Hi, Apotelesma. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi guys, Martijn, the drummer of Apotelesma here. Greetings to you too! We’re enjoying the release of our debut album at the moment.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We’re Apotelesma, an atmospheric death/doom band from the Netherlands. We tend to mix different styles in our music, with an emphasis on the doom metal genre. Our lyrical topics revolve around esotericism and the failure of mankind.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
I started Apotelesma together with Mitch (our vocalist) under the name Monuments back in 2011, after our pagan/folk metal band disbanded. We were (and still are) both fond of doom metal, and we have a very good musical click, so the choice was rather easy. We asked my brother Jasper to play the lead guitar and our good friend Yuri for rhythm guitar and backing vocals. After a while, Dennis joined the band and Jasper left. Jasper was replaced by Ruben in 2013, and our line-up has been stable ever since.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I can’t speak for the other band members, but I started playing the drums when I was 12 years old. I was already into metal back then.
Apotelesma recently released “Timewrought Kings” via Solitude productions. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
Like I said before, we tend to write about mankind and the failure of mankind in every way possible. The failure that stands out most is our carelessness for nature. The beauty and the solitude in nature can be overwhelming. That solitude, that feeling of dependence on nature is forgotten in our current society, where people love things more than the things that actually matter: their friends and beloved, and the sheer beauty nature provides us. Therefore, we also tend to write about anxiety, the relentless crawl of our time as a human being on this earth and the loss of the things we should care about most. Nature, too, can be seen as a sanctuary in those subjects.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
We’ve had very positive responses on the album. People like the way we combine different styles in our music, which makes it diverse and interesting to listen to. Someone even called it his album of the year! We didn’t start writing new songs, since we are on an indefinite hiatus at the moment. But who knows what the future might bring.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
We only did a few gigs. Our first gig was in a small bar in our hometown, Utrecht, together with two bands from friends of ours. This, of course, was a very mesmerizing experience. Although it didn’t went perfect, we all had a very positive feeling after the gig. A lot of people reacted with a lot of enthusiasm, which gave us the motivation to play live more often.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
I think the secret behind our success is that we make an unique blend of different styles, witch doom metal as the common thread in it all. Because of this unique blend, the music appeals to a lot of people and makes it interesting to listen to.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Not that I can recall, no.
If asked to differentiate Apotelesma from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
That’s a very tough question. The Netherlands tends to bring forth very different types of bands, which are all original on its own. I think fit in that same trend, which makes us both unique and not unique.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
We’re influenced by bands like Doom:VS, Sólstafir, Pallbearer, Warning and Paradise Lost.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
We kind of went our separate ways a year ago. We decided to release our album anyway, and after that we decided to see what the future would bring us. In the meantime, we are all focusing on new musical challenges. We still see each other once in a while, though.
Apotelesma is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Like I said before, we’re in an indefinite hiatus, and I guess we’ll still be 5 years from now. But who knows: maybe we’ll decide to get back together and make a new album. Time will tell, haha.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thank you for giving us the chance to have an interview with you guys. We also would like to thank Solitude Productions by giving us the chance of releasing our music through a label we hold in very high esteem. Remember to support the local and underground metal scene! Hopefully you’ll check out our album and tell us what you think about it. We’re keen on hearing your opinion. Order our album through http://apotelesma.bandcamp.com or Solitude Productions.