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Interview - Anders Manga (Bloody Hammers)

Interview with Anders Manga from Bloody Hammers
by Danny Sanderson at 06 August 2014, 7:43 PM

Slowly becoming a name in the new age of Doom Metal, BLOODY HAMMERS have been moving towards glory in quite a substantial rate, putting out albums year after year, hard touring with always something to show. Recently releasing “Under Satan’s Sun”, Danny Sanderson talked to the band’s leader Anders Manga, regarding the band’s progress, new release and more…

Hello Anders, glad to have you again for an interview for Metal Temple. How have you been doing?

Good! Just returned from a nice European tour. It was short but we hit some great festivals and key cities where we've been wanting to play so it was productive.

Recently you guys at Bloody Hammers released your new release "Under Satan's Sun", via Napalm Records. How do you feel about in comparison to your earlier works?

It's not much of a departure really from the other 2 albums. I think it sounds better because I've learned more as a studio engineer but as far as the songs go, it's what you would expect from Bloody Hammers which is fuzzed out melodic horror inspired rock.

How can you describe the writing and recording process of the new release?

I had just returned from playing House Horror Festival in Austin, TX. It's a festival put on by the author Corey Mitchell and rock star Phil Anselmo. Being around all these great filmmakers and musicians for a weekend  was just a really inspiring. When I got home, all the songs just sort of came out of me over about a week. I didn't have to force anything.. it was a very natural flow of music so I went right in and started recording them. I have a little studio in my house so that helps to get things done quickly.

What made it different than earlier on?

Nothing much other than many songs before were wrote over time. They would come to me a little at a time. All of these came at once.

Any track, or a number of tracks, that you think that are considered a standout?

I like all of them. I would never release anything I didn't like. The fans seem to like it all as well.. it's hard to get them to agree on one song when I've asked.

You are believed to be a bit of a living legend in the Goth scene in the US, due in part to your work with the eponymous Darkwave project and Bloody Hammers. In what ways, if any, do you think that Gothic elements are introduced into the band's music and concept?

It's just natural for me to write darker sounding songs no matter what the project name is. It's just what I like so it shows up. Growing up stuff like Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus and Gary Numan were just as important as Black Sabbath, Dio and Alice Cooper. I'm influenced by all sorts of stuff.

How does writing Hard Rock and Doom Metal compare to writing Darkwave music in your case?
I just write songs then figure out what to do with them later. It's best to just let any song come out that naturally comes to you. I have lots of songs that don't fit with either project so maybe I need a 3rd or 4th.

Let's go back a little bit to the beginning of Blood Hammers. Where does the name come from? (ie-is it a film, book, random name, etc)

I was kicking around lots of names. The first debut was going to be just an Anders Manga album but it was just too extremely different so I came up with some names. One day when I was riding around in my van listening to Roky Erickson singing, “I Never Had that Bloody Hammer”. Bloody Hammers is a tribute to his song.

What have been your influences musically?

I like simple stuff… music where people are showing off skill for the sake of showing off skill isn't my taste. All the ones I mentioned earlier are the key ones but also there is Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Misfits, Joy Division, The Beatles, Dio, Ramones, King Diamond, Sigur Rós, Metallica, The Doors, Slayer.. so many!

A lot of your music and imagery appears to be inspired by 70's Horror movies. Is this done to intentionally evoke images and Nostalgia from that time for fans, or has it just come from your own fascination/connection with that period?

In my opinion it's more the imagery than the music. I've never purposely sat down the in the studio with the intention of trying to make an album sound like it was from the 70's. I just mic stuff up and record. Whatever it sounds like naturally is how it ends up on the record. I just dial in sounds I like and start recording. I know some bands sit and study old Sabbath records and screw with amps and mics until they get something close. That's not for me. I want my album to sound like a Bloody Hammers album.

 I think the imagery is just my taste and probably nostalgia to me. I used that type imagery even when I was doing Darkwave music starting 15 years ago. I just love old weird horror novel covers and movie posters. Anything horror, occult or sci-fi from the 50's – 80's.

What sort of stuff would you say you enjoy, culture-wise 9(books, films, TV Shows) about that period, and did it have an impact on Bloody Hammers' music?

Generally I like the artwork above all else. Many posters that I love are actually horrible movies but there are some I like as well.

Do you have any future plans for promoting "Under Satan's Sun"?

We're looking to tour more for sure. The biz people are working to line up something for the fall now for us.

Anders I wish to thank you for this interview, I wish you the best of luck with the new release, any last words for the readers?

Thank you for listening if you have, if you haven't check it out if you like fuzzy, moody rock and roll.


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