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[INTERVIEW] Audioinferno interacts with the members of Behold the Silence

Demonslayer, Photo Credit – DK Photography

Audioinferno: My name is Austin of Audioinferno. Kindly introduce yourselves
Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Aweh Austin, i am Dom aka DemonSlayer and i make the mouth noises for the band, also known as the vocalist.

Riaan Vermaak (Guitar):

Hi, I’m Riaan, guitarist for Behold the Silence🤘🏼

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

Hey hey hey I’m Heinrich, the other guitarist of Behold the Silence’s 👉🏻

Francois Odendaal (Bass):

Hey Austin. My name is Fudge, bassist for Behold the Silence

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

Hiya Austin. Nathan Comrinck. I play drums for Behold the Silence

Audioinferno: What genre would you describe your band as?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

I would describe our genre as melodic death metal.

Audioinferno: Is there a particular story behind the band’s name?
Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

The music we make and the message we send out there will be heard by only a few. To the rest of the world we are silent. We chose the name because of the type of music we make and the message behind it. Only a few will understand it and appreciate it, but to others that message will fall on deaf ears, and they will in effect be oblivious and silent towards it.

Audioinferno: What year did Behold the Silence sprout out in the SA scene and what was the ambition of the band when you guys started?
Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

We started the band mid 2013, we began as a group of misfits that enjoyed the randomness that we brought to the table, as soon as we finished our first song we realised that we had something in common. And the fact that we originate in a small surfer town with no metal scene was a challenge we could not refuse. As of this year we found our final piece to our puzzel in the form of Dom who is the king of hide and seek at gigs.

Francois and Riaan, Photo Credit – Keets Designs & Photography

Audioinferno: So why did you pick your particular metal genre?

Francois Odendaal (Bass):

I don’t believe we ever set out to be in a particular style and I also do not believe we are a pure death metal band. We just do what comes naturally to us which I suppose is closest to Melodic Death Metal.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

To me personally i think what makes Behold The Silence stand out is the fact that we are not a one dimensional band. Take Bring Me The Horizon or even Linkin Park as an example, they came out and gave us amazing albums and then with no warning just decided to go a completely new direction and a lot of fans were not happy with that. BTS on the other hand have never been labeled as a specific metal genre thus making it easy for us to experiment and always surprise the fans with something fresh and new.

Audioinferno: So have you guys recorded anything since the onset?
Francois Odendaal (Bass):

Well we are currently recording an EP here in Jeffreys with Heine from Boargazm, which we are hoping to finalise soon!

Audioinferno: Have you guys played any live shows and if you had ? Which South African metal band did you enjoy sharing a stage with ?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

The propelling death tour where we played with fallen prophets was my favourite. Twas an epic evening in which fallen prophets and imperial destruction (Cant remember if bloodbarf played that PE show) graced the stage with our presence. It was at pool city walmer in Port Elizabeth close to jbay.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

We have played numerous gigs in and around the Eastern cape, however my personal favourite bands we have played with must be Devilspeak and The Fallen Prophets.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Ah man, these guys have played a lot of live shows with some really good metal bands but i wasn’t part of the line up then, hahaha i so wanna play a show with Devilspeak.

Audioinferno: What’s the most memorable show you guys have played and where are you scheduled to hit the stage in the near future?
Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

The local metal scene has also accommodate us with great hospitality, such as All We’ve Known and Mezzanine Floor, as well as Monolith. It’s always a pleasure playing with those guys.  I think the Propelling death tour was the most memorable show, pre Dom joining the band that is. But when we obtained the Demonslayer we hit the stage at Swartkops here in Port Elizabeth for a charity gig, he got on stage, windmilled and headbanged his way into all of our hearts, a great night to remember.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

The funny thing about the Propelling Death Tour is that it was a show i helped organise and even back then i was a huge Behold The Silence fan. They were 1 of the 1st local bands i wanted on the list.

