Next year This Place Hell will release a new EP called Lost. Time for DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen to ask their bass player Dylan Scully some questions!
Hey, how are you?
Bleedin shattered! It’s been a busy few months for us!
Can you tell us something about the history of This Place Hell?
We have a lot of history. The two guitarists have been best friends since they were like 5 so it goes way back! Myself, Mick (guitar), Ryan (drums) and Ste (vocals) formed in 2013 and from then we played loads around Ireland, a bit in the UK and even as far as Czech Republic. We released a four-track demo, Sign Here…. and a five track EP Malice. By 2018 Regan (guitar) joined the band, we toured Russia, changed the band name to This Place Hell, released our second EP Contempt and went on to win Ireland’s Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition.
For people not knowing you (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
We’re fast, heavy, aggressive, melodic and groovy. We’ve got such a mix of influences, and we try to incorporate it all even if it’s in the smallest ways.
What makes This Place Hell unique?
Our live show is something we pride ourselves on, it’s notoriously intense! We play every gig like it’s our last, and we’ll do it anywhere, from the bedroom to biggest stage, we go till we can’t stand no more.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
We’ve got a new EP Lost coming out at the start of next year that we recorded with Justin Hill. We’re really excited about releasing it because it’s the first set of songs that we’ve written completely with Regan, besides End Game. We just released one recently Filth and people seemed to really dig it!
Any upcoming gigs for This Place Hell? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
For now, we’re sorting out some local shows and then a UK tour for when we release Lost. We’d love to come to The Netherlands! We’ve got friends over there in Bloodphemy that we’ve been dying to go over and do some shows with. It all costs money though hahaha.
How do you think your life would be without music?
I wouldn’t be alive without music, putting it simply. It’s the only real release of all that emotion that builds up over time. It’s what drives us all through each week cause it’s all we think about.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
Make sure you can spend a lot of fucking time with the people you’re in a band with. We’ve lived in our van together through rain, sun and snow (literally), and we fight, a lot. But at the end of it all we’re a family.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
HON DA BIYS!
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).