Take nu metal, add a pinch of hard­core and end up sup­port­ing the god­fa­ther of nu metal him­self, Jonathan Davis. Wait, what?!

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nos­tal­gia gets the bet­ter of bands try­ing to reignite the spiky-haired, baggy-jeaned ram­page that was the nu metal phe­nom­e­non of the early 00s. When you’re stuck in the past, there’s nowhere to go but back­wards. If we want to see nu metal play a part in the fu­ture of our scene, a change to the for­mula is in­evitable. hail­ing from Liver­pool, and pack­ing more punches than a team-up against Thanos, are hard­core nu met­allers Death Blooms. Un­like the le­gions of wannabe nu metal mes­si­ahs out there, this four-piece aren’t try­ing to des­per­ately re­hash ideas of the past.

“That’s never been our mis­sion,” says gui­tarist Adam Lu­cas. “We have nu metal in­flu­ences, ob­vi­ously; we grew up lov­ing it. But any­one who’s look­ing for pop punk el­e­ments will find those as well. As long as peo­ple con­nect with our mu­sic, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what they call us.”

Their self-ti­tled de­but EP has as much to do with adren­a­line-pump­ing hard­core as it does nu metal. Dark, sin­is­ter hooks cou­pled with bat­ter­ing riffs are giv­ing the band some­thing of an edge with fans from both sides of the spec­trum.

“It’s cool to see those two types of fans get to­gether at our shows,” adds vo­cal­ist – and Adam’s cousin – Paul Bar­row. “We never in­tended to unite the tribes, but it’s grown over time. You can see it in our pits. It starts with the typ­i­cal shov­ing and push­ing, then peo­ple start to wind­mill and slam dance,” he laughs.

“It’s funny,” Adam con­tin­ues. The hard­core guys will say, ‘Man, I love your band, you sound re­ally bru­tal,’ but they won’t men­tion the nu metal in­flu­ences. That’s fine by me. We’re a world buf­fet for met­al­heads, man. Ev­ery­one’s in­vited.”


Man­aged to nab their first Down­load slot, as well as a sup­port slot for Korn leg­end Jonathan Davis in Manch­ester ear­lier this year, all off the strength of one EP and word of mouth. But has this all come too quickly?

“Play­ing Down­load has capped off a re­ally good 12 months for us,” says Paul. “Even though it seems like it’s all hap­pened pretty quickly, we’ve been do­ing this for so long that it feels like we’re in our third year al­ready. We’ve all been knock­ing around for long enough to know what we’re do­ing, or at least think we know what we’re do­ing, any­way…”

And how about that Jonathan Davis show, we won­der? “For us nu metal kids hav­ing grown up lis­ten­ing to Korn, that was a dream come true,” ex­plains the gui­tarist, who also plays in trib­ute act Korn Again. “I’m con­vinced he’s a vam­pire, man. We didn’t see him back­stage once; he wasn’t any­where to be seen. When the band walked on­stage, he then lit­er­ally ap­peared out of nowhere and then dis­ap­peared en­tirely af­ter­wards. Se­crets of the biz, I guess!”


a de­but al­bum, then? The cousins agree that it’s on the cards, but not right now. Still in their in­fancy, they’re un­afraid of pur­su­ing new ideas and let­ting their freak flag fly.

“I’d re­ally like to add a pop ele­ment to our mu­sic,” Paul men­tions, much to our sur­prise. “Work­ing with a pro­ducer like Dan Lan­caster would be cool. he did the Don Broco stuff, and maybe we can bring some­thing heav­ier to that sound. See what bound­aries we could push…”


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