Sunday, October 9, 2011

interview with blooddawn done by patrick 10-9-11

dark greetings,
here is a new interview i have done with a friend of mine from the u.k black metal band blooddawn. if you enjoy violence,vicious war black metal. then blooddawn is a band you MUST Hear! be sure to check out their web-site and myspace page out and order the bands new cd "opus dei"..
enjoy and keep the flames of metal burning...
patrick and winter torment web-zine

interview with paul all instruments,music for blooddawn done by patrick

1.metal hails paul! how are things going with you this week? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Things are busy, we've just released a new CD-R entitled 'Opus Dei' and I'm in the process of sending it out to reviewers and labels as well as writing new material for what will be the next release.

2.when did you first get introduced to metal? who were some of the first bands you listened to? who are some of your "current" favorites?

I was first introduced to metal at the age of nine, it was 1982 and I can remember tearing round the schoolyard singing Maidens 'Run To The Hills'. I'd just seen the video the night before on Top Of The Pops! Back then it was the only way to see any music videos and for a young lad of nine the only way to see bands. Before that my favourite band had been the Police, but then I saw Maiden and something just clicked. I then started to go to the local library and they had a music section where you could take out vinyl LPs, so I got Scorpions Tokyo Tapes and The Lonesome Crow, and some MSG. But I was a big Scorpions, Maiden and Motorhead fan. The first LP I bought with my own money was Powerslave, quickly followed by Piece Of Mind and then a Motorhead compilation and Kiss - Animalise on cassette. Although I f*cking hate them now, I heard Ride The Lightning and was a big Metallica fan which then lead me to Megadeth and Peace Sells… but I didn't get into 'extreme' music until a friend at school (who I'd later go on to form my first band with) gave me a copy of Death - Leprosy and Sabbat's History Of A Time To Come. Both albums just blew me away, I'd never heard anything like it. Death got me interested in the whole Death Metal scene as a teenager but that first Sabbat LP has had such a lasting impression on me. They were the first band I'd heard to openly criticise the christian religion. They're still an influence to me today. So from there I just devoured any grind, death, and black bands I could find. I was massively into early Napalm Death and Carcass, Celtic Frost, Doom, ENT, Bathory, Discharge, Tankard, etc. and I think those influences have stayed with me today. For all the new bands that crop up, I still find myself returning to the bands I was brought up on. Back in the late eighties and nineties I was very much part of the tape trading scene, I was in a grind band and traded all over the world. I know I sound old when I say this, but it was a better scene back then. You had thrash, grind, punk, death and black and that was it, you didn't have these sub-sub-genres.
As for current favourites, as I say, I still find myself looking back to the bands of the past but theres too many to mention, but heres a few over and above that I have previously mentioned, Funeral Mist, Marduk, Blood Ceremony, Triumphator, Whitesnake, Old Anaal Nathrakh, 1349, Arditi, Autopsy, Cobalt, Blutvial, Mumford & Sons, Fukpig, Gorgoroth, Disgust, Ofermod, Afflictis Lentae, Temple Of The Maggot, Teutoburg Forest, Slagmaur, The Joy Formidable, Gong, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Sleep, Europe, Tsjuder, Ondskapt.

3.when did you get the idea to form blooddawn? how did you come up with the name for the band? are you happy with how things have progressed over the years with the band? for the readers who have never heard blooddawn how would you describe the music of blooddawn?

I first started creating music again back in 2005, but I was just messing around, getting used to the software, getting used to playing the guitar again as I hadn't really done much with the guitar for a couple of years, so the early stuff was fairly rough. I wouldn't really class Blooddawn as really being born until 2008 when Donn joined and we released 'Funeral (For A Despised Icon)'. I don't class anything before that as true Blooddawn. I actually regret releasing anything before then, but then if I hadn't released the previous material I wouldn't have got in touch with Donn and we then may not then be having this conversation! I'm 100% happy musically with the way things have progressed since Donn joined Blooddawn. The sound we have is everything I ever wanted Blooddawn to be, with regards to getting that level of aggression, but I'm hoping that with the addition of a 'live' drummer for future recordings, it can only improve the sound and add something that is lost with the sampled drums we have been using. We haven't had much interest from labels, but I'm hoping with the release of Opus Dei and with the material I'm writteng now, that may be addressed. Blooddawn isn't for everyone, one reviewer said you had to be a certain type of person to handle the chaos and aggression of Blooddawn and I think thats true and puts some people and labels off, even in the 'extreme' scene, and I think thats a good description for what we do, its a maelstrom of chaos and aggression.

4.blooddawn is just yourself and your friend donn {vocalist,lyrics} when did you guys meet? when you started the band did you plan to keep it just a two-man band or have you guys searched for other members to join for live-shows?

