Hailing from Florida BLOOD OF ANGELS carry the torch for death metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I am happy with how “Rise of the Fallen Gods” has been received. The EP has given us a good foundation to build on for the future. We have gotten some great press, including this awesome site Battle Helm. We won three Akademia Awards, the Independent Music Award in NYC for “Best Metal and Hardcore Song, and “Metal Band of the Year” at the International Music and Entertainment Awards. This release has been a good beginning.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-To me Blood of Angels is a good name for this metal band. It is a name that doesn’t pigeon hole us into just one sub-genre. It leaves us open to explore different lyrical and musical concepts, if everything stays aggressive. Also, being an atheist, the name has an honest meaning to me as well. Most religions have a belief in angels. The name Blood of Angels is a call to end the following organized faiths.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-I am excited, and humbled for the wonderful messages I get. That is what motivates me to keep going and writing. I love writing music for me, but when you know what you write gets to the heart of some one else, there is nothing better than that.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important to a band. Your look must fit the sound. You can’t dress in Armani and play death metal. It just doesn’t work. The impression I want to give is that we are all music and all business. We don’t have any masks or makeup to hide us, or some fictional story with character names. We use our real names, with our faces shown, and we mean what we say. There is no pretense just authenticity.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is very important, because the artwork must reflect what the content of the music is. Our EP has Thor battling the Midgard Serpent. It tells you that the subject of the EP is going to be about Viking mythology.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media is very good marketing tool, and a great way to find your audience with minimal budget. If it wasn’t for social media, I wouldn’t have been able to make the contacts we have to advance the band. The downside I see is when good art is produced, and it gets buried by the algorithm by stupid pet videos and teens filming pranks. It is sad that a dog video gets more views than the latest Iron Maiden video.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-I do feel that I am a part of a massive community. I have been a part of the metal scene for almost 30 years. It is in my blood. I live this lifestyle. I wouldn’t know who I would be without metal. Not just writing and performing this music, but also being a lifelong fan. The music gives me a more meaningful life than just working and paying bills.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Regarding the state of our music, it is healthy around the world; and there is such a love for this music globally that it will continue. I only find that the metal scene in the US is stagnant. Everything in America is based on the getting noticed by the mainstream press. Some bands have been able to break through, but they’re a lot of talented metal bands that just don’t get the support.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-At the present time we haven’t toured. The EP was released to see how our sound was going to be received. After our next album, we plan on hitting the road hard after it’s release. I have found that getting gigs outside the states isn’t that hard if you plan ahead.
What will the future bring?
-Finish writing and recording our upcoming album “The Failure of Faith.” Then tour and play as much and as often as we can in support of it.