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INTERVIEW – Tomas Olsson of Bloodbound, December 2012

| 18 December 2012 | Reply


ToddStar: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for 100% Rock.  If it is okay, I would love to jump right into discussing your newest release, In The Name Of Metal.  I find myself keeping it in my normal rotation of albums I am listening to ever since I first heard it.  What can you briefly tell us about that disc, that most people may not know on the surface?

Tomas: “In The Name Of Metal” is a classic metal album where we try to mix the traditional elements of metal with our own style, and with a modern production. It’s kind of an extension of the first half of our previous album “Unholy Cross”. Very straight forward and no bullshit!

ToddStar: The new disc has several of the same basic components as your earlier releases, with the exception of a different vocalist.  In your opinion, in what ways does it vary from earlier releases?  What elements from other discs did you intentionally carry over to this effort?

Tomas: Patrik “Pata” Johansson joined the band in 2010 and he sings on the two latest albums “Unholy Cross” and “In The Name Of Metal”. All our albums have been in the vein of traditional metal, except “Tabula Rasa” where we added some progressive elements. I think our latest album has a good mix of the best parts from our previous albums. It contains melodic, heavy, fast and epic songs. The production is also the best so far I think.

ToddStar: How do you describe the difference in sound, sonically, in the band between the your various releases?

Tomas: On “Nosferatu” (2006) we formed our sound, very melodic and a mix between heavy and power metal. “Book Of The Dead” (2007) was basically the same concept but the vocals were a bit more aggressive which made it sound a little bit different and heavier. On “Tabula Rasa” (2009) we experimented with some progressive elements and a more modern production, it turned out pretty cool, but was not really what bloodbound is about. “Unholy Cross” (2011) was the first album we felt had a really good production. We returned the sound of “Nosferatu”. The album has got an epic feel to it, and when Patrik and Anders joined the band we finally felt like a solid band, and I think you can hear it on the album and in the sound. “In The Name Of Metal” (2012) has the best sound and production and is the best album over all so far I think. It is sonically a bit more traditional and heavier than “Unholy Cross”.

ToddStar: What types of writing, production, and studio experiences that you learned while making previous discs did you know you wanted to carry over to this disc?  Which did you know to scrap and move on?

Tomas: The writing and recording process has gotten better on each album. You always learn new stuff. When we hooked up with producer Jonas Kjellgren on “Unholy Cross” we finally found the sound and quality in the production we always wanted.

ToddStar: Several songs are very strong.  Are there any favorites of yours that you find yourself going back to?  Any you wish came out sounding different?

Tomas: “Metalheads Unite” is one of my favorites, a great live song with a clear messageJ Overall we are very satisfied with all the songs on the new album and the production, there are always minor things we could have done better but nothing major or important.

ToddStar: Regarding In The Name of Metal, were any of the songs easier to write than others?  You often hear about an artist that sat down to write a song and that essentially the song wrote itself.  Were any of the songs difficult to get out?  If so, which?

Tomas: None of the songs felt like they wrote themselves, but “In The Name Of Metal” and “Metalheads Unite” were probably the ones that came closest to that. We spend a lot of time in the writing process and I would say “I’m Evil” and “Mr. Darkness” took a bit longer, for some reason…

ToddStar: Are any of the songs being better received than others?  I know the critics and reviewers speak of their favorites, but what are the fans and live crowds reacting positively to?  I find myself going back to “When Demons Collide,” “Metalheads Unite,” and especially “Mr. Darkness.”

Tomas: It feels like the first half of the album and “Bounded By Blood” is most popular so far, especially “In The Name Of Metal” and “Metalheads Unite”.

ToddStar: After going back and checking out your back catalog after falling into this one, I find that your music is sonically consistent, but there are still subtle changes that show growth as a and.  Having been at this for about 8 years, do you still feel and hear the growth in this band?

Tomas: Yes, we kind of feel like we got a new start on “Unholy Cross” when Patrik and Anders joined the band, it gave us a lot of new energy. We have a lot more to offer and we have new ideas all the time.

ToddStar: If you had to describe the sound of Bloodbound to someone who had never heard of you, how would you do that?

Tomas: A modern take on traditional metal. Melodic yet heavy.


ToddStar: When performing live, do you find that you mix the material evenly from your earlier albums, or do you tend to play more of the newer material?  Are there any songs from your earlier releases that you feel will always be a part of your live show?

Tomas: We play a mix of songs from all albums. But I think that “Nosferatu” and “Moria” will always be in the live set.

ToddStar: If you had to pick possible pairings for an ideal tour, what other bands would you like to see Bloodbound out on the road with?

Tomas: It would be great to go on tour with Sabaton or Hammefall again, great guys and good friends. But of course a dream would be to tour with Iron Maiden or AC/DC.

ToddStar: What is next for Bloodbound? Is there going to be a big tour cycle surrounding In The Name Of Metal?

Tomas: Yes, not sure how big, but we are planning a European tour at the end of March 2013. Don’t know exactly where and how many shows yet, but we are working on it. Seems like we finally will be able to do more live shows.


ToddStar: Do you find any of the other arts affect your music or the way you approach writing, recording, or playing live with Bloodbound?

Tomas: You always get inspiration from movies or books, I like Sci-Fi and Horror, it’s a great source for writing music and lyrics.

ToddStar: Are there any bands that are currently releasing music or touring that influence you personally or professionally?  What is the last CD/mp3 album you listened to?

Tomas: I like lots of bands…Accept are still going strong. In Flames, Arch Enemy, Within Temptation, Nocturnal Rites, UDO…the list is long…

ToddStar: If there were one piece of music in the history of time that you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Tomas: Talking hard rock and metal here…I’m a big fan of AC/DC especially when it comes to songwriting, Angus and Malcolm are the greatest in my opinion. Something from “Back In Black”, maybe “Hells Bells”. That opening riff gives you goose bumps.

ToddStar: We are just finishing up 2012 – do you have any resolutions or goals for 2013 professionally or personally?

Tomas: To tour as much as possibly!

ToddStar: What is the meaning of life?

Tomas: Don’t know why so many people find this question tricky, for me it’s simply the gift of life. Nothing is greater.

ToddStar: Other than making sure everyone checks out your website and facebook (see below), are there any other current projects or sites you would like to promote?

ToddStar: Thanks again for taking the time and we look forward to 2013 and more Bloodbound!!!

Tomas: Thank for having bloodbound, and for your support.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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