DEATHBLOW play thrash the way I grew up with it listening to Sodom, Destruction and Kreator. It doesn’t
Get any cooler than that. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
-We are a thrash metal band based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ve been a band since 2008 starting as a cover band under the name ‘Dethblo’. I’d compare our sound to the big three of German thrash metal.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-Before we formed our first line-up, most of us were in a number of punk bands. It was a little more forgiving if you’d mess up a little bit. As our skills progressed so did our taste in music and what we learned to play became more challenging over time. It feels a lot easier at this point.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this for a living and maybe get paid for having fun?
-Never, we still are paying out of pocket to record, produce, promote and travel. Still dreaming.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-There are moments were you picture all the things you could be doing with your time and money if you didn’t play in a band. There are a lot of things and it’s almost hard to image what not having a band would feel like. When I think about it I’m pretty damn sure I made the right choice.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Not shitty, hopefully it will stand out as it’s own and not be lost between everyone else’s legacy.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song
-As far as being a listener… a little bit. I remember me and my friend taking school off when the new, ‘A Global Threat’ album came out. We were anticipating it for months and when we finally got our hands on the album we almost tore holes in our trousers. You couldn’t download that ahead of time. Even if you download an album there’s usually still some waiting and anticipating so it’s not that big of a deal.
As far as uploading our own music goes. We take months to record and produce an album so none of that’s been lost on us.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Pretty important, in metal there’s so much out there that you usually have to judge a book on it’s cover to some degree. You definitely don’t want to come across as a generic piece of blandness.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We focus on a lot of different topics. We don’t really have too tight of a theme.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-Definitely live. All the music we write is written with the live performance in mind, trying to focus on the raw energy a live show creates. Other than layering some extra rhythms we try to play everything we do on the album live.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We’re amateurs compared to bands that tour non stop. We definitely enjoy hitting the road (and have a number of times), but we are also have home lives. Most of us work full time and have long term relationships. Playing live is where it’s at for us so we hope to hit the road more in the future.

What does the future hold?
-Hopefully a new full length album. We’ve been working on a grip of new songs and hope we can get in the studio this summer. Also more touring.

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