1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are BILESSED, a black metal project formed by two veterans involved in the Spanish extreme metal scene since 1990, being part of bands like Karonte, Dormanth, Mordor, Spurius... BILESEED plays violent, raw, aggressive but melodic old school black metal with NWOBHM influences. We released a demo tape in November 2021 containing 4 tracks. Now we are releasing our debut album called "From my cold dead hands" (CD) through Entropy records & Tribulation Productions (Colombian labels).
2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo?
Musically there is no difference. The songs we included on the demo were also included on the debut album. The production is different, the demo sounds much more raw, especially the drums, but musically we follow the same direction as the rest of the songs were written shortly after.
3.Both of the band members have been involved with black metal bands since the 90's, do you feel the genre has changed a lot in the past 3 decades?
We have been playing in death metal bands since the 90's, but it is only now that we have created a 100% black metal project. Everything in extreme metal has changed in one way or another. The way bands communicate and even relate to each other is much less friendly, there used to be bonds between musicians, now it seems like everyone is only interested in business. If we focus on Black Metal I think there has been a gain in quality. With all the boom of the style in the mid 90's there were a lot of albums that were really shitty...... Now I think the quality of the bands is much better, although in a way it has lost some freshness.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
The themes of the topics are based on hatred towards any religion. We also talk about wars, ancestral battles, witchcraft, ancient kingdoms and the almighty cult of death.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bileseed'?
Bile is bitter, something that burns the stomach, and in Spanish culture it has always been associated with hatred and a very bad character. To sow hatred as if it were a plant and let it invade the whole world is the only solution to put an end to human stupidity. Bile seed is the origin of evil, the origin of all hatred.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
At first we were going to release the album with the same cover of the demo, which is an engraving dating back to 1500, but that image had already been used by other bands so we made a completely new and original artwork. I'm a graphic designer so it wasn't a problem, as that's what I do with my design studio "Hard as iron studio". I wanted to show all our hatred for Christianity with a cover that showed monks burning in funeral pyres.
7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
For the time being we will continue as a duo. We don't intend to play live so there is no need to complete the line-up. Maybe later, after a second album... but only time will tell.
8.The new album was released through both 'Entropy Records' and 'Tribulacion Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about both of these labels?
At the beginning we made a selection of labels we wanted to send our demo to. We preferred labels outside Spain to avoid comparisons with our other musical projects. Among the labels was Entropy Records from Colombia, which showed a great interest in Bileseed. But this label wanted to co-release the album, so they contacted Tribulación Productions who are also a Colombian label and have been in the underground since 1990. Both labels have done an excellent job.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's a bit early to know a lot of opinions since the album has only been released a couple of days ago, but so far all the comments have been excellent. People really appreciate the authentic and old school aura of the band, as well as the violence of the songs. It seems that the album is getting a lot of attention.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think the musical roots of BILESEED are clear and I don't think we will change our musical direction very much. We do old school black metal with influences from NWOBM and old German thrash metal. We like melody but inserted in the songs, bringing darkness and melancholy. We will never include keyboards or similar shit...
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I listen to a little bit of everything within metal and rock, I also like a lot of blues and 70's hard rock. I've always listened to a lot of death and thrash metal. My all time favorite band is Judas Priest, but I really enjoy the Swedish and Dutch school of death metal. As for Black metal I don't really have a favorite band, I like early Mayhem... Darkthrone have a very varied discography. There was a project with ROOT members that I liked a lot, they were called ENTRAILS. And of course I'm a fan of Bathory classics.
12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Occultism, magic and witchcraft are part of our lyrics.... We believe in forces that are not under our control, including all the forces and knowledge that our inner selves possess as potential and that cannot be tapped except through a thorough knowledge of the mind.
13.before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for your support and interest in Bileseed, it is greatly appreciated.
If anyone would like to contact us or purchase the album, you can do so through our website www.bileseed.com.