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Interview for Agathokakological Webzine (rip) Hello and who is this from Aratron? This is Maurice, bassplayer and guitarist. The band formed in 2000, could you please give us a BRIEF history? We started back in 2000 and after two years and a few gigs, there was a lot of mutual irritation between the members because we all wanted to continue with Aratron, but everybody wanted to play a different style of music. Our drummer was much more into stuff like Dream Theater, the guitarist wanted easy, primitive black metal riffing, vocalist Ronald wanted more death metal and I wanted a bit more thrash influenses and at least a bit more technical and interesting stuff. Ronald and I also demanded that the drummer and guitarist would practice their instruments more. We couldn’t agree with each other, so that was the end in 2002. Then a few years later, things weren’t going that well with my current band at that time, so I called Ronald and we found a drummer and we started rehearsing again. Later we had a guitarist who helped us out and when we recorded our first demo ‘Horrifying Visions’. After 2 gigs, the guitarist and drummer both left. Ronald and I took a short break, and I decided that I didn’t want to form a band anymore, but I wanted to continue with Aratron as a sort of project, so I started playing guitar myself. For the recordings of ‘The Recovery’ we found a guy called Oscar who wanted to do the drums for the recording. Guitarist Michel is a friend of ours and he helped us out by doing the guitarsolos. So that’s the history of Aratron in a very tiny nutshell. I could fill 100 pages talking about everything that has happened! Maybe I’ll write a book about it one day! Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning? We had a few very succesfull shows in the area where we live, with people going crazy, moshpits and everything. Our very first show back in 2000 wasn’t on a stage but in a pit inside a very small pub! The place was so small and crowded that we stood shoulder to shoulder playing our songs! I also recollect a festival where the entire audience was with their backs towards us! And not only with us, but with all the other bands as well! But we also played in The Baroeg in Rotterdam which is a very well-known place here in Holland. We also did some very good shows on some bigger stages, opening for God Dethroned, so yes, we had a lot fun doing this! After we resurrected in 2008, we did two shows. We played at the famous Bibelot club in our hometown of Dordrecht, the other one was at a club called Xinix at Nieuwendijk (NL). Both shows were very awesome and we received a good responce from the crowd and we really enjoyed playing both shows. Unfortunately we didn’t play more gigs, despite of the fact we lost both our drummer and guitarplayer after the last show at Nieuwendijk. What is the meaning of your band name? This is what wikipedia says: Aratron governs those things which are ascribed astrologically to Saturn. He can convert any living organism, plant or animal into stone, and that in a moment of time; he can also change coals into treasure and treasure into coals; he gives familiars and reconciles subterranean spirits to men; he teaches Alchemy, Magic and Medicine, imparts the secret of invisibility, makes the barren fruitful and, lastly, confers long life. Basicly, I found the name in ‘The Book of Black Magic’ by Arthur Edward Waite, and I just thought it was a nice and original name, so I took it for the band. However, despite the name, we are not a spiritual band or anything. I see you released a new demo this year, are there any plans for a full length album? Well, both Ronald and I have very busy full time jobs, and next to my job I’m also doing a study for four evenings in the week for the next year and a half, so we have very little time left for Aratron. However, we will record a new demo next year, and hopefully after that, we’ll have time for a full length. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes? The lyrics for Aratron all deal about war and destruction. Some of them tell the story from a soldiers point of view and others are about what goes on during a war and how army’s destroy their opponents with brutal force.  The whole war theme fits perfectly with Aratron, Ronald is very interested in war and he watches a lot of documentaries about war on Discovery-, National Geographic- and History Channel. Tell us about the recording of your latest demo. It all went very smooth again, thanks to our producer Ed, who is a great guy to work with. We recorded the demo in 4 weekends by starting with the drums, then the guitars, bass, vocals and the solos. I have to confess I had a hard time doing ‘Thrashed’ and even thought about not recording the song, but it ended up being my favorite track on the demo! You seem to play a straight forward style of Metal, what are your opinions of the current and what I consider a very over populated and diluted Metal scene? There are so many bands today who bring out lots of albums, I can’t keep up with that. There are almost no new bands I listen to. With all the new technology we have nowadays, it is much more easy for anybody