In the summer of 2004
negotiations to re-release the entire Gorefest back catalogue
resulted in the band reforming. And so after a 6 year hiatus Gorefest is
back in its original mark II line-up. The band appeared at selected
festivals such as Dynamo Open Air, Wacken Open Air and Graspop, after
which they entered the studio to record ‘La Muerte’ in October 2005.
Muerte’ Gorefest returns to their roots and the musical direction on
this album is similar to ‘False’. They produced the album all by
themselves and the mixing is done by Tue Madsen from the Antfarm
March 2007 they will enter the studio
again after a couple of cancelled tours, they are angry and eager to put
some damage on disc. Again it will be in the Excess studios Rotterdam,
producing by themselves with a little bit Tue Madsen, who will manage
the mixing in the end.
In the end of 2006 Rik van
Gageldonk & Alissa Balfoort did an interview with the band,
read carefully what they had to say.
For more information see Alissa’s website :
After taking a break for a few
years Gorefest is back at the Dutch Metal front. How is it going so far?
It’s going great! Gorefest has
returned to being a band of 4 individuals that form Gorefest together.
At a certain moment in the past, Gorefest was more like a company, a lot
of people who were combined Gorefest. Now it is like in the beginning.
It is more of a hobby than a job, but a serious one. It is one of the
best choices we’ve ever made.
‘La Muerte’ has been out for a year
now. How was the response to the CD?
The reactions have been very positive!
Except for England. We got less positive reviews over there, but you
have to remember if it ain’t English or American, it will not be
received well over there, hehe…
Tue Madsen did the mixing of the CD
and had total control. How does it feel to let it go, while in the past
you guys were in charge of everything during recording?
Not having much control on mixing,
turned out to be a very good thing! We gave Tue some instructions about
how it should be, but we gave him the freedom to do his thing. Through
the internet we kept in touch. Nowadays you can easily exchange premixes
through mail and we can give feedback very fast. We think that it is
also better for the result if the person who does the mixing doesn’t
have 4 guys standing behind him and watch all the moves he makes. The
process became a lot more free and less stressful this way!
How does it feel to be back at
Very good! It feels like coming home.
Together with Nuclear Blast Gorefest became big. At the time of ‘False’
we could also sign with SPV, but our gut said Nuclear Blast, especially
because of their enthusiasm and dedication to metal they put in it for a
small label. Gorefest was the first Nuclear Blast band, to become ‘Band
des Monates’ in RockHard. After ‘Soul Survivor’ it was a logical step to
move to SPV, which was a bigger label at that time. Every big band from
Nuclear Blast made that move back then, so Gorefest did too. But when we
started Gorefest all over again 2 years ago, Nuclear Blast asked if we
were interested in resigning. We didn’t have a single note on paper, but
we told them that we wanted to record an old school Gorefest record,
hard and loud! When they heard that, they gave us a record-deal for 3
You haven’t been on a real tour
since ‘La Muerte’ was released, except for the upcoming X-Mass tour. A
tour with Entombed, Master and a tour with Bolt Thrower were cancelled.
Can we expect a tour for promoting ‘La Muerte’ or will there be a tour
after releasing a new CD?
Well actually we did a lot of gigs.
About 60 gigs this year, so it has been good year for us! Maybe it the
record-sales would have been higher if we had gone on a real tour, but
it still turned out good. A new tour will probably take place after
releasing a new record, which will be not happening before the end of
What were the reasons for
cancelling the tours? On the internet we read some none flattering words
about Paul Speckmann (Master)?
Let’s say we had good reasons for it.
Cancelling a tour sucks, but it is better than getting screwed. The
threat was there, so we backed off.
On the last cd Ed wrote a lot of
the music. Has the writing been a band process? Do you work on songs at
home or is Gorefest more a band of writing new songs during jam
Boudewijn and Ed write the structure
of the songs, but when we go into the studio and the 4 of us work on it,
it no longer sounds like a song done by Ed and Boudewijn. It has become
a Gorefest-song. Everyone adds something to the music this way. The
writing usually starts at home, because we don’t have much time to do it
in a rehearsal room.
Did you already start working on
songs for the new CD?
We have some ideas, but nothing
concrete yet. For March next year we’ve got 1,5 month booked at Excess
studios to record new material. A new release has been set for September
Will you be using Hammond organs
again in the future?
No! That is behind us! It’s gonna be
guitars, a lot of guitars, “If I find one it will burn to the ground,
haha…” adds J.C.
While the band was separated
everyone started his own side project. Now that Gorefest is back
together is there still time for side-projects?
Not much. After the recording sessions
for the new CD Ed en Boudewijn are going on a short club tour with their
Thin Lizzy cover band. That’s a quiet moment until the CD gets released,
so it is a good moment to do something else. “The best thing that could
happen is playing in Dublin on the day Phil Lynott died, but it will be
gigs in The Netherlands” adds Ed.
Can we ever expect a release from
OK, Thanks for the interview and
have a good show!
Rik van Gageldonk & Alissa Balfoort
Jan Chris de Koeyer - Vocals, Bass
Frank Harthoorn - Guitar
Boudewijn Vincent Bonebakker - Guitar
Ed Warby - Drums
1991 - Mindloss
1992 - False
1993 - The Eindhoven Insanity Live
1994 - Erase
1994 - Fear EP
1996 - Soul Survivor
1998 - Chapter 13
2005 - La Muerte