Intergalactic death metal band THE BEAST OF NOD will be releasing their debut album "Vampira: Disciple Of Chaos" along with an accompanying graphic novel titled "Sentient Squirrel Death Machine". The band goes into chatter about this debut album, the novel, and plans releasing more newer music, playing shows and much more!
1. First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
We are The Beast of Nod. We play Intergalactic Death Metal, which we define as a subgenre of death metal that features, 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.” The band is comprised of Paul on vocals, Görebläster on guitar and programming, Nate on drums and Brendan on bass.
2. Can you tell me about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all? Also is there any special story behind the band's name?
The band was formed by Paul and previous member Chris in upstate NY. When Paul moved to Boston, he hooked up with Görebläster and Ryan, our old bass player. Nate was initially asked to come on as a session drummer for our first EP, but was then welcomed into the fold as a full member. The guys met Brendan at a party, and he joined the band prior to recording the second EP. The band has been in this lineup for over 3 years now. As for the name, it was picked because our music makes people nod their head.
3. Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
We wanted to make something unique and story driven. We are all big nerds and we decided to fuse together many of the things we like into the concepts of our own sci-fi comic book universe and weird, progressive death metal.
4. How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording for a release?
Görebläster is our primary songwriter and composer. He draws not only from metal influences, but also genres like world music and synthwave. The guy is a machine. He’s constantly writing and coming up with new ideas. We don’t ever really know what insane riff or passage he’s going to present next! As for recording, Görebläster does the guitar recording and we work with Ian from Echoroom Recording Studios. To make it happen we constantly put countless hours in on top of all of us having full-time day jobs and pool together our resources to produce all the music and media.
5. Can you tell me about the graphic novel "Sentient Squirrel Death Machine", and how it accompanies your debut album "Vampira: Disciple Of Chaos"?
The comic follows the Sentient Squirrel Death Machine in the late Eocene Epoch on Earth when squirrels first evolved. It goes from how he gains super power abilities and to him searching for other sentient life on earth only to be visited by an alien race that adopts him into their culture.
The Sentient Squirrel Death Machine is one of the main protagonists in The Land of Nod and this first issue is a one-off origin story and links into some of the songs we’ve created and plan to create. We want to focus on a variety of stories in the first few issues to set the scene for the overall universe. To supplement we’ve provided backstories and character descriptions on our website and hope that with the website, lyrics, and comic book together we demonstrate the depth of the story overall.
6. Why did you go the concept album route on this new album?
It was decided from before the first EP that this band was going to be concept based. We just really wanted to show the other side of ourselves and invite people to traverse The Land of Nod with us!
7. How did you challenge yourself sound wise to fir this concept?
This album is the most challenging music we have written yet. On top of that through building an entire new live sound rig, we refined our sound into what it is on the album. The most notable change is probably the addition of the synth throughout the album, and we really feel as though it fits us well. Overall, we strived to create something that fits into the tech-death and progressive metal genres but truly doesn’t sound like anything else. To that end, I think we’ve accomplished that goal.
8. Did you get the album you wanted? Is everything on there or were there some things that were just impossible to pull off?
It took a long time to write, record and produce, but we are very pleased and happy with the final product. At one point, it seemed that it might not ever get finished, but we persevered. Many bands don’t ever get to this point, and we are very happy to have been able to make this happen.
9. Besides the graphic novel, will this concept of the novel or album, develop into any other forms of mediums?
We would like to continue to grow and develop our live show to being more than just a concert. We already have a custom lightshow and 360 VR playthrough videos but we envision it eventually becoming a full-on experience, with live action sequences, holograms, animation and more . . .if we can ever get there. However, at least for now we plan to continue to produce more music, comics, and videos and build on that as we can.
10. What's coming up for shows/tours?
On June 21st, we have the honor of performing with mystical synth wave magicians Magic Sword, at the Brighton Music Hall, in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets for that can be purchased here: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/magic-sword-boston-massachusetts-06-21-2018/event/0100548AFB50C6C8. The weekend of August 24th we are playing the best local music festival in the northeast out in western Massachusetts, RPM Fest! Tickets can be purchased here: https://rpmfest.org/tickets.
11. Have any other plans in the works for this year 2018?
We will be continuing to create new content and new music in the form of an EP. Its going to a busy rest of the year!
12. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
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