It’s that time of year again, when in the run-up to Bloodstock we endeavour to interview every band gracing the SOPHIE, New Blood and Jägermeister stages from 8th – 11th August 2019. This means you’ve got a chance to read up on all your favourite bands set to play over the weekend and decide which new ones you’ll want to check out.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Master’s Call – New Blood Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We come from the Black Country area of the UK.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
It began as a project between John and Dave (guitars) in 2014 but didn’t become a full band until 2016.
Where does the name of the band come from?
We wanted a name that would symbolise all the darkness and chaos of the world we draw upon in our music, but we also didn’t want our name to pigeon-hole us into any particular sub-genre.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Whilst we are an extreme metal band with plenty of brutal, dark and chaotic elements we are not afraid to use melodies and prominent choruses. It took us a few years of writing to find what we consider “our” sound.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We are passionate about what we do and you’ll see that come out in our performance. Expect to feel the full force of every song because we will play them hard! We do have a certain stage aesthetic and atmosphere that enhances the experience too. Certainly if you are into our type of music it’ll be worth checking us out.
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
Yes we have all been multiple times over the years. It’s a great festival and atmosphere for sure. It can be hard to please everyone in terms of line-up because of metal having such a wide range of sub-genres and there being only so many slots. It’s no surprise we personally are preferential to extreme metal bands and would always like to see more on the line-up! There is also the aspect of showcasing underground and undiscovered artists, which goes hand-in-hand with today’s digital age of music discovery.
Which M2tM region did you win, or did you come through other channels?
We actually won via the CD submission route. We sent our debut EP that released earlier this year – it certainly makes us proud to get selected based on the strength of our music!
Can you put into 10 words or fewer how it felt when you realised you were heading to Bloodstock?
Hyped and ready to bring on the fire!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
If you know our EP, you can expect to hear it along with some forthcoming unreleased stuff.
Which other bands do you most hope you’re not squished up next to so you can see them play?
Cradle of Filth and Taake.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are in the process of writing our follow up album to Morbid Black Trinity. We think we’re about half way there. It can be a slow process writing new songs to the level and sound we want them at – it took us a few years to get to a point where we were happy enough to release our first 3 song EP. That said, we aren’t so much discovering our sound this time around, so we are aiming to release the next album in the first half of 2020.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We had a mic stand go flying into the audience one time, had one or two stage invasions and even seen a fight break out! It’s not always that crazy but it happens from time to time.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
We’re naturally fired up enough, if anything we usually need a beer or two to calm us down!
Header photo: Vivien Varga