Who is Terzij de Horde?
We are five completely opposite personalities with a shared vision on life. Joost on vocals, Demian and Stefan on guitars, Richard on drums and Johan on bass.
Can you give us a brief history of the band?
Joost and Johan started 6 years ago, with two other friends and under another name, trying to play Extreme Noise Terror-styled grind. But as the line-up changed and the band improved, our past bands and tastes changed the music too, reflected in both the current sound and performance. The name had to follow. We have released one MCD/LP, “A Rage of Rapture against the Dying of the Light” on Antithetic Records and we have been able to tour and play for two years on those four songs and unreleased material, but with our split record coming up and a full-length on the horizon, things are changing for the better still.
What does Terzij de Horde mean?
Aside from the horde. It’s a line from a poem, ‘Einde’, by Hendrik Marsman, a Dutch poet. His dark vitalism and passion have been a real inspiration to us, and with a friend of ours having that line tattooed across his chest it was a small step to taking that name. We consciously decided to take a Dutch name, this line is harsh, fierce in sound and meaning and a perfect match to our message and music. How would you describe your sound? We tend to use the words “sensory overload’ a lot, and that’s what we are aiming for. We pour our passion, our energy and anger and ideas about the world into our music and hope that translates to listeners.
Can you highlight some of your key influences?
The style is an amalgamate of all our pasts and musical preferences. It is quite easy to hear influences like Deathspell Omega, Ash Borer, Wolves in the Throne Room, Neil Perry, Neurosis, 16 Horsepower, Khanate and the likes. But as can be seen from these names, it’s not the style or the label that counts, but rather the depth, the fierceness and creativity of spirit. So we all listen to black and doom metal and hardcore, but all of us are fans of folk, blues, screamo and some indie as well. An old delta blues record can contain far more darkness and power than a run-of-the-mill Nuclear Blast record.
How would you describe your local musical scene?
Utrecht has a great scene actually. With a couple of spaces available for bands of every underground ilk to play at, ACU and dB’s most notably, the underground is really productive. We as a band decided to start booking shows at dB’s under the moniker “Footprints In The Void” to give a place for bands that fall out of the standardised musical spectrum and we have been given full cooperation by the venue. So we have been able to put up shows for Thou, Aderlating, Celeste, Conan, Aesahaettr and Alkerdeel among many others. These shows have been great and often very well attended. Besides these shows, lots of bands have started these past years, so Utrecht is really making itself known in whatever scenes you’d like.
Are there any bands we should keep an eye out for?
For local bands, I’d especially check Northward, Laster and White Oak and -a little less local- Alkerdeel. All of them fall within the black metal spectrum, but explore completely different realms. Besides the locals, everything Gilead Media, Antithetic Records and Flenser Records release seems to be amazing.
Is that a banjo I can hear on The Roots of Doomsday Anxiety?
Who’s idea was it to include this, and was it an important part of setting yourselves apart from more common Black Metal conventions?
At that point Demian wasn’t a part of our band yet. But we as a band had already thought about making a bridge between “Roots…” and “Non Timetis Messor” using an instrument or a sample to accompany Johan’s poem “Bedrock, This”. While talking about that we started talking about 16 Horsepower and the darkness and pain that they are able to convey without any distortion or screaming. Suddenly we all realised that a banjo could be, should be the link between a song about eschatology and the rejection of deus ex machinae and a song dealing with grasping life and using it for all it’s worth. A banjo can encompass pain, melancholy, salvation, joy but all at the same time. We asked Demian to compose something, which we heard one day before recording started, but we all knew that it was perfect. Demian became part of Terzij de Horde instantly.
How would you describe the Terzij de Horde live experience?
A cathartic one. Since most of us come from a hardcore/screamo background, ignoring the props and “showmanship” that runs rampant in metal was easy. All we want is to let everything out, to grasp every single fucking moment of that show, to share the experience with those that are present and to be there, as honest and alive as can be. Is it difficult sometimes to transfer the atmosphere of recordings to the live format? I’d say it’s a problem the other way around. When listening to the recordings, I still tend to cringe every now and then – I would love to be able to capture the noise and rage of a live show one on one, but I don’t think that will ever happen. I’m really happy with our recordings throughout the years, but I don’t think they do our live shows any justice.
Are you currently working on any new material?
We have been for the past two years. We played a lot of shows, and we had to deal with several medical problems within the band, so it took us far too long, but at this point we’re consciously writing for a full-length which is really coming together now. With a bit of luck we can start recording within this year. Has the split with Starve come out yet? NO! FUCK! Badger Records’ Erik is a great guy, but he had to deal with a lot of things this year, so it took 6 months longer than expected/hoped for, but it seems like it’ll be here at the start of July. Fingers crossed.
What will a new Terzij de Horde record sound like?
Strangely enough more black metal. The overall sound has become more focussed I think and a lot of the riffing, when listened to at home, surprised us with being more like black metal than anything we have done before. But the songs we have now still have loads of elements in them, and I don’t think anybody who has listened to us before will be completely shocked. What have you tried to achieve on these new recordings? A more concise sound, a more matured band. For the first time Joost and Johan have started to write lyrics together and the picture of a complete band being their own masters is finally taking form. There’s less searching for a certain riff or sound and a far more confident writing and discussing.
Where can you see Terzij de Horde heading in the near future?
We are planning a tour with label mates The Great Old Ones at the end of the year, our full-length should be released around that time too, and after that: who knows. Touring in the US and Canada is a viable plan, and when the full-length is released and appreciated as much as our EP, which still leaves us baffled, I see no borders we can’t cross.
Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?
Thanks so much for this interview, it’s amazing to get a request from half a world away, home to Portal, Thrall and D666. Keep supporting local bands, local scenes, embrace your sins, resist oppression.