Monday, January 9, 2017

Bloodrain interview done on 1-9-17 conducted by Patrick

Here   is  a  second  interview  with  Russian   blackend,thrash  band  "BloodRain  who  have   just  released  their  new  cd  "Bloodrain V:Adorae Satanae"  through   Possesion  Rec.For  more  information  on  the  bands  past  and  present   plans  be sure  to  read the   interview  and  buy  the  new  release  today.

 Interview  with  Jan  vocalist, guitarist  of  BLOODRAIN   done  by   Patrick
  1.Hello    Jan     when  did  you  first  discover  metal  music and  who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you  listened  to?

It was approximately in 1986-1987 year when I was in the first grade of primary school. My classmate was familiar with one student, who was older than us, so all together we listened to such tapes as W.A.S.P., ACCEPT, RUNNING WILD, MOTORHEAD and other old bands.

2.  Jan   you  formed   Bloodrain  in  1995   when  did you  get  the   idea  to  start this band?

In 1993 or 1994 I played bass in thrash metal band DISASTROUS SOUND, but I had to leave because the other guys were much older and more experienced than me and I played on a very low level. Then I decided to create my own band in February of 1995 and it is interesting that both musicians of the first BLOODRAIN line-up were also 10 years older than me but less experienced in terms of playing instruments.

 3.What  is  the  current   line-up  of   Bloodrain ? And  how  would  you  say   Bloodrain's  music  has  changed  since the  beginning  til  present  day?

At the moment line-up is: Jan – guitar/ vocals (since 1995), Set – bass (since 1996), R666 – guitar (since 2008). We do not have a permanent drummer now and we use a drum machine for our rehearsals. It is very hard to find a drummer corresponding to our musical level who would share our views and satanic ideology. Again, he needs to understand our twisted sense of humor and be able to drink with us.
Of course, the music has changed a lot. Let's not talk about the demo, it was still raw material, especially the first two. Our debut album «De Vermis Mysteriis»  (2001) was created under the influence of scandinavian bands, especially MAYHEM (old) and DISSECTION, but on the second hand we have already found our own style I guess. Although there is a view that it is not necessarily good to play this style of music, we believe that musical and lyrical parts are equally important.

4.How  did  you  and  the  band  come  in  contact  with  Possession  Prod.?

Anatoly from Metal Race Records wanted to release our new CD but couldn't do it alone and he offered to make a joint release with Possession Prod. We thought why not? Possession Prod is an old and respected label, in addition, a few years ago they released our compilation «Ultimatum / Nomen Nostrum Legio» together with Satanath Records. However last time all negotiations with Possession performed Alexey from Satanath Records. I exchanged a few emails with Possession after the release of the new album.

5. Bloodrain   is  getting ready  to  release  the   newest release  "Bloodrain V:Adora  Satanae"   How  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  the  music  for the  new  release? Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

It could be recorded much earlier but we changed four drummers in  the last 4 years and each of them threw the group a few steps back. One retired from music, the other was killed and the third was just a fucking wimp. Our last drummer Ruslan left due to health problems but not everyone in the group believes that… Generally, the problem with the drummer is the eternal scourge of our band. But we do not lose hope. All to the will of Satan!
I write almost all music including the drum parts, then each musician makes arrangements and complications as well as reprises the lines of his own instruments. 90 to 10 percent approximately…

 6.Who   usually  takes  care  of  writing the  lyrics  for the  band?  It  seems  the  band  is  inspired  by  Satanism, occult  themes  what  are  some  topics  you  write  about  on  the  newest  cd  "Bloodrain V : Adora  Satanae"?

I write all lyrics, but on the album «Ulimatum» (2003) there's one song co-written with Uglook from Black Metal band NIGHT REICH. This is the song «Let The Blood Spills!»
Our lyrics mainly affects Satanism, darkness, evil, hatred of mankind, but not the occult…Now it's too trendy and uninteresting for me. I can find inspiration in books, movies (and it doesn't have to be something terrible or evil), conversations with friends or just in my sick imagination.
 For example on the new album there's a song «By The Owl Creek». It is inspired by the story of Ambrose Bierce and tells about the experiences of a person before execution. Or take the song «Beyond Law, Beyond Morals». It's about a shitty time in which we live when in fact reviving the new inquisition and under the guise of support of the authorities trying to suppress any nonconformity. «My Hell» is about the life of a Satanist in a society when every day you get to see around only stupid bastards concerned about their fucking problems of money, work, children and TV…Fuck them! Here are a few examples…

7.Besides  the   newest  release  does the  band  have  any  past  releases  or  merchandise  available  for  the  readers? And  if  yes  where  can  the  readers  buy  it?

