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Realized at: 23rd, January 2017
 
 

Wow, I already did tons of interviews for several fanzines and webzines, but this was definitely the fastest one I ever did! Only 30 minutes after my request, while writing reviews, I already got it back from Michel Jonker who is the main man behind the band. I´ve always been a fanatic fan of Dutch death metal, and Entrapment are one of the few newer ones. Two friends of mine from Germany released some of their stuff, so I couldn´t resist to do this interview which is not half as boring as I was afraid of when I got it back after only a few minutes of waiting, haha!  

Hi Michel! Please tell us about the foundation of ENTRAPMENT first! How did it all happen back in 2009? 

I used to play drums in Massive Assault, but I had a full time job and a new born son at that time and I couldn’t really combine music for a while so I quit. I was messing around at home with some home recordings and also a total freak of all those new bands putting out demo’s like Maim, Morbus Chron, Necrowretch and so on. So I worked out a band on my own, nothing really serious. After I put some songs online, Detest Records contacted me to put out a demo tape. Killtown Deathfest asked me to play at their great festival and so it started. I asked some friends to help me out live. 

Did you know that there was an American death metal band called ENTRAPMENT as well in the early 90´s? And has there ever been confusion about that?

Yes, thanks to the Metal Archives haha! But since they also did only a demo I couldn’t be bothered. I used to play in a band called Absorbed, knowing there was a Spanish band with the same name.  

Please give us a short overview about all releases of ENTRAPMENT! 

2 demo’s, “Crawling Morbidity” 7” and cassette, split 12” with Pyre, split 7” with Massive Assault, 3 full-length albums and 2 compilation cd’s .  

I think ENTRAPMENT have the classical Swedish death metal sound. Which bands are your main influences? 

Nihilist, old Paradise Lost, Autopsy and Discharge. 

ENTRAPMENT don´t sound like a Dutch death metal band actually. Why not? Don´t you like the Dutch death metal scene?

Well, no Dutch band sounds like another, there’s no particular Dutch sound, so I guess we fit pretty well.  

What are your lyrics about? Is it only about the typical death metal clichés? Or is there a certain message behind them actually?

It started off with typical zombie horror death metal lyrics, but these days it’s more about a personal view on live, religion etc. 

Since 2010, you have a certain line-up for live shows. But on Metal Archives it is said that ENTRAPMENT is actually your solo project. Why? 

On the recordings it‘s basically only me except for some solos or backing vocals.
I guess Metal Archives is only about studio recordings.
 

I like the fact that you released the first three demos “Infernal Blasphemies”, “Putrefying Stench Of Death” (both in 2010) and “Crawling Morbidity” (2011) in old school cassette format. What is your personal opinion about tapes in general? Isn´t it much cooler for a musician to hold a real physical item in your hands instead of just having lifeless MP3 data on your computer?

For a long time unknown bands had CD-R’s and they always end up in your dustbin.
A cassette looks like a real release. There’s effort in the artwork and it looks nice.
Even people without a tape deck bought it just out for support. Actually, the “Crawling Morbidity” demo came after our first album.
 

After the first three demos, there was the demo compilation entitled “Irreligeos Abominations” featuring all demos and some live tracks released by Godeater Records in 2012. How did you get in contact with this German label?  

They contacted me to do that compilation, and I was into it, so we gave it a chance.
They also did a re-release without live songs and with more rare studio material. This time it was a co-release with the Crawling Chaos records from Köln.
 

Were all those demos already completely sold out at this time?

Yes, Detest Records had a close following and their releases we’re gone before anybody noticed it. Our 2nd demo was reprinted 1 more time, so 200 sold within half a year. 

This year, there was another demo compilation with all three demos and some other stuff entitled “Irreligious Infestations: Demo Sessions 2010-2014”, again by Godeater Records; this time in collaboration with The Crawling Chaos Records, also from Germany. The first 12 songs of the track list are exactly the same as on “Irreligeos Abominations”. So what was the sense of this release at all? 

The first release was sold out already and ever since I had enough rare studio material to replace those live songs on the first edition. 

The Crawling Chaos are famous for releasing tapes. Wouldn´t that have been an option for this release?  

We never talked about that, but it would be a long tape for sure. 

You have released a split LP with Pyre from Russia and a split-7” EP with Massive Assault, also from The Netherlands. How did that happen? Was it based on the ideas of the labels? Or did you manage that on your own?

Pyre we got in contact with through Facebook, like a lot of other bands. We liked each other´s music a lot and we’re into a split LP on Detest Records, but the label folded, so I asked Soulseller at the time and they were up to it. Massive Assault is the old band of mine. Henke (Entrapment bass player) and Jeroen (Entrapment guitar player) played in that band as well. And we grew up with the guys from Wolfsbane Records. All of us still into the same music would make a great collaboration.  

Is it important for you that you like the other featured bands on those split releases? Or don´t you really about it at all?

Yeah, of course, but that’s also the main reason why we got in contact with each other. In this underground movement it’s all about the love for the music, I guess. 

Are there any plans to do some live shows in Germany soon?

At the moment we’re busy with some weekend tours and festivals, but nothing confirmed yet, so better keep it quiet, haha! 

Let´s please also talk about the Dutch death metal scene, okay? Because I´m a big fan of bands like Asphyx, Soulburn, Grand Supreme Blood Court, Throne, Pestilence, Thanatos, Sinister, Sempiternal Deathreign, Delirium, Beyond Belief, Eternal Solstice, Pentacle, AntropomorphiA, Acrostichon, old The Gathering, Etherial Winds, Orphanage, old Celestial Season, Altar, Funeral Whore, Gorefest etc. Are you in contact with some of those bands? And is there a true scene that supports each other? Or is it more about rivalry and jealousy?

I know people from most bands you mention, but those still existing are death metal dinosaurs with a steady fan base. There’s not such thing as rivalry as far as I know. Maybe back in the days, but most bands these days don’t cross each other´s path. 

What about the future plans of ENTRAPMENT in general? 

I’m busy writing new songs already and we’re focusing on the vinyl release of “Through Realms Unseen”, so we can start playing shows and promoting that album!! 

Okay, Michel! The last words are yours!

Thanks for the support, Daniël and hopefully meet you at a show or so. 

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Author: Daniel Müller

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