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,
Michel! Please tell us about the
foundation of ENTRAPMENT first! How did it
all happen back in 2009?
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.
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?
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.
give us a short overview about all
releases of ENTRAPMENT!
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 .
think ENTRAPMENT have the classical
Swedish death metal sound. Which bands are
your main influences?
old Paradise Lost, Autopsy and Discharge.
don´t sound like a Dutch death metal band
actually. Why not? Don´t you like the
Dutch death metal scene?
no Dutch band sounds like another,
there’s no particular Dutch sound, so I
guess we fit pretty well.
are your lyrics about? Is it only about
the typical death metal clichés? Or is
there a certain message behind them
started off with typical zombie horror
death metal lyrics, but these days it’s
more about a personal view on live,
2010, you have a certain line-up for live
shows. But on Metal Archives it is said
that ENTRAPMENT is actually your solo
the recordings it‘s basically only me
except for some solos or backing vocals.
I guess Metal Archives is only about
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?
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
Even people without a tape deck bought it
just out for support. Actually, the
“Crawling Morbidity” demo came after
our first album.
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?
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.
all those demos already completely sold
out at this time?
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.
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?
first release was sold out already and
ever since I had enough rare studio
material to replace those live songs on
the first edition.
Crawling Chaos are famous for releasing
tapes. Wouldn´t that have been an option
for this release?
never talked about that, but it would be a
long tape for sure.
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
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.
it important for you that you like the
other featured bands on those split
releases? Or don´t you really about it at
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.
there any plans to do some live shows in
the moment we’re busy with some weekend
tours and festivals, but nothing confirmed
yet, so better keep it quiet, haha!
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?
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
about the future plans of ENTRAPMENT in
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
Michel! The last words are yours!
for the support, Daniël and hopefully
meet you at a show or so.