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Saturday, 27 May 2017
Peace all, a short update. Ancient Visionz Radio is on temporary hold atm until my eyes have recovered from eye strain. Sadly its also affected school work so I'm behind in all areas. The show will return soon, but I maybe off air for a few weeks. For obvious reasons there are no site updates/reviews/or interviews atm. Pat may post a few reviews and updates when he can.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Peace all, there is no Ancient Visionz Metal Show today. I've fallen behind with school work and need to focus on studies for a while. This is why I cannot update the site as frequently as in the past and struggle to do reviews/interviews. Hopefully show is back next weekend.
Monday, 15 May 2017
Loathfinder are a new blackened doom band with haunting vocals reminding me of some unwashed foul beast waking up after the night shift. He is chasing people through a castle accompanied by his roars of disgust at being woken up. In the distance, the onlookers peer back and see the unwashed creature walking down the corridor towards them.
Loathfinder's debut EP 'The Great Tired Ones' was released through Godz Ov War Productions at the end of last month.
The more you listen, the further you immerse yourself in the world of The Great Tired Ones. It is like dredged bowels of doom with a dark medieval soundtrack. So the atmosphere is set and we hope our nerdy description conveys the imagery that comes to mind when listening to Loathfinder.
Feast On My Entrails, which sounds the like the title for greasy Frank's delicacies for some of the festival treats I've eaten is much more blackened concerning the vocals than the previous track Genetic Gloom, but the music retains the sludgy doom feel.
Scents of Regression has solid riffs and the dude who got woken up is now in his stride pursuing the stragglers in his castle. The whole track flows together, culminating in a dark atmospheric piece of music. I've said this so many times, and probably will continue to do so on everything I review or play on Ancient Visionz Radio from metal and punk, but man this kind of music needs to be featured in some movies.
The final track on the EP shares the name with the EP, 'The Great Tired Ones', which could describe how I feel on a morning when on the train to school. There is a timely paced build up before the vocals chime in. We are back to the castle again, but the fact I'm nerding only testifies that the band took the time to develop the EP and spark the imagination in listeners.
Overall I think Loathfinder balance the mix between bm and doom. The blackened elements aren't done to the point to make non black metal listeners such as myself be turned off, but it is still strong enough to draw in fans from that spectrum. The Great Tired Ones is a solid piece of music with a level of mood and imagination invested within the sound.
- Genetic Gloom (6:09)
- Feast on My Entrails (6:51)
- Scents of Regression (5:26)
- The Great Tired Ones (9:38)
Sunday, 14 May 2017
ANCIENT VISIONZ 13-5-17 PLAY LISTY (DIY METAL RADIO)
Raaaa another extended edition of mosh! Mosh fest edition. Clowncloud coming soon (Mixcloud). Thx to all the PR companies, bands, & friends for supporting the show!
ANCIENT VISIONZ-13-5-17 PT1
ANCIENT VISIONZ-13-5-17 PT1
Featured in this episode: Mosh Gordon, Born To Wear A Jacket, Death Metal, Brutal DM, Death Grind, Slam, Old School DM, Crust, D-Beat, Punk, HC Punk, Beatdown HC, Metallic HC, Crossover, Thrash, Traditional Heavy Metal, Doom, Stoner Rock, Sludge, Desert Rock, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Fastcore/PV, skits, silly humor, & much more! 9000 genres of mosh!
Tune in every Saturday on thewastelands.listen2myshow.com @ 8pm-12am UK, 9pm-1am CET (Europe), 3pm-7pm Eastern (US), 12pm-4pm West Coast (US), 2pm-6pm Central (US), & 1pm-5pm Mountain (US).
