Interview with Forsakken

Interview with Cathubodua

By N. A. Foy
Cathubodua is a symphonic metal band from Belgium. 


Sara - Vocals
Katrien - Violin
Roel - Guitar
Kenny - Guitar
Peter - Bass
William - Drums


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N.A. Foy:  How old were you when you decided to pursue a career in music and were there any particular musicians or singers that inspired you?

Peter:  A career is a big word, but since 2003 I've been playing in a few bands that eventually went nowhere. Then at a certain point, I was tired of doing anything with music until Sara asked to join Cathubodua in 2013 when the band was just in a start-up phase. I have no particular people that influence me. I rather play in function of the music and the song. If I have to put down some names: I buy everything Luca Turilli and Michael Kiske related. Not really influences but rather favorite metal artists.

Sara:  I was raised in a family where music was always playing and singing was a natural thing to do. When I was 15, I 'accidentally' ended up in the school choir because a friend of mine absolutely wanted to join. That's when I found out I actually had some talent for it. That was also the time I got interested in symphonic metal, so Simone Simons, Tarja, Floor Jansen, were really big sources of inspiration. I only joined a real band - Cathubodua - in the very last months of my engineering studies, so I was a relatively 'old' new singer, aged 23 at that time. I always felt I had to focus on my studies first, and that I could still make music afterwards. My influences nowadays are singers with very versatile voices. I like it when singers can sing clean but also with feeling, power, and anger in their voices. Major female influence is still Floor (she is amazing,) and an array of ladies in different genres, but also several men inspire me: Kyle Gruninger from Incura, Einar Solberg of Leprous, Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation...

Kenny:  Well this might sound stupid, but I've made my musical decisions thanks to a videogame called guitar hero. I was at the age of 13 when I started playing that game, and after a few months playing, I decided to play a real guitar. Around that same time, I was getting more into the metal scene and discovered bands like Ensiferum, Rhapsody of Fire, Turisas etc... That's when I knew I wanted to start playing in a band. A few years later, I played in some bands (which varied from metalcore to death metal) but never got further than a few rehearsals. A few weeks after my latest band split up, I contacted our violist (she played in one of my previous bands) and she said she needed a second guitarist for her band. I accepted the offer and that's how I got into Cathubodua. I don't have many influences but they are Luca Turilli, Alexi Laiho, Jari Mäenpää and Nergal.

N. A. Foy:  If you were on the elevator and had to describe Cathubodua, what would you say?

Peter:  Think Turisas in a threesome with Nightwish and Rhapsody of Fire and somehow, they produce an inexhaustible love baby!

N. A. Foy:  What is the band currently working on music wise?

Sara: So, after “Opus I,” we spent some time improving our live performance until we were absolutely 100% happy with what we’re doing. But after that, we started dreaming of another “Opus,” since we've learned so much from the first one. We developed a concept, and are currently gathering ideas, melodies, and the like. We will probably need some time to mature the new songs, so we're rehearsing one or two new tracks so we can try them out live. We will see how the crowd reacts and how we feel about the atmosphere we create on stage.

N. A. Foy:  Are you aiming for a full-length album with the second “Opus,” or will it be an EP like the first?

Kenny:  The second “Opus” will be a full length album. Like Sara said; we are trying to create a concept album, but it is far from finished. Right now, we are writing everything down and letting our imaginations do their thing. Thanks to the first “Opus” we've gained a lot of experience regarding music and studio, so we can prepare ourselves for creating a full length album.

N. A. Foy: I look forward to hearing it when it is done. What do you all like to do for enjoyment when you are not going music?

Peter: I'm a board gamer - and to a lesser extent a PC game player when I have spare time. I also enjoy binge watching shows a lot, mostly comedies and sci-fi. I also enjoy politics, mainly domestic (Belgium). But lately I've been watching American talk/comedy shows as well. I rarely skip Real time with Bill Maher, The Rubin Report (on Youtube), or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Sara: I'm quite the cinephile, so when I'm not doing anything music-related, you can find me in a cinema or on my couch watching Netflix. Furthermore, I like creating, so I cook, bake, paint, sculpt...

