|Quick introductory interview.|
|1. Who are you and how did the band get started?|
I'm Theo, in 2007 I was classmates with another musician fond of doom. The first song was co-written and performed for a class assignment (much to the dismay of some of the other students) under the monicker Mourning Sire. A few songs had already been written by this new partner, however it didn't take too long before I took over the majority of the song writing and the band was changed to the name of Thaddaeus. I'd already written songs in this style in high school however I could now perform them with another member (one of our first performed songs I wrote when I was 16). We did several gigs, usually playing one or two songs per set, however after some time we moved in different musical directions and I took the band solo. Having said that, I've had a number of guest musicians performing live doing vocals or electronics.
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
I chose doom because I believe it's the only way to express true, inner grieving. Taken from the website:
"Thaddaeus has produced psychological works using sound to examine mental conditions. A way to bring out the most haunted aspects of the human mind; a surfacing of the id. It was of great interest to express these dark thoughts, sounds and processes of the mind in their purest musical forms. This allowed for all influenc2es (as all music represents aspects of the mind) to be combined into genre bending works. The most prevalent piece in this style is Forsaken, on The Aeneid. Itís a direct correlation between music, the throes of depression and the inevitable downfall that ensues.
To put it simply, Thaddaeus tells stories of humanís failures to come to terms with their own selves. The songs are long, convoluted and often linked with each other in complex ways. Itís atmospheric funeral doom."
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
Personally, the highest point in my career was the day after Henryk Gorecki's death, a modern composer who's written very lengthy and depressing works. I had written a four channel network based doom performance taking influence from some of his writing styles. The set was dedicated to him and had The Aeneid was the closer for the performance.
In terms of industry high point, I liked the very first public gig (2008). Not just because it was the first gig, but because the venue usually played hard rock and more death/thrash metal styles. Playing there on a Friday night was not only an experience for me and my bandmate, but a somewhat shocking exposure for the unexpecting victims. We sold demo's at that gig, and it was the gig that got several of Thaddaeus' most dedicated fans.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
Void of Silence, Theatre of Tragedy, Empyrium.
With special mentions to Pantheist, Shape of Despair, Deinonychus and Mournful Congregation.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
Currently writing a two part album and working on new artwork approaches with a recent associate. This new album is going to be much more intricate than the last, not really in terms of writing style, but more on the fact that it's going to be much more heavily linked throughout. With this approach it's going to seem more like an opera, much in the same way Arjen Lucassen's, Esoteric's or Elysian Blaze's albums are operatic (or conceptual if you will). This album is going to be about trying to define the Thaddaeus style. Previous albums have been experimentations, often sounding completely different to each other. This album is about strengthening the Thaddaeus sound, combining the styles I know, and influences from other performers, to create a unique sound.
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
I get a lot of criticism (positive and negative) about my music not being distinctly doom metal. To me, this is what made bands like Empyrium (folk), Void of Silence (Industrial) and Pantheist (Classical) so interesting to listen to. When I write for Thaddaeus, I think solely about the mood and the atmosphere of the works. If that makes the songs occasionally, not technically "doom metal" then so be it; I don't believe doom fans are limited to the confines of traditional doom styles. However, I still believe Thaddaeus is doom metal. It's intense, heavy and lyrically morbid.