When I first started Blooddawn it was just myself covering everything including vocals, but I got in touch with Donn through swapping our demos, I had released 'Chapel Of Bones' and he had the first Teutoburg Forest releases. I was blown away by his vocals, I still think he's one of the best vocalists on the scene, not just here in the UK, but globally, so when he got back in touch and offered to supply vocals for future, I obviously said yes. I live up in the North East of England and Donn lives further down the country so its hard to meet up face to face, but we speak regularly by phone and through email and find we share a lot of similar views, not just musically, but in relation to our art and personal philosophies. We are currently searching for a 'live' session drummer for future recordings, we don't have any plans to play live yet, but its difficult to think about adding an extra full time member to Blooddawn. One of the reasons I think Blooddawn works so well is the fact that myself and Donn work very well together, we are Blooddawn. To add an extra person could affect that dynamic, also when there is one person creating the music there are certain idiosyncrasies that can creep in to the music that can set it apart from one that has been geared towards four or five musicians who all want to show case their individual talent, so there are no plans at the moment to add another member full time.

5.if you could write/work with any musicians{past or present} who would you love to work with?

I've worked with Lord Afflictis of Afflictis Lentae in the past, he supplied vocals for Blooddawn's cover of Panzer Division Marduk and supplied lyrics for Qui Desiderat Pacem, Praeparet Bellum from The Enlightenment CD and I've written lyrics for one of his tracks in the past. I'm also hoping the Barag of Temple Of The Maggot will be supplying some vocals for one of the new tracks we have on the next release. I can honestly say, no-one. But as for 'big' names I'd honestly say no-one. As I mentioned before, I'm looking to bring in a session drummer for recording purposes, so from that point of view, I'm looking to work with a quality drummer, but as for big names past or present, there is no-one that I can think of as it would change the dynamic Blooddawn has. Blooddawn is myself and Donn and that works very well and working with anyone else would change that whole process that makes, in my eyes, Blooddawn work so well. Apart from the current drumming situation and the relatively small amount of time I am able to afford to Blooddawn due to life commitments, I would not change anything or wish to work with anyone else. recently released your new cd "opus dei"how long did it take to write the songs for this release? are you and donn happy with how everything turned out on the release? how has the response been from the press and the fans?

Its hard to say how long it has taken to write the tracks for Opus Dei as its almost a continuous process, for example, as soon as I had finished the tracks that went onto the CD 'Black Hymns From The House Of god' I was writing new tracks and coming up with riffs which would eventually be the Opus Dei CD. So whilst I am organising getting the covers and CDs printed for Black Hymns and sending them out to labels, etc I'm still writing new material, so I can't say exactly when I started writing Opus Dei, but I do know it took a long time from finishing the tracks to getting the CD released. It costs a lot of money to get the tracks mastered, CDs printed and the finished things posted out, so its been a gradual process of trickling the new CD out to various zines, labels, etc. and has taken a lot longer than I would have liked. In a perfect world I could have had this CD out in March, and not August. also made up a limited-edition box set for opus dei. what gave you the idea to create this? how many in total did you make up for the fans? what does the limited-edition cd set include?

Yes, we basically made 15 presentation boxes to put a limited edition jewel case CD in. Its all black with the Opus Dei artwork on the cover and inside is a recess where the CD sits. It is velvet lined and really presents the full package of what I want Opus Dei to be. I feel its Blooddawns best release yet and when you spend so much time creating the music and the artwork you want to present your art in as a professional way as possible, and present it in such a way as to complement the music. I've sent a few to some of the more respected reviewers, and the rest I'll be sending to labels.

8.everyone has their own opinion/ideas on what "black metal" stands for. so i was curious what does "black metal" mean to you?

Eveyone's idea of what Black Metal should or shouldn't be are different, I think thats what makes it such an interesting and eclectic genre, but for me, Black Metal should be harsh, hard to palette, unnerving, raw, atmospheric and aggressive with a strong religious narrative. There's bands out there labeling themselves as Black Metal, when nothing could be further from the truth. Its a reflection of this current materialistic, capitalist society, whereby everything is so easily disposable, even music. There's so much shite out there, not only in the Black Metal scene, but metal in general, everything has to be polished and perfect so you loose the spontaneity. Personally, I prefer to hear a few duff notes, a bit of unwanted feed. I don't want it to be perfected and gone over time and time again so you loose the soul of the music and all you are left with is this polished, souless piece of pop shit. Why do people feel they have to fit in as many notes and scales, stops and starts as they possibly can? To try to be even more technical and complex than the last band, and all in the name of 'progression'.

9.this question might be a little hard for you to answer since donn handles the lyrics. but where do you all get inspiration for the lyrics? any kind of messages within the lyrics?

You are correct in saying that Donn writes Blooddawn's lyrics. We try to highlight the tyranny of the christian religion, the blind acceptance of a religion of fairy tales and lies, the giving up of the self to blindly follow the teachings of unenlightened men and try to promote self will and development.