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All Pigs Must Die - Sacred Nothing (2:01)
Psywar - Circle Of Cursed (2:50)
Deformed Conscience - Uphill Battle (2:01)
Driller Killer - Thorazin (1:17)
Extraction - Vanishing Point (1:13)
Femacoffin - Into Oblivion (3:20)
Germ Bomb - The Oath (3:46)
KRANG - Kinds of Pain (4:01)
Marginal - Stored Below (1:24)
Ork Bastards - Final Price (2:54)
Rope - Demise (2:24)
Injury Deepen - Anthropophagous Realm (4:09)
Overlord - Infestation (3:10)
Bloodstrike - Bells of Death (3:52)
Cadavarice - Vomiting Maggots (3:33)
NATIONAL SUICIDE - NOBODY'S COMING (4:28)
Reapers Row - Pit of Despair (2:39)
Deluminator - Kingdom Of The Drowned (2:55)
Concrete - As Eternity Engulfs My Flesh (4:32)
Criminal Element - Goon Squad Crackdown (2:27)
Warfather - Grey Eminence (6:59)
Violent Exit - The Sad Clown (1:32)
Policy Of Truth - Speakers Corner (0:30)
GOLDEN RUSK - As it should be (4:15)
Ignivomous - Beckoned to a Global Tomb (7:20)
First Blood - Messenger (1:11)
Fury - End Is Nigh (It's Time) (2:45)
Bereave - Cornered (2:50)
Big Takeover - Together (1:25)
Escarnium - Slaves Of An Ending Fate (4:34)
Still Ill - Frozen Souls (3:00)
CORRUPTED STATE’S ORDER - World of delusions (2:20)
Cold Hard Truth - Nightmare Not A Dream (3:15)
Queensway - Return to Dirt (2:49)
Centinex - Rotting Below (4:36)
BODYBAG - Visions of Death (2:58)
Vomit Remnants - Extinction of Worthless Humanity (4:58)
Diphenylchloroarsine - Post Apocalyptic Human Annihilation (4:58)
Nasty Surgeons - Exhumation Requiem (3:35)
Black Reaper - Reclamation of Prophecy (5:15)
Morfin - Reincarnated (3:12)
Tormentor - Comprehension Failed (2:16)
GRINDPAD - Sharkbite! (4:38)
Jenner - On The Judgement Day (5:14)
PROMETHEUS - Hatesworn (6:58)
MY REGIME - NERVOUS FORT (3:26)
ENFORCED - WORLD OF PAIN (1:56)
Foreseen - Grave Danger (4:10)
Eruption - Drones (5:13)
Running Death - Anthem Of Madness (4:26)
Cryonic Temple - All the Kingsmen (4:48)
KALEDON - The Evil Witch (4:08)
Earth Electric - The great vast (4:31)
MaidaVale - Dirty War (4:29)
Battle Ruins - We Are The Tenth Legion (2:43)
Candle - Dancing Lights (5:16)
The Wizards - Calliope (Cosmic Revelations) (5:23)
CRACKHOUSE - Serpent Suuns (8:29)
Loathfinder - Scents of Regression (5:26)
Lotus Ash - Unto Stone (7:00)
Come To Grief - Futility Of Humanity (4:29)
Come To Grief - Killed By Life (3:11)
Rug - The White Hand (4:34)
The Wizards - Leaving the Past Behind (5:30)
Arc of Ascent - Eye of Sages (7:10)
GODS FORSAKEN - An Odyssey Of Broken Bones (4:32)
Cryptworm - Gutswamp (4:09)
Disgrace Worm - Manipulados (5:46)
Deathrite - London Dungeon (2:43)
Kommand - Warfare (3:06)
Old Hag - Sinking (3:00)
Morfin - Carcinogenic Parasite (4:51)
Addicted to Misery - I Can't Fucking Win (2:14)
VIOLENT LIFE VIOLENT DEATH - Silver Eyes (3:33)
Rogga Johansson - Mordbrand (4:24)
Gathering Darkness - The Heat of a Dying Sun (3:36)
DESULTORY - Slither (3:16)
Deity - Rituals (4:50)
DRUG CONTROL - Think Straight (1:32)
BRAVE OUT - GROWING DISTANCE (1:24)
Anti-System - Don't Worry (3:20)
Reduced to Instinct - Karma Chase (1:52)
Endless Swarm - Too Many Museums (0:30)
Cavernicular - Wreckage (0:55)
Kürøishi - Gråa dagar (1:43)
Adhere - Posse (0:21)
Forged - Pathetic (0:44)
Skinlepsy - Caustic Honor (3:47)
Adrestia - In his shadow (3:20)
Mortal War - Slave To Darkness (3:23)
Cast to Wolves - Bag Of Shit (1:24)
THE ARSON PROJECT - From the Pits (2:31)
Old Hag - Modern Failure (4:34)
Addicted to Misery - Lappin Bag (2:26)
Adhere - Light Pollution (1:16)
Reduced to Instinct - Can't Escape (1:34)
Father Befouled - Ungodly Rest (5:30)
UTTERTOMB - Swallowed By Graves (3:40)
Cavernicular - Archaic Game (0:45)
Saturday, 13 May 2017
ANCIENT VISIONZ EXTENDED EDITION ON AIR! (DIY METAL RADIO)
Raaaa we are back with another extended edition of mosh!
