· Hi, HELSOTT. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hello, Greetings from southern California. We just finished up a little tour of the United States and we are working on some videos for the upcoming album.
· Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We are a pagan death metal band but we have a lot of different influences in our music. We have been around since 2010 and have toured with Ensiferum, Tyr, Heidevolk, TrollfesT, Arkona, I am Morbid, and Necrophagia.
· Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
In January of 2010 I ended a relationship that had lasted 11 years. Feeling depressed I decided to start a pagan band with my brother. We chose the name Helsott(meaning fatal illness) because we felt it fit our style and vision for the band. After that we started finding local musicians that had the same goals in mind.
· What can you tell us about your forthcoming self titled album?
The album is actually not self titled. It is called “Slaves and Gods”. It is a very diverse album with a lot going on. It’s heavy at times and very melodic. It has slow songs and fast songs to fill the current mood. We have amazing guest musicians on it including members of Arkona, Elvenking, Equilibrium, and TrollfesT. I am very proud of this album and look forward to the release.
· At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
We all started at a young age. I started playing drums when I was 15, Cooper has a very musical family and has been around it his entire life. Mark started playing guitar at the age of 12 I believe. We have all been fans of rock and heavy music from very early on in our lives.
· How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
So far we have only released the self titled single. The response has been very positive so far. We have started a few riff ideas and started the storyline. Our next album will be a concept album that we are very excited about.
· When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
I was a teenager and we played a show in San Bernardino, California with my thrash band. I can’t remember the venue but it is not there anymore. I was pretty nervous but the show went well. I played a great set and it was over before I knew it. One of our friends was there to “help” with load out and he dropped my brand new cymbal and cracked it… haha I think I remember that more than the actual gig.
· What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
There is no secret. We are persistent. We work hard and play harder. We make the right connections and are not afraid of being told ”no”. We also have some amazing and loyal fans.
· Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Of course. Everyone who has played as many gigs as I have has had many. You just got to power through the situation and not let it ruin the rest of the performance.
· If asked to differentiate HELSOTT from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
I would just say that we definitely have our own thing going on. We influenced by such a wide variety of music and it shows. A lot of bands get into one particular sound and get stuck in it. That is not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. It’s just something that sets us a part in a way.
· How compatible are band members with each other?
Haha we love/hate each other.
· Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Therion, Pantera, John Williams, Wagner, The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Tom Petty, Ensiferum… I could go on and on.
We have many great local bands in southern California. It’s hard to name them all. Nightshadow, Dark Visions of Terror, Cage, Voices of Ruin, Void Vator, Gravespell, Monarch, Anthea, Theosis, Warpath… again, I could go on and on.
· How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
It’s hard to balance the both. There is no money in underground pagan death metal so we have to work as much as we can to pay for the band. Between woking and the band we don’t have much time for fun hangouts. We occasionally will hit the pub or a brewery together or attend a concert together.
· HELSOTT is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 3 years from now, where do you see yourself?
In 3 years we will be releasing our 3rd full length album and will hopefully be touring still and playing more festivals.
· Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thank you for your time and attention to the band. Thank you to all of our supporters! Make sure you pick up your copy of Slaves and Gods via http://www.m-theoryaudio.com/store and hopefully we will see you on the road!