A little chat with Wouter from Warckon
Hello Wouter, let’s start by telling the "readers" of the BMU something about Warckon, when did you guys start and what has been going on since?
Warckon is a thrash metal band from Geraardsbergen. We are active since 2009. You can compare our style with Megadeth, Annihilator, Slayer, Testament, Death Angel, etc. Especially Bay Area Thrash from the 80 's.
Since 2009 we have released 2 albums: The Madman's Lullaby and High Treason. Currently we are writing material for a new album. A common thread throughout our story is however playing shows. The more we could and can play the merrier.
That last album “ High Treason” did very well, got good reviews and you were picked up by Enames, did that open any doors for you?
Actually, we were already picked up by Emanes in 2011.The Madman's Lullaby got re-released under Emanes Records with new artwork. But High Treason got very good responses. That’s something we didn’t expect. The Madman's Lullaby already had received great praise and we did not expect to get even better reviews for High Treason. We were anxiously awaiting the responses. "Is HT a worthy successor?" And that turned out to so. More than that. Which was very nice. We got the chance to play larger shows, higher on the bill and further and further away from our hometown. That is an awesome feeling for a band.
Most bands does have a particular goal in mind. For some, that Graspop for others who look further it’s a european or even world tour. What is your goal? What do you want to achieve with Warckon or what is your ultimate wet dream?
That's a tough question. The things you mention there are sure on that ' that would be fucking awesome'-list. We try to think and take things step by step. In the beginning our dream was to play on good stages, then record an album, then get a record deal, etc. Up to now we could scratch some of those off our list. But large festivals and touring is really something we also would like to scratch from our wishlist. But we don’t put our focus on it. If you blindly chase big goals, you will run aground when it doesn’t come your way… So our absolute priority is to play shows. Play as many shows as possible and above all ensure to maintain the passion and the pleasure of playing.
That sounds like a very good strategy. From which/what do you draw your inspiration for the songs? Is there a particular theme you like to use or do you draw inspiration from everyday frustrations and worldly events?
The lyrics are mostly something that comes in the spur of the moment. One song has a personal touch, the other is in response to a particular event, a movie, a book, ...
Not everything is written back to back, so that leaves us room & opportunity for some variation, I think. There isn’t really a ' favorite ' theme. It’s more like every time when we think of something 'hey, that's cool, then I’ll write something around that.
You already mentioned that you are working on a new album, you can lift a piece of the veil? What can we expect? Does someone special do the art-work? Do you have a release date in mind?
It’s still too early to say something about the new album. We are still in what you might call a “brainstorming” phase. The intention is for the evolution between The Madman's Lullaby and High Treason to continue! We are not yet concerned with all the other stuff like artwork, studio, release,...
I’m sure you keep us up to date on that matter! Last question, anything you guys want to share with BMU and its readers? A humanitarian message? Satan’s verses?
Of course, we are pretty active on social media and such, so come check that out!
Satan's verses and humanitarian messages… That’s not really our thing, haha. Enjoy the music and support the local bands. That is the best present that you can give them, as it is their “raison d ' être.” So, METAL UP YOUR ASS, HA!
INTERVIEW DONE BY LARZ