24 Apr
Interview with BELLIGERATOR


Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about BELLIGERATOR (Members, Starting Year etc).
We're a three piece heavy metal band based out of the state of Massachusetts in the US. We're sort of a mix of speed, thrash, and traditional heavy metal. Our bassist and drummer, Jim and Paul, met around 2014 in a college frat party. We later met our guitarist/singer Tony by posting a few fliers on campus. We're also not allowed back at the first place we ever played.

You have recently released your album ''Warriors of Speed''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
It's been mostly positive. We've received messages from fans all around the world; we've even done a video interview with a fan from Belgium. We're 88% on Metal Archives, and we've been put on Youtube and Spotify.

Label or DIY and why?
DIY because it's our first album. We're also not creating the music to get paid, so a label just doesn't make sense.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Digital, really. It's much easier now to spread our music to anyone who wants it. We've gotten some Vinyl requests from bigger fans, and CDs are becoming really outdated.

Your music style is Heavy Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
We pull some inspirations from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Kreator, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin across our three members. Anything fast and loud.

Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed?
Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
Honestly, time is the biggest thing. You need to play together in order to sound decent, whether that's at a show or just rehearsal. We practiced in a shed for about 4 years, whether it was -10C or 38C. Plenty of *really* cold days.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
A crowd that's into the music and gives a great reaction is pretty much what we want. Ideally we wouldn't fuck up at all. I'd say our last few shows before Covid-19 we're something like that.

Which attributes, do you think, that a new Heavy Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
If you just work hard to make music that you like, it kind of comes naturally. Don't let other people tell you what you make is shit.

Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Heavy Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
Yes, it's very easy to put your music on them. Even though we dislike it, social media is one of the best ways to promote a band today.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc).
There isn't a metal scene in Lowell. There's a few different clubs about 40 minutes from Lowell in Worcester that we like to frequent. We don't do fanzine and wezines, they aren't popular here.

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene? 
We really don't. Metal always hits bigger in countries other than the US, so we don't have much to compare it to either.

What are your future plans?
We want to keep writing music and keep playing shows.

Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Download our new album for free off Bandcamp at:
Thanks for reaching out. We're happy to do interviews and connect to fans around the world.

By Steve the Filthy Dog.




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