Introduce us to your band!
Hi, we’re Bloodmores based in the North-West of England. We play high energy, high tempo thrash metal, with elements of melodic death metal, and are comprised of Alex Cunliffe – Guitar/Vocals, Richard Jodrell – Guitar, Connor Heelis – Bass, and Chris Mansell – Drums.
How did you guys start out?
I (Alex) was trying to get a metal band together a few years ago, and a friend of mine introduced me to Richard, who joined me on guitar, and then introduced me to Connor, who joined us on bass. The 3 of us wrote our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, together, and, after much searching for a suitable drummer, we managed to find Chris, who absolutely nailed learning our songs, and joined us on drums.
Describe your band’s sound
Our sound is fast-paced, high energy metal, based on various different influences, of many different styles, or sub-genres, of metal.
What influences your craft?
In terms of musical influence, we’re all into bands like DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Hypocrisy, Nevermore, Unearth, and Lamb Of God, to name a handful. Lyrically, I try to make each track mean something worthwhile, so for example, there are tracks with environmental themes or tracks about discrimination etc.
What makes your project different?
We don’t really have a strict genre that we adhere to. With such a wide scope of influences between us, there’s a lot of different styles going on throughout our album, so we have tracks with rapid thrash based riffs, but then also tracks with slower breakdowns, and we even sometimes branch out into more progressive elements, especially with our album’s almost 15 minute title track.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Metamorphosis is our most popular track in terms of being streamed online, but reviews of our album so far have also praised tracks like Save Your Prayers, and A Monument To Illusions.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We struggled to find a suitable drummer for a while, when the band first got together. We always knew that we wanted to play fast and heavy tracks, and so the drums to our songs are quite demanding and intense, but thankfully, after a lot of searching, we were able to find Chris, who nailed learning our songs, and is a fantastic asset to Bloodmores, that we’re happy to have on board.
Aside from that, as a more specific struggle for me personally, we had originally planned on having a dedicated lead vocalist for Bloodmores, instead of us being a four-piece, but, similarly to the drummer situation, we struggled to find someone suitable for quite a long time, and so in the end, I decided to give it a go myself, and recorded some demo vocals to our tracks Save Your Prayers, and As Mercy Renders You Senseless, which the other guys all liked, and so it was decided that I would become the lead vocalist. This then meant that I had to learn to multitask doing the vocals on top of playing my guitar parts, which I hadn’t really taken into consideration before, and, as previously mentioned, a number of our songs were already quite musically demanding, and I struggled for a while with tracks like A Monument To Illusions, and especially The Circle Of Betrayal, to perform both the guitar and vocal parts at the same time.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Recently we were hired to play at a couple’s joint stag and hen party, which was really unexpected when they contacted us about it, but it was a great show that we felt went down really well. It was great to be approached by new faces to us, that are clearly enjoying what we’re doing musically, and it was just a really fun show to play. They were doing all sorts of party games in the venue, so like while we were setting up, there were people bouncing around the place on space hoppers, for some reason haha.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We’re hopeful that we can make a name for ourselves, and will be continuing to remain active in the gigging scene, as well as working on some new material, that we’re hoping to start recording, and then performing, sooner, rather than later.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
For now, we’d want to be remembered as a high energy metal act, that puts on an intense live show, that people will want to come back to watch again. For the being though, we haven’t really thought too much about being remembered in the future. Being remembered years from now is almost like what you’d hope for after we’ve called it a day, and all is said and done, but right now, we are certainly not done, and there’s plenty more to come.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, and help spread the word about Bloodmores, we really appreciate your support.