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BloodHag, Loud and Really Out There
By Kelly Hoffman

This is perhaps one of the strangest and at the same time one of the most innovating ideas to hit the music scene. What exactly is it that this band BloodHag is trying to do. It is simple, they want to get listeners excited about reading and using their mind.

BloodHag is a speed/death metal band out of the Seattle area with a message for their listeners. And they deliver that message with a punch. The consider themselves edu-core which came from a desire to show music fans where their favorite bands and artist got their inspirations and ideas for some of their favorite songs. And that blossomed into the idea "that rock fans need to be smarter". With that they set out on their mission to do just that.

Their songs and lyrics are meant to inspire young people to pick up a book and read and in doing so opening their minds to a whole new world of learning possibilities. Bloodhag is loud and full of energy, but getting their point across might not be that simple. While listeners can certainly feel their passion for the science fiction authors they are singing about they may not always pick up the lyrics (but that is easily taken care of with a short trip to their website, www.bloodhag.com -- there you can find the lyrics as well as brief biographies of the authors who have inspired those songs.)

Don't live in the Seattle area but want to hear what these guys are all about. Well they have plenty of stuff available including a video of their 2000 tour "Read Free Or Die" which features them playing in a local library to some very enthusiastic young folk (and some not so enthusiastic adults). During their performance they reinforce their literary stance by throwing books out into the audience to get the recipients to read. They also have a 7" vinyl record and CD available, plus some downloadable MP3s.

Wanna know what they are singing about? Well here's a list of some of the authors they use in their music.

Ursula K. LeGuin
Octavia Butler
Isaac Asimov
Roger Zelazny
Philip K. Dick
James Tiptree Jr.
Ray Bradbury

And here is a list of recommended reading material directly from the band:

Alfred Bester...The Demolished Man
Ray Bradbury...Farenheit 451
Michael Moorcock...Dancers at the End of Time
John Brunner...The Sheep Look Up
Philip K. Dick...Ubik
J.R.R. Tolkien...The Return of the King
Edgar Rice Burroughs...At the Earth's Core
Jules Verne...From the Earth to the Moon
Joanna Russ...The Female Man
James Tiptree Jr....10,000 Light Years From Home
Harlan Ellison...I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Ursula K. LeGuin...The Dispossessed
Roger Zelazny...The Lord of Light
William Gibson...Neuromancer
Arthur C. Clarke...Childhood's End
Isaac Asimov...Foundation
Octavia Butler...The Parable of the Sower

 

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