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Arien Van Weesenbeek (God Dethroned)

Interview with Arien Van Weesenbeek from God Dethroned
by Panagiotis Koutsompogeras at 05 June 2005, 4:38 PM

Death Metal gods God Dethroned released an excellent album in 2004 entitled Lair Of The White Worm. In order to support it they started an extensive tour. Having finished one leg of their aforementioned tour they decided to give some interviews to Death Metal freaks all over the world! Metal Temple Magazine was at the scene of the crime of course and was very eager to absorb all the necessary information about them! Here is a juicy e-Interview with their - always happy - drummer Arien Van Weesenbeek. Enjoy !

Hello man and congratulations on the completion of this leg of your tour! How was the tour in general?

Hey dude! Thanks a lot! The tour was an awesome experience and the shows were powerful! We also had a truly great support band with us from the States named Summon which we spent a great time with! We really had the feeling that the tour was way too short, and when we got home, we wanted to go on for another two weeks, haha!

Do you feel you have quite enough energy left to go on for the next leg of your tour?

Hell yeah!! We’re in good shape, haha!

What was the general acceptance of the Lair Of The White Worm from the people you played to? Do you have any funny or strange stories that happened during the tour to tell us?

The songs of the album got a really good response and the audience seemed to be quite familiar to the music of the Lair Of The White Worm. Some people told us that the new album is our best to date and wanted to have signs on their CDs. Well… the funniest thing would be that the guys from  Summon came on stage during our last show of the tour and started singing along Sigma Enigma and two of them were also lying down on the stage because they were so stoned, haha! I think if you’d seen this, you’d laugh too, haha. It was a weird show but one of the coolest so far.

Since we are an on-line magazine, we have to ask you this. What is your relationship with the Internet and what do you think about it as a way of communication?

It’s a nice way of communicating when necessary. I only send some e-mails or check some band websites or some information, and that’s enough for me.

Do you enjoy making videos? You have just shot a video for the title track. How would you react if somebody asked you to play in a movie? e.g. a paranoid killer ?

Yeah, we enjoy it for sure! Hmm, I don’t think that we’d be asked to play in a movie, haha, but I’d go for it and give it a try; of course as a psycho-killing maniac! Nothing else, haha!!

Do you enjoy touring? How hard is life on the road and how can a balanced man keep the right attitude and combine a musical career and a warm and healthy family?

We enjoy touring a lot!! Well, for me it’s not hard because I am just crazy about music and I want to play as much as I can. Maybe it would be a different situation if I had a wife and kids but that’s not the case right now, so I can do what I want to, when I want to.

Which bands or musicians would you say, that they have influenced you?

I think that Slayer, Morbid Angel, Dismember (in the early days of our band), and Emperor are the most influential bands for God Dethroned. But when it comes to personal favorite musicians… It’s quite hard for me to name influential musicians, but as far as metal goes, then it would be Dave Lombardo and Pete Sandoval. But the thing is that there are so many great drummers in so many styles. I think that when I hear a drummer with a great sound and energy and timing then it would already influence me. As long as a drummer is playing with feeling, creativity and dedication then I like it already and take some elements from their playing with me in my mind.

Where do you get the majority of your inspiration?

By listening to music other than Metal, haha. No, seriously: It’s really refreshing to listen to different styles and sounds other than the music that you’re used to be listening to as a musician. It’s really pushing the creativity. It can be anything. And then when we start writing songs, most of the music comes spontaneously at the most unexpected moments or times.

Could you possibly tell us any other interesting bands from Holland?

Katafalk is great, Instil, and personally Osdorp Posse, but that’s just my opinion, haha.

Is it possible to see a co-headlining tour featuring God Dethroned and Golden Earring?

I don’t think that’s possible, haha. But it would be an honour to tour with them!!!

We can learn a lot from these guys! But the music would differ too much I guess… Most Earring fans wouldn’t know what to do when we would start playing.

If I am not mistaken Henri has studied Mathematics hasn’t he? Has anyone of the other members studied something apart from music?

Mathematics? No, I don’t think he did. Henk \[Henke Zinger - Bass] studied to become a teacher in building techniques for high-school students. Isaac \[Delahaye - Guitar] and I studied music. I work part-time as a drum-teacher.

What other interests do you have apart from music?

I enjoy traveling and seeing friends all over the country that I haven’t seen in a long time. And to watch movies at the cinema or at home with friends and once in a while to party a little bit. Sometimes I play videogames or cycle for sports, besides the drumming.

Do you often get e-mail or threats or complains from fanatic Christians, who pressurize you to change your whole attitude?

No… not that much. Only twice if I’m correct. We actually have to laugh when we get such messages. It’s very stupid of those people because they know we won’t change for their benefits.

Thanks for the interview man! Any last words you would like to say to the people of Metal Temple and generally to all the metalheads?

You’re welcome!! Well, all I can say is: enjoy life and if possible: our new album!! Cheerio!!


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