-I remember mentioning Winter as an influence for Gateway. Was that correct and are there any other influences?
I really like bands like Winter and Cianide for their gruesome simplicity, it just works. The sound, presentation, vocals,... This style of death/ doom works in such a raw and effective way. Other influences are bands like Sleep, Conan from the UK, Evoken, Mortician, Bolt Thrower and Coffins.
-I feel that there's quite a history behind Gateway. Can you tell me about your musical history?
Gateway is more of a dark, primal outing of musical ideas and visions. It just happened along the way when I was jamming stoner rock with a couple of friends. I was listening to alot of death and doom metal at that period, it inspired me a lot.
-Which are the lyrical themes and how does it translate to the essence of Gateway?
Medieval times, torture, inquisition and some dark bestial fantasy. Each track tells a different tale about a different subject. It's like writing short (sonic) stories.
-As a one-man band, how does the writing recording of such an album go?
I craft my songs around the riffs that stick with me the most. From there I add different layers of inspiration and concepts. It's a morbid puzzle really.
-Do you think there is a change of doing this live? Perhaps hire a band or something?
There is, definitely. I'm in the middle of putting together a line-up for the upcoming year.
Okoi Thierry Jones from Bölzer.
-Doom metal seems to be big in Belgium. Do you have any favorites?
Bathsheba, Sardonis, Hemelbestormer and 30,000 Monkies.
-How about outside of Belgium?
A small selection: Conan, Bongripper, Pallbearer, YOB, Witchsorrow and this fairly new band called Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard.
-Many metal acts today seem to have an open mind about other genres. Do you listen to anything beside metal?
Of course, from 60's - 70's rock to stoner, grunge and heavy psych. I also consider myself a fan of 80's (horror) synths and soundtracks, there's this band called Zombi that I really like.
-Gear is a very important aspect in the metal world. Can you tell us what gear you use?
A simple Epiphone SG with really thick strings and some tweaked sounds through a line 6 pod. That's it really.