Extened until 8pm EST (US)/1am UK
Extened until 8pm EST (US)/1am UK
Featured: Mosh Gordon, Born To Wear A Jacket, Death Metal, Brutal DM, Death Grind, Slam, Old School DM, Crust, D-Beat, Punk, HC Punk, Beatdown HC, Metallic HC, Crossover, Thrash, Traditional Heavy Metal, Doom, Stoner Rock, Sludge, Desert Rock, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Fastcore/PV, skits, silly humor, & much more! 9000 genres of mosh!
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Tune in now & every Saturday on thewastelands.listen2myshow.com @ 8pm-12am UK, 9pm-1am CET (Europe), 3pm-7pm Eastern (US), 12pm-4pm West Coast (US), 2pm-6pm Central (US), & 1pm-5pm Mountain (US).
Ancient Visionz extended 900 millions genres of mosh edition today. Details soon, but huge extended mosh edition.
Saturday, 6 May 2017
ANCIENT VISIONZ INTERVIEW W/ RAPHEUMETS WELL
1. What sci-fi inspired Enders Door?
Well, each of our albums is a continuation from the last. We technically just finished our first trilogy and our story is created purely from scratch. There are a lot of familiar elements to other stories but ours truly focuses on science fantasy. Each album gets more refined. The first album explores the lore of origin of the multiverse form the perspective of the inhabitants. There is a grand war that sets the stage for the events to come. The second album takes place during the first albums events. Enders Door is a far more personal journey. If you take Prometheus, Heavy Metal "the movie', Legend "with Tim Curry," and mixed that with Bram Stokers Dracula and the video game Mass Effect then somewhere in the middle exist the feel of this story. There is a lot 1980's fantasy film inspiration.
2. How long did it take to record the album, as it is very complex?
Since we produce everything ourselves it can take quite a bit of time. Due to our local economy and lack of resources, we have learned to be resourceful though it tends to take a bit more time. We first write the story concept which took a few months. Each chapter is then broken into a song concept, and then begins the actual composing. Each song is written unique to itself. Our drummer and keyboardist might write a score composition then metal is overplayed, or our guitarist may bring in a riff that harmonizes with the story concept. But each song is tailored to the story and this can take time which is a far more complicated process than how a lot of other bands write.
3. How long did the writing take?
Well the story has transformed from the original story which has been re-inventing itself for the last fifteen years, but the cannon which is our "mulitverse" has been going strong from the last 7 years. Our drummer Nassaru had laid the foundation for the story and the band as a whole builds upon this foundation. For the last album it was a lot quicker due to already having a formula and thus time was mostly invested into which direction and characters to develop. So in short, it took about 3 months to get the story to a writable state and was built over 6 months.
