Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blood Stone Sacrifice Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

The band is from Massachusetts, and started as a one-man project in 2007. I (Jesse) recorded and released a demo cdr in 2009 entitled "If I were King for a Day..." with the use of an old Tascam cassette 4-track. In 2010 my friend Mike (Ex-Rancid Christ) showed interest in what I was doing and signed on as a second guitarist. We began writing new material and recorded "Cult of the Serpent Sun" in 2012 with the use of a digital 8-track. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

We play old, stripped down black metal accented with a lot of early punk/hc influence. There is a lot of "groove" to what we do, rather than just playing as fast as we possibly can. There's also some doom elements thrown in for depth. Really we write songs that we truly FEEL.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrics involve a lot of storytelling. I grew up reading a lot of books on the occult, satanic folklore, 
witchcraft and became involved in alternative religions and beliefs. There is a lot of folklore in New England, 
everything from human sacrifice to the Salem witch trials, so topics come easily. Other songs just deal with absolute hatred and disgust for religion, society or the world in general.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Blood Stone Sacrifice is based on a location nearby that was a popular place for occult activity. There were rumors of the city's homeless being lured into the woods and sacrificed on a very large flat stone at the edge of a river, (making for easy disposal of the bodies). We used to frequent the woods in that area as teenagers, and did in fact stumble on this particular location. It always stayed with me.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?

As of December 2012, Blood Stone Sacrifice is a 4-piece band, and will begin playing live in February 2013.

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the music?

As of right now, we are not actively looking for a label, but we're always open to it. Now that we have a full line-up, and  plan on recording in a studio this year, a label would be helpful.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

It was, for the most part, positive right from the beginning. Even with the release of the first demo in 2009, which as I said was a 4-track recording. If people like it, great. As long as we continue to love what we play, then that's all that really matters. Everything else that happens in just a bonus.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

We have some other individual projects going on. I sing for Engorged (Massachusetts Engorged). We were a local death metal band that started in 1992, and reunited for some shows a couple years back.
Our Drummer Brian has a couple other bands going on with Blood Of The Gods, and recently The Scimitar.
Our Bassist Martin, is also in Dead Languages. But, we are able to divide our time, and keep everything a priority.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I don't see it changing very much. The newer songs are still aggressive as hell. Perhaps adding a little more of that punk sound here and there to keep things fresh. 

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The four of us have such a wide variety of personal influences, but we try not to let it influence what we are doing when writing music. I'm sure people will have opinions, and think we sound like this band, or that band, but I think we bring something original back to the table.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and occultism?

I can only speak for myself. I am not a Satanist, however I agree with, and live by many of it's morals. I am intrigued by anything that involves common sense and free-thinking.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I think we would all agree that music is our main interest, and our escape from all the "normal" daily shit that we deal with.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you for the exposure, we appreciate all of it. You can keep up with upcoming shows, releases, get shirts and cds through our Facebook page. 

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