have a brand new album out called: “World Controlled”. This is
your second album, but to people unfamiliar with you and your
music, could you please fill us in?
- Bludgeon started in late 93. I was in another band at the
time, and it took some time to get all the right pieces, but it
all came together. We released some demo tapes and then made our
first CD. That's when Joey came into the picture. One more change
was made and in 02, when Carlos joined the band, we released
"Crucify the Priest". Now with the new CD - "World
Controlled" there are some new additions to the band, CS and
Blaze. Now the puzzle's complete.
the biggest difference between your new album and your debut album
“Crucify the Priest”?
- "Crucify" was our first CD and has more
element of death metal and black metal with hints of thrash.
"World Controlled" is more hardcore anger. Each one
reflects different times in our lives. But, I think both CD's are
Bludgeon-ing, so when you put them in your CD player on shuffle,
you have all you need.
kind of expectations do you have for the new album?
Mark - We make
music because we love it. We don’t expect anything from anyone.
the song you consider most representative of the new album and why?
Begins” - that song has a little of everything in it.
what words would you describe the music and moods of Bludgeon for
someone that has not heard you yet?
the name, kind of says it all. The music is Bludgeon-ing.
and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the
creation of a song?
- All kinds of things inspire me when I write. I write what I feel. I
usually write the lyrics last, the music comes first.
subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them?
And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
- Like I said before, I use what’s going on in my life or
around me in general.
did you record the album and who has produced and mixed it?
- We recorded it at Haus Wahnfried. Do you have to even ask?
Joey DeMaio. And as you can see from the video that’s on the CD,
we had a blast doing it. It was mixed and mastered by the great
you feel that your sound will evolve in some different direction,
in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
will always evolve as musicians, but the music will always be hard
and heavy, and meant to be played loud.
music scene really changed between the 70's, 80's and 90's. What
would you say has been your strongest influence?
- I like all those eras of music. From the 60’s well in to
song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
love all my songs equally; they’re all my babies.
did you end up with the name Bludgeon?
Mark - It's what we do, we Bludgeon you! We Bludgeon our
instruments and the music hits you with a Bludgeon-ing force!
you have any touring plans for 2006?
- We plan to play some festivals in the summer and possibly
jump on some on-going tours.
speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your
own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Testament, Exodus and Bludgeon!
are signed to Joey DeMaio’s Magic Circle Music label – how did
you end up there?
- He got his hands on our demo CD from a local radio station.
The DJ gave it to him and some time later, we got a call from Joey.
At first we were like, "yeah right this is Joey" but it
really was Joey. Later he flew to our house in
, and we gave him a private show and the rest is history...
an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your
life … and why?
The Legacy, that album made me choose to play guitar instead of
are you doing besides Bludgeon, job wise as well as hobbies?
love to spend my time on the computer and with my dog, his name is
Bludgeon too! He’s a Rottweiler.
music do you listen to at home?
listen to all kinds of music. There’s just too much to list, but
I’ll tell you this, when I’m in my car I plug in my I-pod of
over 1000 song and put it on shuffle.
albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact on the
history of metal?
me personally, it would be bands like Sabbath, Zepplin, and Slayer.