BlOODLUST is another cool Aussie band. With a new album out now I had to interview them. Answers by Spectre (guitar and bass). Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The idea for Bloodlust began around 2009 and the main reason for it starting was that I wanted to write some songs in the style of the bands I listened to when I first got into metal in the late 80’s. I was heavily into bands like Venom, Slayer and German thrash back then and wanted to try and capture some of the spirit and energy of their early recordings. The dark, satanic imagery of those bands really drew me in back then and has never let go. Bloodlust was named after one of my favourite Venom tracks which was probably a mistake considering all the other bands around with the same name, but at the time I didn’t really have any serious plans with this project other than putting out a demo as I was involved with another band which was still quite active.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Well, Bloodlust from the start has been about quite the opposite of trying for a unique or original sound. It is about paying homage to bands that made an impression on me when I was young and hopefully capturing some of the essence and energy that drew me to their music. I focus more on the structure of those songs and how they are constructed rather than the riffs or sound as such. I want to write catchy and memorable songs like early Venom and Slayer who were masters of that, but I think there is enough individual personality injected into the songs so that Bloodlust aren’t a mere imitation.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
So far the main riffs and lyrics aspects of the songwriting have been handled by myself with Disaster (drums and vocals) helping out with vocal patterns and of course all the drums. So far I have done all the rhythm guitar recording and bass and then The General has come in and done the lead guitar parts. As Bloodlust has pretty much always been a side project we have never really rehearsed as a full band before recording. It’s been put together with every one recording their parts separately sometimes months apart. It is not a difficult process but does make progress slow I guess. I would prefer to rehearse new songs as a band and then record as band. We do have a live lineup now so that may well be possible for future recordings.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Yeah, it is pretty easy to record and release material these days, but myself, I never just write one song at a time and focus on that. I always try to write a bunch of songs at a time and think about them as part of a physical release. I think people into underground music will always be interested in buying physical releases, be they albums, EPs, demo tapes etc. I can’t see digital taking over when it comes to metal due to the strong connection to the lyrics, imagery and artwork that are also integral to the experience of an album.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Personally, I feel that there will always be people out there who respect what musicians create, the work that goes into to it and who want to collect and own physical copies of music. There may not be a lot of them but there will always be a market for it.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Overall the response has been quite positive for all of Bloodlust’s release. Considering that the early demos were not promoted widely there was a lot more interest in them than I expected. Some reviewers in the past have focused on the ‘satanic’ aspect of the lyrics but I think people have seen that Bloodlust is about embracing what makes metal appealing to many, embracing the metal spirit with excitement and enthusiasm.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I used to get contacted by people from South America more than I would have expected, although now since Bloodlust’s first album was released by a Mexican label it’s not that surprising I guess. I’m pretty lazy at doing promotion for Bloodlust so it’s always a bit of a surprise to me when I get interest in the band but in this day and age word of mouth can travel a lot faster than in the past and people can easily find samples of a bands music online.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Yeah, I guess it does in a way, but probably no more than liking and listening to metal in general. It’s a common ideal that unites people whether your in a band or a fan. Music is an important creative outlet for me and without it I guess life would not be as fulfilling in general.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Bloodlust hasn’t played live much at all, only 4 shows in the 6 or 7 years we have been active, and we’ve only played in our home town of Perth, Western Australia. The response when we have played has been positive but the scene here is very small. Playing shows does help build a following for sure and it would be great to be able to play more in other parts of Australia and the world but because of distance it makes it an expensive and difficult to organise touring etc.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Bloodlust’s second album, At the Devil’s Left Hand was released on August 24th, 2017 and promotion of that will be the priority for the immediate future. I am in the process of writing new material and will probably look at releasing a new demo tape or EP in the not too distant future.