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

We have the face melt tour to look forward to in PE on Dec 2nd followed by a trip to Capetown for Hellington on Dec 9th. First time any of us have heard about it but yeah we were invited to play and one’s band can only appear at Hellington by invite.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Yeah that show is a big deal especially when i found out its invite only, some of the local Cape Town bands aren’t even on the list but they asked us to be there. Super honoured about that.

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

Dom you flatter!!! For the record Austin, this band never sounded anywhere close to half as good as it does now with Dom as our front man. He is what we’ve been waiting for and we stuck together for over 5 years in pursuit of the awesomeness he now brings to every practice and gig.

Audioinferno: Thanks so your upcoming EP (whats the name), I’d like to ask specifically about the sort of themes going on with the EP and if there are any curveballs on the lyrical front.
Riaan Vermaak (Guitar):

Details is soon to be released, you’ll have to wait and see

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

Dom i believe you are the man to talk to about the lyrical curveballs

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

They vary quite a bit.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

From mental struggle, racism in South Africa,  to a concept cooked up thanks to American Gods. inspiration is everywhere and i just write what comes when the music hits me. There’s definitely not a specific topic that the lyrics are aimed at.

Audioinferno: What’s the funniest thing a fan have done to you guys on stage?
Francois Odendaal (Bass):

Well, I suppose that this wasn’t really funny at the time but I can laugh at it now. Way back when we started out we had a gig at a small bar in Jbay and the bassist from A Cake is Lie, big metal band from PE at that time was there. We were all amped and surprised to see the guy there, eager to impress. Long story short, he got drunk and disappeared to the side of the stage after which he decided my guitar case and amp looked like a good place to pee. I witnessed all this while in mid song. Hahaha at least he called me the next day and apologized, he couldn’t remember a thing.

Audioinferno: So what’s the most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

I haven’t had anything happen to me but a good memory comes from the Swartkops Charity gig we played a while back, nothing like looking out at the crowd and seeing grey haired, wrinkled skin, old people with their horns in the hair head banging to our stuff. Nothing says you are doing it right, like old people enjoy metal at a live show hahaha.

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

I was packing my drums into the car outside the studio where we’re recording and a random bloke approaches me and asks if i’m behold the silence’s drummer to which I replied yes. He then proceeded to inform me as to how seeing a local metal band playing gigs out of town and whatnot inspired him to start playing guitar again and how he really dug our music and funnily enough I saw his face at the very next gig. That day however he helped me carry my kit and pack it in. Nice chap.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

Best thing a fan did – We played a gig in Jeffreys Bay (this was right in the beginning of BTS itself) and there was an Aussie chap there for the holidays. We started chatting, and he said his fave band was Parkway Drive, to which I replied we had a cover song of theirs, Carrion. He freaked out, was amped for the gig and was almost in tears.

Audioinferno: Good. So which Africa metal bands will you like to share on stage with?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

My tip top stage sharing desire would have to be Boargasm. They’re… well, their reputation speaks for itself, but apart from that they are brilliant musicians and generally all round nice guys. It’d be amazing touring with them.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

I’d personally like to do a gig with Demogoroth Satanum, a black metal band from Soweto and obviously Boargasm.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

I’d like to see our boys from Monolith get back on stage. FINISH YOUR ALBUM ALREADY SO WE CAN PLAY SHOWS TOGETHER!

Audioinferno: Describe your show in one sentence and what’s your pre show ritual?
Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Pre show ritual results in urinating at least 7 times before going on stage, cold sweats, nerves that make my heart feel like its going to explode, but once i get that mic in my hand i can be described as nothing more than GOD. in 1 word my performance is memorable. i will give you something to remember coz i give the kind of performance that i want to see when i watch a vocalist on stage.

Audioinferno: How important to the band is the physical product over a digital download, and what’s your preferred format for fans to get the release when your EP drops?
Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

Obviously, it would be awesome to have our EP distributed via CD format however in present day and age, it would be more effective to have it as a digital download or on platforms such as soundcloud. Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy a CD more than a digital download. Its just better because you get to see the artwork in your hands and, a CD is much more collectable!

