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An Interview With Blood of Angels

An absolutely brutal new single from Blood of Angels comes through with a fierceness and intricate but thrashing sound that shakes the earth beneath your feet and hits like a sucker punch to the gut.

"Spillage" is a real deal hardcore metal banger that incorporates a few different styles of the genre together to create something that is a total blitzkrieg.

This track destroys from the first second to the last and there's tons of outstanding riffs and guitar work throughout its course along with drumming that drives everything.

One of the things I love about this track is that it's got the dual screams with one higher pitch than the other, so you get the growls and the shrieks to go right along high-speed guitar performances and deep-rooted drudgery.

In terms of mosh pit worthy metal this takes the cake and without question will get your blood pumping.

Hell, this is one of my favorite ways to start the morning.

What's more is that you can hear their different influences within this one song in terms of death metal, hardcore, thrash metal and so much more and it's done with a pure love for the craft which these guys clearly have a lot of.

This is an absolute love letter to the genre, and it works on so many levels that it's ridiculous.

My favorite part out of everything are those guitars and their tone in particular along with this crazy bending wailing intro that they set up at the beginning of the song to prepare you for what's to come.

What is to come you may ask.

A soiree of metal madness that will have you banging your head with your fists in the air in no time.

There are a lot of people that don't understand the technical side of this sort of metal and let's just be clear here, people that aren't metalheads won't get it but people that may not be metalheads however, play guitar or play drums always get it.

There are all kinds of technical stuff going on in a song like this and to be able to build on that and have this tight-knit sound but with a sort of loose undertone and crazy energy is an incredible thing.

This band is killer at what they do and have honed in on their sound to a near perfection and what's more is they obviously do it because they love it.

With the release of such a massive single, we wanted to have a sit down with Blood of Angels to find out where this song came from and what might be coming up next for the band as well.

Here's what went down.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Spillage"! This single was thrashing and hard hitting all the way through!! How did this track come about?

The story is interesting. Kimmie Rodolph from The Metal Deli podcast has been playing our music on her show for some time. She informed us that there is a band in Chicago called Spillage, and they wrote a song called “Blood of Angels.” She thought it would be cool if we did a song titled “Spillage.” We listened to Spillage’s song “Blood of Angels.” It is an awesome power metal ballad track. We thought we should do the opposite style of what they did for our song. Randy had some cool dark lyrics about death and the decomposing of life returning to the earth. I had that hooky chorus riff. We put the two together and were happy with the song. And now we are nominated for the Hollywood Independent Music Awards in the metal category. I guess it all worked out well.

Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?

After the demise of my former band Foreshadow, I had a lot of songs written. I started Blood of Angels originally as just a studio band to get songs recorded. The first EP has only three songs, because the members of the band at the time moved on to other commitments. Instead of finding new members, I just released the three song EP “Rise of the Fallen Gods.” The single “Odin’s Wrath” did really well. We won a few awards including the Independent Music Award for Best Metal/Hardcore Song in 2018. After that, I started getting contacted by some record labels, booking agents, and managers. I felt I had something and needed some dedicated musicians to move forward. The first one I contacted was my long-time friend Jonathan Rushford. Jonathan has been a staple of the Florida metal scene for many years. Although we have been friends for a long time, we have never been in a band together. It was about time that happened. I had about seven songs written when we started working together. After about three months of rehearsal, it was time to bring in the next piece of the puzzle. Without a doubt I needed Maggot as our bassist. He is gifted and a virtuoso. We were in my former band Foreshadow together. We have fantastic chemistry. When he agreed to join the band, the album “Failure of Faith” began to take shape. We still needed a vocalist. We were rehearsing in Randy’s house. At the time, he had a jam space in his home for bands to rent. He hung out with us while we rehearsed. During a break we were talking about who to tap for vocals. Randy asked if he could try. Through his karaoke machine he sang us one of his favorite Mushroomhead songs. He sounded really good. So, I gave him the lyrics and my demo for our song “Monotheism” to see if can learn it and sing it with us at next weeks practice. He came in and nailed it like he was rehearsing with us since the beginning. We have had this line up since 2019.

Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

The beauty of the natural world, music from other bands and classical compositions, and the visual arts.

Buzz Slayers: This single has some great heavy styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

I would say our biggest influences are Pantera, Slayer, Lamb of God, Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth, and Slipknot.

Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

Working in general. I am an Uber driver when I am not on tour. If you live in Florida or visit Florida, I may be your Uber driver. I also love to travel, explore museums, enjoy theme parks, go to shows, and hike in nature.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?

Cradle of Filth

Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?

We aren’t focused on that at the present time. Our main focus is making a new album. We are halfway done writing it. Working on the 6 th track now. We will be doing a Halloween show on October 27 th at the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida.

Buzz Slayers: Did you record this yourselves or hit a big studio for this?

We went to a studio. It isn’t a big studio, which is what we love. We worked with our main producer and engineer Preston DiCarlo at Master Audio Works.

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

We are going to release a single this October. It is a cover of Motorheads song “Teach Them How To Sing The Blues” from their “Motorizer” album. It was released a year ago as part of a Motorhead compilation we did in Europe. After that, we should have the new album titled “Les Angst ov Thanatos” ready to release this spring followed by a summer US tour.

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thank you to everyone who has supported us on our musical journey. For anyone who has recently discovered us, thank you for taking the time to listen and check us out.

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