Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Bushido Code started in 2017. Our guitarist, Derrick Voricci, approached me with the idea of starting up a straight up thrash band. As a kid and growing up on old school thrash metal, of course I said "hell yeah!". We went out and recruited dudes that we thought would really add to our vision for the band. First up, we locked in Kyle Bull on guitar and then Shawn Barr on bass. The last piece of the puzzle was adding Rocco Legato on drums. We have all been friends for a long time and success with our previous bands, such as In the Eyes Of, Fury of Five, Nourish The Flame, Choose Your Weapon, Dementor, XrepresentX and Supdue. We all have a lot of years under belt playing music and our collective experiences have really made Bushido Code come to life to achieve our vision.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
First and foremost, we are a metal band with a strong working class hardcore style work ethic. We lean more towards the thrashy side of metal. We’re inspired by a lot of bands but we’re older guys so a lot of our influences are the traditional bands like early Metallica, Testament, Death, At The Gates bands like that. But I also dig newer bands likeHavok and Power Trip!
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Well I’d like to think that we’re bringing back something in metal that’s been lost. I always loved bands that had iconic figures and cool storylines to follow, like Eddie from Iron Maiden. I alway admired bands who basically told a story on their albums. Rust in Peace by Megadeth is a perfect example. The album was an experience to listen to. It made the journey so much more exciting. Something we strived for on our new record The Ronin. Metalheads are going to dig this album because it comes from it is fucking metal and it was written by dudes that love meta! Thrashy riffs, blistering solos, aggressive vocals, pounding drums and bass. I am telling you, if you dig metal, you are going bang your head to this one!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have released two EPs to date - The Dying Virtues Volume I and II. We have gotten a lot of great feedback on them. But I feel like this new record sounds more like the sound we are going for. Like any new band it takes time to find your "sound". On "The Ronin" we found it and we are really proud of what we put together.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Absolutely! We love playing live! That's when we really can unleash the power of our band! Unfortunately, just like every other band, the pandemic hurt our ability to play live but that did not slow us down a bit. Before the pandemic, we were hitting the road hard, traveling all over the east coast of the US and Canada. . We can’t wait to get back to playing again and hopefully we can bring Bushido Code to Europe sometime in late 2021 or 2022.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Straight up, Bushido Code is the real deal. We are a band of metal fans and friends who have played heavy music most of our lives. We have sacrificed a lot for this album and we don’t regret a second of it. We went hard and did not compromise one bit.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Our new record, The Ronin, comes out April 16th on Upstate Records. We also have a video coming out for the song Aftermath. We will be focused on promoting the hell out of the album so that we get ready to play some shows as soon as the pandemic gives us our lives back . We plan on playing in the US and Europe as much as possible.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can find us on all streaming sites like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. and also you can find us on our social media platforms. And Upstate Records. Links below!
On the Web https://www.upstaterecordsny.com/bushido-code