Some years ago I met Angelo as a close
friend of Ad aka Fozzy, the mayor of Tilburg who died on 17-02-2015 at
the age of 45. Well after Ad's dead Angelo and I get more and more
connected, mainly because we both share the passion for underground
metal and football (against modern football!). So I checked out Angelo's
old metal bands and made the plan to re-issue his never officially
released tracks as a compilation album. But of course first planned a
chat with him. Here we go!
When was Mordancy formed and by who
and why did you guys split up so quickly?
Mordancy was formed in ’89/’90 by Frank Schobben (guitar) and Mischa
Serrarens (Drums). Later Robert-Jan Jansen (Guitar) and Mark de Smit
(Bass/Vocals). They had some covers and about 4 songs (with lyrics and
lines on only one) when they were asked to contribute to an open stage
night at a local youth centre called Kontrast. A week before this gig, a
lot of local youth went to Belgium to get some beers and I was with Mark
in one of the cars driving up there. Napalm Death was played on the
tapedeck and I was grunting along as he asked me if I had plans for the
next week. A week later I was on stage for what was supposed to be a one
time thing but kind of like herpes I stayed. Not long after that we had
a new bassplayer Jan Verdoorn, a talented guy who thickened the
progressive twist we had to the trash.
After the release of the demo things
seemed to go well for us, demo of the month in Aardschok, opening for
the Swiss band Messiah and there were talks to do support for some
Peaceville bands. Then the old fashioned musical differences got between
us and RJ and Jan left the band. Replacing them with Erwin van
Dorsselaer on Bass and Jimmy van Landeghem on guitar we took a turn to
more brutal approach. We never recorded with that line up and I still
feel sorry about it. For that time we had some real cool shit. Today´s
generation do not understand how lucky they are with all the digital
possibilities. During the process of this rerelease we discovered some
tapes with rehearsals and we are hoping to get this stuff out as a bonus
or so. We eventually split because we got to an age where other stuff
got important I guess.
Who came up with the bandname and
what does it mean?
Beats me who did? It means: Inciviseness, harshness, sarcastic. It had a
nice ring to it, nothing more. We weren’t spoiled with the internet
really then so we didn’t know there was another Mordancy in Germany NRW
Which bands / artists influenced
We listened to a lot of stuff, from the Earache label bands to the early
German thrash bands like Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. But also to
Megadeth, Dark Angel, Mercyful Fate, Nasty Savage, Suicidal Tendencies ,
Pantera, Biohazard etc.
Robert-Jan brought in the progressive
twist with Psychotic Waltz, Confessor, Mekong Delta, Sieges Even, but
also more doomy stuff like Solitude Aeturnus or early T.O.N.
There was no particular band that
inspired me lyrically by that time
How was the scene in the Zeeland
province of The Netherlands with bands such as: Sjølmord, Gorefest and
others? Was there any connection between Mordancy and those bands at the
We sometimes went to ‘t Beest in Goes or De Piek in Vlissingen to see
bands but in those days days we had to travel by ferry to get to the
other Islands. We were kind of spoiled in our own part with bands like
Burial, Mindlink, Lycanthrope, Paralysis, Thyrus, Polluted Inheritance,
Lochristy. There was more of a scene then there is now, There were
clubs, bars with stages, a local MC and youth centra where we could play
in both Hulst and Terneuzen. I very much liked the Gorefest demos, but I
remember their singer not being very popular in our parts, lol. No there
was no direct connection other than having shared a stage.
Was Mordancy your only band or was
there more before, during, afterwards?
Mordancy was my first band, I did some rehearsing later with Lochristy,
Burial and Collateral Damage. I sang in Bullcreek, doomy melodic death
metal, we had a CD in jan ´17 (Frank & Erwin form Mordancy were also
member of Bullcreek) and for the moment I do the vocals for the Flemish
black metal band Gotmoor. We are in the process of recording an album
which I expect in the fall,
About your demo and EP, how many
copies of those releases did you spread? Were you active tape traders?
How far did you manage to spread them?
We were able to spread 90% of our tapes local and some went overseas.
Besides R/J no one was interested in getting them spread. Making music
and having fun was all we cared about. After we had the big lineup
change the rights to the Demo were sold to Shiver Records, who brought
out a 7”. I haven’t got an idea how many copies got sold. Sometimes I
see a copy at a metal market or online.
Was there ever interest from any
record label at the time?
Yes there was actually, I remember that in the offer they tried to
persuade us to be more progressive, while by having played live we
discovered that speeding up things and the grooving parts got us the
Have you played many gigs at that
time and what was the best one to remember?
We did most in our own area and a few in Belgium and further up the road
in Holland. Opening for Messiah in the BatCave in Tilburg was one of my
The last ones are for you Angelo!
When did you get hooked by Metal and what was the first album you
bought? I know you're very much into the underground! What are your five
new(-ish) favourite in the current underground?
Somewhere at the age of 10, I’m an 80’s kid. The first album I bought
was AC/DC ‘Let There be Rock’, epic. Recently I listened to the song
‘Overdose’ again, still gives me goosebumps!
Recent stuff I picked up: Avslut ‘Deceptis’,
Occultum ‘In Nomine Rex Inferni’, Dagorath ‘Evil is the Spirit’. I
mostly listen to black metal nowadays but also the doom-gothic bands
Aeoninan Sorrow or Dark Matter I listen to a lot.
As for Holland: Apophys, Bleeding
Gods, Asagraum, The Fifth Alliance, Incinerator and Graceless.
Thank you for your time brother!
End with your final words!
It always was supposed to be fun!
Patchman Marco for Headbangerszine
Jan Verdoorn - Bass
Mischa Serrarens - Drums
Robbert-Jan Jansen -
Frank Schobben - Guitars
Angelo de Bruijn - Vocals
1992 - Mortals Slow Decline (Demo)
1993 - The Progressive Downfall (EP)
2018 - The Anthology 1989-1993