I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Thank you for the interview! The Beast of Nod is an intergalactic death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. What that means is that we perform a subgenre of death metal music featuring linear song structures, odd time signatures, and extremely technical passages, wherein songs explore the characters and events of a sci-fi universe called “The Land of Nod”. We are influenced by bands such as Animals As Leaders, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira and Scale The Summit. The band is made up of Paul on vocals, Görebläster on guitar, Nate on drums and Brendan on bass.
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be? ( Please attach any link for public use )
We will be releasing our debut full length record, ‘Vampira: Disciple of Chaos’, on May 21st 2018. Our music is very progressive and not one tune sounds like any of the others. Our new single, T.C.T.W.A.D.M.L.C (The Cybernetic Tiger with a Dorsal Mounted Laser Cannon) is a great representation of what to expect from our music. That song can be seen and heard on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch
?v=GoDFycP40xM) and Bandcamp (https://thebeastofnod.bandca mp.com). Also, make sure to check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheBeastOfN od) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/thebeastofn od) and, of course, www.thebeastofnod.com
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Görebläster is the primary songwriter and composer of the band. We usually don’t jam on anything until Görebläster is satisfied with what is being written. From there, Nate will write drums to establish the grooves and then Brendan and Görebläster will work on the bass lines. Paul usually has lyrics and ideas ahead of time and works to fit them to the song. He’ll also work with Görebläster to figure out a theme for each song.
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
What we have learned is that it is essential for bands to have well produced and well designed content online. That is imperative. Not that playing shows isn’t important, but things have changed. More people will discover your band online than playing at a local club, and you need well produced content to grab ahold of people’s attention.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Görebläster has his own solo project and his own electronics company under the same name.
When you’re performing how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
Mistakes happen. It doesn’t matter if you practice all the time, anything can happen on stage. You have to just roll with it and act professional. It’s important to remember that 9 times out of 10, the audience doesn’t even realize if you made a mistake. If you do slip up, don’t telegraph to the audience that you made a mistake. Just quickly accept that it happened and move on. If you dwell on it for too long, you’ll make more mistakes because you are thinking about something that already happened instead of what is happening in that moment.
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
We predominately play music from our new album, ‘Vampira: Disciple of Chaos’, live, with one or two older songs. We have been known to bust out ‘Zombie Ritual’ by Death from time to time. In the past we have also played tunes from Motorhead, Rush and Alice Cooper. Those occasions are few and far between and usually happen when there is a special occasion associated with the show. We have a set list that is decided upon a week or two in advance so we can make sure that The Mothership is ready to go. What is The Mothership? We have a video coming out about that soon, be sure to check our YouTube channel for more!
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
If we could build a festival, featuring all of our favorite acts, living or dead, metal and non-metal, that would be the best! It would be a pretty diverse lineup for sure!
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Practice hard, work hard, network and build relationships and take risks. Don’t be afraid of failure either. There isn’t any guarantee of success as a musician. Just take pride in what you accomplish and have fun!
Any last words?
Again, thank you for the interview! Our new album, ‘Vampira: Disciple of Chaos’, is out May 21st, 2018. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and check us out at www.thebeastofnod.com for more! Cheers!