We catch up with the band to find out more about them, the festival, their thoughts and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s will see!
Can you give the readers a quick introduction to the band.
Sheol Afterlife started rehearsing under that name around summertime in 2010. Alf, Andre`, Anders, Jorn and Torje were all inspired by bands they had seen on Norwegian Summer Festivals, The Quart Festival and the Hove festival for the most part. They wanted to make killer metal and really mix their various influences together to make imposing and facemelting music worth listening to!
This resulted in the band Sheol Afterlife and the following year or so was utilized merely by establishing a fanbase at home, playing local venues and making killer tunes. A demo was recorded in Torje’s garage in 2010, an EP of six songs was recorded at Frog Leap Studios in 2011, and currently (2013) our first album has been recorded completely as we’re writing this! Hoping to bring the finished product to Bloodstock!
How would you describe your sound.
The sound is heavy, punchy and vigorously distorted. It is groovy, experimental – but catchy – and contains progressive elements as well as pure death, black and melodic influences.
Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage line up?
We got to play at Bloodstock because we won a series of band-battles on Metal 2 the Masses, which was arranged in a town not too far away from where we come from! Anyway, we knew the band who won the trip last year, and they said they’d had a killer time!! So even though we lost the battle last year, we figured we’d try again!
What was your initial reaction when you found out you were playing on the New Blood Stage?
For all of us, it was a sensation of relief and more than all, pure joy. We were screaming. Because the competition had been really though the whole time, we were just really glad we made it, and that Simon (Hall) enjoyed our gig.
What can the audience expect from you at the festival.
A lot of energy and definitely to be entertained; sonically and visually. We won’t stand still!
What has been the bands biggest achievement so far?
Touring with Six Feet Under in Germany for their Christmas in Hell tour!
Have you ever been to Bloodstock before? If so when and what did you enjoy most about it.
None of us have ever been there, but we’ve seen a buch of clips from the festival on Youtube, looks great!
What is your opinion of the Bloodstock line-up.
It is really top notch! It is not too mainstream, and we get to play at the same festival as our idols from youth, when we were 14-15 and playing in a garage!
What are you looking forward to most at Bloodstock.
Playing, watching some good shows, Slayer, of course, and Gojira. And, for the most part, just have a good time in England!
Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence!
The best thing that has happened to metal since Black Sabbath!
Any message you wish to pass on to the PM readers
Have a great festival-summer and don’t forget to check out Sheol Afterlife if you’re close to the Newblood Stage at Bloodstock festival around noon on Friday 9th of august!!! See ya!
Thank you for taking the time out to complete this interview, we are looking forward to seeing you at Bloodstock \m/ \m/