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Bloodthirst Discusses New EP "Glorious Sinners"

In just two weeks, Polish outfit Bloodthirst will drop new EP "Glorious Sinners," which is the latest in a long line of thrashing extreme metal from this gloriously blasphemous outfit. We had the opportunity to fully premiere all the tracks in advance, so if you want an early listen - check it out here!

Following on two years from the "Chalice of Contempt" full-length release, this upcoming mini-album features a change in lineup for an injection of fresh blood and thematically focuses on the worst actions from throughout papal history.

Below you can find a full overview of the EP's creation from guitarist / vocalist Rambo, who discusses bringing on new members and being a stanuchly anti-religious band in a heavily Catholic country.

xFiruath: Is the “Glorious Sinners” EP just a foretaste before an impending full-length album, or will it be a few years still before a full studio album arrives next?

Rambo: Hails! After releasing “Chalice Of Contempt” our previous bass player left the band, so we were forced to take a break with live shows. Then we completed the new line-up, started to play gigs and composed new tracks for the “Glorious Sinners” EP. It's not a foretaste before next full-length, we just wanted to record some new stuff with a new line-up. We made something like a concept album, so these 5 tracks are enough.

xFiruath: Have you read any reviews yet, and what have you thought of the feedback so far?

Rambo: Well, we have read a few of them, and the feedback is good. We wait for release date of "Glorious Sinners," then we will see more...

xFiruath: Where did you record these tracks for the EP and how did that process go?

Rambo: "Glorious Sinners" was recorded at Left Hand Sounds Studio in Poznan, it belongs to our present bass player Rybosh. The recording process lasted between September 2015 and January 2016, and it went great, because we like his studio, we know each other very well, so this process was comfortable for us.

xFiruath: Musically, what direction do you go with this release and will long-time fans be in for any surprises with changes on that front?

Rambo: Now we have a new bass player and second guitarist Gregor, so they also contributed to the creation of this release, so these tracks could be a little bit different stylistically from our previous records. But there aren’t any radical changes, just some fresh blood in the band.

xFiruath: What is your personal favorite track on the release and why?

Rambo: It's hard to find a favourite one, I think “The Masterpiece of Lie” is a good track. This song contains everything I adore in metal music and has a great chorus for me.

xFiruath: How does the EP artwork connect to the lyrical themes of these songs and who handled creating the “Glorious Sinners” art?

Rambo: This artwork is strongly connected to the lyrical themes. This stuff concerns the history of the Papacy, and its worst episodes. The artwork and lay-out for Glorious Sinners is done by Kontamination Design. MNT (our former drummer) invented the title of this EP, I wrote the lyrics and Pawel from Kontamination took up the rest.

xFiruath: Have you guys had any pushback for your strong anti-Christian stance with the music? I remember a few years back Behemoth got into legal trouble in Poland for the Bible tearing, so it seems like anti-religious metal bands face an uphill battle there.

Rambo: I remember too. We are an underground band, so we don't have similar problems, because we aren't in mass media as much, as Behemoth is. This is a famous band, they play big concerts, they are much into mainstream, so everything they do, it's immediately noticed. And of course condemned and sometimes restricted in such a Catholic country as Poland is. I think the underground scene in Poland is a little bit hidden from those problems, the most of the religious fanatics probably don't even know about our existence. Fortunately, especially for them.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit more about your local metal scene – is it thriving or stagnating, and are there any venues that are really supportive of metal?

Rambo: The Polish underground metal scene is big and it's still growing, I think. There are a lot of new good bands, in every bigger city we have some clubs, where metal gigs can take place. But sometimes there are too many gigs at the same time, so people don't know, which one should they choose. Of course it's not a problem, if you do solid promotion, a venue shouldn't be empty.

xFiruath: On a similar note, will you be touring in support of this release, and if so, any chance you'll head out internationally?

Rambo: We have some plans to be touring during the fall this year with two great Polish bands, but there are no details at the moment. Foreign concerts are problematic for us, because we haven't got any promoters abroad, and organisation of that gigs by ourselves is so difficult for us. Anyway, sometimes we play single gigs abroad.

xFiruath: You guys have been with Pagan Records for quite a few years now. What would you say is the best thing about the label, and did you foresee remaining there for the future?

Rambo: That's right, we cooperate with Pagan Records for almost ten years, since our first full-length was released. I sent to Tomasz a semi-studio version of “Let Him Die” album, and then he decided to release it as our first full-length album. After we recorded it again, of course. During those ten years, we haven't had any problems with our label, everything is on time, the promotion is great and we still feel the support from the label. We don't know the future, but there are no reasons to look for another label.

xFiruath: Are any of the Bloodthirst guys currently active with other bands, and if so what are those projects up to these days?

Rambo: Yes, two of us are also active in other bands. Rybosh plays in In Twilight's Embrace, and Gregor has a few more bands like Bloodstained, Recall and a hard rock project called Pendejos. It's not a problem for them to bring it together, because we don't play gigs very often, everyone has time for their projects.

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add?

Rambo: Wait for Glorious Sinners MCD and look out for us on the tour.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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