4. Do you write the story as a whole, then develop the music to go with each part?
Yes, the story is written before we write the music. Writing with us is like writing out an opera.
5. What can you tell us about the Avomenian Empire and what inspired their creation?
Well the Avomenian Empire is to establish a human perspective on the events at hand. This is the apex of sentient empires, a galactic anthropological view point into the vast species and the documentation of events that help put the hierarchy and physics of the mulitiverse in perspective. In real life, alien life forms could use a language or act a way that is so foreign to us that it would be unrecognizable.
You see, there are beings with abilities that transcend normal "time bound" species. These beings exist on a frequency much different than ours and for that they can be referred to as "gods" by some. They decisions greatly affect how life propagates in this bio-centrist universe. These beings for semantic sake are called the "Atai." Our music explores their endeavors and the complications that some of the characters who come into contact with them experience.
6. How long did it take to think of the names for the characters and planets?
Well, weirdly we actually have languages. Many of the languages have a Mesopotamian familiarity similar to Sumerian as well as Japanese linguistic structures. So we try and develop names unique to the time period and region of our story. But the names evolve throughout the story.
7. What influenced the idea for the planet Vaath?
Vaath is originally the highlight battle of the first album. This is where the Ataien leader "Sainath" was betrayed by his created daughter Eishar as she stabbed the elder Atai "Eyu-na" through the eye (which was the first righteous elder to be slain since the origin of this dimension), revealing that she was the betrayer. On Vaath, there existed what was called the "Black Artifact." which was the map to where the antagonist "Soyumoth" was imprisoned. The Vaathians, being a mortal empire was trusted with the map due to their unflinching loyalty to the endeavors of the Atai (the maps location was to be a secret) but Sainath would have never expected his own created "hand of war" Eishar to be loyal to Soyumoth's will, to erase organic life.
Two albums later, the main character "Eryos" begins his journey on this planet recovering an artifact left over from the war that ensued on the planet. So, we wanted to tie in the events of the first album to the third.
8. Who is your favorite character from Enders Door?
That would be a hard question. Some of us embody the ideologies and complications of the character "Eryos," some enjoy the mystery of the Dreth and the character Arkgen. Eishar as dark and destructive as she can be, this whole story explores her internal nature which many people could relate to. Most of our characters are derived from experiences and people we know. The character Natarym was developed after our drummer’s brother. So we cannot pin point a favorite character.
9. Favorite tracks from the album?
All of them ha! We take time with each song to make each chapter a full music epic. Were not fans of "filler" songs just to crank out an album?
10. When do you start writing on the next album?
We have already been playing with ideas. We start writing almost as soon as we are done with the next.
11. When I was watching the video for your single it looked like a stage play with a set to metal soundtrack. Is this what it is like when people see you perform live?
Yes, we are developing more and more a stage show to represent the story. I think everyone will experience something rather unique for this album live. Aliens, blood, armor, and even acting.
12. Do you plan any sequels to follow up the story with Enders Doors?
That is the real question. Do we continue with a whole new story within our lore or do we continue from where Enders Door ends. The end of the story presents a whole story in itself not to mention a plot twist that does exist but it is hidden. The more we can appeal to our listeners and get more interaction with the story; the most people will find out that there is twist and connections in abundance. Maybe the fans can help us decide for the next album. We would love to do a fan "choice" story and album wrote by the fans.
13. What do you hope listeners take from the album when they listen to it?
We have ingrained in our stories peoples journey. We want to help people escape into a new world while helping them find truth and coping strategies in themselves.
14. Why do you think we haven't seen Hollywood embrace metal for soundtracks with sci-fi? Indie film differs in this respect, but I've always thought it would fit so well. Do you have any opinions on this and do you think it would change if someone was brave enough to do this in major film?
Well we would only have a perspective answer. Metal is has its natural associations. A lot of people see metal as barbaric (which is ok). People believe we sit around sacrificing goats and eating llamas and babies (which is true for our technician and merch guy). We believe this deters producers due to stereotype. Hollywood is stagnant right now; remaking movie after movie and right here in the metal scene is a plethora of new ideas to make movies.
