Friday the 26th of March, I had the
privilege to do an exclusive interview with the
band FUNERAL GOD.
On arrival the band was getting ready for
their weekly practice and I was very impressed
with the dedication and commitment they showed
in sacrificing their Friday evening for band
was also my first time that I have heard the
band after their front man Richard left the band
and I was very excited to hear what changes have
happened since his departure.
Then it started and I still can’t find words
to describe the energy that started flowing
within my ears and I realized that this band has
to be heard.
But let me not give away all their
secrets and let you hear it from the band them
did you all join-up and from which previous
bands do you all come from?
“Charl and Myself got together and we decided
to re-form the band, then we got Dwayne and
Richard to join.
Richard left the band and we got Ronald
on bass to replace him.”
Charl: “The current members played
before in bands like Serpent Moon and
Shadowlord. Our newest member on bass played for
Flight of Darkness.”
Metal has been around for quite some time now,
why did the band decide to play this music
“I think it’s a question of what we want to
do and this is what we do, tuff.”
Riaan: “I would
say that we are rather doing a more extreme form
of music, crazy shit, you know.”
each of you can think of one word, what in your
view describe Funeral God the best?
is the songwriter of songwriters of the band?
“Well Charl and Dwayne are writing our songs.
Normally Charl will come up with a cool
idea and we all will sit together and argue a
bit about it and the end the result is a cool
is writing all the heavy music and Dwayne is
adding that melodic dark feel to it.”
how do you decide what to write about?
“Jis man, it's more of a question what will
get my head to move up and down.
That sounded sick, haha!
(There is a lot of laughter now in the
When I write shit it’s more about the
feeling that I get.
If it feels right then I will use it.”
Dwayne: “We are
writing about things that people don’t want to
main message is the failure of humanity.”
Charl: “I hate
people that don’t want to try new things, they
always follow the same stupid routine, and do
the same shit over and over again with no
You know who you are. We are doing our
best to take extreme music to a new level.”
was the first instrument you have played and if
you had a second choice what would it be?
“First I started on bass, then guitar and
I will never pick up a bass or guitar
again that’s hectic stuff man.”
Charl: “First it
was bass and then guitar.
My second choice in instrument will be
always been guitar and there will be nothing
else, I truly love it. No wait I also enjoy
on classical guitar then bass and then more bass
with some keyboards and synthesis on the
talk about you demo.
Where did you guys record and how long
where you in the studio?
: “Asylum studios.
And we were in the studio for about 6 to
7 days and then the mixing and mastering
was amazed at the intensity and darkness of your
did you decide to record these songs and not
“ When you listen to the demo you will get a
feeling from it.
It’s really intense and there is a lot
of good stuff on there that helps waking up that
really wakes you up.
Hopefully people in this country will
start realizing that Metalheads are not dumb
idiots that only does a lot of screaming, if you
think about it we are screaming because everyone
is so fucking deaf.
We are not a bunch of idiots that don’t
know what we are doing, we are people with high
inspiration that are trying to carry a message
trough and the 4 songs on this demo gave that
message what we wanted to give to you.”
us a bit more about the songs on you demo.
“NEMESIS, REAPER OF FLESH is the first track
on the demo.
This is about a guy that comes down and
see a civilization that think they are going
forward like evolution but they are actually
going backwards like the hole commercial scene.
It’s focusing on the blindness of man.
People are really blind and one day they
will pay for it.
TO DARKNESS is the second song and it’s about
opening your eyes and to stop being so narrow
GRACING SUN is the third song and is really a
wrote this on this idea that people think that
metalheads are always seen as very morbid and
only dressed in black and all that shit.
That hole misconception that people got
and that they think this is true are just
showing their stupidity.
We are actually focusing a lot on human
LEGACY is our last track on the demo.
This is about Egyptian war between Set
and Ra and the concept of war in general. War is always based on religion or just to have a piece of
land, it’s so stupid if you think about it.”
your style change in anyway since the departure
of your ex-front man Richard?
“When Richard was in the band the vocals was
very heavy and brutal death.
Now when I took over the vocals the music
changed more over to Black Metal with some power
We have more a black/death sound now.”
Riaan: “The new
vocals of Dwayne is really making it more
intense and aggressive then brutal and there is
a lot more changes in his vocal style, which
makes it very cool.”
Richard left the band he took with him the whole
Death Metal symbolism with him.
Now with Dwayne on vocals he gave his
With this “new” style I won’t say
that we are death, black or power metal we are
Metal and that’s all.”
an intense demo like yours, what can people
expect when they go and see Funeral God live?
“Total chaos and a rude awakening.”
you have any rituals before going out on stage,
like licking the bass drum?
“BEER, BEER and more BEER!”
Riaan: “You know
the normal tuning ritual on stage, just joking. We normally say kick ass! It’s more what happens after,
media in South Africa has never really got
behind the brutal bands of this country, how do
you feel about this?
“South Africa is very conservative and the
majority of the population listens to pop like
Britney Spears and all of that.
There is maybe not even 1% of the
population into heavy music, but these are the
people that we support.”
maybe also about the record companies.
They sign the bands that has the sound of
the commercial popular overseas bands like your
Korn’s, Pearl Jam’s and they only promote
average people in this country are all hypocrits
State it like that.”(Riaan is really
freaking out now in some foreign language.)
there any hidden messages in your music?
“We are not ashamed to let people know what
we are singing about, we will say it straight in
Riaan: “We are
not a religious type band.”
“There are some hidden messages in our songs,
see if you can find it.”
Riaan: “What!? I
didn’t know about this!”
(Every one laughs and I must admit this was a
stupid question or what do you say Ozzy!)
what does the members of Funeral God do to wind
Charl: “I breed
snakes and play games.”
Ronald: “I have
another music project going, also live music but
more dance base.
I work with a lot of software like
“Reason”, “Wave Lable” and that type
I chill and jam music.”
was talking about his snakes.
I have noticed that there are quite the
collection of strange pets in this band.
Tell us a bit more.
is laughing and ripping Dwayne of now.)=
“If got a cat and fish.
Yes I’ve got fucking fish. Seriously
I’ve got fish, tropical fish to be exactly.
Their names mmm…. Fish.”
Ronald: “I had a
got a Burmese Python, a brown house snake,
yellow anaconda and three boas. The ones name is
testical, the other puff and the other is Max,
Gena for Gena Davidson the porn star and Squirt.
I have also a cat Mr Ass and then all
these guys that is sitting around me.”
got a Bassid called Fred, Baboon spider, five
scorpions and a corn snake called Jessabelle.
I had a cobra but didn’t have the
facilities to keep it.
I hope to have one again one day.
is the future plans for the band?
“There is a thing for Germany next year but we
are still waiting for it to pull threw.
Also we want to do what bands are
supposed to do, to play in as many areas as
possible and to get people to know about us.
Also to send some recordings overseas.”
last words for our readers?
YOURSELF FROM US!”
can see Funeral God live on stage on
April @ Snuggery (Benoni)
May @ Rock Café (Witbank)
May @ Sting (Midrand)
get in touch with Funeral God or to book them to
play in your area please contact them at:
Coetzee – Vocals and Guitar.
Riaan Els – Drums.
Charl du Preez – Guitar.
Ronald de Stander – Bass and synthesis