Looking at the cover to BLOODSTRIKE’s CD “In Death We Rot” I noticed a couple of cool band names. That triggered me even more knowing that I had interviewed the right band. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-As far as the lyrics go, we are inspired by serial killers, horror, Satan, and metal. We just want to make good, solid metal that is accessible to a lot of people, with lots of killer riffs.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Well, the other recording was only a demo. “In Death We Rot” is the first full-length album, and of course we wanted it to sound as good as we could possibly make it, since we self-financed the recording. Our new songs, we think, are catchier and a little shorter to make sure they grab the listener and keep people pumped to hear us.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get?
-Our moms roll their eyes! Our friends and fans seem to love it. We get many positive reviews!
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands do you indentify with?
-Entombed, Dismember, Grave, Bloodbath all come to mind.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-The album art is inspired by the lyrics from several of our songs. We gave Mark Riddick these lyrics and he came up with the concept based on those. We think it’s pretty sick!
What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-Songs deal with death, serial killers, necrophilia, whores, sex, satan, beer, you know, cool stuff.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-We come up with the song titles first – we get inspired by the sound of the song and whatever topic we might be reading about or have heard about in a movie or through friends, news, whatever. The most brutal stories are often true stories!
Is digital a format that fits your music? Is digital killing music?
-We welcome all formats for our music so that we can reach as many fans as possible. We are a new band and really just want our music to be heard so that we can grow our fan base. It’s tough for anyone to make money in music, especially metal. Again, we just want our stuff to be available to people to hear!
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-We put a lot of effort into making sure our live shows are tight, energetic, and a good time for everyone. We practice regularly and book shows probably once a month or so on average so that we can jam with our friends and hopefully new fans.
What lies in the future?
-We are writing songs for our second album, playing lots of shows, and hoping to plan a small U.S. tour in 2016 so that we can reach more people! Please check us out on www.facebook.com/bloodstrikemetal Thank you very much for your time!