Interview with Adrie Kloosterwaard of Sinister
No one has or will create death metal like Sinister.Taking the muffled hard-stop strumming of speed metal, mixing it in with the structural cryptograms of death metal, and amplifying the intensity, Sinister innovative the brutal death metal that spawned the goregrind genre and countless imitators. Band’s leader Adrie Kloosterwaard talks to Metal-Rules.com about the new upcoming album, “The post-Apocalyptic Servant”, Greek metal scene, the fillers in the album, the general see for the future…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello Aad! This is Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com, I am very happy and glad for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
I am doing good thanks a lot for asking.
Metal-Rules.com: To start off, let’s take a look if there is a new Sinister record in the works.
Hell yeah! .. We finished last week the new Sinister record THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERVANT and I can tell you that it’s an absolute killer.
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden something and I’d like you to tell me your own opinion on that. When it comes to recording material you never seem to follow a conventional approach in the sense that, and with the exception of the debut “Cross The Styx”, no other Sinister full length has reached the ten track limit. That is something I personally admire, especially as it means that albums such as “Legacy Of Ashes” has no fillers whatsoever! Do you deliberately stay away from the ‘filler’ track?
We never make a new track with the idea to make it a filler for the record. All tracks that you hear on the record we are pleased with. Like I said before Sinister will never put a track on the record that we think this is ok but not more… We try to make every song as good as possible.
Metal-Rules.com: Your vocals are quite brutal yet, at the same time, far more comprehensible than those of most ‘throat-orientated’ singers nowadays. Is there a specific technique that you are using which brings such impressive results?
Hahaha! Thanks for that it’s good to hear. For me and the band it’s of course important that the vocals are brutal, but more important that you also can hear at least a bit what I am singing.. This makes the music much catchier for listening. And no, I have no specific technique this is the sound that you get when I open my mouth hahahaha.
Metal-Rules.com: Hehehe! It’s natural! Not many howlers and growlers can do it! Please let us know why Sinister disassembled for almost 2 years and they were back on metal business in 2005. Did you need a pause? What was going wrong back then?
All this bull-shit and too many problems that the old members have put me through that I lost all my fun in making music. There is a point that you have to say this is enough and not more. When I look back then I do say this was a good choice. At the moment everything is going absolutely great! Now I have guys in the band being 100% focused on the matters of Sinister issues. That’s what I want.
Metal-Rules.com: So your new line-up is steady! That’s good! You are the only constant member of Sinister since the beginning and there are 3 new entries in 2011. Why? What’s happened to the previous musicians? You speak of many problems with them.
Yes, I am still strong, believe me. What can I say about them? Some old members had to f**k off and others had no fun anymore in playing music and were looking for a different hobby. When you play in Sinister you have to give the 100% of yourself and capabilities but not less. When you are not able to do this, you better not be part of Sinister.
Metal-Rules.com: You are the boss in Sinister camp or every band member has the same piece of the cake?
Fuck yes, I am the boss! Hahaha! No one can say what he wants when he comes into the band. Of course, it’s normal and sane that I have in some things the last call as being after 25 years in this killer band.
Metal-Rules.com: What does the band name mean for you? Who is responsible for the name?
I came up with this name 100 years ago hahaha.
Metal-Rules.com: Hahaha! Of course you did!!!!
Seriously now, Sinister means DARK and that fits perfectly with our music… Also, that was the idea behind it.
Metal-Rules.com: What does future holds for Sinister?
We like to play many live shows as possible all around the globe when the new record comes out, and we already start working on new tracks.
Metal-Rules.com: How is Sinister received in Netherlands? I’m just asking as Netherlands is a country where death metal grew up. Netherlands’ metal tradition focuses on female-fronted metal bands such as Within Temptation, Revamp, Epica, The Gathering and extreme metal such as Legion of The Damned, Asphyx, Pestilence, God Dethroned. There isn’t any mediocre metal (hehe)? Simple Heavy metal?
I think so… Yes but I don’t care about this kind of metal… So I cannot say anything further hehehe.
Metal-Rules.com: Hehehe! I think you listen to death metal only! Sinister music has a very specific sound. After twenty-five years, do you find it challenging to innovate within that rather strict definition of what your music is? Are you ever going to run out of riffs?
Hahaha I don’t think so the huge riffs are coming by Bastiaan, but this is also because he puts so much from his free time in Sinister for
creating new music. Sinister is Sinister and we will always play this brutal aggressive death metal… This is what we love to play and nothing else.
Metal-Rules.com: So, I would like to ask you a question that will make you travel many years ago. When you started Sinister, could you have possibly imagined that 25 years later you’d still be together? I know that many line-up changes Sinister have been put through and you are the only constant members. Do you feel the defenders of the (death) faith?
I am still here with Sinister because I love to play in this band, and I am really proud of how the band turned out. We make records and
travel all over the world for live shows and meet our fans. I cannot ask for more … This is the reason why I make the music I love the most.
Metal-Rules.com: I think that a death metal show demands for a good warm-up. What’s your own warm-up process?
Nothing special! Making fun with the guys hahaha.. Of course I always have in my head that I like to do my best and do everything for
this .. 100% and not less.
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
What can I say man…It is what it is… Some things are complete fucked up nowadays.
Metal-Rules.com: One of the last trends in music business is iTunes. More and more metal bands sell albums through this way. What’s your opinion on that?
It’s a great way to sell your music nowadays, but I like more the real deal. The CD’s and Vinyl I mean. I still love checking out the artwork and the booklet and I can enjoy the music even more better this way that the digital one.
Metal-Rules.com: Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage with? I know that you already have play with Suicidal Angels in 2013.
Oh man I really love MASS INFECTION… they absolutely kill!!!
Metal-Rules.com: There is another great brutal death metal band you need to check out: In Utero Cannibalism! I am sure you’ll enjoy their music! Do you believe that illegal downloading harms album sales or you accept the fact that the real fans will go anyway to get the new CD or vinyl regardless of the ‘free’ illegal way?
Of course downloading harms album sales but what can you do about it? I still like believing when you are a real fan of extreme music you like to
have the real deal like a Cd or vinyl. And the music industry is what I said before it is what it is (e.n.: he characterized it very softly).. with his good and really bad sides.
Metal-Rules.com: Heavy metal changes throughout the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated the 80’s, there was Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s, and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s. 2010 was the beginning of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
You never know what will happen, trends will come and go again.
Metal-Rules.com:Which big metal loss affected you the most?
That Frank Mullen is not doing vocals anymore on every Suffocation gig hahahaha. That would be the biggest metal loss!!!!
Metal-Rules.com: Hehehe! Nice answer! If you could pick only one musician to work with that you did not collaborate with in the past, who would that be and why?
I cannot answer this because there are so many great musicians.
Metal-Rules.com: What elements make a good death metal song and album as well?
The most important things is trying to make catchy parts…parts that can stick in your head after listening to the song, and sound brutal as hell.
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Favorite metal genre: Death metal
Greece: Holiday country and have some killer bands.
Politics: Don’t care
Favorite TV series: Like to check out sport programs
Black Sabbath: Ozzy and Dio
Metal-Rules.com: Aad! Thank you for your time and this interview. I wish you and the rest guys of Sinister all the best!!!
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