Quick Questions With Bloodmores

Quick Questions With Bloodmores

Based in the North West of England, Bloodmores are a four-piece metal band whose sound is composed of a blistering mixture of metal genres, ranging from classic thrash metal, through to metalcore, and melodic death metal.

Bloodmores are –

Alex Cunliffe – Guitars/Vocals
Richard Jodrell – Guitars
Connor Heelis – Bass Guitar
Chris Mansell – Drums

Quick Questions With Bloodmores


1. Who inspired you to start playing?
Alex (Guitar/Vocals): Definitely Michael Amott when I was first starting out, primarily for his work with Arch Enemy, but also, as a sort of runner up/honourable mention, Peter Tägtgren from Hypocrisy is a very close second place for me.

Richard (Guitar): Seeing Whitesnake and Def Leppard live I was 13

Connor (Bass): Rob Trujillo, for his technical bass solos, and fast/technical expression of character in an instrument which is inherently further from the forefront for most listeners.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
Alex: I primarily play a discontinued C-1 custom Diamond Series, in See-Thru Blue, by Schecter guitars, and I absolutely dread to think about having to try and replace it one day, if it ever dies on me. I’ve had all sorts of minor issues with it repaired over the years, and it’s always kept going, but I’m genuinely quite afraid of the day when it finally gives up, and, although I own a few C-1 style Schecters, this particular one is by far my favourite.

Richard: My Kemper Profiler. It’s worth its weight in gold, does everything I want it to, and more, and means I don’t have to carry a full size amp head around, so it saves my back years worth of pain.

Connor: Ever since going wireless, it’s worked wonders for my stage show; I’m finding new ways to express myself and interact with crowds, as well as more freedom. I use the line 6 G10, which is more than ample for my requirements at present.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Alex: Right now, I’d say “Periphery IV: Hail Stan – Periphery” but I feel like I have to mention that I’m also super excited for The Agonist to release their new album, Orphans, later on this month.

Richard: “Melancholy – Shadow Of Intent” is the first one that comes to mind. It’s a very well written album that combines heavy riffing with some excellent orchestra sections and memorable melodies. However, the new As I Lay Dying album comes out soon, so that might take my top spot yet.

Connor: “Hexed – Children Of Bodom”

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Alex: Probably Ola Englund. I feel like on top of being able to show me a thing or two, musically, he seems like he’d be a lot of fun just to hang out with too. I watch quite a lot of his videos, on his YouTube channel, especially his gear review videos, and they’re always super entertaining.

Richard: Jeff Loomis. I’ve taken a lot of influence from him as far as types of sounds/scales he uses when it comes to riff writing, and lead playing, but it would be good to have a 1 on 1 lesson with him, even if it were just to trade ideas back and forth.

Connor: Paul Gray, mostly for the added complexity of writing bass parts which synergize with so many other instruments and sounds, as it’s something that I think may be an overlooked art-form by some, and the heavy, in your face riffs, of Slipknot are legendary in pioneering new genres and exploring new avenues.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
Alex: I’d say practice to a metronome as much as you can, and if you’re struggling with a section of a song, just slow it right down, halve the tempo if you have to, and just gradually build it up from whatever slower speed you can comfortably play it to begin with, and you’ll get there in the end.

Richard: I can’t pick just one, so I’d say, persevere, listen to different types of music for influence, and just be true to what you want to do.

Connor: Has to just be practice. Ultimately there are 2 skill sets required for any musical instrument, mind and body. You need to practice both to succeed, it’s no use being able to alternate pick at 500bpm if you can’t get your head around the rhythms you’re playing, and vice versa. As generic as this answer might be, there is no substitute for practice.


We released our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, in February of this year, and it can be streamed or downloaded in all the usual places, like Spotify, Itunes, Amazon etc.

You can also follow us on social media using either Facebook, at facebook.com/bloodmores or on Instagram via @bloodmores_official