Tell us about your new album/project:
We are Bloodmores, a thrash metal band based in the North-West of England, and our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, was released on February 1st 2019, and be found on all the usual streaming and download services, like Spotify, Itunes, Amazon etc, with physical copies available via our Bandcamp page
What inspired any general themes on the album?
I (Alex) have written all the lyrics for our tracks so far, and I've tried to make each of them cover a real-world issue, that I believe deserves such attention. So, although The Seeds Of Seasons is not necessarily a concept album, there is a recurring theme throughout it in the way that each track is about something that I believe matters enough to be sung about, so, for example, there are songs on the album about the environment, and the way that we treat the world around us, as well as tracks about discrimination, or prejudice, and the way that we treat each other.
How long did you spend recording?
It didn't really take too long to actually record everything, in total, but the process was drawn out over a lot more time then we'd hoped for. We had originally planned to have a 5th member of the band, that would have just been our lead vocalist, but we kept getting let down, either by potential vocalists not turning up to rehearsals, or by not writing any lyrics, or not learning the lyrics that I ended up writing for them, and so after a number of potential vocalists didn't work out, I gave it a go myself, and the rest of the guys in the band liked what they heard, so we finished off recording the album with my own vocals, instead of continuing to try and find someone else, and I became the full-time lead vocalist from there.
How did you go about the song writing process?
We mainly write songs individually, at home, that we then record some rough demos of, which can then be shown to everyone else, once they're up to scratch. I'm much more comfortable writing songs this way, rather than jamming ideas together in our practice room. There's something about everyone writing in a group, at the same time, that feels really messy, and disorganised to me, I'm absolutely useless at it.
Do you have a favourite track from the album?
Everyone has their own favourite from the album. Mine is probably Save Your Prayers, whereas Richard's is the title track, The Seeds Of Seasons. Connor's favourite has always been The Gauntlet And The Guillotine, and Chris' favourite is the opening track, Metamorphosis.
Who are your biggest influences?
Like with our favourite tracks, everyone in the band has different influences, but there are a handful that we all share, so to pick a few bands that we all, or at least most of us, are influenced by, I'd say Hypocrisy, Arch Enemy, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nevermore, Unearth and Lamb Of God.
How did you form the band?
I was trying to get a metal project together, and a mutual friend introduced me to Richard, who then introduced me to Connor soon after. The three of us wrote the tracks for our debut album, and Chris joined us on drums at a later date. We released the album in February 2019, and began performing live shortly after that.
What advice would give to anyone starting out?
Practice to a metronome wherever possible. It'll keep your playing as tight as possible, and help get you comfortable playing along to one for when you're ready to start recording.
What is next?
We recently finished up in the studio, working on some new material, and actually just finished recording a new music video, for a new track, last week (at the time of writing this) so we're looking to release some new music sooner, rather than later.
Anything else you'd like to add?
As mentioned earlier, our current album, The Seeds Of Seasons, can be found on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon etc for streaming and downloading, with physical copies available via our online store, and we'll be posting updates regarding new, and upcoming, music via our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, we appreciate your support.