Beyond The Blood

BEYOND THE BLOOD: SOMETHING CALLED MURDER

With a brutally in-your-face attitude, the hardcore thrash metal assault of BEYOND THE BLOOD is one that is quite worthy of paying attention to. Comprised of Henry Ellizondo (guitar and vocals), Danny Gonzales (guitar), Lennon Lopez (drums/sequencing), and Alex Campos (bass), BEYOND THE BLOOD delivers a sound of ferocious speed and a thunderous intensity, just enough to rattle every bone in your pathetic body! This is old school thrash at its finest, but with a modernistic feel. These guys are far more than just another metal band!

AUSTIN420: HOW DID YOU GUYS COME TOGETHER AS BEYOND THE BLOOD?

HENRY: I want to say we got together in January/February this year, 2011. I had some riffs, you know, a couple songs I had written and I was looking to start a new band. Lennon and I (prior to this band) had a band going before this. We had lost touch for about 8 months to a year, so we couldn’t actually get together to start jamming or anything, so Danny and I started to get together. We sat down one night at my house. Danny brought his amps over and within 2 to 3 hours, we had come up with a song. We thought it sounded pretty good, so we had a friend of ours bring in a drum machine and delay and we recorded the song that way; it sounded pretty good. After that, I tried to hook up with Lennon and gave him a call. I showed him the songs, and said, “if you want to try out?” I mean, he already had the job! (Laughs)

AUSTIN420: WHAT BANDS DO YOU HOLD CREDIT TO THAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?

LENNON: As for anyone, a musician, you know, we just jam to jam you know and along the way, in doing what you do, you’ll hear good music, and people tend to follow the good music; you know if it’s good because you can feel it, no matter what it is. If it is good shit, it is good shit, if it’s not, then it’s not.

AUSTIN420: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SOUND OF BEYOND THE BLOOD?

LENNON: Thrash, Fuckin’ Thrash! It has its modern tones to it, it has its grooves, it has its breakdowns, you know, it’s all over the place. It’s done well; it’s done by good musicians.

AUSTIN420: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LYRICAL THEMES THAT ARE INFLUENCING SOME OF YOUR SONGWRITING?

HENRY: A lot of that has to do with what’s going on in the world today, you know, all the mayhem, all the violence, what’s going on with war, with all the stuff like that. “The Sacrifice” is one of our songs based on the troops down there. You know, they’re just rushing down into something they don’t even know what they’re getting into. They’re getting blown away and then, I’m sure they get a funeral, but then they get a flag and that’s it. I mean, for what? We have no business down there man! Stuff like that inspires the songwriting.

LENNON: And you hear that concept too, and it drives the music even that much more. There’s meaning to a song, you know what I mean. The lyrics are pretty hardcore!

AUSTIN420: ANY STUDIO PLANS AND/OR TOUR PLANS FOR 2012?

DANNY: We’re due in the studio in early January, so we’re hoping to be done with it, hopefully by the 1st of February. At least the recording will be done for sure. The mixing, we’re looking to see who we want to mix it because that makes a big difference there. We’re going to go to someone who has a nice studio, Pro Tools, everything! But mixing, we need someone who knows what they’re doing to make us sound big!

HENRY: We want to send it out to somebody who hopefully already has the background to do this kind of music, but if we can you know. It just depends.

AUSTIN420: AS FAR AS YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCES GO, WHEN PEOPLE SEE YOU, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR THEM TO TAKE FROM THESE SHOWS, ENERGY-WISE?

ALEX: Just enjoy the show! It’s bad ass! You know, give them 100%!

HENRY: Yeah! We want to have fun, and that’s the main thing. That’s why we do this, to have a good time and for the crowd to have a good time. It’s hard because you get certain crowds, where you’re not going to please everybody man, some are gonna hate you, some are gonna like you, some are gonna love you, I mean that’s just the way it goes. But for the most part, we try to keep that energy going through the whole time and not give them a chance to back down you know what I mean, just keep them on their toes, the whole fuckin’ time, if we can.

LENNON: It’s the type of gig (and I’ve said this over and over), you’re either going to hate the music or you’re going to love it. The ones who love it are going to be die-hards, they’re going to be fuckin’ all balls deep into it dude! It’s some good shit!

AUSTIN420: WHAT NEW TERRITORY, IS HARDCORE/THRASH EVOLVING INTO THESE DAYS?

DANNY: I think it’s coming back! What I see is that there are a bunch of bands who go 100 miles per hour, they’re just goin’ and there are these other bands that have all these great breaks you know…CHNK...CHNK…CHNK, but there’s no drive. It doesn’t go anywhere but sit there, one break after another, it just doesn’t go anywhere. You know what I mean. It just stays in that little rut, so, what we’re doing is, we have breakdowns, but we also thrash it out! If you just have rhythm breakdowns, the people don’t feel the drive or need to move, to push somebody and get a pit started you know.

LENNON: That’s about the majority of them, right now. There are the good ones you know.

AUSTIN420: A 420 QUESTION HERE.

LENNON: Yes! (Everyone Laughs)

AUSTIN420: WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S SUFFERING IN SOME WAY WITH A MEDICAL CONDITION, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CANNABIS MOVEMENT?

LENNON: To sum it up in one simple answer for however long this interview is going to last, we can go on forever! It’s ridiculous on how it’s being regulated, and it’s ridiculous how a majority of rule and freedom in this country is being regulated, but you know, I’m just another guy amongst millions, and so it’s going to take more than just me. What I could say is, think about how many people have thought, ‘well, what’s the #1 killer today in America?’ Alcohol & Tobacco! It’s the shit that’s available to you readily, know what I mean. Do your research. There has not been 1 death due to marijuana use. The most you’ve seen from it are ‘kats’ trying to hussle it, or slang it, and get shot for it, but who overdoses on ‘pot’? You know what I mean? (Laughs) Smoke more pot people, look into your history, and look at where we came from and where we’re going. There are a lot of things that are going on right now, it’s right there for everyone to see if they want to just see. They don’t have to believe, but think about the possibility, the question of possibility, could it have happened? And move on forward, you know what I mean. Make your decision, but smoke more pot though. (Laughs)

AUSTIN420: ANY FINAL COMMENTS?

LENNON: Smoke more pot, listen to Beyond the Blood, support your local scene, you know, really support them. Thrash Metal brother! ~