15. Do you think Netflix would possibly open its shows for bands such as yourselves to submit for sci-fi dramas/series?
I don't think they would but this is where we would love to be. We are new age bards, creating and expressing stories in auditory format. This is the industry in which we are aiming to become more a part of.
16. Obviously you guys are sci-fi fans, do you all do the same as me when you hear music and think ‘oh man this would be rad on this particular movie, or it would be ideal for a sci-fi soundtrack?’
Oh yes! Most symphonic metal, black metal, folk metal, and progressive metal really portray an atmosphere that feels like it should be a movie in itself.
17. Favorite sci-fi movies?
Legend "the one with Tim Curry", Aliens, Star Wars, Heavy Metal "the movie", Tron, Star Wars, Prometheus, Guardians of the Galaxy, Alien, and Dune. Ok, one of our members likes Star Trek but we will have a meeting with him after this.
18. Favorite sci-fi tv series or any you would like to recommend?
The remake of West World was rather good (opinion of course). Not as many series that do it for us though.
19. Favorite sci-fi books?
The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, Dune, The Wayfarer Redemption, and The Dark Tower to list a few.
20. Favorite comics?
Marvel in general and of course Darkhorse comics. Too many to list!
21. Favorite sci-fi games?
Mass Effect series, Knights of the Old Republic (the originals), Halo (1-3), and Dead Space.
22. I own a light saber, I wave it around sometimes thinking I'm a Sith or a Jedi on my radio show. Do you guys own any light sabers, and yes I'm a silly person.
Our drummer thinks our guitar players is a light-saber and waves them around! We live in the south, we try and make light sabers from hairspray and a lighter which is why some us cannot grow arm hair, or beards.
23. What do you all enjoy about playing in a band that encompasses so many different genres with a definite cinematic feel?
(Being Theatrical) It allows us to take off our social mask and to embody who we feel we truly are. This also gives us the ability to step into other characters experiences which instills compassion and pliability in understanding the roots which people come from.
It is also the merging of two worlds. Our imagination in harmony with our primordial love of metal. When metal first came out it was rebellious and it had a journey about it. With Dio and Iron Maiden, there was a whole environment they projected. This still roots in our endeavors.
24. What various comparisons have people made after hearing your previous album Exile?
Well so far, people like the change. The change in members brought a change in the feel. We are far more diverse and far more involved. People believe this album is far more emotion driven as the Exile was hard hitting.
25. What other sci-fi themes would you like to explore with future music?
Well, we have a lot of references to beings with supernatural abilities and a lot of organic life forms. We could tackle synthetic life and the conflicts that will arise.
26. Are you interested in the multi-verse theory?
Absolutely, our entire story is built upon this. We are science nuts with our drummer even having two degrees in science (Bachelors and Graduate). So we like to explore the newest discoveries in science and use them as a way to explore our beliefs and advances within the story. A lot of M-theory/string theory references.
27. Favorite concept albums/music?
Corpses Sink Forever- Carach Angren
Operation Mindcrime- Queensryche
Ziltoid the Omniscient -Devin Townsend
Planetary Duality - The Faceless
28. Who is the biggest sci-fi nerd in the band?
I think we are rather equal in one way or another. I can tell you who is not, and that is our god-forsaken merch guy!
29. Are you all fans of metal or is it a coming together of different artists/musicians?
We have a lot of preferential input as far as music taste. Metal, classical, psychill, ambient, folk, 80's pop, and goth.
30. Are guys also fan of the streampunk genre?
Well apparently our drummer wife is but we are not against it. I think we have not explored it as much as other genre's. We are more so apocalyptic- punk.
Rapheumets Well - Enders Door Official Video
ANCIENT VISIONZ INTERVIEW W/ SIGIL BY PATRICK & GAZ
1. Patrick: Hello Alex how are things going with you these days in Texas? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Things are great! I'm Alex, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band.
