Kneel before Nod! Wait, isn’t that right? Am I close? Never mind. Here to clear up my inability to separate music from Superman references are The Beast of Nod themselves…
How did you meet?
A number of years ago, Paul started making the first demos with previous member Chris. Later, Görebläster joined up after meeting Ryan, our previous bass player, and began transforming the band into what it is today. Nate came in and did drums on our first EP and became a permanent member shortly after. We knew Brendan through friends and he joined us right before our second EP.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We’ve been actively gigging for about three years now.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The band’s name was chosen because we were setting out to create heavy music with some groove, hence The Beast of Nod because our music makes you nod your head.
What are your influences?
We draw inspiration from artists such as Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, Allegaeon, Fallujah, Scale the Summit, Plini, Sarah Longfield, Rings of Saturn and Berried Alive. We like all sorts of different music, including but not limited to synthwave, classic rock, and black metal.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is unique because it’s not just music. It’s a full contact experience. Our music is as technical as it is heavy. The songs are lyrically based on characters and events from “The Land Of Nod” universe that is also a creation of ours. If that’s not enough, we also have a comic book.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is just as much an experience as our recordings, we bring a full custom light show with us to every show. We want to entertain you. How many shows have we played? A metric butt ton.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Nate currently plays a Pearl acrylic kit and represents Soultone cymbals. Görebläster currently plays Agile guitars, and Brendan plays Ibanez basses. The first in our Rig Rundown videos is out now on our YouTube channel. It covers “The Mothership” which is essentially our live rig in a box. Check it out at https://youtu.be/HgpEaG_i_Sk.
What are your plans for 2018?
Our new album Vampira: Disciple of Chaos was released on May 21st and we have more content to roll out throughout the year related to that, and we plan to record another EP. We’re playing at Brighton Music Hall on June 21st with Magic Sword. That will be a particularly interesting and fun mix of Intergalactic Death Metal and Synthwave. In August we will be headed to RPM Fest which is the best local music festival of the year!
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!
Supporting Dream Theater and have Animals as Leaders open, just would be a fun show.