The Beast Of Nod Interview
By Steven Smith
Q: You described your material as Intergalactic Death Metal. What type of elements you say you incorporate while creating your sound?
We define Intergalactic Death Metal as: [noun] 1. A subgenre of death metal music featuring linear song structures, odd time signatures, and extremely technical passages, wherein songs explore the characters and events of a sci-fi universe called “The Land of Nod.”
Q: Where in the galactic cosmos did all the band members got together and met up to start the invasion that is known as The Beast Of Nod?
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Paul and previous member Chris started making demos. Eventually after a great quest, Paul met Görebläster. While they were battling the demon of the first EP, Nate was brought into the party for support and eventually became a full-time member. Thereafter, Brendan was met during a great jubilation prior to journeying towards the second EP.
Q: You recently released Vampira: Disciple of Chaos, with the many elements you have put into your music from great time changes and precise timing, how was it to record for an official album?
Well this is our third time in the studio with this project, and the second time with Ian from the Echoroom. Ian’s really become a friend overtime and although there were some major challenges recording this time around, we look forward to getting back in the studio as soon as possible.
Q: Your home base while on earth, Boston, is widely known for the various music scenes that thrive there. Being from such a very musically inclined city, has it played a valuable role to your creativity process?
Being part of the local music community has most certainly been a huge positive influence on us in many ways, not to mention it’s a lot of fun. It certain has helped broaden our horizons and learn how to improve both as individuals and a band.
Q: With that said you are all very well trained and amazing musicians, what challenges did you faced and overcome as a band?
Thank you very much for that, we weren’t always well trained, or at least as well trained. We have worked relentlessly on getting better as individuals and a band for years. The constant practice and endless hours of work are one challenge, but also funding everything is another, yet we manage. Through it all we stay focused on growth and having fun.
Q: What tracks would you say in your personal opinions were the most crucial to record and wanted to make sure you capture it on the album in its integrity?
Literally all of them. There’s no filler, no bullshit, and half assing anything. If we’re going to do this on our own, or do anything for that matter we’re going to make it the best it possibly can be.
Q: If you tell listener who wants to listen to the album, what key tracks would you say really brings the whole album together?
The first track is the first track for good reason. However, someone leaning more towards pure death metal may enjoy Ripped Off Face II: The Cape of Faces more and someone not so into metal may still enjoy the Phoenix Nebula.
Q: Can we expect a tour in the coming months in support of the album and if so, what parts of the world will you be traveling to play?
Currently we’re playing RPMfest in western MA in August and are looking to add more regional dates. We also would love the opportunity to tour and/or travel and play however we all have day jobs and at the moment that is but a pipe dream.
MHF Magazine/Steven Smith