2. Patrick: How did you all come up with Sigil for the band name and what is the current line-up of the band?
A sigil is a magical symbol of intent or power. It's basically a way to train and program the mind to complete or accomplish a task. The current line up is myself, Thomas Schlict on lead guitar, O'Neal Rodges on bass and Reeve Allen on drums.
3. Patrick: Sigil's music seems to draw influences from a few different genres who would you say are the bands biggest influences?
Entombed is for sure the biggest, but I draw from many of the old school Swede death bands: Dismember, Grave, Entrails, etc. Tragedy and American crust bands are a big influence on me too.
4. Patrick: Kingdom Of The Grave is the band’s debut release. How long did it take to write Kingdom Of The Grave?
It took about a year to write the record and just a few months to get it fine tuned, demo and then recorded.
5. Patrick: Alex you take care of the vocals so I figure you write the lyrics for the music. What are some topics you write about?
My lyrics come from a very personal place. I write about my experiences with depression, suicide, addiction and my political beliefs
6. Patrick: Does Sigil play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows?
We generally don't play live often here in our hometown so as not to over saturate our shows. We do plan on touring soon and kicking off a few out of town spots.
7. Patrick: Are there any tours or shows in support of Kingdom Of The Grave this spring or summer? If yes where will the band be playing
Yes. We plan on going out in the late summer and touring the deep south and east coast. Dates to come!
8. Gaz: What do enjoy the most about making metal music?
For me, it's the easiest and most energetic vehicle to express my thoughts and feelings about a given subject.
9. Gaz: Do you plan to build upon the themes explored in this album with the next release?
Most likely I'll touch on them and given our current political climate, bring more of that theme into the fray
10. Gaz: What are some of your favorite movies?
I love 80's horror, specifically John Carpenter. The Thing, From Beyond, They Live and The Gate are at the top of my list.
11. Gaz: Which is your favorite track from the album?
Even The Gods Will Burn is probably my favorite. It packages all aspects of our sound into a fast paced, energetic, 3 minute song.
12. Gaz: What would you like fans to take away from Kingon Of The Grave when they hear it?
Not that we're trying to reinvent the wheel, but repackage what we love about our influences and create a really awesome, digestible record.
13. Patrick: Besides metal music do you or any of the members listen to any other genres of music? If yes who are some of your favorite bands?
I know that all of us, being from Texas really love country; the outlaws, like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard specifically. I've been on a pretty serious Run the Jewels kick lately as well. Best hip hop group of the last decade in my opinion.
14. Patrick: Thank you Alex for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for interviewing me! Listen to our record and buy our shit! You can do both at https://sigildeath.bandcamp.com/
Friday, 5 May 2017
Hey all, as you probably have noticed this week with the lack of regular posts I'm swamped again with school, which means this weekend's radio shows are cancelled until next week. Its at times like these I wonder if we should ask for help with the site, but for now there is a new interview posted with death metal band Bloodgod.
The shows return next weekend, but I've a deadline to meet for Tuesday, so its all on atm. See you all soon.
1. Hello please introduce yourselves to the readers? What age were you when you first discovered rock, metal music?
Hi Patrick & Gaz, first of all thanks for the interview! We're Daan Douma on guitar and vocals, Frank van Boven on bass and vocals, and me, Johnny Derechos, on drums. Together we're Bloodgod, Dutch metal moloch hailing from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Each of us independently of the others discovered rock and metal around the age of twelve. For me, guitar oriented songs started to stand out when listening to radio. The transition from pop hits to Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Guns 'n Roses to full-blown metal of Slayer, Sepultura and Death went natural for me.
