Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Eye of the Destroyer’s Dan Kaufman.
Hey, how are you?
I’m excellent! Thanks for asking!
Can you tell us something about the history of Eye of the Destroyer?
The band was formed on Halloween night 2013 in Kenilworth, New Jersey. The main goal was and is to write and perform the heaviest songs possible.
For people not knowing Eye of the Destroyer (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
Our style is pretty much a hybrid of old school death metal and new school slams with a solid NJ hardcore backbone.
When someone doesn’t know Eye of the Destroyer yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?
If I could only pick one song to show someone what Eye of the Destroyer is all about, I’d choose our latest single, Retinal Deprivation. It’s packed with high energy riffs and some of the most vicious lows we’ve ever had on any Destroyer songs to date. The song deals with the harsh realities of not recognizing the person you’ve become.
What makes a band unique?
When it comes to standing out, nothing is more important then varying your approach and keeping your core sound right and tight. If you play a show with 10 bands on it and you sounded like the other 9. Well you done fucked up.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Eye of the Destroyer will be attempting to release a new single each month for the rest of 2021.
Any upcoming gigs for Eye of the Destroyer? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
We don’t have any plans for live concerts at this time. It’s not to say it won’t happen, but with everything going on, we are content working on new music for now. We miss performing badly though and would love to get back on the road soon. As far as playing in The Netherlands, fuck yes! We would love to come and rage out there. Can’t think of anything that sounds better!
How do you think your life would be without music?
I don’t even want to think about that to be honest. Music is a great escape. Without music life would be lonely and depressing. Music has gotten me through the hardest times I’ve had to heal with.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
Get as tight as possible and play as hard as you can no matter how many people are watching. Also, do as much cool shit as possible while you’re out on the road. What’s the point of any of this shit, if you’re not having a good time?!
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Everything Eye of the Destroyer is available here, buy some merch, share our news and listen to our fucking music. Stay safe and thanks for the support!
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.