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An Interview With The Members Of Lake Of Blood

Southern California black metallers Lake of Blood released their four song EP "Heed the Primal Calling" via Milkweed Records in the summer of 2008. The members of the band spoke with Metalunderground about the release and the other projects they are currently involved with.

xFiruath: Congratulations on getting signed to Milkweed for the release of your EP “Heed The Primal Calling.” How did that come about and are you guys currently signed to them for any future releases?

Lake of Blood: We got a couple offers from some random people, Milkweed being one of them. There were no papers to sign, no contacts, so we took the offer. Ryan, the owner of Milkweed, was willing to press some copies of the CD. As far as the current status, we are not sure what's going on with the label as we have not been in contact. We do have some copies left of this CD, repressing in the future, if at all, as well as other releases will either be done by us ourselves or through some other label. As of yet no one else has approached us.

xFiruath: How do the members of the band know each other and when did the band initially form?

Lake of Blood: We've all known each other through one another more or less. First off were all long time friends for the most part. The band formed in the beginning of 2007 as a four piece, later on Samael (Lake of Blood’s guitarist) joined the fold and thus it remained since.

xFiruath: How long have you been involved with music and why did you want to become a musician?

Lake of Blood: Most of us have been playing music ever since we were 15 years old. For the connection you feel to the songs and the general enjoyment of it. It’s always fun listening to music, and I think every fan who is really into the music they listen to has a desire a part of it even more than listening to it, but playing and creating it themselves.

xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of Lake of Blood to someone who hadn’t heard it?

Lake of Blood: Can't really find a way to answer that, completely subjective.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the recording process for “Heed The Primal Calling.” Where did you record it at and did you work with a producer?

Lake of Blood: A little unknown secret about the albums "raw" sound you hear about in the reviews for the album can actually be attributed to the person that recorded us is that he had a very "basic" knowledge of how to properly record a band.

xFiruath: Who did the cover art for the album?

Lake of Blood: Our bassist created the album artwork and one of our good friends Richard Torres took the photo off the band on the inside pages of the CD.

xFiruath: Do you have a favorite track on the album or anything on it you are particularly proud of that you’d like the fans to hear?

Lake of Blood: The whole album itself.

xFiruath: There seems to be a strong theme present in “Heed The Primal Calling” throughout the songs. Would you consider it a concept album or is there just a common thread between the tracks?

Lake of Blood: In a sense the lyrics are tied together. Although we will not offer any interpretations for the lyrical content because the bond, imagery, and feeling you get from spending time with an album is a personal experience and cannot be recreated by anyone but yourself.

xFiruath: What is your local metal scene like and where is Lake of Blood situated in that?

Lake of Blood: Our hometown of Torrance does not have any real local music scene. And any band that has played in LA knows how shitty it is from shady promoters trying to get you to sell tickets, or just crappy dive bars make LA a truly unique experience for any underground extreme metal band.

xFiruath: What’s in the future for Lake of Blood? Any plans for upcoming shows, recording, videos, etc?

Lake of Blood: We will be recording a two song demo with both new songs. Both songs are 10 plus minutes in length so that should be interesting. Our split with one man black metal band Panopticon will be released soon by Lundr Records and the proceeds will be going to a vegan charity.

xFiruath: What albums are you currently listening to the most?

Lake of Blood: Probably lots of metal, classic rock, and nothing.

xFiruath: That’s all my questions! Is there anything else at all you’d like to bring up that I didn’t discuss?

Lake of Blood: Definitely check out Evolution Of Discord, Nordic (Lake of Blood's other guitarist) plays bass for the band. They are an extremely tight death metal who should be heard by all who enjoy the genre. Also one man black metal band Panopticon and our friends Terry Funk..

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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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