Blood For Blood to record later this year
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:31 AM PT
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Official press release:
After lying dormant for six years, Boston-based hardcore/punk band Blood For Blood will make their American return at this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 15.
The band has also announced plans to record a new record this year, their first since 2004's "Serenity."
Blood for Blood reunited last year for the European Persistence Tour, which also featured Sick Of It All, Unearth, and Evergreen Terrace.
"The amount letters from our fans were so overwhelming asking when or if we were ever gonna play again," said vocalist Buddha. "It seemed now is the time to make our long over-due return. But, as always, we decide the terms as to what, when, and where Blood For Blood will play. We do what we want and we play 'cause we want to and not 'cause we need to."
Blood For Blood 2011 consists of the longtime core of Buddha, guitarist Rob Lind, and bassist Ian McFarland, along with drummer Neal Dike.
Special guests Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) and Craig Silverman (Only Living Witness) will lend their guitars to live shows in Lind's absence from the stage due to personal reasons. "We are pumped to have them join us on the road," Buddha enthused.
Blood For Blood's history began when kindred spirits Lind and Buddha met back in high school. "We were both consumed by a pervasive yet initially directionless hatred and hostility that went WAY beyond even the most troubled adolescent angst," Lind explained. "Music spoke to this turmoil in me. And spoke for it."
Lind found some solace in jamming with any and all musicians he could find, and his friend Buddha was right there along with him. "Eventually I started sticking a mic in his hand so he wouldn't just have to stand there while me and some dudes did bad covers of Black Sabbath and The Anti-heros and Carnivore," said Lind. "It turned out Buddha could sing and had a pretty distinctive voice even back then."
The two fell out of touch for a brief period and fatefully found each other once again. The pair immediately reconnected and the seeds of Blood For Blood were sewn. After six albums, the band parted ways for a variety of reasons, from family to business ventures, but the bond the guys formed would never be broken.
"I realized something when I finally met up with them personally after four years or so," Lind recalled. "One way or the other, for better or for worse, we're a f**ked up family. I don't mean that in some hardcore, tough-guy way. I mean family in the literal sense. When you've spent so much time together and have been through such intense experiences together, the collective experience transcends friendship and becomes something... larger, something immutable. Family is not necessarily a beautiful, rosy thing. Families can be the source of some of the deepest hatreds and conflicts and resentments. But at the same time, you are still family and nothing changes that. We've only just begun to do what we want to do again, but it's been comfortable and easy and natural."
Blood for Blood plans to begin work on their seventh full-length album for an undetermined label in the near future.
"I am sitting on more material than at any other point in my life," Lind said. "Over the last five or six years, I crawled through darkness up to light. And I have many tales of dread to tell the kiddies. We intend to come back the way we always have after an absence... to write another chapter. That's been the M.O. of Blood For Blood from the beginning."