to record their stuff at home and make a demo on their computer. I mean, I have been playing in underground bands for more then 20 years now, and back in the day you had to practice a lot and then go to a studio and put a real efford in what you were doing. Not to mention it also costs a lot of money, being in a studio. After our new start in 2008, we had a lot of horrible auditions for a guitar player by a lot of guys who played and recorded at home, but couldn’t manage to play a decent riff in the rehearsel room. If they’d even show up. Recording at home is very easy when you can play your stuff about 1000 times and then pick out the best one, but in an actual band in a rehearsel place, or better, on stage, you just have to deliver. And that’s what’s lacking these days. People who can and want to do the job right. So even without a tiny bit of talent or money, it’s easy to make a demo at home. So that’s why there are so many ‘bands’ today I guess. Critics will say that Aratron is in the same league, but we’ve been around for some time now. Also, a lot of bands don’t even have their stuff printed on cd anymore. It’s there just for download available. Maybe I’m too much old school, but I like to have an actual cd or record in my hands, with a cover and booklet and such, not just some files on my computer. So yes, there are too much bands, but who am I to judge? Who is in the line up now? Ronald on vocals, I’m doing the bass and the guitars, and Oscar is our session drummer, just for the recordings. Michel did the guitar solos for this demo. What can people expect from Aratron in the future? At least one more demo and hopefully one day a full length. No live shows yet, but never say never! Thank you for the interview, any closing words, thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise. Thanks for the interview! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pest Webzine Please tell us about the history of your band and its members. We started back in 2000. Me and Raymond, our first vocalist, wanted to start a death metal band. I knew René, our first guitarist and Raymond knew Guido, our first drummer, so that was the start of Aratron. Soon Raymond left and Ronald joined us, who I knew from a band called Phobiac which we both played in. We did a couple of live shows and had a good time during those three years, but everyone in the band wanted to play a different style of music and everyone was pushing to play there own musical taste which eventually caused to much tension, and that’s when we decided to quit, because we couldn’t agree with each other about the style we wanted to play. It was basicly a lack of respect between us. So that was 2002. Then in 2008, things weren’t going so well with my band Stigma, we didn’t rehearse that much and so I wanted something more and thought about bringing Aratron back to life. I called Ronald and he agreed immediately and Arjan, the drummer of Stigma introduced us to his brother, Arnold who would become our drummer. We had a few auditions for guitarists, but they all lacked massifly in talent. We played a few months with Snoek, the guitarist from Sobek and later Stigma, but he quit al of a sudden with no reason. So then I called Tibor and he decided to help us out as a session member. That’s the history of Aratron in a nutshell. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? The music we play is a mix of death and thrash metal early ‘90’s style, with a slight touch of black metal here and there. Considering the songwriting, I’m mainly influenced by bands like Overkill, Bolt Thrower, Deicide, Vader, Slayer etc. The standard death and thrash bands basicly. Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums? Because we play a style of music from the days before metal was infected by the disease of keyboards, female vocals, soft melody lines, emocore-hardcore-metalcore-punk-folk-jazz-mellow-lounch and whatever else shitty influences you hear nowadays. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? We’ve released our demo called ‘Horrifying Visions’ and it got some pretty good reviews. Only one real bad review, which we don’t take very serious. You can find al the reviews on our website. We’re still waiting for a few more to come. Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far? Yes, of course! Playing live for on audience is always a rush! We don’t have that much live activity, yet, we’ve only done two shows with the new line-up, but there is a lot going to happen this summer, probably 5 or 6 shows and some festivals we hope. It’s a matter of knowing the right people and being persistent. We’re trying to build a fan base and making a name for ourselves and it’s slightly starting to come. What sould labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it? They should be interested in Aratron because we play metal the way it was meant to be and we have a professional approach in what we do as a band. What plans do you have for the near future as a band? Making more and even better demo’s and hopefully a full-length album and of course more live-shows. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? Al you want to know about Aratron can be found on our website.
