The Bleeding have a new album, Rites of Absolution, out on May 19th and offered us a track from it to stream for your ear-destroying pleasure. Because we’re greedy, we demanded more information about the band in exchange. Guitarist Tasos kindly agreed to lend his flying fingers to the keyboard… and offered us an exclusive new track from the album to stream. Scroll down past the words part to listen.
We’re from London, UK!
How did you meet?
We knew each other through friends and band acquaintances.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band’s original inception was in 2010; the current lineup has been around for about 2 years. It started off as a studio project but it gradually developed into a fully fledged gigging band. The Bleeding has gone through some shifts and changes in its arrangement over the last 7 years. This has been an organic process that has led to its growth and evolution musically.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s a way of death. Tasos and Themis K (the original singer) came up with the name, looking for something memorable and brutal.
What are your influences?
Musically we are influenced by bands like Death, Slayer, Pestilence, Megadeth, Dissection and Carcass.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s old school death thrash metal. Naturally the music evolution has also been taken into account in the creative process. We feel that we use the melodic element in a way that adds tension to the music, instead of mellowing things down. We drop hints of melody in the midst of a thrash storm to construct emotional phrases and bridges.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Taken at face value Rites Of Absolution has a theme and motif of death, savagery and destruction running through its core. At a deeper level however, it attempts to critique humanity and its belief systems. Fighting inner demons and the demons constructed in society itself. Their personifications in Ancient Egypt and the governmental systems and religious trappings that mould and structure people’s views in often bloody and brutal ways.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is back to basics rock and roll. No samples, no triggers, just four guys playing hellish metal and having a good time.
When the new lineup was put together, we felt that we needed strong new material before we played any more shows. The band has been in the studio for 2 years, rehearsing, writing and recording. We’ve done four gigs since the announcement of the new album. More shows to come!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Nothing too crazy to report yet, but what’s funny is that at a recent gig we were playing “Death Eternal” and Tasos got somehow got thrown off the beat; he played the next couple of measures as open note drones until he fell back into it, but we liked that change so much, we’ve been playing the song this way since!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Ibanez guitars, Marshall amps, Warwick basses, Zildjian cymbals, Buddy Rich model, Vic Firth sticks, and Akira Jimbo custom Yamaha snare.
What are your plans for 2017?
Hoping for a great release of the new album, Rites of Absolution, on May 19th. We’ve worked hard for it and we hope people will enjoy it. Of course play as many shows as we can, to support the release and start writing new material.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
It would be awesome to open for Carcass! Infected Dead are really cool guys and we’d love to play with them again.
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