1. First of all, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Before we really get rolling, please introduce yourself and can you please give us some information on your band and its background?
My name is Domenico and I'm lead guitar player in Bloodfield. The band was first formed in 2009 in Vicenza, Italy, from a collaboration between Simone (drums) and Attilio (guitar). After a bit, Luca (bass), Diego (guitar) and Filippo (vocals) joined the crew and started working on original material. Back then the guys were all into thrash metal, so they began writing songs inspired mostly by Megadeth and Slayer.
After a few years Attilio left the band and I joined Bloodfield as a substitute. This happened almost by chance, because initially I had started by playing with Simone in a side project of his and when Attilio left we decided it was best if I joined Bloodfield.
I had been working on a couple of songs on my own, so I brought them to the band and they liked them. From there we developed our own style and began working on our debut album.
2. Please describe your band’s style. Genre, similar bands, etc. What should a potential new fan expect upon hearing your music for the first time?
Bloodfield's style is definitely Thrash Metal. The sound is inspired mostly by bands like Testament, Slayer and Exodus. If you enjoy heavy guitar riffs and double bass drum blasts, this is what you need to listen to.
3. What other bands have you played in previously?
I've been playing in a few local bands in the past. One of these will always bring me a lot of funny memories, we played for almost 6 years, produced something like 40 songs and made just one show. The genre there could be called “Bluesy death metal with funky grind rock influence”.
4. What are some of your musical influences both in metal and maybe in other styles of music?
I come from a multicolored background. I began learning classical guitar when I was quite young, so classical music was part of my daily life. Then a couple of friends at school introduced me to metal music and I decided that metal was what I was meant to do. At 15 we were playing songs by Testament and Slayer in front of metal fans at local clubs. After that I started hating reading scores written by others, so I refused to continue learning classical guitar. The singer of my band at that time was into tekno music, so one day I went to him and we started playing with fruity loops on his computer. I remember saying something like “Hey! I don't like the music but this software is amazing!”. I wanted more and bought a couple of synthesizers. I remember selling my stratocaster so I could buy my first electribe. In a couple of years I was playing tekno and jungle at local rave parties. It was quite funny to see people keep their ears literally attached to the speakers with their eyes out of their eyesockets. To me the most fun part was playing though, as I wasn't just pressing the play button on a cd player but composing music on the fly using synthesizers. And every day I was more and more into death metal and grind core too. I enojoyed listening to Brutal Truth, Nasum and Suffocation all day long. I remember telling my mother I was sleeping at a friend's home multiple times, while in reality I was catching trains and travelling several hours in order to see bands like Cripple Bastards or Yacopsae play live. Damn, I miss sleeping at the train station!
After high school I was still into metal and electronic music. At 18 I decided that I wanted to be an audio software developer. I found out there was an experimental class called “Music and new technologies” being taught at a Conservatory in a town nearby, so I enrolled. In 5 years I've been exposed to many different kinds of music, from chamber to jazz and electronic music. I remember failing the music history exam a couple of times. I didn't care about what Mozart or Wagner wrote, I was only interested in creating my own music. One time I told a teacher “I don't care about your 12 notes, my notes are in the range between 20 and 20000!”. Meanwhile I was writing film scores and death metal songs.
And the studies payed off, I'm now working as an audio software developer for one of the biggest companies in the sector and I get to play guitar at work every day.
5. Can you please share with us your band's recording history and any interesting stories and experiences from the studio?
We recorded our debut album, Sinners or liars, in 2016. We approached Matteo “Ciube” Tabacco, owner of Raptor Recording Studio, because we liked what he had been doing in the metal / hardcore scene. He used to play in a band called Dufresne, which is still pretty popular in Italy and abroad, so we knew he was the right guy with the right experience for the job.
We discussed our ideas for the recordings, and we decided to produce an album where the band's sound wasn't to be altered by over-production and massive post-production. These days everyone is able to produce an album in a home recording studio, but we think that this usually results in a fake sounding product.
