Bleeding hail from Germany, and are about to release their latest album Elementum. The album is a brilliantly eclectic mix of influences and sounds that is sure to win over a great many new fans. I sat down with guitarist, Michael to talk about their career, influences and the new record.
- What inspired the name of the band, how did you all meet, and what are your influences?
Haye Graf (vocals), Jörg von der Fecht (guitar) and me (guitar) know each other from the beginning of the nineties. We played in local metalbands and hung out in the same clubs.
Under the strong impression of a Psychotic Waltz concert 2011,we decided to join forces once again and formed Bleeding .
Finding a band-name was harder than we thought. But hey, we met at a Psychotic Waltz concert, and its one of our favorite bands – so let´s write the story complete. BLEEDING was the last album they recorded – so now its our turn hahaha.
Our influences are all the bands we love in the 80`s and 90`s with all the good productions from the present. For example bands like: Psychotic Waltz, Mekong Delta, Toxic, Forbidden, Metallica, Fates Warning, Depressive Age and many more.
- What is your approach to song writing and recording?
It all startet with a riff. Most of all Jörg constructed the basic song. Then I add some harmonies and the solos and we rearrange some parts together. After that Haye figueres out his vocallines an lyrics. Beside that, Andreas and Heiko working on the rhythm figures.
- What were the inspirations behind the songs on Elementum, and how did you go about deciding which order to place them on the record?
Lyrically very different inspirations. From own experiencies, well known storys (MacBeth) or religion and cult (when they come). We are not a political band but we are interested what`s going on in the world. But we never would tell you doin this or that.
The order of the songs is our point of view what`s most comfortable for the listener of the album. A good mix of fast and midtempo songs. Not 2 crazy songs in series haha
- Do you have a favourite song?
My favorite one is “PARANOIA” – I like the craziness and the guitars of course haha
- What are your plans for the future?
First – lots of promotion work for the album. Maybe some more shows this year. Next year I hope we can catch a little tourslot. Think we will start the new songwriting the next months.