In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with BLOODLUST. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Antes que nada, un gran saludo desde Colombia y gracias por apoyar en la difusión del metal underground.
-First of all, a regard from Colombia, and thanks for the support to the underground metal.
Mainly for us, the name of a metal band must reflect the kind of music that is being make, must stand also for the music as for what the lyrics says, for BLOODLUST the name, comes because we live in a country full of death, that is just coming out of a war that lasted over 50 years and also is suffering the oppression of a large catholic population, for which we despise and long for its extinction, along with its fucking pederast priest and all that stinks to Christianity.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Well, BLOODLUST is a band with a strong influence of 80´s metal, but at that time we were only toddlers making impossible for us to form a metal band, in the year 2012, our vocalist and bass player John Barrientos and myself (guitar player) Julian Rengifo decided to make a speed metal band, with great influence of the sounds we are into, we already have had another band but did not work out well, so in 2012 Bloodlust start working.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-Bloodlust as we had said earlier, moves on the speed metal genre, but we also put another sounds that we like, such as black metal, thrash metal and doom metal, from the mix of those genre is born the music of Bloodlust, where we use fast tempo but in the same song we break and lower the tempo and make some dense and dark riff. That is basically Bloodlust.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-In the bands composition the tree of us always make contributions, but usually we get to rehearsal with one idea for a song and during the rehearsal we shape the entire song , is basically the way as we always try to give some dynamics to the album, playing with the tempo of the songs and the rhythm of those.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Inspiration for Bloodlust comes from many things, for example, clasic metal, literature, movies, tv shows or something we watched on the new or just only life itself, all of that is helping during our writing process of one song.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-We have had tried that the art both on the EP as on the full length is on the same line as the songs that are included on the discs, so with that as a base, we begin the thinking process to figure out what we want on the cover, then we look to the options we came up with, and finally, the tree of us decide which theme will be on the cover.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-You can not deny that the digital era has made more difficult to catch listeners, with so many information every where you look, so many bands that you as a band must do new things to outstand, but we believe that the album as a whole it is importan, because is not in one song the very thing that you want to show to the people, what a band want to say, besides the album is full of contrast, of histories. It is a greatfull feeling when you came home and can appriciate the album you just bought, read the thanks the band makes, see the pictures, the art and listen one song after another, so that is why we think the album is still very important regardless of today.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-As we just mentoined on the question before, today it is not easy for any genre of music, people can have Access to too many information en a very short time and that makes that many bands can go unheard of, that demands that you as a band highlight more and more, regard the metal heads, they had a transformation that one might see as negative, in part because they do not need to dig to search for bands, everything comes directly to their hand, hence the music might seem as disposable, they listen and dircard right away and so they keep consuming big quantities, they do not buy records, do not go to the shows, they critizie everything and see everything wrong; the metal head just went from a rebel to the politically correct. That it’s why we think that if everything just keeps on that way, metal is doom to disappear
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-There is no scene until today, there is people around the world which enjoys metal and look up for bands, people that want to know and devour metal. Today on our country we are on the process of showing ourselves and show what we do, in the world there is a growing number of people that likes speed metal, which makes us fit in on that particular scene, and that is why we believe if we can have the right contacs, we can reach many more poeple in different countries.
What does the future hold?
-If we keep going the same way, the future does not look pretty good, but if the ones that likes metal start going to more shows, buy more material from the bands that they like, no matter the format, fisic or digital, sharing the music of those bands to other people to know them, this might have a great future.