On October 19th Skies Turn Black released their first full-length album called No Place Like Home. Time for DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen to ask them some questions!
Hey, how are you?
Can you tell us something about the history of Skies Turn Black?
Skies Turn Black has gone through many eras of song writing that have evolved as the members’ tastes have matured and expanded into a broader range of rock and metal music, ranging from ballads to fast-paced, melodic, heavy riffs. After we wrote the self titled EP we felt like we had progressed to a mature level of writing in a genre where we felt the most comfortable. However, we are perfectionists. So after a pretty successful EP and single release we still critiqued and critiqued and that’s developed into No Place Like Home which is our first full length release as a band. We are so excited to have this out for people to hear.
For people not knowing you (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
Eclectic (within rock and metal), sincere and catchy! That’s something that we have loved about writing this album, every track has something different to offer. From the melodic riffs in Sickness and the Cure, massive chorus in Fairy Tale, the progressive, heavy instrumental sections in Revolution. Then all the way to the ballads like Never Again and beautiful orchestral moments in A World About to Flood. We really have packed as much diversity into this album as we could.
What makes Skies Turn Black unique?
We probably feel a bit unique at the moment in our current scene as we don’t really come across that many bands that have a similar sound and philosophy on metal as us. A lot of bands we have played with are thrash, metalcore, doom, punk, screamo, even pop punk. Because of our diverse, eclectic sound it’s hard to fit us into a box. But we love that.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Oh, that you will just have to wait and see. Some discussions are in the pipeline but nothing really that we can confirm and talk about too much yet. We might be taking over the world, touring, 2nd album, etc. But all we can say right now is that our debut album No Place Like Home is out since October 19th, (which you can order a CD of on our store) and we have a couple more singles and music videos coming from the album which we are super stoked to be releasing.
Any upcoming gigs for Skies Turn Black? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
We have a couple of homecoming shows to round the year off which we are really looking forward to. As much as we love playing to new people all the time, seeing some familiar faces is always pretty heartwarming. We really want to venture over the water to Europe and it is something we are working on. But hey, if you know some cool venues, some promoters, or even a beautiful tour manager that can help us out? We would be honoured to play in The Netherlands.
How do you think your life would be without music?
Boring. Although similar amount of sex and drugs, less rock and roll.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
Set out a plan of what you want to achieve from each area (videos, type of music, PR, social media, etc); communicate with each other and have fun. If you ain’t having fun then you need to assess what you’re doing is right. Enjoyment is key.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Our first single from NPLH is out now. Let You Down is on Youtube and Spotify etc.
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I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 27 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles. However, metal is what I mostly listen to. I also like going to concerts, meeting with friends and watching movies (especially arthouse).