recently asked the band to describe their sound and their main influences on their debut album.  Here's what they had to say:

Johan (Bass) - "The main influence here was Deathspell Omega, we used the record "Kenose" as the audio focal point. Furthermore, Neil Perry, Wolves in the Throne Room, Khanate, Taake, Converge and 16 Horsepower. Those are the bands I'd really like to mention here."

Richard (Drums) in response to Johan - "Those are indeed bands we 'used' as an influence for this record, Not really anything to add, maybe just the musical styles we use as inspiration and maybe to add: Funeral Mist, (old) Lifelover, Circle Takes the Square and (old) Shining, but those are more bands that inspired us, not really bands that have a thing in common. So with the bands already listed i guess we have a good amount of bands that will give people an idea how we sound and what we are like. Most important are: DsO, Wolves, Khanate, Altar of Plauges and 16 horsepower in my opinion."

So there you have it, straight from the mouths of the blackened beasts themselves.  I would also like to add Thou to their list, as the doom passages on the album are definitely reminiscent of the Baton Rouge sludge masters.  Now, here are some reviews:

LURKERS PATH (too cvlt for scoring)
Metalstorm - 7.4/10
Metal Review - 9/10
Sputnik Music- 4.0/5.0
The Metal Crypt - 4.22/5.0
Metal Rage - 86%

Lastly, I'd like to leave you with an interview with Johan (Bass) and Stefan (Guitar) that originally printed in Dutch, but was kindly translated to English for my enjoyment by Johan, and I want to share it with all of you:


Because of a criminal past the genre Black Metal has been struggling with a persistent image problem. Too bad, says the American photographer Grant Willing. In his photo series Svart Metall, now on show at Foam, he shows the themes on which black metal is based. Mission accomplished? CJP visited the expo metal band with two members of Terzij de Horde.

Until the late eighties, the world of metal revolves around one question: who can play the most quickly and the loudest? Slayer and Metallica with their Thrash Metal have a good chance. Until Death and Morbid Angel come around with gurgling horror texts on a bed of heavy chords. They call it Death Metal and so it seems, the limits of the possible are achieved.
Screaming about Satan

Seems. For in Norway, bands like Mayhem and Burzum are referred to as Black Metal, and they go one step further. Roaring about horror becomes screaming about Satan and the end of time. No music to laugh aboout and to emphasize that, churches are burned and people killed. Crimes that every metal fan with a mind does not want, but the tone is set. Black Metal has become synonymous with the criminal acts of a group of madmen.
And photographer Grant Willing (1987) feels that that's put too bluntly. As a fan of the genre he listens and looks beyond the sad events of the past. Black Metal is for him Norse mythology, rugged nature, winter and occultism. In his exhibition Svart Metall he hopes to show the underlying themes of the Black Metal subculture. Dark, unruly, but not violent or criminal.

Battered and Bruised.
 The band Terzij de Horde can find themselves in this. Genre: Black Metal / Screamo / Shoegaze's on their MySpace profile. "We combine the energy  and intensity of Black Metal with different styles," explains guitarist Stefan Hayes (35).
Content is paramount. Terzij de Horde wants nothing to do with corpse paint, black leather clothing and medieval weaponry that the average Black Metal band adorns themselves with. "The audience often thinks that we are a bunch of hipsters. Until we begin to count down and play, " laughs bassist Johan van Hattum (29). A show is successful if the audience picks itself up off the floor, battered and bruised.

John: "Herein lies a major difference from traditional black metal in which nihilism is central. Our music sounds like the world set aflame, but with the intention to build something more beautiful." No wonder the band sings in their song Non Timetis Messor 'The function of one is to live, not to exist . 'Johan:' We advocate a conscious lifestyle. Living with heart and soul, not on autopilot. "
And with that, the band already wipes the floor with the prejudice that Black Metal is simply intended as a soundtrack to the apocalypse. Let's see what insights Mr. Grant Willing is able to offer through his Svart Metall. 

Stefan (S) and Johan (J) selected five photographs from the series. 

Picture one:

Stefan: "This could actually be a record sleeve. Slap a logo on it and you're done. This powerful photo shows the atmosphere of gloomy and unspoilt nature. Norway is known for its harsh climate and therefore it is a breeding ground for traditional Black Metal. But America also has similar areas. Cascadia, spread across Oregon and further, is one such place. It's almost always raining. Black Metal from the region is called Cascadian Black Metal and emphasizes respect and admiration for nature. "
Johan: "The Netherlands has no great areas of wilderness, but during a tour in Ireland we found some. I found it overwhelming. "
Stefan: "Walking through a field, with no trails or signs, gives a sense of freedom. You decide where you go. That individualism, which is different from selfishness, is reflected in Black Metal. The starting point is not God, but you yourself determine the course of your life. "

Stefan: "This picture intrigues me, because you do not know where it is and what it is. It looks like a cellar where something's wrong... It reminds me of Helvete (Norwegian for Hell), in the nineties a major record store and meeting place for Black Metal bands. It was so dark there you could not even see which records were sold. "
Johan: "The more you look at the picture, the more you see. So I see a tiny white speck, it looks like a heart, or a kind of light in the tunnel. That makes the picture more subtle and intrigueing. "

Johan: "This person is entirely disjointed from the outside world. The picture seems to fade even towards the left. I find that impressively done. Especially the spine and the long hair are grabbing my attention. Vehemently so. "
Stefan: "I am myself quite melancholic, but this image goes beyond that. More like depression. I get an indeterminate feeling. I think that is craftily done of the photographer. "

Johan: "I see a very intense darkness containing one bright spot. If you  would have to capture Terzij the Horde in a picture, this picture would go a long way. The leaves provide a striking contrast to the light and seem to grow. I find it very beautiful. "

Stefan: "It reminds me of Under a Funeral Moon, an album by the Norwegian Black Metal band Darkthrone. They have legendary music, but rarely performed. Going to a concert and enjoying yourself in their eyes clashed with the nihilism of Black Metal. You can make of it what you want, but they are not hypocrites. "

Stefan: "One gets confidence from the church, the other from nature or the self. This picture shows thatReligion might answer people's questions, but   in my eyes, it stops them from thinking for themselves sometimes. Personally, I strive to keep asking questions to myself and to continue to develop. In the picture, nature seems to suppress the church, an image that is certainly fitting to modern and our black metal . "
Johan: "Consciously challenge yourself and question everything. That's an important message to both the band and myself. I am an English teacher and find nothing worse than a student who says they vote for a certain party because his father does. I try to teach my students that they must make their own choices. "
Mission accomplishedAnd? Has Grant Willing managed to show the true face of Black Metal? Applicably over a bottle of Duvel, Stefan and Johan draw their conclusions.
(Note of the translator: Duvel is strong, Belgian beer, really good beer too, and translates as the Devil.FYI:))

Stefan: "The photographer has surprised me. I expected that he would choose an easier way, for example by shooting inverted crosses and other clichés. Good to see that he has really gone into the genre and captured the essence of Black Metal . So, yes, mission accomplished. "
Johan: "I agree with that. I found it much deeper and more impressive than I expected. For fans of the genre, this series is a must. But I hope that people who know nothing about the expo visit Black Metal. By studying this, they may change their view on a movement of which they now think it is just noise. "

So there you have it.  Now you are well versed in all things TdH.  If you haven't listened to their debut yet (for shame!) you should definitely do so now.  Preorder details for the vinyl will be coming very soon!  Test pressings will be in my hands this Thursday!

1 comment:

  1. Haha, the 'too cult for scoring' made my day.