2. Bloodgod formed in 2011 what gave you all the idea to start this band? What is the current lineup for the band?
Around that time, I was playing in Nuestros Derechos, which was more of a thrash metal trio with some hardcore punk ethics. Bloodgod initially started low profile as a side project, mainly as an outlet for Nuestros Derechos guitarist Jerry (nowadays living in Berlin and playing in Agonized) and former Warchitect guitarist Mike Schoemaker, a mutual friend. Playing drums with two guitarists was new for me, but it was awesome to lean against a wall of riffs, haha. Unfortunately we suffered from a series of lineup changes for various reasons: Jerry leaving to another country, musical differences, private issues that needed to be solved, etc. Nowadays I'm the only original member left. When Daan joined we decided to start over with a clean slate and new songs. We just kept the band name and logo, both courtesy of Mike. After Frank joined in late 2012 and Nuestros Derechos called it quits, Bloodgod became a steady three-piece and my main band. It's the same for Daan. Frank is a band slut who's also playing with Disquiet and a Slayer cover band dubbed Player.
3. Who are some of Bloodgod's biggest influences and for the readers who have never heard the band’s music how would you best describe it?
Since 2012 all songs have been composed by Daan. He has been a fan of groovy metal like Pantera and Lamb of God. He also likes technical, brutal death metal such as Illogicist but that probably doesn't shine through since my drumming skills do not include essentials such as blast beats on 300 bpm. I've always liked the energy of thrash metal, how a simple skank beat can really pump you up. However, the riffs that make the melody of a song will always remain the most important element for me. It's what makes a song memorable. Whether it's a deceptively simple AC/DC song, or let's say Gojira, Necrophagist or Monstrosity. I know Frank has a weak spot for Jeff Waters and Annihilator, but is also fond of Carcass, At The Gates and Arch Enemy.
4. Bloodgod recently released their new EP, 'Catharsis'. How long did it take the band to write the music for this EP? Does the whole band work on the music or one member usually write everything?
Daan wrote around ten songs in a year and a half or so and I wrote nearly all lyrics. Writing and rehearsing five songs is one thing, but recording, mixing and mastering took much longer than planned. We teamed up with the engineers of Mass Audio in our hometown Utrecht. After we recorded our tracks in May 2016, Mass Audio had some other jobs to do. Eventually, mixing started late July 2016 and was finished in August. Next step was to find a proper mastering engineer. It was already Autumn when we opted for Jacob Hansen, who offered a fair price and has a good track record. However, he was also too hung up on other things. So it took another couple of months to get the final mastered version. 'Catharsis' was released about 9 months later than planned.
5. Besides the new 'Catharsis' EP does the band have any other releases or merchandise available for the readers? If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Prior to 'Catharsis' we released 'Pseudologia Phantastica', Recorded and mixed by Quintijn Verhoef at Studio Independent Recordings in Utrecht in August 2013. It's Bloodgod's studio debut featuring 3 songs. For both released and some other merch please visit Bandcamp: https://bloodgod.bandcamp.com/ Bloodgod's music is also available on all other major platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and Soudcloud among others.
6. Besides working in Bloodgod are any of the members currently playing in any other bands or projects at this time?
Frank is also playing with Disquiet and a Slayer tribute band named Player. He's also playing sousaphone in a carnival (marching) band. Daan would like to take up drumming and has been offering his drummer services for several local bands. After Nuestros Derechos stopped, I continued with Agents of Entropy. Again a trio, it had more of a (neo-)crust punk vibe, inspired by Derrick Jensen's two-volume book Endgame. We recorded two songs before breaking up.
7. What has the reaction been like to the new EP?
So far, nearly all responses have been positive, for which we are very grateful. It's very satisfying when people seem to be able to enjoy the music that we take such delight in creating. Bloodgod may not be groundbreaking, but most reviewers seem to appreciate the music's sincerity. It's solid, straight forward and genuine.
