South Africa Metal: BLOODBEAST

(Überviolenced Gore/ Grindcore/ Death Metal)
Gore, blood, corpses, raw-energy, vocals that eat at your soul and licks with rough edges. This is Bloodbeast!
Thank you so much for taking time out to do this interview! Really appreciated on my side! Bloodbeast are a few months old though the members have been involved with various other bands till this point. How did the band meet-up and where did the name Bloodbeast originate from?

Choroz: Thanks for having us Lav. I’ve known Van for many years, mostly through going to Architecture of Aggression (A.o.A) gigs. We also played together once, about 12 years ago when I was still in a rock band called Cropcircle. I quit Bile of Man in October of 2012, and wanted a working, gigging project. Our timelines seemed to perfectly match as A.o.A kind of called it quits at around the same time. I was also a fan of Werner (drummer) and Galaxy (guitarist) and their FTC project. So we all knew each other. 

Van666: Well when it became apparent to me that Architecture of Aggression was possibly coming to an end I decided to start a new band asap. I posted an ad on facebook that said I wanted to start an old school Death/Thrash/Grind band and within a couple of minutes Werner replied and said he and Galaxy where interested in playing with me. I was thinking of recruiting Choroz to play bass for A.o.A. at that time and wanted to see if we could work together first, so asked him to try out for Bloodbeast. Werner came up with the name. We had a long list of possible names, but when Werner came up with Bloodbeast it just sounded right so we went with it.

Werner: After replying on Van’s ad, Galaxy and I met up with Van and discussed everything. After that we got together, wrote a song and was up and running.

Bloodbeast sounds like a vicious version of Cannibal Corpse, though reading the bands biographies, there is a mash-up of influences. In musical aspects, what are the band’s largest influences?

Werner: Our previous band (Galaxy and I), Fuck the Corpses which Galaxy founded, was a controversial style of music. There was a fusion of genres in the music so it taught me personally to be versatile in writing drums so that it fits the mixture of genres incorporated into each song, while keeping the ‘feel’ right.

Van666: Pretty much all the classic early 90’s Death, Thrash and Grindcore albums by bands like Slayer, Sepultura, Pantera, Carcass, Brutal Truth, Monstrosity, Death, Entombed ,Napalm Death, Altar, Cannibal Corpse, to name but a few. These bands where all very heavy and had lots of groove which sadly I feel a lot of modern bands of these genres have lost. Today it is all about who can play the fastest and most technical, which I find boring.

Can Bloodbeast explain to our readers about the concept behind the tracks on the “band room video project” Butcher for Pleasure?

Van666: Butcher for Pleasure is about a serial killer who takes extreme pleasure in hunting, torturing and killing people. The screams of his victims gets him off.

Keeping within the previous question’s aesthetics, will Bloodbeast consider releasing Butcher for Pleasure in a studio recorded EP?

Choroz: We’re currently in the mixing process of our coming album, called Bloodlust. We’re hoping it will be ready for launch with our Fleshgod Apocalypse gig on the 23rd of March 2012.

Van666: Butcher for Pleasure is one of the tracks on our upcoming Bloodlust album.

As mentioned prior, Bloodbeast is fairly new on the scene yet the band is highly recommended by various South African Headbangers. How has the band members’ previous experiences helped them to this point?

Choroz: That’s great to hear. Well, Van (and tequila) got me into Bile of Man. I haven’t touched my bass in 7 years (at the time) and was inspired by so many amazing metal bassists out there. So the last 5 years have been an extra-ordinary ride. I think our previous experience helped us with regards to organizers, connections with other bands, and of course our very tight knit little SA metal community.

Van666: I second that! I think everybody in Bloodbeast brings a lot of experience to the band and this makes us very focused and driven. Because of this we have achieved a lot in a very short time. Personally I have been involved in the S.A. Metal scene for 17 years now. In this business it is all about who you know plus both Choroz and [my] previous bands, Architecture of Aggression and Bile of Man, are very well known in the S.A. Metal community.

South Africa is still developing in terms of metal – how has Bloodbeast found the current scene treating them? Do you have loyal fans or is it harder to garner death metal fans? 

Choroz: There are only so many death metal fans in Gauteng and SA, so I think within a year most people will have either attended a gig or hopefully at least heard of us. The fans are loyal, rowdy and very supportive. We’re hoping that our focus on tight sets, getting a high quality album into their hands as soon as we can, will further cement their support.

Werner: We’ve had a great response from the scene and have a few avid fans so far, [whom] mosh hard and party harder!

Van666: Death Metal is a very popular genre in S.A. Metal scene at the moment so there are lots of bands, shows and fans which are great. The fans have been very open and supportive to Bloodbeast. So far we have had a very positive response.

While searching for information on Bloodbeast, I came across an article featured on an international webzine called No Clean Singing. The article read, “I’ve learned while working on this blog that there are a lot of very talented and very hard-working metal bands in S.A., but they’ve got more than the usual amount of challenges getting noticed outside their home country.” What is Bloodbeast’s take on that statement?

Choroz: Well, let’s compare it to US or European bands. Firstly, our communities are tiny comparatively. Secondly, we cannot just jump the border and do a 10 country tour (without massive expenditures). Another example would be Headbanger’s Guide and Global metal – they covered a lot of countries worldwide, though stayed seemingly myopic with regards to the South African scene. So, yes, we do have more challenges. We love playing, and we’ll keep doing that. Luckily with the internet basically making distribution channels amazingly simple, one can still get the material out. However, there is nothing like a live show, and we’re [location] limited in that sense.

Van666: South Africa actually has a very rich Metal history spanning at least 20 years and have produced some really excellent bands in the past as well as the present. Bands like Groinchurn and Voice of Destruction where relatively successful in the European market and are still quite well known in countries like Poland. Currently Contrast the Water are making waves in the U.S.A. The only thing that is holding the scene back is lack of local investment due to Metal being a small demographic in the South African music market. This is the main reason why the scene will always be amateur because Metal musicians can’t make a living of just playing music as there is no money to be made. This leads to a lot of bands eventually calling it a day. Also dodgy organizers, lack of venues and politics between bands are a constant problem.

Bloodbeast has already begun playing at gigs and making appearances on stage. Do tell our readers what are the pre-rituals (if any) before playing a gig?

Werner: Scope the stage, set up all my cymbals off stage, stretch a bit and start warming up.

Choroz: Besides breaking right-hands in mosh pits and meeting up with our fellow bands and fans? I usually stake out the venue, greet friends/fans/foes, and ensure the bands are on-time. Then relax for a bit, try to regroup and start warming up (about 30-45 minutes) before the set.

Van666: I like to get to the venue at least two hours before our performance to check if everything is running smoothly and on time,which it never does. Metal shows always run late for some reason. And then I like to warm up at least 30 – 45min before we hit the stage.

What can we expect in terms of music from Bloodbeast in 2012? Will there be any releases, gigs, festival appearances?

Choroz: We’re hoping that Motherfudd happens, that’s always been an amazing festival. There is the gig with Fleshgod Apocalypse from Italy on the 23rd of March (part of the Detonation tour – get your tickets today). We’re aiming at releasing the album, and then heavily touring the country to get the word-out and get our new project onstage with as many old friends as possibly. Then see what happens from there.

Van666: Also we have started writing new songs which we aim to play live as soon as they are ready.

And finally, does Bloodbeast have any last words?

Choroz: Thanks for supporting ZA death, oh, and fnord.

Van666: Thank you for the interview. Hope to see you all at our next show. Please check out our website and like our page on Facebook. Keep it Brutal!!!

Awesome thanks to the Lads of BLOODBEAST for a great interview!

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