10.the lyrics seem to be based around anti-religious and some satanic themes. so i was curious would you consider yourself a satanist?

Blooddawn is not a satanic band, we have no satanic themes, in fact I believe in neither god or satan, to believe in one you must believe in the other. To voice my full views on religion would take more space than I have available here, but I don't believe in a god, devil, spirits or any such fantastical figments of imagination. There is nothing more than the here and now and the only way that we can 'live on' past this present life is by what we produce and leave behind us. That’s why I believe that what we create as artists, whether that be music, sculpture, the written word, etc. will still be here after we die. So to spend your life following nothing more than an image, and more so, of not doing something, to be told that certain art forms are bad, to be held back and told not to do something is the biggest crime that organised religion can commit against a person. As with all things, man ultimately corrupts and there is no better example of this than in organised religion, in particular Christianity. I remember after reading Richard Dawkins and Nietzsche, the sense of relief, that after so many years of being told as a child that this was the one true religion and god could read your thoughts, etc. that people were producing books and philosophies telling you what you already thought but through indoctrination, where too scared to express openly. It was a massive weight off my shoulders when I could finally look people in the eye and with true conviction tell them there is no god. This had such a powerful influence on me that I can safely say that I only became totally comfortable with myself and who I am after that moment. It’s the emperor’s new clothes, everybody knows the truth but are too frightened to come out and say it, they're hedging their bets, just in case. I actually have no problem with people’s personal religions; just keep it that, personal. Don't try to brain wash and cajole and bully other people into believing in it too.

Don't try to make your religion that dominant one by sheer weight of numbers if deep down 90% of them don't practice what they preach and think it’s all a load of shit anyway. It’s the 'organisational' part of religion I despise. It’s the pyramid effect, with one figure head at the top who wields power and influence over his subordinates, who in turn wield their power to the people below them and so on and so forth until it trickles down to the poor 'flock' at the bottom, the herd mentality, who don't get to travel the world, eat the finest foods, who send their wealth and possessions up the pyramid to the top so it can wield more influence and power or to pay for more lavish places to worship in. Why should you have to pay to worship? Why do you need to meet somewhere to worship? Why should you sit and listen to someone who knows nothing about you tell you that you were born a sinner, born evil and you have to repay try to advance yourself, to better yourself, there’s no need in this world, it will all be taken care of in the next. do you feel the world would be if religion{christianity,satanism,etc..} were never thought up in the first place?

There are a lot of similarities between the religion and the political and class struggle going on today. Religion, and in particularly, the Christian religion, was brought about as a means to keep the 'masses' in check. Be sure of one thing, the rich and powerful, and I count the religious leaders in that group, want to maintain the status quo, they want to maintain the power system and the riches, so if by using religion as a weapon over the heads of the working classes to ensure they don't step out of line then they will. The christian religion is a religion of 'not doing' rather than of 'doing'. Do not question. do not try to improve yourself and rise above any limitations placed in front of you, no need for self improvement, just be a good boy in this life and god will look after you in the next. How many people have frittered away this life due to them thinking they didn't have to do anything other than be a 'good christian' in this life because it will be so much better in the next. What a waste! Its a religion of 'not doing'. The fact they call the people their 'flock' and they are the good shepherds! A shepherd only looks after his flock until it is time to slaughter them! The sooner people realise that this is it, this is all there is so use it wisely. As I've said before, we're in the last death throws of religion as we know it, as science expands and finds answers for all those unknown things previously attributed to 'god' then the window of religion becomes smaller and will eventually close for good.

12.coming back to the band for a moment you write all the music yourself so i was wanted to know when you begin writing a new song how long does it usually take to complete a song? the music of blooddawn is very violent and straight-forward so i was wondering do you have to be in a certain mood when you are writing?

