In 2017 Blood Command make their return with Cult Drugs – an album packed with cheeky and grandiose hits.
After two albums, numerous EPs and four radio hits, Blood Command are more hungry for success than ever. The sound still has
the distinct fingerprint of producer and songwriter Yngve Andersen: Sharp and challenging, but still so universal and seductive
that you will throw your hands in the air and run into the crowd before the first chorus ends. Since the last album, Andersen
has received wide recognition in Norway as a successful producer and is responsible for several local hits. But Blood Command
remains his favourite pet and Cult Drugs might be the point where all of his talents finally hit senit.
The band’s previous album, Funeral Beach (2012) recieved a 5/5 in Kerrang (which also placed them at no. 8 in their year end
list), 9/10 in Rock Sound, 5/6 in most big norwegian papers. Metal Hammer UK awarded the album a 9/10, saying that Blood Command
is one of the best they have heard in recent years. In 2010, Blood Command was nominated for a norwegian Grammy for their
debut album Ghostclocks.
Blood Command’s reappearance shows a band that has never sounded as good as now. Singer Karina Ljone is bringing a new edge
to the vocals, the ninja-riffing is smoother and drummer Sigurd Haakaas sets new standards in action-drumming.
Musically, the band points out Refused and Boney M as the main inspiration, alongside acts like The Clash, “We’re making
a sonic revolution you can dance to!” boasts Andersen. So put on your dancing shoes and join the cult!
Andersen elaborates:?The title Cult Drugs comes from the realization that we’re all in some ways part of a cult that informs
our way of being and our ways of thinking. We’re programmed to perceive ourselves as the good guys, no matter what side we’re
on. Most people live with a self-manipulation so extensive that it can compare to drug addiction. It is easy to put a stigma
on religious outcasts, but it’s time to admit that every human, to some extent, live in denial.
So, the difference between “cult people” and “normal people” could be smaller than you think. Particularly when you’re exposed
to the seducing power of music. What could appear as a perfectly ordinary rock album, might prove to be a gateway to powers
beyond your control.??“It’s that combination of blind rage, catchy-as-hell songwriting and the Norwegian’s ability to balance
the sweet and acidic while pulling massive, unpredictable choruses from seemingly nowhere that makes them such a gripping
proposition. As a result, Cult Drugs is a fractious beast that refuses to be tamed, and probably the most fun album you’ll
hear all year.” – METAL HAMMER