River of Souls: a Doom Heavy Death Metal band from the Netherlands. River of Souls was founded is 2014 and their debut album “The Well of URD” was released in 2017. The album contained lyrical themes such as everlasting fate, the binding forces of nature and our journey through the light and dark. In 2018 the EP “The Nihilist” was released and received with many positive reviews and feedback. In June of 2019 the band released the single “Prometheus Unbound” digitally, and focused on writing and recording their new album. This past May, River of Souls released another full length album “USURPER”, again, it was received with positive reviews and feedback.
MR: Introduce yourself in 6 words or less.
ROS: Organic doomed heavy death metal
MR: During the Covid-19 Quarantine, a lot of people spent time doing things they normally wouldn’t have done…did you pick up any new hobbies or learn any new skills?
ROS: We started preparing our rehearsal room for video and audio recordings, and started working on new material. I didn’t pick up any new hobbies, but now I have more time for other hobbies like my dogs or cooking pastry
MR: What do you miss the most about touring?
ROS: Just playing, and the fun during the road trips. I can practice at home, but when you rehearse with an entire band, it gives a different feel, and is way more fun to do.
MR: Do you have any Post-Quarantine plans?
ROS: Like I said, we’re working on improving our rehearsal space so we can record audio and video in decent quality our selves. Hopefully everything will turn out ok so we can film and record some live songs and release them.
MR: Whats one personal item you absolutely can not tour without?
ROS: Hahaha, my now wife gave me a small story book from a dutch illustrator, and said that was our story, and from that moment on I always take that book with me wherever I go.
MR: What are the Top 3 artists you are inspired by?
ROS: King diamond story wise and theatrical production, Cradle of filth with their songwriting and atmosphere, Carcass on how to sound super heavy and intense
MR: Any words of wisdom for someone who may draw their inspiration from you?
ROS: Keep an eye out for each other, especially now. Don’t forget to have fun with everything you do, thats the most important thing! And thanks to Midnight Riot magazine for this interview!