Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Inquiring Blood Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Daniel: Hi, we are INQUIRING BLOOD, a groovy death metal band from Hanover, Germany. Our band was founded in 2004 and we are Daniel (vocals), Marco (guitar), Lars (bass) and Florian (drums). This far we have a demo ("Fear"), a EP ("Raping the Silence") and a full-length album ("Born in a Grave").

2.You have a new album coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Daniel: Our new album "Morbid Creation" has got a very different sound than our last album "Born in a Grave". The mix was made by a very famous studio in Germany, which is known for its brutal productions all over Europe. We want to raise our own bar every time we record something new, so this was just the next step in our band-evolution. We are very happy with the outcome of it.

3.This is the first album to come out in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Daniel: Lars had just joined us shortly we recorded our last album and jumped right into it. After the record was released, we needed to adjust our songwriting due to the new influences he had on our music. We wrote loads of songs and had many to choose from when we actually started to getting closer to recording a new album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Daniel: Most of the lyrics are genre typical stereotypes that you would expect from a death metal band. It's all about destruction, devastation, the end of the world, murder and so on. It's all fictional, but some songs have got a personal touch. Sometimes when you're really angry inside and you need to let out your frustration and you don't know how...that's when I write lyrics where somebody has to suffer a lot, that helps, haha.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Inquiring Blood'?
Daniel: Marco once came up with a new song and it had a working title with this two words in it. We didn't think about it very long and chose to keep that combination for our band name. We had another name before, when we just started, but we didn't like it very much. And due to our first show coming up and the promoter urging me to give him our logo we just changed it. We never put much thought into it, it just felt right at that time.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Daniel: There were some cool shows and some bad shows, that's just how it goes. Every show is different and has got something special. I guess if I would choose a specific show to talk about, I would go with our first gig in a very cool and big venue in our hometown. It's called MusikZentrum and every big metal band played there during that time. We played a festival there and there were so many people banging and had their fists in the air, that was truely one of the coolest things I ever experienced in all the years.
I think our stage performance is not very different to other bands in our genre. There's some headbanging and some shouting and that's about it. We like to be reduced to our music and don't want to be relevant because of a special show or something, maybe that changes sometimes, but i doubt it, haha.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Daniel: I'm planning shows for the next year right now. We want to play a lot to present our new album, so that's the main goal for the next year. There are already some shows booked in january and february, but as far as I'm concerned, there can never be enough shows to play.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Daniel: "Morbid Creation" will be our first worldwide release (digitally), so we're excited to know after it's out. There were some reactions to our latest album "Born in a Grave" though, which were very cool to hear. But I think, to really know that, we just need to wait a little bit longer.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Daniel: I would love to tour with some big bands, play big festivals or just have some very cool gigs. We love what we do and I think we are very grounded and have very low expectations. In this day you really need to be like that. There are sooooo many bands out there, waiting to be heard and that makes it difficult for every single one of us. So we'll just see how it works out with "Morbid Creation" and then we'll talk again.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Daniel: I think the biggest influence in our early days were bands like Kataklysm and Sepultura/Soulfly, but that changed, when we developed our own style. We come from very different kinds of music, and by that i mean VERY different. I was listening to Cannibal Corpse and Immortal, Marco was more the grunge rock, alternative rock guy, Florian was listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and so we had a variety of influences. After we found our own style and Lars joined us (his roots are more typical than ours, he was listening to the music of Morbid Angel and stuff like that) we never really looked aside and tried to remain true to our style.
Nowadays we're all listening to rock and metal in almost all their facets.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Daniel: Some of us have other bands we play in, have pets or girlfriends we need to take care of, haha, everybody likes to play some video games once in a while and we all like to support our local scene in one way or another.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for having us! And to everybody reading this interview I just wanna say: keep supporting the underground and the local scene, it's where the true art is found and the bands of tomorrow are born. Maybe one day, thanks to you, the bands you've supported down the road can play the festivals you want them to play. Keep buying our music. Stay brutal!

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