sábado, 26 de febrero de 2022


1. Fluisteraars was born in 2009, why did you decide to create the band? Why did you choose the name Fluisteraars and what does it refer to?
As individuals, we are interested in old stories and legends from our native region. There is much lore there. Accounts that have been given a kind of biblical sauce, but at the core, are still pagan. We track down those stories and try to strip them of their christian morality. That is why we call ourselves the Fluisteraars; the reports we track down are whispers from the past that we whisper.

2. How has the process of composing and recording this new album “Gegrepen door de geest der zielsontluiking” been? What have you changed with respect to the past in this whole process? album?
It has been an organic process. We have allowed a lot to happen, to then drive that back. Things were given space to emerge in the arena we created. This permitted some elements to seek the vacuum, but we had to stifle others.

3. Although Fluisteraars functioned as a trio, recently and for this new album you have lost your short Asher de Vries, why was this decision made? In some way now functioning as a duo within the band has allowed you to offer a a somewhat different sound with previous works? Why this interest in emphasizing that you have not used keyboards for the recording of the album?
Funny that question 3 consists of 4 questions. I won't address the question regarding Asher; that was a personal choice. Why it is important to emphasize that no keyboards were used? Sometimes it's good to make a statement that includes this term. Besides, it's also a truth; we didn't use keyboards on this record.

4. One aspect that is present in the musical section of this new album is that its sound transcends the limits of black metal. How would you define the sound of this new album for those who haven't heard it yet? What bands have influenced you? when composing this album? How important has the connection that exists between you two also been to define and shape the sound of “Gegrepen door de geest der zielsontluiking”?
We have been influenced by all types of music over the years. I'm very fond of Nina Hagen, for example, in terms of vocals. But actually, that doesn't matter. We can now construct the music together, but we find it more important what you think of it, what style you see, and what feeling you get from it. We have given the starting shot. I mean, we made a fireball and threw it into the world; I don't feel like looking back at how that fireball might have landed and what I think of that. That's boring as hell! Let's focus on new things. After all, the artistic process is a process of shedding, just like a snake. Looking back keeps your feet off the ground. And if you don't have your feet on the floor, you never have an excellent position to fly away from.

5. There are sensations such as loneliness or desperation that the music on the album emanates both thanks to the vocal section and on the musical plane, also transcending a proximity to everything that has to do with nature, what role has nature played in when defining the sound of the album? What topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why do you consider them important? Do the lyrics adapt to the music or vice versa? Why did you opt for Dutch for your lyrics?
In a way, the album is about transcending human masses and the pulling power on an individual. It's about falling into the depths, away from the collective climb that everyone undertakes. The joint rise where everyone screws each other and throws each other down. It is about how you roll down into the depths and from there determine your own climb to remain in the mountain metaphor for a moment. An important point is that uniformity exists to conform to others, so you let others speak for you. As a result, it is often a competition, because our nature does not want that. This creates minor variations within the uniformity, and thus originality is destroyed. So, as seismologists, we think it is essential to find an alternative vibration that suits you and then give shape to that. A good side effect of this is that if you step out of the uniformity/competition, you automatically step away from human-centred thinking, thus becoming closer to identifying nature.

6. For the recording and mixing of the album you have worked with the E-Sound Studios, why did you make the decision to record in these studios? What do you think they have contributed to the final result of the album?
Thomas Cochrane, who runs the studio, thinks with us, participates and can turn our wild ideas into the sound we want. It's a perfect production partner that we can recommend to anyone.

7. The album cover, although this time in black and white, follows the line of your previous “Bloem”, what do you intend to reflect with this cover and how does it relate to the content of the album?
It is better to speculate about such things with someone not with the band. As I said earlier, we send a fireball into the world, which we then ignore. As for aesthetics, talk about it with friends in the pub and explore with each other in what ways it appeals to you. We obviously have an idea about it, but that may subsequently be inconsistent with how you experience it. How important is it to have some sort of definitive answer on how to experience something? Surely you can do that yourself?

8. Since your first album you maintain a fairly stable relationship when it comes to releasing your music with the Eisenwald record label, how did this relationship of more than half a decade between the label and the band forge?
It's a perfect collaboration! We listen well to each other and have the same passion for sound and printing techniques.

9. What future plans do you have for Fluisteraars in terms of upcoming releases or reissues?
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10. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions for Black Metal Spirit, if you want to add something for the followers of Fluisteraars, this is the place. I hope the questions are to your liking.
Thanks a lot for the interview!


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