8. Are you guys planning on the next album yet?
We're always looking forward. At the same time daily struggles like work, study and relationships gobble time and attention. Bloodgod is not our professional occupation, it's not what provides food on the table. So you can probably understand that we haven't booked our next recording session yet. Let's support this release with a series of decent live shows first, shall we? Any suggestions for a good gig in UK are welcome :-)
9. Random time lol. I'm a huge movie nerd. What are some your favorite movies?
Movies are awesome! Well, except for musicals and most romcoms. And unlike many other metal heads I'm not too keen on raunchy horrors. I presume I have the same classics on my favorites list as many others. These include the original Star Wars trilogy. I'm probably sounding like an old fart but Rogue One was mere shit. One the recent films I saw that I was quite impressed with is Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross. Absolutely recommended.
10. If there was anywhere in the world you guys could play, where would it be?
We're a hungry pack of wolves with an everlasting appetite for a next gig. Our aim is get on every possible stage in Netherlands before invading Europe.
11. I've noticed it is becoming harder to get music fans of all genres, whether metal or non-metal to take notice of the DIY/mid-tier and lessser known bands. It is frustrating as there is so much good music out there. Do you guys have any opinions on this subject?
You're absolutely right that the supply of metal bands is huge. The amount of new releases every week is overwhelming. At the same time a lot of bands operate very strictly within the framework of a specific subgenre. It's tricky because on one hand metal heads are very conservative when it comes to their favorite music. Just look at the lineup of most metal festivals nowadays. Take Bloodstock, or Wacken Open Air for instance. The majority of the names on these bills consist of bands that have been around for 20 years or longer. On the other hand, interchangeability is a risk when following the genre rules as best as you can. People may hear your music and think 'Not bad at all', but it does not stick and they will forget you after 15 seconds, listening to the next band on YouTube... Now technology has become affordable enough to make everyone sound ok, creativity becomes even more important. Also, playing live as much as possible is a good way to expand your reputation small steps at the time.
12. And what is the best about playing in a DIY/independent band?
Exactly that: you have to do it yourself (with the help of others of course) and that you're independent. This means you make your own choices without someone on your back that's pushing for new material or asking for a certain style. DIY means getting in a small van to a next gig as if it were a boy's book adventure, tolerate each other's smells and bad jokes with an 'us versus the world' attitude. It means carrying your own gear. Discovering new places. Meeting new people. Appreciating the volunteers who help out with sound and lights, cook a decent diner or offer a sleeping place.
13. What do you enjoy the most about metal music?
As a genre, metal music is melodramatic. It's never subtle but everything is painted with wide brushes so to speak, e.g. you're not just angry, you're mad as hell, seeing red and ready to kill the first unlucky person that's hampering you. You're not just sad, you're feeling grief so heavy and desperately it becomes unbearable. This makes it the perfect way to release stress and frustrations from everyday’s life. That way death metal can have a very soothing effect. At the same time, metal can sound so fucking epic. It can lift you up on wings, energize you, take you everywhere. Last but not least, metal heads have a strong sense of comradeship. We can endlessly argue about subgenres and best releases, but in my humble opinion metal has the most loyal fans of all musical genres. When you spot someone with a band shirt or battle jacket, I'm sure you exchange a knowing glance as if you belong to the same secret brotherhood. The conviviality and camaraderie of metal shows is unrivalled, don't you agree?
14. Who are some of your favorite bands?
I grew up with the late '80s and mid-'90s metal so thrash metal and (Swedish) death metal became a huge part of my life's soundtrack. Some bands have managed not only to consolidate but even to sort of re-invent themselves many years later. I'm thinking of Machine Head with their album 'The Blackening', 'Shovel Headed Kill Machine' and 'The Atrocity Exhibition...' albums by Exodus, 'Hordes of Chaos' by Kreator, and 'At War with Reality' by At The Gates to name but a few. That's quite admirable.
15. Where can people order Bloodgod merch?
Bloodgod's music is available on all major digital platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify. If you want to order a CD, shirts or other merch please visit https://bloodgod.bandcamp.com/. Thanks for your support. Horns up and stay metal!
Johnny // Bloodgod