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The Beast of Nod Interview

The Beast of Nod

Interview by Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



BRR:  I'm hosting an email interview with The Beast of Nod, Boston-based metal band that describes their music as “intergalactic death metal.” We will start off with an introduction of the band members and a description perhaps of what exactly is “intergalactic death metal.”


The Beast of Nod is Paul on vocals, Görebläster on guitar and programming, Nate on drums and Brendan on bass.  Intergalactic Death metal, as we define it, is a subgenre of death metal music featuring linear song structures, odd time signatures and extremely technical passages, wherein the songs explore the characters and events of a sci-fi universe called, “The Land of Nod.”


BRR:  On May 21st you have released your debut album entitled Vampira: Disciple of Chaos. Please describe some of the themes of the songs on the album.


The songs are all about the characters and events from “The Land of Nod”.  You can find out more about that on our website here: https://www.thebeastofnod.com/the-land-of-nod.


BRR:  You have also released an accompanying comic book with the album entitled “Sentient Squirrel Death Machine.” What is the concept behind this comic book? What were your inspirations for this comic book?


The concept of the comic book is the same as the music, it’s about the characters and events from “The Land of Nod.” The first issue is the origin story of the Sentient Squirrel Death Machine. It follows him in the late Eocene Epoch on Earth when squirrels first evolved.  It goes from how he gains super power abilities and to him searching for other sentient life on earth only to be visited by an alien race that adopts him into their culture.  Subsequent issues will detail other stories and characters throughout the universe we have created.


BRR:  I have seen your live performances and they are certainly full of energy and power. I find that each band member always has their own influences as well as a collective influence. What fuels your band and what are some of your influences?


Many thanks. We are glad that you’ve made it out to see us!  Although we do each have individual influences really what fuels us and inspires us is a drive to create and perform live, there’s simply nothing like it.


BRR: Describe your lyric video “Behold!..But Beware the Celestial Cetaceans.” The artwork was fantastic. Do you have an artist to give recognition to?


Thank you!  The lyric video was done by Matías Quiroz of Bleak Flesh and uses our album cover artwork which was done by Omar Field-Rahman. Additionally, although not used for the lyric video, Sean Kasper does our comic book art.  All are absolutely excellent at what they do and we are very happy to be able to work with them.   The song itself is essentially about an intergalactic whale watch that switches back and forth between the perspective of the tour guide and an excited passenger.


BR4:  What do you have planned for the future?


We’ll be playing with the synthwave master Magic Sword at the Brighton Music Hall on June 21st and will be playing at RPM Fest the weekend of Aug 24th in western MA.  We are also looking to book more shows and are planning to record more new music this year as well.


BRR:  What would you like to see collectively accomplished in the New England metal scene?


If possible, better organization of when shows occur to limit overlap.


BRR:  Thank you for your time and we hope to see many more live performances.


Thank you for having us!


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