Raw, cold, unforgiving black metal. It is the stuff of legends. If I said "one man" black metal band, you would probably say, "It's been done, got the tshirt". However, if I said "one woman" black metal band..now that is something pretty fucking unique.
There are many all woman bands, or, in the case of Arch Enemy, Once Human, etc, many more woman fronted bands. Girls can do anything guys can do and just as good, but I have to be honest, when I hit the play button on Blizzard Beast's album "Misanthropic Terrorizer" I wasn't sure what was in store. What I got was an onslaught of Trve, Necro, and Cvlt black metal, done much better than some of you wankers out there.
Without further adieu, allow me to introduce the newly crowned Queen of black metal, the trail-blazer, Adina Blase.
-Let's just address the elephant in the room right now. You're a one woman band. You cover drums, guitar, bass, and most importantly, vocals. Did you have to practice to get the black metal vocals so down pat, or did it just come naturally to you? Does that shit hurt your voice, or what? I’ve been a vocalist for 20+ years and I really feel I perform the right way! Warm-up and stay away from the ice-cold beverages. I would say that my vocal range is perfect for black metal. -What female vocalists have inspired you, or ones that you "look up to", for lack of a better way of putting it? Gen of Genitortures. She was definitely my role model. I would try to live my life by what she said in her interviews…education and health-wise. And yeah, I’ve been to, like, 11 Genitortures shows. I used to wonder if I could ever have that charisma on stage. -Black Metal and Death Metal are two sub-genres of metal that are very male dominated, but what is cool is that I've seen a lot of female fronted, or all female bands, really coming to the forefront of metal music. How do you feel about this? Is it long overdue or getting to be too much? Metal is the most testosterone-driven genre of music out there, in my opinion. Being the leader and front woman for a band is and has always been a real challenge for me! A lot of guys I contact in the metal scene are sexual predators and don’t take the music scene professionally. I hit up dudes trying to look for members and they almost always seem to try to get in my pants! It’s pathetic! -Enough about the gender thing, what really speaks true is your music. Your album sounds great to my ears and really does justice to true black metal. So what got you wanting to start your own band and record an album? I spent many years in others’ bands, contributing to their own ideas. I knew I could write songs, but playing all the instruments and recording seemed impossible. Then, when I gradually got the Blizzard Beast songs together, producing my own album start to finish seemed like a mountain only I could climb. Establishing the Blizzard Beast name became my next conquest. In my mind, a band isn’t legitimate until it has an official release. -The recording quality is just right. It retains the old school black metal feel, yet it's not so muddled and jacked up that you can't fucking understand what's going on. The perfect balance is achieved. You recorded and mixed it on your own I gather, so what was the recording and mixing process like? Was there a big learning curve there, or did you go in already knowing what to do to get the sound you wanted? Honestly, I went into this with the intention of not stressing out so much over this EP being perfect. It would never get done! One of my most favorite Gorgoroth albums, Under the Sign of Hell, was my inspiration. It just conveyed to me that little inconsistencies are what makes this release so powerful. It took me 3 years to complete the Misanthropic Terrorizer EP on my own. In the end, it really turned out the way I wanted.
-Can you run us through some of your influences? (Bands, genres, musicians, etc.). What are some of the lyrical themes that you focus on? Okay. We’ll start with lyrics. So, “One Mistress, No Master” is about Queen Elizabeth I. “Deathmask of Konopischt” is about Archduke Franz Ferdinand. “Great Delusion” is about how religions sometimes lure their followers with material needs. I dedicate “Search for the God that Suits You” to some of my younger friends who are researching what they believe in. And lastly, P.H.S.E. stands for, well, Procreating Human Species Extermination. Really, it’s just a manifest of my rage toward pregnant people in general. Haha If you know your shit, you may hear the influence of these bands on the EP: Necrophobic, Rotting Christ, Desaster, Darkthrone, Destruction, Immortal, Dissection, Absu, Watain, Iron Maiden, Marduk, Deicide, Gorgoroth. Musicians: Jeff Walker, Glen Benton, Tobias Sidegard, Vorphalak. I don’t know why I just listed all frontmen. Go figure. -This is one question I always have to ask. What was your first metal album and first concert? Do you remember the first metal song you heard and how it made you feel? My family had just gotten cable television. I saw the video to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and “Unforgiven” and Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” and “Sweating Bullets” and bugged out. I went out and bought a cassette of Metallica’s black album and learned every word of the lyrics! But, the concert for the black album tour was the real lightning strike, as I call it. Everything metal as fuck. -What is it about black metal that speaks to you and does it speak to you more than other sub-genres of heavy metal, or is it something that you just found you were good at right off the bat? Death metal was really the first extreme form of underground metal I’d heard. Obituary, Napalm Death, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Immolation, Incantation, Hypocrisy, Pungent Stench. I started off as a bass player for a death metal band. -I see you teamed up with Brandon from Akephalos (good fucking band) on your album. How did you get hooked up with him to do some guest solos on your album? This was so interesting. I think we tried to figure out a way to work with each other in a musical capacity. His lead guitar skills and Blizzard Beast were a perfect fit in the end. -What do we have to look forward to for Blizzard Beast? Will the remain a one woman band, or is this a project you'd like to expand in the future? I intend to have a live lineup. I think it’s just going to be all Adina on the recordings. I may get Brandon to do some more leads, though
Thanks to Adina for taking the time to do this interview. You can check out "Misanthropic Terrorizer" at https://blizzardbeast.bandcamp.com/
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