Dangerous Times for the Dead Interview 03/12//20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who’s your biggest influences
We’re Dangerous Times for the Dead, we hail from the Netherlands and we play Heavy Metal.
I’m Gerrit, I play bass guitar and I really love everything about heavy metal, especially the theatre of the gigs. We love to create a party on the stage.
I think we stand out because of our loud twin riffs, the melodic and powerful DIO-esque vocals from our singer Bjørn, plus the hooks we try to put in every song.
We’ve been playing together for 2 years now, and from the very start everything just clicked! Musically, but also personally. I consider my band some of my closest friends, and you know, I’m just incredibly fortunate they’re all great guys and such capable musicians!
Bjørn, the singer is a vocal powerhouse, mostly influenced by Ronnie James Dio (he met him several times), Rob Halford, and he’s also a big the Who fan.
Dave, our guitarist is really into the more underground metal, also doom. He loves Black Sabbath, Baroness, Angel Witch. Actually he sends me links to amazing bands I never heard of before every week!
Thijs, our second guitarist (you need two for the twin harmonies), I remember him citing Slash as one of his biggest influences. Also he loves The Sword, Ozzy and Metallica.
Jeroen has played in a thrash metal band, and he’s into Dream Theatre, Iron Maiden, also Volbeat. You should see his kit, it’s insane!
And for me, Gerrit, Iron Maiden and Van Halen are big influences. Oh, and Ghost, Spidergawd and Rainbow.
So, as you can see, lot of different musical backgrounds, but the common denominator is classic Heavy Metal!
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from and why the Band name Dangerous Times for the Dead
Musically we usually noodle around on the guitar until we find the ultimate riff! It might take some time, you know, you stumble upon an idea and then it can take half an hour before it’s júst perfect.
And then record the riff and send it to the band to make sure it’s not something Tony Iommi already wrote in the 70s! Haha! Sometimes it feels like they already wrote all the good riffs back then!
The lyrical themes are a bit more interesting I think. Bjørn is the only one who writes the lyrics. He’s really into horror, sci-fi, just anything with a good or crazy story. Actually, most of our songs really tell a story from start to finish.
Bjørn works really fast, he’s very prolific. A first draft of the melody and lyrics sometimes takes only minutes, and already it sounds good! Of course, it takes all of us to really put it together.
The band name. Haha, people ask that a lot. It’s a mouthful. But the way it happened is… We were looking for a good name, and we had a few cheesy candidates like Clovenfold or Stormbreaker, stuff like that. And then one day Dave was using speech-to-text to tell his girlfriend he was almost home, in Dutch. But the speech-to-text apparently thought he was speaking English and transcribed it as “Nick Sandow. Dangerous times for the dead”. We all thought it was too funny and actually a good name, so we ditched the Nick Sandow part and the rest is history!
MM: What would you say is your band's favorite song?
I really like all our songs, but I think our eponymous single (Dangerous Times for the Dead) is my favourite. Because it’s so ferocious and fast, and really gets the heart pumping, you know? We wrote that song to end our gigs with a bang, and of course it never hurts to have people humming the name of your band on the way home!
MM:COVID is destroying everything we love dear at the moment, how difficult is it for you as artists to carry on and what effects personally has it had on yourselves in the Netherlands
Speaking of gigs, when Covid started our gigging plans of course were put to a halt. That was a huge bummer because we were really gaining traction at that time. So right now we’re trying to put all of that energy into things we CAN do. We’ve been recording and releasing one song every two months, and that works out great for us. Also, we focus on social media and playlists a bit more, keep the metal community alive, and when it’s safe and allowed we write new songs together.
I can assure you we’re working quite hard to be ready whenever this Covid thing is over!!
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
It’s really hard to tell right now. We’ve been in contact with loads of smaller venues that can barely survive, maybe we can help those out sometime by playing for free.. We try to focus on our current situation and have a lot of things planned online, but nothing big when it comes to gigs. We’re open to ideas though, so try contacting us if you know anything!
MM: What can we expect from Dangerous Times For The Dead live
Expect an energetic, theatrical heavy metal show! Bjørn is such an amazing front-man, he really thrives on stage. You can even feel it during rehearsals, whenever a gig is close, he keeps getting better and better and that rubs off on the whole band.
Jeroen has this incredible blue-flamed double bass drumkit with skulls that hold down the cymbals and lots of cool details like that! Just come to the front row to check it out. I try to move around a lot, you know, whenever I’m not singing backup vocals. Dave and Thijs play their heart out on the far ends of the stage, and I like running from end to end between them. There’s just lots of energy, sweat and beer!
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
I’ve seen Iron Maiden live many times, but they would be awesome. I bet they have the best stories, and I would like to have a shot at that flamethrower Bruce uses on stage. Man, they know how to put down a show!
A special shout-out to Endeavour, it’s the other band Jeroen is in, they’re just great guys and they play a mix of Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal. They rock!