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Obviously in this day and age you have to think digital but nothing beats owning the physical copy, flipping through the art work and holding that CD case, man its like owning a book.

Audioinferno: Outside your own EP recording, what South African metal bands have you been listening to lately and what’s coming out soon in your local scene you are looking forward to?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

Monolith baby!!!!Fallen prophets and Boargasm as part of my answer to please and All we’ve known.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

I am an avid listener of The Fallen Prophets, as well as having spent my fair share of time listening to The Cake is a Lie. Looking forward to Boargazm’s new album drop though. But as for PE, looking forward to Monolith and All we’ve Known.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Yoh, so many, i’m always listening to the old bands like Forever Will Burn, The Dead Will Tell, Betray The Emissary but i am looking forward to The Alpha Sequence’s album as well as Monolith and Boargazm.

Audioinferno: So I understand the Port Elizabeth (PE) metal scene is a huge one, thanks to Shaun Manley of All we’ve known for giving me that information. So what’s happening in the P.E metal scene these days and what venues are most strongly championing heavier music?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

Pool City Walmer and The Music Kitchen are the 2 main venues hosting heavy music in Port Elizabeth.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

Well, Walmer Pool City, Music Kitchen and then our local watering hole @work, in Jeffreys Bay. The owner Jacques has always been a massive supporter of the local music scene as well as an avid Behold the silence fan.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

I don’t know ey, i’ve been in the scene since 2003 and i’ve watched it shrink of recent years. The metal scene is in no way as big as it used to be but the energy and the love and the craving for metal in the city is still there. You see it at shows with the help of Venues like Pool City Walmer and now The Music Kitchen helping us out, i personally hope to see the scene get back to what it used to be.

Audioinferno: What’s your drink of choice to keep those creative juices flowing while recording your Ep?
Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

Beer mate!!!

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

Hahahaha, SPRITE do it right, drink Sprite even have the tattoo to prove it hahaha

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

I want 100 beers, exactly 100 beers

Swartkopps Charity Gig, Photo Credit – Beat Rossouw

Audioinferno: Do any of you guys have any ink, and if so what’s your latest tattoo?
Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

I have no tattoos at the moment, going to be getting my first soon

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

I have many.

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

I have quite a few tattoos

Audioinferno: So each of you say something to your fans and what they are to expect in your upcoming EP ?
Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

All i am going to say is that we have been waiting for a long time to get to this point and i can not wait for the the rest of the world to hear what we have got

Nathan Combrinck (Drums):

I appreciate the hell out of every single one of BTS’s fans and want them to look forward to some local SA metal possessing a unique melodic feel with all the brutal hardcore kak we know they love as much as we do 🤘

Dominic Demonslayer Louw (Vocals):

To our fans i would say keep up the grind if you want to make it you need to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. no one makes it over night and if you really believe this is what you want to do you are going to have to prove it through hours of hard work and quite a few negative vibes, but you must push through that…ALSO…thank you to everyone for the support, to all who waste their time reading our posts on facebook, to all who pitch up to our shows, we are nothing without you. you are the ones who help our dreams come true, i love every single one of you.

Heinrich Johnson (Guitar):

I just want to add that without the support of our fans, we wouldn’t be were we are. So thanks guys!

That’s pretty much the interview with this awesome metal band all the way from Port Elizabeth, South Africa and this champs would be playing at Boargazm event alongside Boargazm and Prescriptiondeath, on the 8th November 2017 at the ROCKING SPORTS BAR in Jeffreys Bay. Click here for more details of the event.

Then on 9th December, the Port Elizabeth metal champs march to Hellington Open Air to play and hit the pedal to the metal with the most furious of the South African metal bands. Click here for more details of the event.

Support Behold the Silence by liking their facebook page here.

 

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