“Blood Command, where have you been all my life?” – Kerrang!
“Blood Command are a band unlike any other.” – Rock Sound
“Fiercely unique, catchy punk’n’roll, and it demands your full, ongoing attention.” – Metal Hammer
“In reality, where only good jams matter, Blood Command is f*cking awesome!” – Metalsucks
The critically acclaimed group Blood Command have announced their new vocalist, Nikki Brumen (ex-Pagan). To celebrate the band’s new era, they have revealed their stellar new single A Villain’s Monologue, out now on Hassle Records.
The self-described ‘deathpop’ band are a one-of-a-kind proposition. Hardcore meets metal meets pop meets punk, Blood Command have previously been called ‘one of the world’s best kept secrets‘ by Rock Sound, achieved one of the Albums of the Year in Kerrang! and applauded by Metal Hammer, among others.
In the words of Blood Command mastermind Yngve Andersen: “I remember the first time someone showed me Nikki’s old band Pagan and all I was thinking about was why isn’t this girl fronting Blood Command? It was a match made in heaven. That she is in the band now is almost unreal to me. It’s a dream come true.”
Of the song, Yngve says: “The new era of Blood Command is tougher, tighter and more melodic than ever before. This is also a great introduction for Pagan fans who may not have heard of Blood Command, as A Villain’s Monologue really showcases the ferocity of Nikki‘s vocals but also combines the deathpop sound that Blood Command is known for. This song is a taste of what’s to come…
He continues: “A Villain’s Monologue was written in response to someone projecting their insecurities onto me. At the time of writing this track, I was invested in supporting someone close to me – I could see they were chasing their dreams and I wanted the best for them. Over time, however, I came to the sad realisation that the support was not reciprocated. This person who I thought I could trust was not showing me the same support that I had shown them, and as a result, were projecting. When I showed Nikki the song, she had been through an incredibly similar situation so we both knew this was the perfect introduction to the rebirth of Blood Command.”
Nikki comments: “A decade ago, I travelled from my home country of Australia to Norway. I chose to fly all the way to the other side of the world because of my obsession at the time with the Norwegian Black Metal scene. I left, however, with a new obsession – Bergen. The moment I arrived in this city, I knew there was something special about it. To this day, it is my favourite place I have been.
“I used this trip and the Norwegian Black Metal scene as creative inspiration for my band Pagan, who played our last show in February 2020. Not long after we had split up, I got the offer to join Blood Command. I had actually been introduced to Blood Command’s ‘Cult Drugs’ a couple of years earlier and fell in love with them instantly. In a weird way, they reminded me of a more pop version on Pagan. The strangest thing about this situation though was that I was being asked to join a band from Bergen. The stars had aligned.
“I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to front a band that I love and that I feel such connection with. I will sing every note from my heart, I will scream every word from my gut. I will write every lyric from my soul together with the band and I will never let you down. We are all in this together now.”
Blood Command have previously toured with Biffy Clyro, Kvelertak, Rolo Tomassi and Skindred, following the release of their acclaimed EP Return of the Arsonist, the conceptual successor to 2011’s Hand Us The Alphamale EP. The band have also shared the stage with Refused, Tragedy, Comeback Kid, and Gallows and have played Download Festival, The Great Escape, 2000trees and Roskilde festivals, among others. Blood Command will embark on an extensive tour of Europe with Kvelertak in 2022.
Now with celebrated UK label Hassle Records and with Nikki at the front, Blood Command‘s power and prestige only rises higher.
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