INTERVIEWS
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Interview for Agathokakological Webzine (rip) Hello and who is this from Aratron? This is Maurice, bassplayer and guitarist. The band formed in 2000, could you please give us a BRIEF history? We started back in 2000 and after two years and a few gigs, there was a lot of mutual irritation between the members because we all wanted to continue with Aratron, but everybody wanted to play a different style of music. Our drummer was much more into stuff like Dream Theater, the guitarist wanted easy, primitive black metal riffing, vocalist Ronald wanted more death metal and I wanted a bit more thrash influenses and at least a bit more technical and interesting stuff. Ronald and I also demanded that the drummer and guitarist would practice their instruments more. We couldn’t agree with each other, so that was the end in 2002. Then a few years later, things weren’t going that well with my current band at that time, so I called Ronald and we found a drummer and we started rehearsing again. Later we had a guitarist who helped us out and when we recorded our first demo ‘Horrifying Visions’. After 2 gigs, the guitarist and drummer both left. Ronald and I took a short break, and I decided that I didn’t want to form a band anymore, but I wanted to continue with Aratron as a sort of project, so I started playing guitar myself. For the recordings of ‘The Recovery’ we found a guy called Oscar who wanted to do the drums for the recording. Guitarist Michel is a friend of ours and he helped us out by doing the guitarsolos. So that’s the history of Aratron in a very tiny nutshell. I could fill 100 pages talking about everything that has happened! Maybe I’ll write a book about it one day! Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning? We had a few very succesfull shows in the area where we live, with people going crazy, moshpits and everything. Our very first show back in 2000 wasn’t on a stage but in a pit inside a very small pub! The place was so small and crowded that we stood shoulder to shoulder playing our songs! I also recollect a festival where the entire audience was with their backs towards us! And not only with us, but with all the other bands as well! But we also played in The Baroeg in Rotterdam which is a very well-known place here in Holland. We also did some very good shows on some bigger stages, opening for God Dethroned, so yes, we had a lot fun doing this! After we resurrected in 2008, we did two shows. We played at the famous Bibelot club in our hometown of Dordrecht, the other one was at a club called Xinix at Nieuwendijk (NL). Both shows were very awesome and we received a good responce from the crowd and we really enjoyed playing both shows. Unfortunately we didn’t play more gigs, despite of the fact we lost both our drummer and guitarplayer after the last show at Nieuwendijk. What is the meaning of your band name? This is what wikipedia says: Aratron governs those things which are ascribed astrologically to Saturn. He can convert any living organism, plant or animal into stone, and that in a moment of time; he can also change coals into treasure and treasure into coals; he gives familiars and reconciles subterranean spirits to men; he teaches Alchemy, Magic and Medicine, imparts the secret of invisibility, makes the barren fruitful and, lastly, confers long life. Basicly, I found the name in ‘The Book of Black Magic’ by Arthur Edward Waite, and I just thought it was a nice and original name, so I took it for the band. However, despite the name, we are not a spiritual band or anything. I see you released a new demo this year, are there any plans for a full length album? Well, both Ronald and I have very busy full time jobs, and next to my job I’m also doing a study for four evenings in the week for the next year and a half, so we have very little time left for Aratron. However, we will record a new demo next year, and hopefully after that, we’ll have time for a full length. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes? The lyrics for Aratron all deal about war and destruction. Some of them tell the story from a soldiers point of view and others are about what goes on during a war and how army’s destroy their opponents with brutal force.  The whole war theme fits perfectly with Aratron, Ronald is very interested in war and he watches a lot of documentaries about war on Discovery-, National Geographic- and History Channel. Tell us about the recording of your latest demo. It all went very smooth again, thanks to our producer Ed, who is a great guy to work with. We recorded the demo in 4 weekends by starting with the drums, then the guitars, bass, vocals and the solos. I have to confess I had a hard time doing ‘Thrashed’ and even thought about not recording the song, but it ended up being my favorite track on the demo! You seem to play a straight forward style of Metal, what are your opinions of the current and what I consider a very over populated and diluted Metal scene? There are so many bands today who bring out lots of albums, I can’t keep up with that. There are almost no new bands I listen to. With all the new technology we have nowadays, it is much more easy for