Summon: How did the band get started?
Jesse: This project started in 2006-07, although it wasn’t until 2008 that I felt really good about the music I was making. That’s when I decided to begin recording, and getting more serious about it.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Jesse: I consider it a very basic, primal, minimalistic Black Metal.
Summon: How has the band response been?
Jesse: Better than I could have imagined. I play what I enjoy playing, and what I want to hear…as a fan of Black Metal. I have always believed that if you’re not happy with the music you are producing, and can’t stand behind it 100%, then there’s really no point to it. The fact that other people enjoy it is just a bonus.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Jesse: The name was recently changed to BLOOD STONE SACRIFICE, but the previous name, as well as this one is related to local folklore. As a kid growing up you hear these fantastic stories about areas nearby, Blood Stone Sacrifice is related to stories surrounding human sacrifice.
Summon: Introduce the band members
Jesse: There is only myself. I have been in many bands in the past, but this project was something that I really needed to have total control over.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Jesse: I write all the music and lyrics.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Jesse: Some are about the local folklore I spoke of. Others are more personal, taken from my own experiences. And some are written purely out of hatred, and disgust with this earth, humans, religions, etc.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Jesse: I became somewhat obsessed with Satanism at a pretty young age, and while I still live my day to day life by many of those values, I would not consider myself a Satanist. I think that Satanism, like any other religion, only leaves you with unanswered questions. While I am fascinated by many aspects of several religions, and learning how they came to be, I would consider myself more of an atheist than anything else. I could go on for days about this topic, but I will leave it at that.
Summon: How many albums/cd’s have you released?
Jesse: I have an upcoming demo release this spring.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Jesse: Two of them are now on my page, but in very raw form. The cd should very….hypnotic. You will notice a pattern of these simple songs that take=2 0you on a journey of the mind. That’s what they do to me anyways.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Jesse: Well, Bathory of course started my obsession with Black Metal (Prior to the rebirth), Sodom, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Mercyful Fate, Slayer, and of course Black Sabbath was probably the first major influence on me…I still consider the song “Black Sabbath” to be the first Black Metal song. I remember being a kid and my older brother would play that song on his crackly vinyl, and it would just send chills up my fucking spine!
Summon: Which current bands?
Jesse: So many great bands…Darkthrone, I love everything they do. There are so many of the older bands still putting out great music, the new Satyricon is just amazing. Watain is fantastic. I think the new young Thrash Metal bands are on the right track, and I’m glad it’s seeping back in.
Summon: Do you want gain other members in the future?
Jesse: It’s not totally out of the question, and when I release a full-length I will probably have some friends help with the recording.
Summon: Would you ever want to play live?
Jesse: I have thought about it, and yes, it will probably happen in the future. Again with help from interested friends.
Summon: What is your opinion on death metal bands and black metal band? What is your opinion on the conflict of Black Metal Vs Death Metal?
Jesse: I listen to both, all the time. I’m not a big fan of the “newer” Death/Grind bands, but I think the older bands are still putting out some great stuff. The new Unleashed for instance is killer. As for a conflict…I have none, I think they can both co-exist, and for the most part do. (In this area anyways) I recently saw 1349 open for Carcass, and thought it meshed just fine. I listen to whatever moves me. I always have…in the past it was Metal vs. Punk/Hardcore, but I listened to both. I think you miss out on a lot of great music by closing your mind off like that.
Summon: What do you think of the US Death/Black Metal scene?
Jesse: I think it’s fairly strong; Death metal is still big here. I will probably get some shit for this, but I think it’s time to concentrate on music as far as USBM is concerned. I’m not saying there are no good corpse-paint bands in the states, because there certainly are, but I think the music needs to be what stands out. Image is fine, and I think necessary, it adds to the music, but it seems a lot of bands are concentrating more on their photograpy, and sword collections, and less on their music.
Summon: What do you think of the overseas scene?
Jesse: Well, most of what I listen to comes from other countries, so there you go.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal bands?
Jesse: I guess I’m a pretty old-school kinda guy, and I guess that’s why I play like I do, so I’m not listening to a lot of new bands….just new releases from my old standbys.
Summon: Any plans on writing any new material?
Jesse: Always, I’m constantly working on music ideas….even when I’m not working on music.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Jesse: I have no idea…and that’s the great part. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing until I get bored I guess.
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