So in this album we didn't use drum triggers, we recorded only one track per guitar (plus solos) and we didn't even use a metronome.
We think that having somebody working not just as a recording engineer, but also as a producer, is fundamental. A few songs in the album wouldn't be like that if it weren't fine-tuned in the studio.
6. How about your bands live experiences? Any amusing or memorable shows you would like to share with us?
Yeah! Once we played for a contest in a pizzeria. There were families with kids and when we started to play they stopped eating for a moment. I remember a mom coming to congratulate us afterwards, she was pretty enthusiastic!
7. We have all heard of the big 4 of thrash. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. It has been talked about in the past and critiqued quite often. In your mind, what are the Big 4? You don't have to just list thrash bands, lets open it up to all metal genres, past or present, what is the big 4 in your mind?
To me, the big 4 could be Pantera, Testament, Grip Inc. and Kreator.
8. What would be your dream supergroup? Again lets open it up to past or present musicians, what would be the dream band lineup?
Dave Lombardo at drums, David Davidson at guitar, Bryan Beller at bass and Chuck Billy at vocals.
9. Now if you were to be a member of any band, who would you love to join up with?
10. Now it’s time to get philosophical. What IS heavy metal?
It's a nice way to deal with everyday's madness.
11. What has heavy metal done for you thus far both in music and in your personal life?
Well, first of all, it has given me the chance to wear nasty t-shirts everyday! Seriously though, I think I wouldn't have gone out on adventures as much, just to see live shows from my favorite bands.
12. If you were not playing in a metal band, what do you think you would be doing currently?
I would probably be writing software.
13. What is your heavy metal dream? I am not talking about goals here, I am talking about going to bed and dreaming...what is the dream you are having? Or is it a nightmare?
Me playing in front of tons of people while my amp catches fire! Not sure if it's a dream or a nightmare...
14. What is your view on the current state of heavy metal?
I think it's tough. During the 80's and early 90's the average technical skills required to get noticed by fans were very little compared to what people play today. Also, with less and less underground clubs at disposal, it's even tougher to get attention from somebody.
15. What are your thoughts concerning the digital era of metal. I am curious what you think of digital downloading, recording in the modern era and anything else that has changed since the early days of the industry.
I believe anybody can agree with me if I say that digital recording has changed the way we compose music. Writing down a bunch of riffs and assembling them is now easier then ever. I think that, while this is something very useful for a band, it can also lead to a sort of musical seclusion. When I think of all those guitar players recording, mixing and mastering their songs in their bedrooms, they make me think of composers during the romanticism era, when they were basically playing for themselves and not for the audience.
16. Heavy metal has gone through some changes since the early days. New movements have come and gone as has its overall popularity. With that in mind, what direction do you see heavy metal going in the future?
It will be more technical then ever. I don't really know who is going to survive, the iconic bands from the past are all getting old and I can't really see any others being able to take their place at the moment. But I think heavy metal will always be fine.
17. Several musicians have gone on record to say that the full length album is dead. That with the digital age there is no need to produce a full length release. What are your thoughts, is the full length dead or still viable?
Personally, I literally can't listen to random songs. I love listening to full albums, because they are an expression of the artist's mind. I mean, it's like listening to someone delivering a speech, you can't just listen to several random phrases taken out of context. So no, to me the full length is not dead yet!
18. Okay time to talk and promote your band some more. What is the current news coming from your camp. Any new music, tours, festivals or anything going on?
We are going to perform some live shows in Italy. At the moment we are working on our next album, four songs are almost ready and we are loving them. The next album is going to be fast and more aggressive.
19. What are the immediate short range goals for your group?
We would like to release the next album next year. Besides that we will always be having fun, playing what we love and making heavy music.
20. What about ultimately any long range goals?
We would like to perform some live shows abroad, maybe in eastern Europe. I know the metal scene is crazy there!
21. Finally if you have any last words you wish to express to your fans and the metal community in general please do so here.
Thank you for the support, and remember to always have fun in life!