26 APRILE 2019
DOMANDE A CURA DI LOREDANA GARRA
From The Netherlands, Melodic Black Death Metal band Tragacanth released on July 2018 their second studio album "The Journey Of A Man" with Pest Records.
Hi Guys! Welcome to IVL's pages. Let's start asking you the meaning of band name and why you’ve chosen it.
Adrian: The name of the band is actually the scientific name of the rubber tree. It’s always hard to come up with a good band name, but we also play pretty abstract music, so i
think it fits.
How is the project born and when does the current line-up become definitive?
Adrian: The band began with Erik and Jasper writing a few songs that were different than what their old band was playing at the time. Then i joined in and we started recording. Later we found Terry, who is an incredibly good singer and lyrics writer and the album was complete. Then we made some auditions for a bass player and we got Mark on bass. Unfortunately very recently Terry decided to retire from the live scene due to his health issues. Mark also had some issues with live playing so now we have two new members, Marcel on vocals and Wessel on bass.
What about your latest Symphonic Technical Black Death Metal full-length?
Terry: On The Journey of a Man we travel to Ancient Greek times where a young man finds out he is to perish soon. Wandering the complex maze of emotions and disease running through his veins, the album tells the tale of his downward spiral into the abyss.
Adrian: I started recording this second album and i wasn’t able to finish it. It was a pretty hectic time, my son got born, and we decided to have it mixed by my brother, who inherited Negura studio in Timisoara, Romania. He did a very good job mixing and mastering it.
Are you satisfied by feedback you got from critics and audiences?
Terry: Yes, we received some great feedback and are really happy with all the critics and fans who take their time to listen to our music. There’s a lot going on, it’s far from straightforward at times, so it’s quite much to take in on a first listen. We really appreciate it when the listener gives our music some time to settle.
You are all experienced live musicians and you have on schedule some concerts between The Netherlands and Belgium, what are your expectations by proposing your music on stage?
Adrian: I think everybody is aware that the whole metal movement is declining. There are less and less people involved and less money. People already seen everything, from one extreme to the other, so it’s pretty hard to keep their attention for more than 2 minutes. That’s why we decided to try a little experiment and make lyrics videos for all the songs, and have them projected live. We have 2 screens and 2 projectors that we have with us all the time. I think that most of the time words don’t get through very good and half of the message gets lost. We try to make it easier for people to follow the story and hopefully the visual thing keeps them receptive for longer.
Your songs are based on ancient Babylonian mythology. Why this particular interest?
Terry: When I joined Tragacanth at the time they were already recording the first album and most of the songs were already done instrumentally. I think the first song I heard was what eventually became Edimmu. The scales used in that song give it that “middle eastern” sound and mythical feeling, so I immediately thought myths and sagas would suit it. And that also went well with all the other songs. I’ve always been interested in mythology, with Norse mythology probably on top. But I like to really dive into the material, do research and come up with interesting stories, no matter the underlying mythology. The Journey of a Man takes us to Ancient Greek times, for example.
Are your lyrics mixed with purely personal topics?
Terry: For The Journey of a Man I have pulled a tremendous amount of inspiration out of my own life. Three years back I was in the hospital, undergoing severe chemotherapy for testicular cancer that had spread to my lungs. The story of the album might be about a fictional man that’s going to die, but I’ve put a lot of myself and that truly horrific experience in there as well.
You have been accumulated to Nile, Carach Angren, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth. Do you think have these bands influenced your sound anyway?
Adrian: Of course, our own taste gets in the music we do. You can also find there older influences, like Iron Maiden or some very abstract Japanese bands.
Before creating Tragacanth, what were your previous projects? What are your programs for the future?
Adrian: Jasper and Erik were in a band called Chained Messiah, Mark and Terry were in Shades of Hatred and i was in Negura Bunget, the Romanian black metal band. For the future we don’t have great expectations from the live scene. We play very small underground venues. But i like to record, i also worked in several studios, and i think we feel better writing and arranging music in the studio.
Thank you for your time. We hope to see you play in Italy one day!!
To conclude the interview say something important not yet mentioned.
Terry: Well, with my medical history and all, I would like to convey the message to all male readers to check their balls. And if there’s any irregularities, don’t be ashamed to
have it checked out by a medical professional. Time is really of the essence. On a lighter note, thanks for your and the reader’s time, and check out The Journey of a Man!