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Frank Harthoorn Interview

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Chad Bowar: How did you get started in music?
Frank Harthoorn: I'd been listening to metal since my very early teens, and somewhere around my 18th birthday, I thought I'd try my hand at an actual guitar. I was crap, but having heard bands like Hellhammer, Venom and Sodom, that didn't stop me forming a band with JC. The rest is history. To me anyway.

Who are some guitarists, both past and present, that you admire?
Michael Schenker, Uli Roth, Dave Meniketti, Bill Steer, Chuck Schuldiner, Devin Townsend, the Autopsy guys, Trey Azagtoth, the Amotts, but also people like Hugh Cornwall from the Stranglers, Lester Raww from the Pine Box Boys, or, of course, Boudewijn Bonebakker from my very own band. They are all players with vision.

What is your all time favorite album?
There's no absolute answer to this question, but if we want to keep things metal - and we DO want to keep things metal, don't we? - I'll go for Symphonies of Sickness by Carcass.

What’s the metal scene like these days in the Netherlands?
We've always had a pretty strong metal scene over here, that hasn't really changed in the last twenty years, I think. Loads of interesting bands, lots of clubs to play, lots of people active in zines, labels and whatnot. Any band from all over the world will tell you the Netherlands are one of the best countries to play. And they'd be right.

Do you think metal is stronger/more popular today, or back when you started in music?
No, not really. I don't know what it's like in the U.S., but metal has never really been 'away' in Europe. Metal fans have always been dedicated and serious about their music, and there's always been lots of 'em. It'll never really be mainstream, though - with some obvious exceptions - and that's good. You don't want to catch your Auntie Gertrude listening to your cherished copy of Possessed's Seven Churches, do you?

What are the best and worst things about being in a band?
The best is creating music, and getting the chance to perform your songs live. The worst is waiting around and doing nothing until that happens.

What CD do you own that people might be surprised about?
Kite, by Kirsty MacColl.

Anything else you’d like to add?
To quote Celtic Frost's ever eloquent Tom Warrior: "No."

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