Interview | Blood Ink
May 4th 2009 Serouj Mamoulian Interviews

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  • It’s been a while, I can hardly remember when was the last time Blood Ink played live in a concert…We all know about the unfortunate things that happened in Summer Fusion…but Blood Ink had this big fan base…you guys rocked Cherry’s and were one of the best local bands, what happened? Why aren’t you guys going live anymore?

True, it’s been a bit over a year since our last performance.Mainly, it’s because we’ve been putting most our time into composing new material.We also had a few changes in the lineup. We had some internal problems which caused quite some delay because we couldn’t set our minds together,so a new lineup was a must.

But today, you can be certain that the band is stronger than ever and the band is at a whole new level.Our fans are still there and we will not disappoint them. We also will definitely have an impact on a wider audience.We’ll be surprising many in our next appearance.

  • What’s Blood Ink up to next? Lets start with the style,and then go through the playlist back to the band members and all the changes!

We’ve had a good shift of style in the recent past…at one point, our decisions were no longer properly planned.They were more to satisfy personal members’ requests, even if not everyone agreed.Our tastes in style started conflicting a lot. That caused some internal problems and caused a lot of delay in composing new material.

The band was somehow split in two, each not agreeing with the other’s views in music. Eventually a lineup change was a must.

Today the band unified. Our work flow is extremely smooth and coherent. The current lineup is exceptionally promising.In the last few months we have worked & composed faster than a whole year with the previous lineup.Also, everything is more coordinated and our work is really as a unified entity.

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Our current style is hard to describe. We are experimenting new grounds. We have new visions in the bands and perceptions from all members. We are working in a totally new & different approach.

Our current style can be somehow related to being a mix of bands like Machine Head, Unearth, Lamb of God, Testament, and Quo Vadis. The style itself has become quite more technical, especially when it comes to drums and bass…there’s extreme unorthodox composing in those elements.Guitars are generally complex and straight down heavy. Vocals will somehow be thrash oriented but we will be experimenting in new things at the same time.We won’t be exactly ‘following rules’ , we’re defining our own unique sound. Too many bands sound the same, local and abroad, we do not aim to ‘be just another band’.

As for our playlist, we’ll keep it as a surprise, but it will mostly be originals.Regarding the lineup, as most are already aware, we now have a new drummer and guitarist.

We confidently believe that this is the strongest lineup Blood Ink has seen, and we will not disappoint.

  • Who are the new members in the band?

The lineup changes were done around the end of last year. Simon El Khoury is the new drummer, and Joe Abdel Sater the new guitarist.The rest of the band hasn’t changed: Rabih Zgheib on vocals Jad Matta on guitars Roy Naufal on bass

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  • About the originals, any new demos or releases we can hear? or how long is it gonna take you guys to have some?

We have around 7 songs complete of our upcoming album and a few recorded.

The new sound (musically and recording) is something to really look forward to. We’re keeping everything as a surprise for the time being, but there’s a lot to be seen.There’s a lot being prepared. We’re actually taking our time before releasing it.

As for demos and such, we won’t be posting anything online soon. At the moment, the only chance of getting a sneak peak is directly through the band.

  • How many tracks are we to expect in the second album? Any title for it?

Not less than 8 tracks. We’ll share the rest of the details in due time.

  • Who does the main composing?

Blood Ink. Things used to be more individual in the past, not anymore. That was the problem that we fixed with a new lineup.

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  • Do you think of Blood ink as a serious band that would get you income by any chance? Or is it just another band for you to have fun and practice… what are your general visions?We have always considered the band as a professional hobby. A very serious one.We never aimed to get money out of the band. That’s one of the major reasons the band still exists.Most bands that disband is because they do it for the wrong reasons (money, showing off, etc…), but we love what we do.That’s why we’ve been around for about 8 years now.People use their free time to go out, to do random things, to have fun…for us, free time goes for the band. Practice is sacred.

As for money, well, that’s the Arabic music industry, not rock & metal.We do aim to expand abroad, but in the end we’re Lebanese and care more about our local presence than outside.We love playing live, we love the music, and that’s why we do it.

These next videos are songs from the 1st album as mentioned in the interview; the band’s style has currently changed and is more technical & thrash oriented.

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Bring Me Down


Based on the sneak preview that I got from the band, I was surely impressed and I think that everyone will be once they feel the new band’s spirit and energy. High expectations for this one !

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  • scorp

    Waiting for their comeback !

    Aiming to be different is the source of originality … expecting amazing music …

  • *OOman

    Awesome!! =DDD
    I’m surely excited about Blood Ink’s new album! can’t wait to hear them live too =)
    Just so everyone know: years ago, Blood Ink was the first lebanese band that got me into the scene… I loved their music… and their style…
    And now it’s even more hardcore and heavier! with technical stuff!! that’s gotta be it! =D
    I only listened from their new album to a guitar pro song… it blowed my fuckin mind off… so what if i hear the recorded one(s)?
    Well I wish Blood Ink the best of luck! and i just can’t wait to hear them live in summer *coughs* fusion!
    Tc all and praise the Lord!

  • Mario Mansour

    Blood Ink! 😀
    checked out a couple of practices for them and people r gona go fuckin INSANE!
    a band surely worth waiting for!
    good luck

  • wolf

    Awesome interview…looking forward to the new album…keep the good work !! \m/

  • rudy akar

    blood ink! one of the best lebanese bands if not #1 =D wishing you best of luck for the new album, and i’m very excited for it’s release, c u guys soon on stage!! 😀

  • thanks for the comments, you’ll be hearing of us a bit more often in the coming future! We have some things being prepared…some of which will be setting new standards.

    Muhannad, the last pic is from one of our concerts in Jordan….hoping to play there again soon, great times, great people!

  • Muhannad Saleh

    blood ink is one of the top bands i have seen in middle east their coming back is really a great to news to me and to many other middle eastern metallers good luck guys wish you all the best

  • Metgal

    love this band!
    awesome music,cool guys,amazing vocalist!
    can’t wait to see you live!!!

  • Paul

    blood ink is awsome .. keep on rockin.

  • Diva~~

    hehe, i can hardly wait, the scene’s been missing their killer performance! been followin up on u guys n heard sm of the new stuff…i guarantee everyone will be shocked! definitely int’l level composing! the guys r all serious n talented, best of luck! (objectively said :P)

  • Roy D

    Am proud guysss

  • Maurice

    Roy…hemma shwey we need a show soon :p

  • Roy Naufal

    got any suggestions for location? =D

  • Eliesemaan

    they will appear live @ summer fusion ??

  • Tarek Faddoul

    high spirits, gr8 performance , original style, wicked music, natural talents …BLOODINK ! …anxiously awaiting ur nxt appearance !

  • Lord Patrick

    I kinda liked the old bloodink , due to the nu metal elements.
    Hopefully like Roy described it, they’ll be more close to Machine Head , and less close to unearth and quo vadis.

  • Gerard Touma

    a very big “GD LUCK” for you guys!
    looking forward to listen to any of your new originals:)

  • Toufic Aoun

    Nice interview, hope i see u guys before Summer Fusion

  • thanks roy i wish to see you guys as well i missed your show in rock grip 🙁 and till now i didnt see you alive
    but i really like the videos they are really impressive . good luck man and we will do our best to host you again .

  • Ali khadra

    fucking great
    be3a2edo:D:D
    gdluck guys