Interview with Bloodywood
When Bloodywood released their first album ‘Rakshak’ a little while ago, we were struck by the originality of it. The blend of Indian folk with metal is a great find. The band is filling a rather unique niche with this. Haven’t you heard it? Well you should, just to make up your mind about this. Listen to it now and while you can read what Raoul had to tell about the band.
Congratulations with you great album ‘Rakshak’. We are of the opinion it is a very, very good album which will be a sure contestant for our Best debut-album of 2022. How was it received and are you happy with it?
“Thank you, we’re honoured! We were very happy with how it was recieved but we won’t be satisfied till we achieve our biggest goals. We want to be one of the biggest bands of all time.”
All over the Place
What are your greatest influences?
“Linkin Park, Slipknot, All shall perish, Rage against the Machine, Messugah and Insomnium.”
Is it difficult to get inspired from European and American bands and channel these influences into Indian metal?
“Not at all, our creative process is very instinctive, it’s not something we think about too much. It’s about what comes naturally and trying to create a fine balance after that.”
You’re the first metalband we hear of blending metal with Indian Folk we know off. Are there more bands overthere?
“There are hidden gems in the Indian metal scene, it’s definitely worth checking out! We’ve featured quite a few of them in the soundtrack of our documentary Raj against the Machine. We don’t know anyone else who’s making Indian folk metal but they’re more than worth checking out regardless.”
How did you manage to get this sound all over the world so soon?
“Blood, sweat, tears and the unbelievable support of amazing people from all around the world!”
Sometimes it feels a bit ‘all over the place’ but this gives Bloodywood a very nice feel on the other hand. Is this all on purpose or is it just the ways things evolve?
“We like to think of it as beautiful chaos, things most people don’t think will mix end up sounding amazing together. But yeah, there is always scope for evolution and refinement and that’s been one of the defining themes of our story so far. Aggressive evolution, to learn and evolve fast.”
There are some political and social themes in the lyrics. What do you like to tell the world?
“That a better world is there for the making! We have always had the ability and resources to build a better one, all we need is the collective desire, and that desire, that feeling is what we try to convey through our music.”
What’s another year?
You were planning on a tour through Europe, why is it postponed. Is this only due to the pandemic?
“Yeah, it was an uncertain time with lots of countries being unsure of how and when they’ll open up so despite our best efforts it just wasn’t possible. We’ll make up for it next year though!”
Any idea when it will be happening?
Any else you like to say to our readers?
Thanks for taking the time to hear from us! This band and our supporters are a family and a movement and if you like what you hear we want you to join us because we need every single person to help us achieve something historical. We’re aiming for the impossible, let’s go there together.