The songs don't take very long to write, the time consuming part is trying to fit it all in, inbetween a full time job and raising a family, but you are right in saying that you have to be in a certain mood, or frame of mind when writing. Music is an art form and I certainly look on Blooddawn as an artistic expression, from the music, to the artwork and the lyrics, if I didn't have Blooddawn I would still need some form of artistic release, whether that be through the graphical side of things or photography, I need to have some form of release. So yes, you have to be in the 'right' frame of mind to produce a piece of work that you want to present to people. Its a very personal thing, not that I produce Blooddawn to garner some kind of praise from people, whether they be reviewers, labels, I created Blooddawn for myself, first and foremost. I don't crave any form of praise or adoration from anyone, I produce the type of music that I like listening to, if other people like it then of course I'm glad there are other like minded people out there, but whether you love, hate or are indifferent to Blooddawn does not matter to me at all. So in answer to your question, yes, mood and state of mind do come into play when producing the music. Writing Blooddawns music is a very cathartic, cleansing process. There is nothing more I hate in life then someone who wastes there potential, that is the main reason I hate organised religion, the 'not' doing of many things. The people to sit infront of their television sets soaking up the state sponsored, mind numbing gameshows, news and cooking programs. The herd mentality of following the latest trend sold to them by manipulative advertising agencies, whether that be the latest phone, fashion accessory, music style . . . . add any number of things in that space were without knowing it, you a given a small choice, its still a choice, but a narrow choice of what you should like and can get. The upper classes and religious leaders think we are the common herd, THEY know what is good for us, we don't have the intellect to work it out, so they decide to do it for us, the they provide us with the choices, whether that be politically , they provide us with the candidates to choose from, musically, they try to tell us what is popular and what is not. The list goes on. By giving people what the people think they want, it helps keep us medicated, we're not trouble then and if they tell us what our aspirations are and what our ideal is and what we should feasibly hope to achieve then we think we are happy, living a fulfilled life and less likely to ask questions or to try and change the status quo. My rage and anger comes from seeing people either happy or oblivious to these restrictions imposed on them and quite happy to go along with it for an easy life. People who won't read a book. Who won't look for the REAL truth behind the headline stories because its too much like hard work. Religion and the media truly are the drug of the masses. All these things drive me on to create a maelstrom of aural chaos to strike at these poor fuckers, to physically shake them out of their comas.

13.the new blooddawn was released through your own label panzerfaust prod.what gave you the idea to start up the label? are you happy with how it is going so far?

The idea was to release Blooddawn's material on it but to also slowly expand it over time to release material by bands like Blooddawn, who don't have much financial backing, who maybe don't have access to the means to get their artwork done and also to release music that I like. I produce small runs, between 50 and 100, produce full colur, good quality covers in a plastic wallet and a plain or sometimes printed CD-R. I'm very much small time, DIY attitude. Apart from the Blooddawn stuff, I've also released two CD-Rs by Proxenus, we've done all three of the UK Legions Of Black Metal compilations and I've also released a free compilation with Temple Of The Maggot, Afflictis Lentae, Cryptic Winterstorm and Blooddawn on it. Wherever possible I want to release material for free, its an idea that harks back to the old crust/punk days and the DIY attitude, whereby you had loads of underground bands releasing stuff and they'd have 'pay no more than....', etc. on the covers, or it was released for free, just to get the bands name about. There's too many bands, unsigned bands, that think they can charge high prices for their material and its simply not worth the money. My feeling is that the bands I deal with are unsigned, it costs little to get some good quality covers produced and output the music on CD-R's and get it circulated in the underground and try and get them some interest generated. My next release is a split CD with Hak-ed damm from Canada and Blooddawn which should hopefully be out in October 2011. you run the label on your own or do you have some help from friends? is panzerfaust mainly a label to release blooddawn releases only or have you worked and released other bands as well? please tell the readers a little about your label and the releases

Yes I run it by myself and it was originally set up to release Blooddawn material, but I will be releasing more material by other bands in the future.

15.blooddawn comes out of u.k's black metal underground scene. from what i can tell the scene is small but is growing with some quality bands. would you agree? what is your opinion of the u.k black metal scene?

I don't really involve myself in the uk bm 'scene', or any scene for that matter. There are a handful of bands that I am in touch with from time to time such as Deutoronomy, Spectre, Adversary, Abalam and Cryptic Winterstorm, obviously in my opinion the best UK artist is Donn and his many quality projects, but yes, I would agree that the uk scene is certainly improving. With the help of JD Tait at the UK Legions of Black metal zine I've tried to help promote the uk bands by releasing three volumes of the UK Black Metal compilations on my Panzerfaust Label. These CDs are free and intended to show case the wide variety of UK bands that come under the umbrella of Black Metal. Just by listening to the three volumes you can tell how over the years the quality has improved. But in my opinion, no other country does 'extreme' better than the UK, I just feel that sometimes, when it comes to Black Metal in the UK, this has been forgotten. We need to remind people that BM should be 'extreme' in lyrical content, musical content, visually and in its decibel level! Some bands, not just here but everywhere have drifted into a 'safer' area whereby they can call themselves 'post' BM thereby still clinging onto the BM tag but in reality their music bears little or no resemblance to BM anymore.

16.who are some of your all-time favourite u.k bands? are their any new bands you think the readers should check out soon?

I strongly recommend you check out Donn and all of his various projects; Teutoburg Forest, Theo, Shit, etc., Temple Of The Maggot, Afflictis Lentae, Leon and Deutoronomy. The Blutvial album 'I Speak Of The Devil' is a classic.

17.well brother,thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. good luck with the band and label. do you have any final comments for the readers ?

Thanks to Patrick and Winter Torment for the continued support.