You can find it in different distro. Red Stream, Negative Existence, Deathgasm, Paragon, Hells Headbangers, Morbid Winter, Fog Of The Apocalypse ,Obscure Abhorrence, Old Temple, Seven Gates Of Hell, Propaganda, Todestrieb, Northern Heritage, Hammer Of Damnation, Cold Breath Of Silence, Possession, Primitive Reaction and others.

8.Does  Bloodrain   get  to   play  "live"  very  often  or  do you  prefer  to  work  in  the studio?  What  have  been  some  of  the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

We like to play live but we prefer to give 2-3 concerts a year that is infrequently. We played about 130 concerts or more over the years, some were better some worse. The main thing is  not to drink a lot of alcohol before the show, otherwise everything will be very poorly performed, by the way it happened often enough, ha-ha…It was a good performances at Helvet.Ru Fest in St.Petersburg  (2008) with GRAMARY and others, at Volh Fest in Moskow (2010 or 2011) with URGEHAL,BLACKDEATH and STURMKAISER, with BLACKDEATH and NARGAROTH in Moskow in 2014, many concerts in Tver with local friendly bands, such as IN DEATHS EMBRACE, SMERTOKREST and  GODHATER…

 9.Are  there  any  upcoming tours  or  shows  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

As I said we have no drummer right now, so until the concert plans. Although it is possible we will play all the same with the use of a drum machine.

10.Jan   in  your   opinion  what  does  Underground  Metal  mean  to  you?

Underground is not an empty phrase. It is extremely anticommercial position and the principle which we have been maintaining for more than twenty years. We never got money for your recordings and concerts but nobody tells me what to do and how to compose music and create lyrics. Now I see a lot of young bastard bands who are trying to climb on large commercial labels. For this they make compromises in their creativity. They call their style different stupid names and it pisses me off. Remember! There is no sympho, depressive, melodic, depressive and other Black Metal. It is either «True Black» or «wimp black». In summary, if you play in a Black metal band, you can't earn the living with music, you don't get money, you don't receive support or attention (if only the police)… Do you think a lot of groups decide to go this way?

11. Bloodrain    comes  out  of  Russia's  blackend thrash  scene  what  is  your   opinion  of  the  Russian  metal  scene from the  mid  ninites  to  present  day?

I like the old Soviet heavy and thrash bands from 80-90, such as ARIA, MASTER, SHAH, TRIZNA, HELLRAISER, IRON STREAM, JOKER, ASPID, E.S.T., BLACK OBELISK, HARD DAY, KORROZIA METALLA (only old), KRUIZ, KLINIKA, TRUPNY YAD and others. They managed to create masterpieces in absolutely intolerable conditions. In those difficult times, all kept on enthusiasm and had a lot of talented musicians and especially original and charismatic vocalists. Unfortunately now most of these bands either split up, or produce crap, but some are still producing killer material, for example, ARIA…Nowadays, even the worst musicians can afford good instruments and studios, also appeared internet, where they can share their shitty records, so the quality of metal music has fallen dramatically. You can not say about the quantity... However, this does not apply to the Black metal scene, who did not find the strength to survive, was eliminated in the late 90s or early 2000s...

12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Russian  bands?  And  are their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?


13.Besides  playing  in   Bloodrain   do   any  of the  members  of the  band  currently  work  with  any  other  bands  or  solo projects? If  yes  please  tell  the  readers  a  little  about  them?

None of us are involved in other groups, all of our time is BLOODRAIN. In 97-98 I was the vocalist in the Black metal band ISCARIOT, also R666 prior to joining us not for long was in Black metal band THALARION LATI. There were no other projects.

 14.When  not  working  on  new   music  or  band  business  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in your  spare  time?

 We all work at different jobs. R666 is an engineer at the factory, and I’m  with Set work in the door business. We rehearse 2-3 times a week. If there's no rehearsal, we spend evenings going to each other's homes, watching movies and chat about different things. Sometimes we just go out to the countryside and drink some beer or vodka…In winter it's mostly cinemas and cafes. Also, we all enjoy reading various books and then discussing it…So, music and literature are our main interests.

 15.Thank  you  Jan   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out. Do  you  have  any  final  comments   for the  readers?

Thank you, Patrick for the interest and good questions. Stay Satanic and metal ! 

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