anybody to record their stuff at home and make a demo on their computer. I mean, I have been playing in underground bands for more then 20 years now, and back in the day you had to practice a lot and then go to a studio and put a real efford in what you were doing. Not to mention it also costs a lot of money, being in a studio. After our new start in 2008, we had a lot of horrible auditions for a guitar player by a lot of guys who played and recorded at home, but couldn’t manage to play a decent riff in the rehearsel room. If they’d even show up. Recording at home is very easy when you can play your stuff about 1000 times and then pick out the best one, but in an actual band in a rehearsel place, or better, on stage, you just have to deliver. And that’s what’s lacking these days. People who can and want to do the job right. So even without a tiny bit of talent or money, it’s easy to make a demo at home. So that’s why there are so many ‘bands’ today I guess. Critics will say that Aratron is in the same league, but we’ve been around for some time now. Also, a lot of bands don’t even have their stuff printed on cd anymore. It’s there just for download available. Maybe I’m too much old school, but I like to have an actual cd or record in my hands, with a cover and booklet and such, not just some files on my computer. So yes, there are too much bands, but who am I to judge? Who is in the line up now? Ronald on vocals, I’m doing the bass and the guitars, and Oscar is our session drummer, just for the recordings. Michel did the guitar solos for this demo. What can people expect from Aratron in the future? At least one more demo and hopefully one day a full length. No live shows yet, but never say never! Thank you for the interview, any closing words, thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise. Thanks for the interview! __________________________________________________ Pest Webzine Please tell us about the history of your band and its members. We started back in 2000. Me and Raymond, our first vocalist, wanted to start a death metal band. I knew René, our first guitarist and Raymond knew Guido, our first drummer, so that was the start of Aratron. Soon Raymond left and Ronald joined us, who I knew from a band called Phobiac which we both played in. We did a couple of live shows and had a good time during those three years, but everyone in the band wanted to play a different style of music and everyone was pushing to play there own musical taste which eventually caused to much tension, and that’s when we decided to quit, because we couldn’t agree with each other about the style we wanted to play. It was basicly a lack of respect between us. So that was 2002. Then in 2008, things weren’t going so well with my band Stigma, we didn’t rehearse that much and so I wanted something more and thought about bringing Aratron back to life. I called Ronald and he agreed immediately and Arjan, the drummer of Stigma introduced us to his brother, Arnold who would become our drummer. We had a few auditions for guitarists, but they all lacked massifly in talent. We played a few months with Snoek, the guitarist from Sobek and later Stigma, but he quit al of a sudden with no reason. So then I called Tibor and he decided to help us out as a session member. That’s the history of Aratron in a nutshell. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? The music we play is a mix of death and thrash metal early ‘90’s style, with a slight touch of black metal here and there. Considering the songwriting, I’m mainly influenced by bands like Overkill, Bolt Thrower, Deicide, Vader, Slayer etc. The standard death and thrash bands basicly. Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums? Because we play a style of music from the days before metal was infected by the disease of keyboards, female vocals, soft melody lines, emocore-hardcore-metalcore-punk-folk-jazz- mellow-lounch and whatever else shitty influences you hear nowadays. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? We’ve released our demo called ‘Horrifying Visions’ and it got some pretty good reviews. Only one real bad review, which we don’t take very serious. You can find al the reviews on our website. We’re still waiting for a few more to come. Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far? Yes, of course! Playing live for on audience is always a rush! We don’t have that much live activity, yet, we’ve only done two shows with the new line-up, but there is a lot going to happen this summer, probably 5 or 6 shows and some festivals we hope. It’s a matter of knowing the right people and being persistent. We’re trying to build a fan base and making a name for ourselves and it’s slightly starting to come. What sould labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it? They should be interested in Aratron because we play metal the way it was meant to be and we have a professional approach in what we do as a band. What plans do you have for the near future as a band? Making more and even better demo’s and hopefully a full- length album and of course more live-shows. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? Al you want to know about Aratron can be found on our website.