Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Greetings! Thanks for talking to us.
We hail from the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
Theudho started out as a one-man band back in 2002/3, early on even as a synth project. By the time we released the second album, we had become a full band that also performed live. Meanwhile, I have reverted back to the one-man band status.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
For lack of a better term, I started using the term “Blackened Pagan Metal” when I released the first Theudho demo back in 2003. At that time the music was mainly inspired by the second wave of black metal. The big difference is of course that the lyrics weren’t and still aren’t devoted to Satanism but rather to heathen pre-Christian traditions, hence the need to incorporate “pagan” in the description.
Various Norwegian black metal bands were a major influence, but also bands like Falkenbach, Ancient Rites, Bathory and some of the heavy/thrash/death metal bands I grew up listening too.
There is also a rather subtle non-metal influence as I like the atmosphere of a lot of (mainly Slavic) classical music, some neo-folk, martial and industrial acts.
How many and which albums/demos has Theudho released so far?
The latest album is the fifth full length album, in the past we released:
Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (demo, 2003)
Under the Alemannic Sun (split-demo, 2004)
Wurðiz (demo, 2004)
Treachery (debut album, 2004)
The Völsunga Saga (2006)
Cult of Wuotan (2008)
When Ice Crowns the Earth (2011)
De roep van het woud (2018)
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Theudho and personal.
Listing all my personal favourite songs would take hours as there are quite a few, so I’ll settle for Theudho songs.
I feel that the songs on the new album are the best so far, but I have a sweet spot for most of the stuff on the debut album and “When Ice Crowns the Earth”. Our third album “Cult of Wuotan” is my least favourite album, especially due to the mix.
Do you feel that Theudho’s music has changed over the years and how?
Yes, definitely. The demos and even the first album were very crude. On subsequent albums the song writing gets a bit more advanced. On the latest album, I changed the guitar tuning in which most of the material is performed, so it does sound quite different.
How much time does it take for Theudho to record an album?
The recording itself is always a relatively quick process, basically re-recording every track of the demo sessions. All in all, it takes rarely more than a couple of weeks.
Writing an album is a different story altogether. Especially for the last one it took a long time because I re-evaluated a lot of “set routines” and started from scratch.
Tell us something more about “De roep van het woud”.
The new album came out a couple of months ago. It is the first album in quite a while and a lot of things have changed. I went back to performing everything by myself, without other band members. For the first time, all the lyrics are in my native language.
As for the music, I’d say it’s a bit darker and again somewhat harsher than the last couple of albums, the emphasis is more on a black metal type of sound for sure.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Indeed, I’ve already been working on some new ideas. It is a bit too early to say what the new stuff will sound like, but I think that the latest album is a good starting point. I don’t want to copy it, but I surely will retain stylistic elements from it.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
No, we’ve quit playing live back in 2009. Since a couple of years I have reverted to the one-man band formula, so it would be a really big undertaking to find new musicians and build a set list with that much songs in the catalogue, as I definitely would still play some of the old material.
Has Theudho done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Nothing really major, no. We mainly did gigs with other underground acts in our home country and some neighbouring countries as you can imagine with this kind of music, but back in the day we did some nice ones with Skyforger, Heidevolk, Ancient Rites, Cruachan, Angantyr, Waylander, Odroerir, …
- What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
I have to admit that I don’t really pay attention to what other bands are doing here. I am aware of and support the bands of some friends, but I don’t keep of track of “the scene”.
- Any messages for the readers?
Check out our music on www.theudho.com . You can also find us on various social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.