Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bloodsoaked Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the project these days?
I have recently added a new “live” guitarist/vocalist to the live show, his name is Joe Darling from the band Malebolgia (also on Comatose Music).  Things have been going great with Joe and we are getting ready to travel to Portugal in a few weeks for the SWR Metal Fest.  Besides that I have been keeping busy trying to book shows/festivals/mini tours as well as still promote the new album.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album that has been out for the last year and how it differs from the older material?
The overall feel to Bloodsoaked’s music is still the same, Old-School Death Metal, nothing very technical, just solid Death Metal.  The song writing has gotten better and better with each album and I used a different vocal style on the new album as well.  I didn’t want to do the “normal” Death Metal vocals so I changed them to a mix of John Tardy (Obituary), Chuck (Death) and Martin van Drunen (Pestilence), mix them all together and that is the vocal style I was going for.  I am more than happy with the results.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The same kind of topics I always cover (Anti-Religion, Gore and Depression), more or less the traditional Death Metal lyrics.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Well, I started a underground promotion web site in the mid 90’s called “Bloodsoaked Promotions”, that slowly turned into a record label “Bloodsoaked Records”.  Both of them ended around 2004 and then when I stated this band in 2006 “Bloodsoaked” seemed to be the perfect fit.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The first New England Death Fest was great, Bogota Colombia, India and Venezuela were probably my best shows to date.  South America seems to have the craziest Metal fans in the world. Since its been only me up till now I try to give it my all when on stage and make the people feel like they are watching a full band.

6. I have noticed that you play the music live solo, how would you compare that to working with a full band and have you thought of using other members for live performances?
Playing alone is great but also has its drawbacks, you never get that “band” experience when it’s just you and it’s a bit harder to win over a audience that has never seen a one-man band. The good thing is you only need to worry about yourself and the drum machine.  I have recently added a second guitarist/vocalist to the live set and I think this will add a lot more to the live sound and overall stage performance.

7. I remember in the early 200's I saw some of your contributions to SOD magazine, are you still involved with any other zines?
Nothing at this time.

8. How has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of brutal death metal?
The reviews have been great and the fans are digging it as well, some still like the old vocal style a bit more than the new ones but you can’t please everyone.  The album continues to sell well and I am always receiving emails from new fans saying how much they like the new album.

9. Are there any others projects besides this band or is this a full time project?
Bloodsoaked is the only band I am involved in.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Future release should still to the same basic principles that I began with in 2006, simple, straight forward Death Metal, nothing more, nothing less. No need to add a lot of this or that, Bloodsoaked was built off the basics of bands like Obituary, Death, Deicide, Vader, Malevolent Creation and I will still to that process.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All the old school bands Obituary, Death, Deicide, Vader, Malevolent Creation. Bands that were brutal and write good songs, it wasn’t about how fast they could play is was about the songs, old school Death Metal still rules! I am always looking for new stuff to listen to, I am digging Pathology, Priapus, Flesh Hoarder, Abominable Putridity, Blasphemer, Abnormality, Misery Index, Human Infection and a ton more.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Modern Warfare 3, Porn and Watching TV.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks a ton for taking the time and check out Bloodsoaked, I appreciate the support.

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