As ever, we’re going to try and cover every single Jäger, New Blood and SOPHIE stage band before Bloodstock kicks off on August 10th. Your chance to check them out and start planning which bands to get there early for!
Trust us when we tell you that this is bound to result in some frustrating clashes because, as ever, there are some great bands on these three stages.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Raze the Void – Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, Friday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We were all built in Essex – four of us in Basildon and about that way, and one from sunny Brentwood.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
As this band currently right now, this very moment in space and time, we have been as we are since January 2016, but we have all been playing together in another project and known each other for well over ten years now, so we’re all basically family. We are all very involved with each other musically.
Where does the name of the band come from?
After deciding that we wanted to destroy everything we had done, draw a line under it, call it a practice run and start new, fresh, no holding back. This was going to be all or nothing and the former seems to be prevailing.
The name was the product of many sessions of drinking, smoking, fictional characters and bizarre YouTube videos. The name is itself oxymoronic; how can you destroy a void? The answer is you can’t, we’ve tried!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s like an eagle on steroids; majestic and awe-inspiring but at the same time, brutal and something that you just can’t help but look at. It has everything you could want from it; complex solos, thunderous grooving drums, atmospheric rhythms, clean vocals with some good old growls thrown around for good measure and all tied up in a big, prog-metal bow made from beard hair.
We offer a different approach to metal as we all come from very different walks of life, have very different lives in general and experimented both sexually and chemically to come together and give you what you will see and hear on August 11th at Bloodstock.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Raze The Void itself is its own being. Sure, we are five guys individually but we have created one animal, one force that is in itself its own member and its own show and at the same time, you are watching five individuals loving everything that they are doing, putting everything into their part. But you are also seeing the beast moving as one, a beast that wants you to be a part of it to make it grow and wants you to leave feeling empowered, feeling love for metal and everyone in it – just like Bloodstock is supposed to feel like; a celebration of music fuelled by booze and battle jackets!
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
Our vocalist will be going for his eighth time; it’s become home to him, but the rest of the band will be making this their second time. The first one, fun RTV fact, being as the band for the live band karaoke that happened a few years ago.
Bloodstock is the world’s greatest and best family reunion ever, complete with creepy uncles.
Did you enter M2TM thinking you could win it? Which region did you win?
We never believed we would win M2TM Hitchin but the process has been amazing for us – if nothing else, for the chance to have some seriously impressive artists listen to, and feed back on our music. We came to play and have fun, get to know people and come away with an experience. Club 85 is easily one of the best venues we have ever played and that atmosphere and energy from the venue alone was part of the overall joy.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
That all depends on if you have heard us or even got a copy of our EP.
If not, then the whole experience will be one conceptional journey through dystopia with music you won’t hear on the EP that is going to be coming some time next year. It’s an experience that will tickle all the tastebuds from death metal, to melodic tones, to Gregorian style chanting.
For those who have supported us outside of M2TM, (which we thank you for) they can expect something new with deceptively happy plunge through oblivion and out the other side into unity and brotherhood, something old and comfortable like your favourite shoes you can sing along to and the same showmanship you have enjoyed before.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not squished up next to so you can see them play?
Corpsing, as we know and have seen Aghast! before and want to see what difference there is between them, despite having the same epic drumming god! Decapitated, who are always good to see live, especially when you get to experience their technicality live and even though we believe we will be said and done by then, Amon Amarth.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are working on the second half of the concept album/ second EP which will tie the whole story of dystopian utopia, human error, oblivion and until together in a separate, yet equally hairy bow of progressive melo-death. We are also working on the next album’s ideas, stories and what journey that’s going to go down.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
We were in Stafford doing stuff for a friend of ours in university and between stealing roadside equipment, screaming bad song lyrics at 3am and then having basically no sleep, to filming with some of us vomiting on sight and almost getting us in deep, booze soaked shit. We terrorised the West Midlands for 24 hours.
Jager, Hobgoblin Ale, Kraken, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon? And, yes, we’ll be counting all the votes!
We Vote Quimby (but Kraken, if that helps).