Interview with Blood Of Serpents done by Patrick
1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
Thomas: I am Thomas, the vocalist of Blood of Serpents.
Fredrik: And i am Fredrik, Guitarist of the same band.
2.When did you first start listening metal music and was it long before you discovered black metal?
Thomas: I've been a metal fan for 25+ years, starting with Iron Maiden and such. I discovered black metal in the mid 90's through bands like Dissection and Naglfar.
Fredrik: been listening to metal for 30+ years, it started with the classics as for many of my generation, probably got in to Black metal through band´s like Mayhem,marduk and satyricon.
3.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands and are their any new bands you could recomend the readers?
Thomas: Iron Maiden is still the best bands on the planet. As for newer bands I'm not really updated on it all since I tend to revisit the old stuff more than seeking out new things. But recent discoveries (like in the past 2 years or so) for me include bands like Witchtower, Funeral Mist, Visigoth, Uada and a bunch more.
Fredrik: Black Sabbath,Rush,Metallica is always on my list for the classics.it feels like it´s been a long time since i discovered a new band that is in high rotation in my home.
4. Blood Of Serpents was started in 2012 what gave you the idea to start this band?
Fredrik: The idea started with me wanting to play extreme metal music without any specific plan on what the outcome would be, just play the kind of music i want to play.
5.How do you feel the bands music has changed over the years? And who would you say are Blood Of The Serpents's biggest influences?
Fredrik:it changed alot over the 6+ years the band has existed, our 2 first EP´s had more of death/thrash metal feeland for our first full-lenght we stearded more into black/death,and for `´Sulphur Sovereign´´ it´s Black Metal, i the goal for me was always to end up where we are now, with Black metal as the driving force.
6.Sulpher Sovereign is the bands second full length release how long did it take you to write the music for the new release?And does the whole band work on the music or does one member write everything?
Fredrik: The song´s for ``Sulphur Sovereign´´probably took about a year to write on different occasions. me and the other guitarist has written all music for both our albums.
7.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the musc and what are some subjects written about on the new release?
Thomas: On Sulphur Sovereign I handled the lyric writing. I wanted to channel those things that got me interested in the Swedish Black Metal scene back in the 90's. Anti-theistic and pitch black lyrics that match the intensity of the music.
8.Besides the upcoming Sulpher Sovereign release are their any copies of the debut still available for the readers to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Fredrik:Yes, go to: bloodofserpentsofficialstore.bigcartel.com to find our first album,T-shirts and more. there is also bandcamp if that is your prefered choice getting our music or any other streaming service.
9.Does Blood Of Serpents 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?
Fredrik: We play live when we get an offer for a show that feels right to do, so we don´t say yes to everything ``just´´ to play. As for studio, it´s fun when your done recording, and are pleased with the result, during recording process it´s full focus on getting it done so not much time to stop and think about the `´fun´´ on recording an album.
10.Are their any shows or tours planned in support of Sulpher Sovereign if yes where will the band be playing?And who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
Fredrik: We will kick of the ``Sulphur Sovereign´´ era with a show at the Festival:Mörkaste Småland:Slaktmånad on october 6th. as for a tour it would probably happen during 2019.
11.What does black metal mean to you?
Fredrik: that is a question we could go way deep and use hours to answer, so we leave it at: It´s the music we want to play and explore in Blood of Serpents.
12.Blood Of Serpents comes out of Sweden's legendary black metal scene.What is your opinion of Sweden's black metal scene over the decades?
Thomas: Personally I think it's a great scene and has been strong from the start. Today it is rife with both old and new bands pushing the boundaries of black metal as well as staying true to the roots.
13.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Sweden and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
Thomas: Some great Swedish bands include Edge of Sanity, Dismember, Dissection, Naglfar, Marduk... As for the new bands I already answered that question earlier.
14.Besides working in Blood Of Serpents do you or any of the members currently work in any other bands or solo projects?
Thomas: I am also handling vocal duties in Throne of Heresy (blackened death metal) and Abscession (old school death metal).
Fredrik: Blood of Serpents is my main and only band and will be till the day i stop playing music.
15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Fredrik: Thank you, make sure to pick up a copy or two of ``Sulphur Sovereign´´ on September 25TH!