BLOOD DESTROYER (Belgium)::::......
at: 10th, April 2015
"Death metal is like a good
old horror story: flesh, blood, bones and jokes, if that
You are almost 4 years on the scene. Tell us about your
evolution as a "band” and getting involved in the
scene. What is your opinion on the underground nowadays?
core of the band was made up of Amaury (drums) and Hervé
(guitar), who had been making music together since they were
kids. Before the creation of Death Blood Destroyer, Amaury
was actually a bass player. The band then went through
several changes which were not always easy to adapt to but,
ultimately, it helped us evolve and define who we are as a
band. Emmanuel joined us about a year ago and David just
replaced our bass player. The pieces of the puzzle have now
come nicely together. We’re still growing,
gradually, and although we don’t have a clear path to
follow (which we don’t see as a negative thing) we feel
like we are constantly moving forward.
Death metal is underground
in essence, I doubt it could ever become mainstream without
losing its singularity. The spirit of Death metal is to have
a specific identity, far from traditional musical currents,
and totally independent from trends and fashion. It
doesn’t pretend to be anything it is not, it doesn’t
hope to fit in with anything in particular and the
expectations of a specific public are quite frankly
irrelevant as well.
And it’s maybe why it
speaks to us so much.
It also creates a community
of passionate people around the world and we truly love
We don't need to make any
compromises, we do what we want, and see where it leads us.
2. I love it when I can
just by saying the band’s name feel the metal that they
play. How important is it that the name is a sort of
declaration of intent?
At the beginning the name
was a pisstake, a good old cliché which also refers to the
bands we used to love as kids. Hervé and Amaury also wanted
a straight-to-the-point name, one that leaves no doubt about
who we are and what we stand for. It turned out later on
that we couldn’t have found a better name and now we
wouldn’t change it to save our lives!
And you’re right, this
name is a true declaration of faith, we’re here to create
3. You just have one
release so far, the demo entitled "Human feast".
How pleased are you with it? What kind of responses have you
received so far?
At first, the purpose of
this demo was to give a taster of what we're capable of. We
wanted to have material to promote our music, to find
It was important for us to
make all the recording by ourselves. This wouldn't have been
possible without the help of our good friend Emerson (member
of Pestifer) who used to play bass with Death Blood.
The main part of Human
Feast was recorded in our rehearsal premises, Emerson’s
basement and even in his living room, so it’s a real
craftwork made with sweat, fun and beers.
The EP exceeded our
expectations but in a way it's also already behind us as we
are working on the next album.
We received a lot of
support from many people. Human Feast continues its journey
on the internet and that's so fucking cool.
4. One thing I really love
about releases is the artwork, and you really made a great
one, Could you tell us where you found these fabulous
masterpiece and what would you say is a great album cover?
What does it have to contain for it to be great?
Thanks ! Hervé wanted to
find an old painting for the cover. He wanted to do
something like "Till Death Do Us Part" from
Decide. Good paintings never get old!
He found a piece of art
which looked like it had been created for us. The colors,
the theme, … we knew straight away that it would work for
It's a painting by Luis
Ricardo Falero, a Spanish painter from the 19th century.
Check this guy out on internet, you won't be disappointed.
We think that a great album
cover has to be connected with the music, it should give you
an idea of what the music is about.
5. Would you say that there
is a specific concept that you follow? What kind of role do
the lyrics play in the band?
Nah, not really. Especially
as our background and influences are pretty different.
Besides, following a particular trend or subject would
create boundaries that we clearly do not want. The only
thing that we care about is giving all we’ve got in order
to do what we love.
When it comes to the
lyrics, they just blend with the music to form a whole. The
voice is basically just another instrument and words flow
with various meanings depending on what we feel at the time.
It could be anything really, from the dumbest meaningless
story to a politically or socially engaged subject, although
we tend not to take ourselves too seriously and fun remains
the main point of what we do.
That doesn’t mean that we
take things lightly and arse around: we put in a lot of
effort in developing our sound and in creating tracks that
are worth sharing out there.
6. Your death metal seems
to be both chaotic, and brutal. How do you explain your
sound and how does your metal fit in with the rest of the
Belgian metal scene?
It’s hard to describe to
be honest. Our sound is, in a sense, what we are and what we
chose to share. In the beginning, Emerson helped us in
creating our sound, then we all came with our own stories,
our own moods, and a pretty huge amount of beer, which in
turn created other stories that further developed our sound.
We now have a kind of a ritual, most of the time we work
alone and we share and blend our little mixture when we’re
back together. We’re not really looking to sound like
anything in particular, we just go with the flow.
We have good mates who do
other types of metal and we love playing with them,
organising gigs or finishing off the night together in a pub
somewhere. One of our best experiences was playing inside of
an open truck for a friend’s birthday. Good times!
Anyway, it's important for
us to do brutal music, no matter what people may think about
our sound and our melodies. We try to make it as strong as
7. Death metal has been
around almost 30 years now. How do you feel that it has
evolved over time?
Like everything it has
evolved in good ways, and in terrible ones.
Fortunately the bands
we’ve always looked up to are still here.
We grew up with bands like
Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Nile, … blasting in our ears
and they still show the death metal scene who has the balls.
We prefer bands who play
music that gets you in the guts, not overrated or bland
There is an increasing
number of interesting new bands emerging now. But being a
"small" band, just as we are, makes it sometimes
tough to get recognition.
8. Can we speak of a
specific Belgian death metal sound, the way we talk about a
Swedish or Finnish? and how would that be?
No idea mate. Belgium is a
very small country full of great bands ! A lot of them are
passionate people who produce themselves and play death
metal for the love of music, no matter how it sounds to
To name a few of the
Belgian bands that we respect the most: Anthrophagus,
Aborted, Dehuman,… and in particular our good friends from
Pestifer, Excavated and Putrified J. These guys truly rock
and, I guess, constitute what the sound of Belgium would be!
9. Do you have serious
opportunities for live shows in your area? How many times
per month can you play live?
Opportunities for new bands
are quite difficult to find , especially Death Metal ones.
But Liège is still quite cool. We have small organisations
like Jungle or “La Zone” who really do an amazing job at
keeping things going. The latter is probably the best venue
in town for metal heads at the moment.
There are also some
Facebook competitions where fans choose the bands they want
to see live. Not sure if it really qualifies as “serious
opportunity”, but we’re not too picky, we’ll take
every chance to go on stage.
Actually, we only play 1 or
2 concerts per month. We genuinely love to play and we’d
love to travel and share our sound elsewhere too.
10. OK, please define death
metal with your own words, and if death metal was a beer,
which one would it be?
Death metal is like a good
old horror story: flesh, blood, bones and jokes, if that
makes sense. Or does it?
Which beer? ahhh, now
we’re talking! As you probably know, Beer here in Belgium
is more than a way of life, it’s part of our identity. As
a matter of fact, we are releasing the second batch of the
Death Destroyer beer, you guys have to try it!
if we had to choose one that would define us, of course
other than our own Death Blood Destroyer brew, that would be
a pretty difficult task (there are more than a thousand
different beers in Belgium!)…but I think it would be a
Trappist beer, say Chimay bleue, Rochefort 8 or Orval, very
strong, but still subtle in a way.
That’s all from me. I wish you all the best and I thank
you warmly for the chance to speak with you.
thank you for this opportunity to talk about our music.
Every chance we get to share our sound is important to us
and having friends around the world supporting us is
hope to keep in touch!