Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
I have founded the band in 2007 in Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
I am responsible for the vocals, lyrcis and songwriting in the band. I was forced to kick almost all member because of drug abuse, conspiracies and unreliability in may 2010. We sadly had other line-up changes as well, 10 in total. I recruited Hrothgar, my leadguitarist in the end of 2010. We are from now on the leader and the main responsibles for the songwriting. In summer of 2012 we had recorded our debut album "Herbstsehnsucht" in own production, which was released in may 2013 by the French label "Le crepuscule du Soir" limited to 500 jewel cases and 50 din a5 special editions as digi pack. We also did a split release with German black doomster Endlos. It's a CD-R own production. Our goal was to perform live also, so we searched for new member. We found our rhythmguitarist "Custos Corvus", "Wolf" our bassist and "Blinded" our drummer later, after several months of searching. And now we are complete, again!
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I would describe our style as an innovative, modern , unique kind of black metal.
Some people would tag our style as "avantgarde" other as "post-black metal".
I studied music here in Germany and I had an eduction in classical singing (tenor/baritone).
So we did some experimentals with my classical voice and we added those vocals in our music.
We liked it and the feedback was great. So we decided to use it as a kind of "trademark" and we will add these vocal style in the future, too. It was typical of our style that we had linked oldschool black metal and modern black metal. Another singularity is that we use post-rock, shoegaze and acoustic elements in an unique way. The most people are saying that we use it so like never heard before, what is a nice compliment for us. Bands like "Alcest", "Les Discrets", "Todtgelichter", "Shining", "Swallow the Sun" and "Forgotten Tomb" influenced us the most. But there are still enough other bands and genres, which is influencing us, too. Too much/many to count.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because we sound different. Not stereotyped like the thousands Darkthrone clone.
And because we are very passionate and authentic musicians. Maybe some metalheads want to try something new, fresh and unique music. Maybe they like us. But you need to listen to us several times. Our music is no easy listening in generally and some songs first work, if you gave them several listens.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We had two official releases. The split with Endlos released by ourselves and our debut album "Herbstsehnsucht" which was released via our French label. The most of the public and media guys liked our music. You can check out some reviews, if you want to.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Fall: In the future we will play live in Germany and other European countries. The first line up of the band had several gigs in the local and Northrhrine-Westphalian area. Mostly, the feedback was good till averaged.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
As I told in the "Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?” question. Maybe some labels/zines and promoters are also interested for our lyrical themes. They are also not stereotyped. The first album was about personal experience and the German romanticsm. A historical era, also of German literature.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We have nothing special in our minds. We just want to write songs, play and record.
We are in the songwriting process for the secound album. We record our secound album in a professional studio, what worked with great bands like "Destruction", "Suidakra" and lots of great labels before. So the next album will be killer! We would be also glad, when we could get the opportuniy to work with an experienced label. And a European or World tour would be so awesome! Maybe just dreams, but you never know... maybe dreams come true.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Fall: You can check us out at our official Youtube account: http://www.youtube.com/user/winterbloodofficial
You can buy our album for 10€+shipping at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://winterblood.jimdo.com/ or: https://www.facebook.com/Winterbloodband