- Hello, Adrie! In June, you are going to release a new Sinister CD, "Dark Memorials", consisted of different cover-songs. Previously, you had already got some covers featured on your releases, but how did you come up with the idea of recording a full album of covers?
- The reason is that the band is recording 25 years death metal and that is a special moment of course. First i didn't want to do something but the rest of the band members said its a special moment so we have to. Than we came up with the idea for the cover CD/DVD ... so we hope the fans will be pleased with it.
- What was the main criteria for choosing the songs for this release? Did you have any list of favourite songs to vote for or was it rather a mutual agreement on the selected tracks?
- When you have 5 members they all like to do something different hahaha. So everybody came with bands and we picked out the tracks that really everybody like. So you can say that all members are happy with the tracks that you will find on the record.
- Tell us a bit about this edition, and especially about the Digi-Pack which includes a DVD. Is the mentioned DVD the only difference between digi-pack and normal CD? What can we find on this DVD?
- You will have the jewelcase version and the digipack with a bonus DVD. On the DVD you will find a roadtrip movie from our tour in Australia November 2014. On both versions you will have two old tracks re-recorded from Cross the Styx with Ron v/d Polder on guitars.
- Let's talk a bit about your latest album, "The Post-Apocalyptic Servant". What do you think is the main difference in comparison with the previous one, "The Carnage Ending"?
- That this one is even more extreme than the one before hahaha. No man what can I say we try to make our new stuff every time good as possible, and when we are pleased with it than the mission is completed. Than its time to wait that the record will see the light and check how the reactions will be. Of course you hope that they like it but we know that we can not make everybody happy.
- That was your 4th album in a row produced in cooperation with Mike Hrubovcak and Jorg Uken. Each time working with the same people, how do you manage to get a different sound on your albums?
- Because our songs are every time a bit different that's why not every record sounds the same. Of course its also Jorg his work that we always have a good sound.
- In 2011 Metal Mind Productions released a very nice Box-Set, "Altered Since Birth 1990-2010". Was it the label's idea? How long did it take you to prepare all the material for its final version?
- Yes metal mind came with this idea and of course I said right away yes. They did a absolute great job with this it looks amazing. It took some time to prepare everything for this my god but at the end you know that it will look nice and that you will be super pleased with the end result.
- Have you already started working on the new album? Could you share your thoughts and expectations from the next Sinister full-length?
- Yes man we have already a lot of songs finished but not really practice this together. New record will be brutal,fast, catchy but with a lot more dark parts in it, so again a bit different than our stuff before. The title will be SYNCRETISM !!!!!
- The band's line-up has changed several times, but this fact has never really stopped you from moving on. Could you determine what Sinister means to you? Across all these years, what are your best memories?
- Man Sinister is my life. Its not only the band but a way of living almost everything have to go aside for this .. believe me. I know that there are not many people like me and that is a shame but have to accept this also when its not easy. Best memories is not easy to answer of course you have a lot of good moments but also a lot of bad ones. The funny thing is that you remember more the bad things than the good ones.
- In 2005, after a short-time break, already as a singer, you brought Sinister back to life. Why did you decide to change your role in the group? From time to time, do you still feel like you would rather sit and play drums instead of growling?
- No fucking way I will move back to drums that is really history. We have now a killer drummer that is 10 times better than me. I brought Sinister back in my life because I was missing the band so much and needed to start again with this killer band. Was missing everything the practiseroom, playing live shows and travel the world and meet our fans. I am so pleased that I have everything back.
- Across all your career you've participated in many different bands, such as Houwitser, Supreme Pain, Infinited Hate etc. Which side-project apart from Sinister could you name as your favourite?
- Than I have to answer with Supreme pain .. we did some absolute killer records.
- Talking about your past bands, I would like to pay a bit of attention to Monastery. Could you recall how this band was created? How did it happen that Lars Rosenberg was part of it?
- We did a tour back in the days with Entombed and became friends with him. So we talked about doing some music together, and one day he came over to Holland for this. We did lyrics, making tracks and recording all in 4 days and that was it nothing more to tell about this hahaha.
- Do you remember how and where you recorded your first demo, "Ripping Terror"? Who was the main composer?
- That was Ron v/d Polder and we did the recordings in a small studio in Rotterdam Holland.
- You released it on your own, did you prepare all the tapes manually one by one? How many copies did you have?
- I know that we sold at the end around 1500 copies of that demo tape .. really not bad at all I have to say.
- Besides that demo, you had 2 more splits and 1 EP. Is that correct that all these releases are featuring the same material recorded during your first studio session?
- Yes your right about this .. but please don't ask me the reason why we did this because i have no idea anymore.
- Do you still have all the Monastary records? Have you ever considered to re-release it? Or even maybe to write some new songs?
- Of course I have this. I have all the stuff at home what I did with bands and i am proud of this. New stuff with Monastary hahah no way man this is forever history.
- Thank you for this interview, Adrie. In the end, could you share with us the Sinister's plans for this year?
- Sinister like to play many live shows as possible and than I mean around the globe. So we hope to meet our fans soon at one of our shows.
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