Gorge Of War – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

MVG: Gorge of War started out as an “escape” project from my other bands. A project in which I can do whatever I like without having to deal with external opinions. This freedom is also something you can hear in the style of Gorge of War. I suppose it’s predominantly black metal, but heavily infused with the death metal bands that I really like. Let’s call it a cocktail of Dutch, Swedish and Finnish extreme metal.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MVG: I’m from The Netherlands, living in the Amsterdam area. I’ve been creating music since the beginning of this millenium. As a kid I was introduced to heavy metal and followed the traditional learning curve; Metallica, Maiden, Slayer and then straight into black metal. Ever since high school (second half of the 90’s) I’ve been into black and  death metal. After a (for me) legendary festival in 2001 in Tilburg (With, among others, Enthroned, Marduk, Centurian and Dark Funeral) I was sure to start making my own noise. And here we are today.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

MVG: Inspiration comes from many angles. Of course from listening to other bands and compositions I hear. But, especially with Gorge of War, the songs start from a lyrical theme. This can be a thought, a movie, a book or whatever. The red line in most songs is my hatred of modern religion and humankind. A deep, rotten pit housing millions of future ideas.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MVG: That’s simple. I want to, and will, create what’s in my mind and what needs to be released from my system. And I will stop when there’s nothing left to create.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MVG: I do not take (or feel) pride in making or finishing music. It’s a great, and usually painful journey, that certainly fulfills me. But pride is not an emotion being triggered.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

MVG: True, it’s a huge challenge. Probably an impossible challenge if you make promotion a goal of its own. To me, it’s key to have your priorities straight. Create the music you truly want to create and then unleash it to the places you believe the like-minded souls are. From that moment on, accept it’s more or less out of your hands and don’t try to force it upon too many people. Show your wares in a way that suits you and be visible and  then they will find you. And they can be a handful, or they can be thousands. On the other hand, I’m also lucky to have Christoph at Kvlt und Kaos doing most of the promotion for Gorge of War. Having someone experienced supporting you is a huge help.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MVG: I don’t play live shows anymore.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MVG: I guess downloading is a bit old-fashioned right 😉 I vividly remember the days when I was 100% against digital, and was still filling up wall after wall with CD’s, But those days are over. And I think that’s a good thing. I like the balance and freedom of today. Everyone has access to every song in the world. And for the ones liking physical stuff, there’s always something great. I think today’s market is driven by the listener much more than the market when I was growing up. I had the option to buy a CD. Period. Now, next to streaming, you have all the cool formats like tape and vinyl available again. What’s there to complain about?


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MVG: What I really dislike, especially in the metal scene, is elitism. People having the deranged idea that they are to decide how the landscape and scene must look like.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MVG: Next to the sketches of a new album I;m now recording a cover track for a compilation honoring one of the greatest bands of our genre. More details will follow later.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

All music and merchandise is available from the Kvlt and Kaos website and Bandcamp page.

Gorge of War links:
Band/Artist location – Netherlands
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