Bit late again with this… especially since November’s almost over… but I’m sure I’ll get December’s one up late too so it’ll all work out
In case you’re not familiar with the idea, Metalhead of the Month is a short and sweet interview with a different metalhead… every month. Simple really. If you would like to be interviewed in the future, please let a comment below.
Metalhead of the Month: Blissfulviolet
1. Which band first got you into metal?
Guns N Roses. I remember watching the “Welcome to the Jungle” video on MTV when it first aired. I must have been 6 or 7 years old at the time but it made me aware that there was more heavier music out there than what my parents listened to around me… The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. After that I discovered Iron Maiden, Metallica and the rest is history.
2. What was the first metal gig you ever went to?
I snuck out to a few local punk, metal shows in my area but the actual first metal concert experience I recall was checking out Megadeth and Corrosion of Conformity back in 1995.
3. What are your Top 5 albums of all time?
Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind/Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Bathory – Hammerheart, Death – Symbolic, Dissection – Reinkaos, Black Sabbath – Paranoid
4. What are your Top 5 albums of 2011 so far?
The new Goreaphobia album “Apocalyptic Necromancy” is extremely killer. Saxon’s “Call to Arms” was a great listen. Satan’s Host “By the Hands of the Devil” is also worth checking out, it features the return of original vocalist Harry Conklin-which gives the album that primitive back to roots feel! And you can’t go wrong with “Abzu” from Absu. Nightbringer also upped the ante with “Hierophany of the Open Grave.”
5. What has been the most disappointing album of 2011 so far?
I haven’t really ran across one.
6. What is the most embarrassing CD / MP3 in your music collection?
Embarrassing? Well aside from cds, I have a HUGE collection of vinyl from everything like Judas Priest, Motley Cure, Bob Seger to The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Turtles, Neil Young and even Joan Baez. I love 60’s/70’s rock/folk music and 80’s wave… which might surprise a few but there should be no shame or boundaries when you simply love music.
7. Do you prefer CDs, MP3s or vinyl?
Vinyl, I need to start collecting again.
8. Can you play an instrument? If so, what?
Not anymore. As a child, my father taught me how to read music, play acoustic guitar and the organ/keyboards but I never bothered to stick with anything. I was more interested in writing and the vocal aspect of music. As time went on, I stuck with writing but if time provides, I would like to pick up from where I left off.
9. Are you in a band?
No but my husband Steve (Ancient Malus) and I are in the beginning stages of working on a studio project called Serpents Woe, where I plan on putting some of my poetry/lyrics to music. We’ll see how that goes, at the moment most of our time is spent running an online/print metal publication called Beyond the Dark Horizon. We also book events and tours for local, regional, national bands when the opportunity presents itself.
10. What’s the ‘metal scene’ like in your area? Where are you from?
Texas in general has always had a great scene for metal. Locally in San Antonio it’s another story. Folks tend to come out to shows featuring mainstream acts and show little support for the underground events. And like any scene, everyone has their own little “click” of friends who support their own cause. Bands come and go, people relocate, have kids and settle down. In the end only the strong survive. On the upside, San Antonio has several great promoters who continue to put Texas back on the map. Unlike other rural cities in Texas, San Antonio always has a metal show going on- its just a matter of getting everyone out there.
11. Which bands should we all be listening to? Please feel free to provide links!
If you like your metal black, thrashy and meaningful, check out Maiestas from Dallas, TX.
They are truly one of Texas’ hidden gems. I was floored after seeing their live performance. Cool genuine, talented guys who are in this business strictly for the metal-the way it should be.
Also my husband’s band Ancient Malus from San Antonio, TX, aside from their DIY attitude, the work these guys do (booking events, providing exposure for bands through interviews and promotion) should not go unnoticed.
Benatnash, Ophian, Adumus, Obeisance, Kult ov Azazel , Ceremonial Castings, Nokturnel, Vektor, Thornspawn, Nodens, Labei Ritual, Humut Tabal, Butchered Saint, Immolith, HOD and Emperial Massacre are some of the many hard working bands that continue to keep the extreme metal flame burning!
12. Which metal track should replace the national anthem (well, the national anthem of whichever country you happen to be in!)?
“Metal Gods” from Judas Priest, hands down!
13. Who is the best band on the planet?
Iron Maiden. And don’t try to argue with me because I’ll win!
14. Who is the worst band on the planet?
Band or bands? Haha, not sure where to begin. HIM, Slipknot and all the crap bands that invented the term emo.
15. What was the last gig you went to?
Gathering of Bestial Vengeance Fest II in Dallas, TX which featured some great black, death metal bands from around Texas. Wild night! Dallas knows how to have a great time.
16. What gig are you planning to go to next?
Mayhem December 3rd in San Antonio, TX
17. Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I’m a proud devoted mother, wife, music enthusiast, poet, journalist and photographer who loves a new challenging adventure.
18. What will bring about the zombie apocalypse?
Aren’t we already the living dead?
19. Will they be fast zombies or slow zombies?
Hopefully fast, none of this Hollywood cinema BS.
20. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Hails to Loucifer Speaks for featuring me! Please be sure to stop by Beyond the Dark Horizon at beyondthedarkhorizon.com to check out what we do. For those interested, my photography work can be found at violetsistinephotography.com and artistic/writing endeavors at violet-fire.net.