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March 21, 2019

Interview BLESS THE DEAD


Hi, BLESS THE DEAD. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?

Planning our upcoming album “The Boars Nest” release party. Serving up cold ones and writing songs for our next album.

Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?

We are 5 guys from different parts outside of Atlanta Ga. Considered a Southern Groove Metal band that likes to Hang with people, share good times, and listen to great music. The band, (Noah Welborn (Vocals), Allen White (Guitar), Jon Gray (Guitar), Mike Christian (Bass Guitar), Keith Graham (Drums)) have created a mix of Metal, thrash, punk, sound with a Southern groove all coming from life experiences.

Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?

Bless the dead was established in April of 2013.  5 guys from Georgia from different well recognized local Atlanta completes the project to date. BTD debuted live April 25, 2013 at Masquerade, Atlanta Ga. BTD started with the release of 2 songs (Das Boot, Jonny Law) in June of 2013, running around the southeast playing as many shows as possible. In the summer of 2015 Bless the Dead recorded their first EP with Jason Wade of Wade Audio, with releasing to the internet on many avenues. Fall of 2016 BTD released another EP (VUL VA) which was recorded with Jason Wade of Wade Audio. (VUL VA) gained air play touching all over the U.S and some international cities on many internet radio stations. Spring of 2018 BTD brings there first LP release (The Boars Nest).

At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?

All of us started playing music at young ages, and metal music has been a part of our lives the entire time.

BLESS THE DEAD recently released ‘2 Tickets’. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.

Our single “2 Tickets” was written for the Ladies. It sums up a night with Bless the Dead – an evening of parting, Great Metal music, and great nights with our ladies.

How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?

The support we are already receiving for the new album is amazing. People are really enjoying it and have found they can relate to everything we have written about in “The Boars Nest. We are currently working on new music for our next album. We must say the new stuff we are writing will pick up where this album left off. Its really exciting how well the new stuff is coming together.

When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?

As a band, Bless the Dead’s First live show was in Atlanta on April 25th, at the Masquerade.  Although each band member has been in different bands in the Atlanta Scene since the 90’s, playing shows and living the dream. We are all ecstatic that we have formed such a great group of metal heads in the Bless The Dead line up.

What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?

We just do what makes us happy. Playing music, drinking brews, and hanging with friends and new people we get to meet on a regular basis. We write based on life experience and we think we relate well to people in everyday life.

Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?

Lol, yeah, like all bands you have the good shows and the not so good ones. But we do give it everything we have, no matter what happens.

Atmosphere 2017 – Raining like hell – One of our Guitar players, Allen, had a flat tire and forgot his phone, he couldn’t make the set. Once we began to play (down a guitarist) the person playing bass at the time had a wireless fail at the same time the Lone standing guitar had a power failure. So, there we are Vocals and Drums, but we never quit. Vocals and drums carried the remainder of the tune until the end. WE NEVER QUIT, eventually the power was restored, a cord added to the Bass and we finished the show like champs.

If asked to differentiate BLESS THE DEAD from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?

All bands have their differences. We just write what we love and love what we play. We don’t try to fall into one category or another, or even set out to make sure we sound one way or another.   Maybe the only real difference is the path that we have chosen to follow in our writing style.

How compatible are band members with each other?

We have all been friends for a long time. We all hold a high respect for each other, both in daily life, and as musicians. The love for each other runs deep in Bless The Dead, and we show it when we play.

Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?

There are really so many we could name – but the major ones would be Panera, Clutch, Corrosion of conformity, High on Fire, Faith no More, and many others. Some of our Favorite Locals here in Atlanta are – Prime Mover, From the Divide, Septarian, Hellbent, Beast Mode, and so many more. We are Fortunate to have so many great locals here in Atlanta.

How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also, how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?

We all have our normal day jobs, but that’s the great thing they are day jobs. So, we work around them by rehearsing and writing 2 or more times a week in the evenings. Same with the gigs, we just do what we have to do to work around daily schedules to make them happen. We all love making music so much that we don’t run into any issues normally. We try to make a point to hang with each other as much as possible. Grabbing beers at a bar or going to other local shows to see bands and hang out.

BLESS THE DEAD is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?

Writing music, playing shows, living life as we see fit. Hopefully the music speaks to fans as much as it does us, and we can continue to play for crowds and sharing stages with great bands.

Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters

We thank all the fans for their continued support of Bless The Dead and our new album “The Boars Nest” out on Sliptrick Records. If it wasn’t for the fans we would not be where we are in this business today. All we ask is that you come to a show, shake our hands, and have a great time with us!

Much love guys, Thanks so much!!

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