Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
BloodBeast is a South African Death Metal Thrash Metal Grindcore band hailing from Pretoria, Gauteng. BloodBeast was founded in 2011 by Van666 Alberts after the demise of legendary South African Death Metal band Architecture of Aggression. The band has released two studio albums to date, namely "Bloodlust" in 2012 and the critically acclaimed "Out For Blood" in 2014. Current members: Van666 Alberts - Lead guitar/vocals (Architecture of Aggression), Kriss Kadawer - Rhythm guitar (Kadawer Dialoog), Björn Fjästad - Bass guitar, Cameron Zuccarelli - Drums (Bokgot, Emperium, Necromanteion, Urban Vitamin, Boargazm).
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Death Metal-Trash Metal-Grindcore.
Finding inspiration from Classic and Modern Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Grindcore bands like Monstrosity, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Obituary, Entombed, Slayer, Sepultura, Testament, Pantera, Carcass, Brutal Truth, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Exhumed.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We've put a lot of time, love, passion and money into this album. It sounds great and the cover art was done by the legendary Japanese painter, Death Metal artist/illustrator, Toshihiro Egawa, from Osaka, Japan! He's done cover art for bands like Cryptopsy (Canada), Krisiun (Brazil), Devourment (USA), Defeated Sanity (Germany), Lay Down Rotten (Germany) and Disfiguring The Goddess (US).
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
The band has released two studio albums to date,namely "Bloodlust" in 2012 and the critically acclaimed "Out For Blood" in 2014. "Out For Blood" was very well received by critics and was heralded as AFRICA'S DEATH METAL TRIUMPH OF THE YEAR by African Metal Authority: Reviews and Resources. The album was nominated 6th best under the TOP 20 AFRICAN METAL RECORDS OF 2014 by African Metal. And received a Metal horns rating: \m/ \m/ \m/ \n 3 ½ Metal Horns (7/10) from Heavy Metal Panic. Van666 Alberts was voted METAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014 by African Metal. Out For Blood has been nominated for album of the year by The South African Metal Music Awards.
"If you’re in the mood for ravenous, high-speed death metal with a strong old-school flavor and enough groove to crack ribs (plus a couple of electrifying guitar solos), you’ll dig this mightily. It’s a megawatt charge delivered straight to the brain stem".-NO CLEAN SINGING
"...they smother their music with face melting original riffs and decapitating blast beats. Leaving you hopelessly lost in the throes of uncontrollable bouts of head-banging". -Heavy Metal Panic.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
BloodBeast is a live band. We play shows almost every weekend.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
· BloodBeast is rated #10 on the top 100 African Metal Bands.
· "Out For Blood" was very well received by critics and was heralded as AFRICA'S DEATH METAL TRIUMPH OF THE YEAR by African Metal Authority: Reviews and Resources.
· Van666 Alberts was voted METAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014 by African Metal.
· Out For Blood has been nominated for album of the year by The South African Metal Music Awards.
Out For Blood was rated #6 on the Top 20 African Metal albums of 2014.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
To play as many shows as possible to promote the new album and to shoot our first official music video.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Where you can listen to our music:
Where you can buy our album: bloodbeastband.bandcamp.com