Kenny: I love playing videogames (mostly online shooters and rpg's). On weekends, I go out with some friends and drink some beer in the local pub of my birth town. Besides that, I also love to watch movies, and I also love to watch American talk shows like the Daily show and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Sara: We are all lazy asses. :')

Peter: Can we call ourselves Couchpotatobodua from now on?

Kenny: You have my vote 👍

N. A. Foy: Lol, but I like the name Cathubodua. If you were stuck on an island and somehow had the means to listen to music, but only had 3 CDs with you, what CDs would you want them to be?

Peter: My favorite records change regularly, but at this very moment, I would take: - Helloween – “Keeper of the Seven Keys part II,” Diablo Swing Orchestra – “Sing Along Songs for the Damned and Delirious,” and King Diamond – “Abigail.”

Sara: That's a difficult one. I guess Savatage's “Poets and Madmen” ( never gets old), a good rendition of Rachmaninoff’s “Second Piano Concerto” for some peace of mind, and “The Phantom of the Opera” musical. Maybe not all my favourite albums ever, but I certainly would have some variation 😀.

Kenny: I'd say – “King” by Fleshgod Apocalypse,  “Time I” by Wintersun, and “Victory Songs” by Ensiferum.

Sara: I feel so un-metal right now, thanks guys.

N. A. Foy: Did you know each other prior to the band, or did you meet through the band?

Sara: Me and Peter had been friends for a few years prior to the band... so when we were looking for a bass player I asked him (even though he was taking a break from music at the time).

I believe Kenny knew Katrien somehow, but I'm not sure about that :S Kenny?

Kenny: Yeah, I knew Katrien from one of my previous bands 🙂 .

N. A. Foy:  How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Animal? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Kenny:  Well my favorite colour is red, favorite number is 666 (because METAL!!), I fucking love KFC (I often go to the Netherlands because we don't have that here in Belgium...), and I love horror movies. My all-time favorite movie is Braindead because it's so gory and goofy at the same time. I honestly don't like to read books, but I am a comic fan (especially marvel comics) so that's something. Favorite animal is a dog (who doesn't love dogs?), and to add as a bonus, my favorite videogame is Bloodborne. I love that game so much I even got a tattoo of it 🙂

Peter:  Let's see. I don't have a favorite color or number. I have very few books; and I read them all once, so no favorite their either. Concerning food: Burgers are always welcome; and by that I mean decent burgers, not McDonald’s burgers. Favorite movies: not a big movie fan in general, but I often rewatch all the movies in the MCU, especially the Captain American ones. Oh, and Deadpool. Series on the other hand: IT Crowd, South Park, Community and the Stargate series. I watch them over and over; I can almost recite every line. I have issues! Favorite games: The Half-Life series hands down, closely followed by the Age of Empires series and the first Rollercoaster Tycoon.

Sara:  It's very hard for me to pick out favourites, they might alter from time to time. My favourite colour is orange, but not for clothes 😉 .I really appreciate some good quality dark chocolate,

Favourite movie: cloud atlas or the matrix. However, currently: La La Land. It’s hard to pick one 😞

Favourite book is 'The Discovery of Heaven' by Harry Mullisch. Favourite book series is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Favourite drink is a Longrow 18y whiskey.

I get terrible nausea from computer games, but I like boardgaming too: a simple game of Catan or Carcassonne will always please me. Any of the Lego games on WiiU are also awesome.

Random favourites: Favourite smell and flower are roses, very old-fashioned but simple; and the make-up brand that I dig is Kiko Milano. Favourite herb is Basil; goes well with everything 😀

N. A. Foy:  Here is the final question. What is the main message you want to give to your fans through your music and example as a person? Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone before we finish?

Sara: I think we try to open up people's minds to different styles and influences, and that it's totally okay to adore both metal music and classical tunes. When playing live, we have lots of fun and that's why we keep doing this.