THE BLOODY EARTH I Am Doom

As a matter of fact Serbian based band The Bloody Earth has released their comeback second full-length after 21 years of silence. The band have a sort of legendary status within Serbian domestic scene since they were around at the very beginning when there was not so much bands around. Also, it’s very interesting that they come from south of Serbia, a region that is little different from the other parts of the country…

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Hello there! Please, could you tell us something about your latest album since you have just released your second full-length Inevitable? Hi! As you have mentioned, we’ve just released our second album “Inevitable” under well-known label in this part of Europe –  Miner Records. It’s a nearly 60 min. of pure, uncompromised death-doom with a touch of funeral…

As a matter of fact you have released your second album after 21 years. This is one of the biggest time period of silence that I’ve seen. So, tell us how did it happen after all? Simply, we’ve recorded it, record label liked it and released it… 😉 I’m just kiddin’… Yes, it’s been a very long hiatus… Then, suddenly, our former band mate Daniel came to idea that we have to somehow celebrate 20th anniversary of “Requiem…”, maybe one gig or so… Yet, original line-up was impossible to gather and Vladan (drummer) and me did introduced a three new members and started to rehearse. And so, new ideas came to light (to dark, as the matter of fact 🙂 ), everything went well and in good direction…

Please, also could you present The Bloody Earth to readers of Metal Sound, especially to those ones who are not from Serbia? TBE was established in the beginning of 1995. by Vladan and me… TBE was the first doom band in this part of Europe, surely, the only one at the time in Serbia… After a 3 track demo in the early ’96, later that year we’we recorded “Requiem…” who later went out on cassette…

As a matter of fact your debut record Requiem of Weeping Souls was released more than two decades ago. So, have it ever appear as CD edition or it was just a cassette version? Yes, a few years after a band was disbanded, the label “Buffalo revenge” released “Requiem…” as limited edition CD of 500 copies, it was in 2003. In the meantime, our song “Celestial tears” appeared on the famous “Scream until YU like it” compilation CD/cassette, i think it was 2000.

Now, could you tell us something about the style of The Bloody Earth? In fact, doom metal influences from 90s are more than noticeable. Yes, in general, style is pure death-doom… Yet, while on the “Requiem…” one will notice a some gothic influence, now, on “Inevitable” there is none… “Inevitable” is darker, slower, more sinister… Whole atmosphere on “Inevitable” is much doom and gloom…

Could you say us something about the new and original band members? Two members of the old crew are still active in the band if I am correct… also what has happened with the band called Duh Predaka (in fact, what’s the story behind this one)? Well, rest of original members aren’t in musical waters anymore, gone further with their lives and careers… New members, Marko (bass, voc), Nikola (org) and Strahinja (gtr) are excellent replacements and great people, before all. Duh Predaka was at first my side-project, and then became regular band after disbanding TBE…  Yet, after few years of  constant line-up changes and after some disagreement about further direction of a band, we have (unfortunately) split-up… I have to mention tragic death of our drummer in Duh Predaka, never forgotten Srđan Krasić. We still miss him. RIP.

Nis is very specific place, and it was during 90s also very specific place for metal. It seems that the city itself has its own scene and vibe. More doom, death and gothic metal bands have arrived from your home town. Also, I remember that in 1996 and 1997 it was easier to get some records in Nis than in Belgrade (like Wizards’ cassettes). Any comments about this? As an industrial city Niš was a good place for urban and underground scene… City was “alive”… unfortunately, things are now very different…

Do you plan to have some shows here and there in Serbia and promote the band in the near future? Of course, we will play some gigs. Yet, we’re pretty restricted by our daily jobs, so it’s quite difficult to set more than a few dates in advance, not to mention “tour”…

I would like to thank you for everything and I wish you all the best. Hope to see you somewhere live J Thank you! Just watch the dates… We’ll see somewhere! Cheers!

  • Interview by Marko Miranovic
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