Oh, and I think Spidergawd deserves a mention, and they seem like cool guys to tour with. It’s this Norwegian band that puts the drummer front and center, they have a saxophone player, but they make Heavy Metal mixed with Hard Rock. I saw them live a few times and they deserve to be much bigger than they are right now.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
When I was in my teens I was at the Rock Werchter festival, and even though I knew about Metallica I had never seen them live and only knew their Black Album. I was there for some other bands, but the moment Metallica started playing Master of Puppets I was dumbfounded. During the chorus I think all 50 000 people there screamed “MASTER! MASTER!” in time with the pyrotechnics, and I knew that’s what I wanted. Play Heavy Metal, fireworks, and be a part of such an amazing community!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
I never thought we would be able to record, self-produce and release one song every two months for a year without a label. It is something I’m incredibly proud of.
Oh, and I’m particularly proud of one of our next songs, Queen of the Night, because of the writing process.
I had the riff for this song figured out on guitar, and I wanted to record it, because I was afraid I would forget it. So I started the metronome, started recording, and at the end of the riff I thought “well, I’m recording anyway, let’s keep playing and see what happens”. And 3 minutes later I had the whole structure, riffs and chords of the song, 90% the way it’s right now. Because I was basically writing it in real-time I kept surprising myself, and it was just a magical moment. Like building a train track in front of a moving train!
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Rainbow on Stage by Rainbow and Powerslave by Iron Maiden. I’m pretty sure my band mates will have different choices, but these are my personal favourites.
Ronnie James Dio to me was the epitome of heavy metal vocalists. Not only his range, power, and seemingly effortless vocal distortion, but also his devotion and theatrical projection on stage.
He just really sounds and looked like he was experiencing the songs as he was singing them! I think in Rainbow on Stage you can hear it best.
Powerslave, I remember as a kid I was so into the cover of the album, and just listen to the beginning of 2 Minutes To Midnight! It’s so good, so well produced, so epic. If you don’t like it you’re not wired up right, haha.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I remember the first time, I was 18 years old, and my band and I played in Heerenveen at a festival for Queens Day. A huge stage, and a huge field with I guess only 30 people on it at the time because we were the openers…
I think my dad was there and I was mostly nervous, because he’s a really honest critic. But you know, the adrenaline keeps you going, and I think it only builds your confidence.
All of us started playing live at a pretty young age, and that helps. It never feels intimidating anymore, but you still get the adrenaline. You need practice to use that in a positive way during gigs.
Oh, my dad was not very impressed by the gig by the way. Haha! But he’s really into Dangerous Times for the Dead so I know we must be really good.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
My dad was really into Deep Purple and Black Sabbath when I grew up, so I knew that music, but I think the rock music epiphany for me only happened when I was 15.
Before that I had a Kim Wilde poster in my room, and a Dutch ska band called Doe Maar.
When I got my first electric guitar I had a Green Day poster and Van Halen pinned to my wall.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
I’m not sure there would be Rock/Metal without Little Richard. But that’s just a historical perspective. I think Ozzy Orbourne is the best answer. Ozzy is a living symbol of rock and metal, has helped lots of bands with Ozzfest and stuff like that, and has been at the front of metal for what, 50 years now? A great front man and vocalist. The man is a legend and without him I think rock would not have this image or community.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
We’re releasing our new single Storm The Castle December 14th, we’re working on DT4TD merchandise, and have amazing Spotify Playlists (hard n heavy). Look out for new music videos, and we’re working on new songs! First is the hooky metal song Queen of the Night and after that a truly epic song called Father Time that will be out somewhere early 2021. But the most important thing is all these things come together so we can blast full steam ahead whenever we’re allowed to do gigs again.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
We include one cover song in our live set, Electric Eye by Judas Priest. It was the first song we ever played together, because when you start out of course you have no songs of your own yet. That’s special. It’s a very fun song, and it symbolises everything about Dangerous Times for the Dead’s music. A good story, fast 80’s riffs, thunderous rhythm and amazing melody and hooks!
MM: Tell us why we should check out your Band
Some reviewers put it very well: “For fans of classic metal, the fast pace and blistering guitar is a great tribute to the bands who were titans 30 years or so ago.”
“If Dee Snider, Glenn Danzig, Steel Panther and Iron Maiden would get together, get high, and record an album, it would sound like DANGEROUS TIMES FOR THE DEAD!”
Sounds like your thing? Then check us out!
MM: Four words to describe Dangerous Times For The Dead
Loud Heavy Metal Fun!
MM:Quick Fire round:
1. Meat Balls or Beer
Beer! More variety, better at gigs!
2.Abba or Hammerfall
Abba! Best song writing and those Glam Rock outfits. Also me and Bjørn really love the Eurovision Song Contest. No, really!
3.Thrash metal or Classic Metal
Classic Metal! More variety, better at gigs! It’s a close call though.
4.Vikings or Samurais
Never met any, but let’s say Vikings. In video games I like Samurai better!
5.Gret Thunberg or Donald Trump
Haha, DT4TD has a strict no-politics policy, but against Trump everyone wins by default.
MM:Final words for your Fans and our readers
Thank you so much for the opportunity, stay safe and STAY METAL! Facebook