Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Interview with Ancestors Blood done by Patrick on 6-28-16

Here   is  a  new  interview  with  Finland's  black  metal  band  Ancestors  Blood. Who  talk  about the  bands  newest  release  "Hyperborea"  and  the  bands  past  and  future  plans.Read  it  all   here

Interview  with   A.T.H  Vocalist   and  guitarist  for   Ancestors   Blood   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello     A.T.H    what  gave  you  the   idea  to  start  Ancestors   Blood ?And  how  did you  choose  the  name  for  this  band?

-Greetings Patrick.
The idea was formed from desire to create something to express myself in musically and bringing my visions to life as the first demo began to take shape.
I had already thought about the need for a new name for some time since our previous name(Lost Wisdom) was already chosen by other bands and I'd require something unique and
better suitable for our purposes, then by a sudden vision/dream it emerged to me and therefore the name Ancestors Blood was chosen.

2.Ancestors   Blood  was  formed in  2002  how  would  you  say the  band's  music  has  changed  over the  years?Who  are  some of the bands  biggest  influences?

-Essentially we have evolved from a simple way of creating music to a bit more technical edge still preserving the old and straightforward touch.
There's just too many bands and artists or even musical sources of inspiration to mention but we are more or less influenced by:
Motörhead, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Manowar, Manilla Road, Dio, Black Sabbath, Sarcofagus, Kingston Wall, OZ, Satyricon, Gehenna, Primordial, Summoning, Ulver, Enslaved,
Moonsorrow, Emperor, Paradise Lost, Weather Report, Hurriganes, Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Sibelius, Wagner, Bach, Rush, Goblin, Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Irwin Goodman,
Toto, Ennio Morricone, Type O Negative, Ramones, Burzum, The Sisters Of Mercy, Graveland, The Black League, Tapio Rautavaara, electronic dance music, 80's cartoon themes,
movie themes and soundtracks, game themes etc.

3.Ancestors   Blood     recently  released  their  second  full-length  cd  "Hyperborea"  through   Naturmacht  Prod.
How  long  did  it   take  you  to  write  the  music  for  this  release?

-After our second album "A moment of clarity" was released we started with fast momentum to prepare material for "Hyperborea",
I would say that almost all of the songs came together quickly and just before the recording took place we finalized the last song "Rite of passage",
all in all this whole creating process took us about two years.

4.Which   usually  comes  first  for you  the  music  or  the  lyrics? What  are the   lyrics  based  on  the  new  cd   "Hyperborea"?

I'd consider lyrical aspect first, then comes the music.
Lyrics are from a very personal view: revisiting some old places which I hold value very higly, some aspects of my ancestry through my father's father side of roots from the Karelian Isthmus,
the cycle of life: death and rebirth, channelling my spiritual way which I discovered some years ago, always seeking, always evolving.

5.Has  the  band  ever   made  a  video  for  any  of   the     Ancestors   Blood   songs?
If  you  could  make  a  video  for  any  of your songs  which  song  would  you  like  seen   made  into  a  video?

-No, not in the sense of music video but there is however a couple of promo videos on youtube, one was made for song "Legend of horizon" by Luis Hermosilla who has been doing
our artwork since "A moment of clarity" album and our label Naturmacht Productions made video from the song "Autumn (Metsäpirtti part II)".
Too many good choices to make, perhaps from our newest album the song called "The way of the spirits".

6.Besides  the   new  cd   "Hyperborea"   are  any  of  the   past  releases or  merchandise   still  available?  If  yes  where  can  the  readers  purchase  your  merchandise?

-Those who are interested to find old or new releases or merchandise may seek out through MERCH section from our website: ancestors-blood.com

7. A.T.H   you   handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  at  what  age  did you  start  singing and  screaming?
Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat  and  vocals  healthy?Who  are  some  of  your  favorite  vocalists?

-I was around 19 when we recorded "Wisdom opens the gates for the king" demo and that was my first attempt to "sing" but in the end I wasn't satisfyed with the results.
After "Preparing for war" I took the vocal duties once I discovered a voice I could express myself with.
There is no excercises, nothing I do to keep my voice working unless you count a couple of whiskey shots on some weekends, only in rehearsals doing the necessary vocal work.
There are so many to mention but some of the vocalists I am more or less influenced by or value very highly are: Lemmy, King Diamond, Tony Martin, Johnny Cash, Ape De Martini, Kirka,
Rob Halford, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Irwin Goodman, Tapio Rautavaara, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Geddy Lee, Marco Hietala, Elvis, Ian Gillan,
Messiah Marcolin, Johan Längquist, Eric Adams, Scott Weinrich, Scott Reagers, Per Yngve Ohlin, Grutle Kjellson, Rob Darken, Mark Shelton, Bryan Patrick, Kal Swan, Stan Bush, Andy Aldrian,
Taneli Jarva, Joseph Williams, David Byron, Terry Glaze, Kal Swan, Bon Scott, Sammy Hagar etc.

8.Besides  the  vocals  you  also  handle  the  guitars  for the  band  at  what  age  did  you  start   playing  the  guitar?
Are  you  self-taught  or  did  you take  lessons  when  first   starting  out?

-I was around 14 when I first started to play guitar.
Had to take couple of lessons until had enough skills to move onwards.

9.Who  are  some  of your   influences and  favorite  guitarists? Do  you  currently   play   any  other   instruments?

-Once again so many to mention but I'd consider some of my indirect or direct guitar influences past to present: Hank Sherman, Michael Denner, Eddie Clarke, Brian Robertson,
Phil Campbell, Michael Burston, Alex Lifeson, Steve Lukather, Tony Iommi, Billy Gibbons, Brian May, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Chuck Schuldiner, Jon Nödtveidt, Dimebag Darrell,
Randy Rhoads, Jake E.Lee, Doug Aldrich, Zachary Hietala, Mark Shelton, Petri Walli, Kimmo Kuusniemi, Ross the Boss, Albert Järvinen, Prince, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton
Gary Moore, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young, Alexi Laiho, B.B. King etc.
I actually consider bass as my main instrument.
Drums I can only play barely and guitar a bit mediocre.
Considering some of the influential bassists I'd like to mention: Lemmy, Jaco Pastorius, Geezer Butler, Timi Hansen, Dusty Hill, Geddy Lee, Bob Daisley, Duff Mckagan, Flea, Prince,
Cisse Häkkinen, Hal Patino, Mike Porcaro, David Hungate, Jukka Jylli, Sami Yaffa, Leland Sklar, Steve DiGiorgio, Billy Sheehan, Michael Anthony, Chris Squire, Cliff Burton, Paul McCartney, Les Claypool,
Joey DeMaio, John Paul Jones, Alex Webster, Shawn Malone etc. 

10.Besides   Ancestors   Blood   are  you    currently   working  with   any  other  bands  or  projects  If yes   please  tell the  readers  a  little  about  them?

-I am involved in bands named Kadotus and Akolyytti.
Kadotus is my main band manifested with 2 demos, 2 EP's, 2 full-length albums.
Akolyytti was founded from the ashes of previous incarnation of ALH's, stronger than ever emphasizing the fast and raw aspect of black metal under his dark flame.
First demo entitled "...and from the Ashes I Rose" released in 2015 and second demo "Torch of Black Flame" soon to be unleashed.

11.Thank   you    for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview   out.Do  you   have  any  final   words  for  the  readers?

-Thank you for this interview opportunity and I wish you all the best in your zine's future.
Let the flames of our ancestors burn forever in our hearts!

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