BLOOD FEAST

BLOOD FEAST is a classic band that were there back in the days. Now they have a new album out that you ought to check out after reading this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You guys were around when thrash was a new thing. What was it like to be a part of that new explosion of metal?
ADAM: It was fun and energetic. There was a cool vibe among everybody ’cause it was a new scene.

I assume it was a bit easier to pick a band name back when you started but what was it that made you stick with BLOOD FEAST? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
ADAM: Well, we started as Blood Lust. When we got signed we had to change our name. It was Mike Basden who actually came up with Blood Feast, from the movie. And that was it – Blood Feast was more descriptive.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
ADAM: Black Sabbath, of course. Also Venom, Slayer and Overkill. And it’s the same bands for me today.

You have a new album out no. What was it like to write songs for this new album? Did it feel like you just picked up where you left it? What can we as fans expect from this new album?
ADAM: I wrote most of the album 5 years ago, some of it even longer. It was just impossible to put it together until Joe (Moore, drums) and CJ (Scioscia, guitar) came along. As for what fans can expect, it’s a continuation from when I left the band in 1988 – all guns blazing!!

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
ADAM: I knew what I wanted to do, but didn’t have a band. I had an ad in a local music paper, and through that I hooked up with a guitar player named Kevin Fisher. And then we found Kevin (Kuzma, drums) and Louie (Starita, bass). Then Fisher quit, and we found Gary (Markovitch, vocals). I had actually jammed with Gary once before, and he was on guitar. Our first song was his lyrics – written on the back of a Budweiser box – and my music, which was “Menacing Thunder”. And that was the beginning of Blood Feast.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
ADAM: Our plan all along was to do a new album, especially since we signed to Hells Headbangers. We have a lot of options moving forward, but no specific plans. A lot will depend on how well The Future State Of Wicked sells, and if HH wants to re-sign us.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
ADAM: We commissioned Drew Elliott to do the cover art, as he had on Kill For Pleasure and Face Fate. That gave us some continuity with the old days, plus he does great work!! We received the cover around April of 2016. But the full layout, which was done by the label, wasn’t finished until long after the mixing and mastering.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
ADAM: This line-up didn’t feel part of the scene again until we started playing shows and interacting with the fans. And this is now a much more fan-friendly band than in the past, waaaay better. We have a great time with the fans, as well as our fellow bands. Deceased, Attacker, Faith Or Fear and Solstice are bands that we seem to play with often, and have become great friends. We all champion each other, there’s a lot of mutual respect. All those bands, coincidentally, are from the old school like ourselves. Add in a couple of new-ish bands like Midnight, The Lurking Corpses and Game Over and the circle gets bigger.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
ADAM: It’s an amazing part of it. The only way this band is gonna survive is by playing live. We excel on stage, and we’re smokin’ hot now. The old fans that have seen us are totally into it, plus we’re gaining a new generation of fans – many of whom weren’t even born when we first started. We hope to tour sporadically, but any big tours would be tough as we all have other responsibilities. We’d do our best to make it work if the right thing came along.

What will the future bring?
ADAM: Well… we’re gonna thrash hard until we can’t thrash no more!! CJ and I are already working on new songs for LP #4, and we’ve got a few other things up our sleeves as well.
In closing, thank you for the interview, and DRINK THE BLOOD OF EVERY CORPSE!!

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