středa 10. května 2017

A few questions - interview with death metal band from Netherlands - BLOODGOD.



A few questions - interview with death metal band from Netherlands - BLOODGOD.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc. ?

Hi, we’re three dudes hailing from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Together we’re better known as Bloodgod. The band features a basic rock 'n roll lineup of guitar, drums and bass, which is not very common for a deaththrash outfit. Bloodgod consists of Daan Douma on guitar and vocals, Frank van Boven on bass and vocals, and me, Johnny Derechos, on drums.

Bloodgod was initially formed in 2011 as a side project of Nuestros Derechos guitarist/vocalist Jerry Herrie and me, along with ex-Warchitect guitarist/vocalist Mike Schoemaker. We had a handful of songs, enough to do some gigs, but suffered from a series of lineup changes due to various reasons.

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 Bloodgod became a real band and not just a side project.

The band delivers melodic death metal with duo lead vocals. Often with a pinch of thrash, a drop of groove metal and a touch of black. As one reviewer described it: 'No brutal and blunt aggression, but slightly grooving death metal with a clear sound and some melodic American deaththrash influences.' I think that's a proper description.

Bloodgod’s debut EP 'Pseudologia Phantastica’ was released in 2013. It was recorded and mixed by Quintijn Verhoef at Studio Independent Recordings (Incarnate, Led Astray, T.C.F., Terzij De Horde, Divine Sins, The Fifth Alliance, etc.) in our hometown Utrecht. And recently we released our second EP ‘Catharsis’.


Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?

For 'Catharsis' five brand new tracks were recorded and mixed by Arnout Leene, Folkert van Blom and Marieke Koedijk at Mass Audio Studio in our hometown Utrecht. Mass Audio is an upcoming collective of three enthusiastic and highly skilled sound engineers with a love for classical music and heavy bands. All tracks were mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Mercenary, Volbeat, Pestilence, etc) in Denmark.

How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?

We decided to release the EP as limited edition CD (500 copies only, each copy painstakingly hand-numbered). It's also available on major platforms such as iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, and Bandcamp among others.



Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and what do the lyrics deal with?

For this EP I wrote nearly all lyrics. Sometimes I let the music inspire me, most of the times inspiration comes from another source. It can be just anything: a book or tv series, or a real life experience such as that one time when I visited an archaeological route under the centuries old Dom square in our hometown and discovered 2000 years of Utrecht history, including the bizarre story of the destructive tornado that hit the episcopal cathedral and turned it into ruins.

Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important?

Original guitarist Mike Schoemaker, formerly of Warchitect, Passion and Zomer, came up with the band name and logo. He allowed us to continue using both after he departed, which was a generous gesture.

The artwork for 'Catharsis'' was created by Lisa Röttjers. It depicts ‘t Schrickelik Tempeest’, meaning 'the horrible tempest' in old Dutch. It refers to the song with the same title.

I take care of the website and most social networks. Yes, I consider these things important since it's the first impression people get. We're not pros and it's okay if things look a bit DIY but at the same time we try to maintain a certain basic quality. Hope it shows, hahaha.


Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takes care about you?

The reality of today is that bands don't necessarily need a label. The days when a record label would advance the cost of studio recordings are long gone. Also, bands no longer need a label for distribution. The only thing an underground DIY band like Bloodgod could use, is extra promotional support I think. So when we're ready to release our full-length debut, we might reach out to small labels that share the same passion for metal as we do.

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?

Actually no, we did not get in touch with labels this time. We decided to release it ourselves and see how well we could do promotion wise. I think we should expand our fanbase a bit more before labels would be interested. After all, for record labels, no matter how small, it will be always a business model with return on investment as required condition.



Which bands do you idolize and where do you get your inspiration?

Well, idolizing is a verb with a strong meaning. We do have respect for all the bands out there that have managed to build a name for themselves while staying true to their musical beliefs. Inspiration comes in many ways. The grooves from bands like Pantera, Bolt Thrower and Lamb of God, the energy and aggression from bands like Kreator, At The Gates and Vader, the musical finesse from bands like Death, Machine Head and Amon Amarth - man, there's simply too much to choose from!

How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best?

Not sure how many shows we've done, but among them are some that I remember well such as the first time we played abroad. We've shared the stage with Can of Worms, Cryptopsy, Skeletal Remains, and Terrorizer among others, and played several national festivals. Club shows and festivals both have their attraction. Out best performance? It's yet to come, haha. Seriously, we strive to improve with each next gig.


What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?

We don't have a detailed master plan, but hope to improve as much as possible with small steps at a time. As long as we continue to have fun being part of Bloodgod, it's okay to get in a small van, drive for hours to a next gig, carry our own gear, have shitty food and lukewarm beers (except the designated driver of course), wait before it's show time, rock our balls of on stage, load all gear again, get in the van again to drive home in the middle of the night, tolerate each other's smells and bad jokes to return home just before sunrise. Would you believe that we actually love this shit? That's why it's important we have this 'bromage à trois' where it's us versus the world.

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?

Of course! Please feel free to get in touch here:

Thanx for your support. Keep up the goodwork and stay metal! Horns up!

Thank you very much for interview.