Interview With Nik Bloodstorm,
Founder/Int'l President & Founder of The Georgia Metal Alliance Int'l (H.M.C.) Date Summer 2010.

The Georgia Metal Alliance is the largest Heavy Metal Club in the world and the U.S., branching throughout the country, along with chapters in several other countries, it has thrived as the ultimate band of brotherhood and unity. Real unity through real metal. Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down with the founder and international president, the boss, Nik Bloodstorm. One of the most articulate and intelligent (and just down right kick ass Fonzie cool) men in any metal community I've ever met. And I've hung out with the cool cats of Catalysis! We discussed the foundation of the G.M.A, his personal history with the occult and of course more.

By: Wes Cambron
Freelance Music Journalist

(W.C.):
What's the difference between an M.C. and a H.M.C.?

(N.B.):
The initials "M.C." stands for 'motorcycle club' while "H.M.C." means 'heavy metal club'. An H.M.C. is the last bastion of true, metal, camaraderie. Members of an H.M.C. are 100%, dedicated, metal lifestylers, (both male and female), not attention seekers who lay out $300.00 at a Hot Topic or some other trendy, teen friendly, hipster mall shop, buy some corporate, commercial band t shirts, a chain wallet, some skull rings, studded belt/wristband, shove a bandanna in one of their back pockets, do up up their hair in order to adopt a "look" and become an instant metalhead. Members of an H.M.C. have grown up living the metal lifestyle (many of us are first wave, old schoolers from the '70s & '80s) who have earned the respect of other metalheads in their collective local metal scene/subculture, wherever that may be. They know their own, "real Recognizes Real". These are people who actually 'get it' and understand the lifestyle. They don't need to be pretentious poseurs, look, talk or act a certain way in order to be accepted and fit in with the cool kids. If they dress and look a certain way, they've been that way for decades. We don't need to wear a label around our necks in order to prove ourselves, we are who we are, take it or leave it. And don't assume we are fuckin' bikers! Not just bikers wear jackets, vests adorned with patches. There are car clubs (C.C.), street gangs, social crews, military clubs and even fishing, guitar, airsoft and other clubs that wear patches, NOT JUST 1%'ers!





(W.C.):
Do you believe in unity or competition? Are all H.M.C's unified?

(N.B.):
In the H.M.C. world, there isn't any "competition" or turf disputes, that's not how a legit H.M.C. operates. H.M.C.s should never adopt a street gang mentality, that's not what we're about. It's not unusual to see different members from various H.M.C.s hanging out at shows or bars together and enjoying each other's company, expressing metal camaraderie in the spirit of brotherhood and displaying their club colors with pride. Unlike motorcycle clubs or street gangs that normally fight for dominance, territory or drug distribution, etc. When a supposed H.M.C. crosses the line and no longer shows unity towards other clubs and engages in illegal activities, they are no longer considered an H.M.C. at least in the eyes of legitimate metal clubs. I want to also point out that WE ARE NOT AN M.C.! We aren't affiliated with any motorcycle clubs. We have absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH 1%'er clubs. Our club colors are our own, regardless of what some MC wears. That's their world, we operate in our own separate galaxy!

(W.C.):
What type of bands do the G.M.A. support?

(N.B.):
The G.M.A. supports all metal bands, regardless of the sub-genre, unless it's a band who gears it's music towards a certain demographic in order to make money for a label. We do not get behind corporate, sell-out type bands, they have no heart or soul. We stand behind the hardcore bands that struggle in garages and play small venues and dives in order to get their music heard and spread the gospel of metal. Individuals who 'live the life'. Bands who would never change who they are or compromise the integrity of their their music in order to appease financial backers for marketing purposes. That's not to say that we don't show respect and support the bands that paved the way for us and who have paid their dues the right way and are considered legends.

(W.C.):
G.M.A. has been around for a few years. How long have you been into metal?

(N.B.):
I have been into rock/metal since about 1976, when I was 11. It was KISS' "Destroyer" album that sucked me in and from that moment on, I was changed forever and became the devoted and dedicated to the metal lifestyle individual that I am today. Mind You, that was before KISS sold out and went for that whole glam bullshit. And needless to say, in the end, Kiss expoited itself simply to make a buck. Sadly, now they've become a cover band of themselves. After that, I discovered, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, UFO, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and the rest is history as they say. Black Sabbath though, have always been my biggest influence as a musician along with Thin Lizzy, UFO & Deep Purple (MKII, MKII & MKIV). In my personal opinion, the first four Black Sabbath albums are the archetype of Heavy Metal, especially what was to become know as Doom Metal. They were the architects, they defined it. I've also always been a huge fan of the golden age of Heavy Metal circa '79 to'86, which was the era of Heavy Metal that I grew up in and still listen to.

(W.C.):
I know You were involved with the occult when you were younger. Do you listen to a lot of black metal?

(N.B.):
Honestly, no. I've never really been a follower of black metal or the lifestyle. It just wasn't relevant to me as an individual. That's not to say that I don't actually listen to some black metal, but I've never really been a fan, it never had any kind of influence over me. I do love a lot of the early Venom stuff, but even though they may have been considered the prototype for the sub-genre by some, I never really thought they fell into that category. I understand that black metal loyalists feel that it's the early, raw, unpolished sound that the bands had back then that denotes 'true' black metal. However, I enjoy stuff like Emperor, and even some Dimmu Borgir over the early stuff, despite the fact that some feel they sold out. So be it.

(W.C.):
Is your family involved with the G.M.A.?

(N.B.):
My wife and two sons are both patched members of the G.M.A.

(W.C.):
Where did the name Bloodstorm come from? Or did your parents seriously give you such a badass metal name?

(N.B.):
I have always been a werewolf and vampyric folklore enthusiast. The name "Bloodstorm" came about from a term that I had coined a few years back ('91-'92). I had decided that I would refer to a vampire and Lycan clan dispute (something like two mob families going to war), as a "Bloodstorm" and it just caught on. Since then there have been movies, video games, bands and comic books with that title. I'm not trying to say I actually invented the term, however I personally didn't first see it somewhere and decide to use it. In my pond, I created it. Since then, the nick-name stuck.

(W.C.):
If you could book your fantasy dream show, who would be on the bill?

(N.B.):
That's a tough question to answer. Since it's a "fantasy, dream show", would that include dead musicians and all the musicians back when they were young and in their prime? If so, then for me, a dream Rock & Metal Open Air weekend Fest would include the "Killers" line up of Iron Maiden, (not that I don't like Bruce Dickenson and the current line up), The original "Blizzard of Ozz" line-up circa 1980 ft. of course Ozzy, Randy Rhoads, Lee Kerslake, Bob Daisley & Don Airey. UFO, the '74 to '75 lineup ft. Phil Mogg, Michael Schenker, Pete Way & Andy Parker. Thin Lizzy (when Phil was still alive) and of course Deep Purple, the MKII lineup. Hell, I can go on and on with this!

(W.C.):
Who is your favorite current underground band?

(N.B.):
I can't say that I have a favorite Underground band, really. I love so many bands that I can't single out just one. I can tell you that I have been a huge fan of Stoner/Doom metal for years and many of those bands still remain unknown to the general public, which in a way, is a good thing. Bands like Kyuss, Sleep, Karma To Burn, Blood Ceremony, The Sword, Atomic Bitchwax, Grand Magus, Blood of The Sun, Church of Misery, Corrosion of Conformity (classic), Centurions Ghost, Cathedral, Electric Wizard, Saint Vitus, Reverend Bizarre, Goatsnake, Hour of 13, Pentagram, Sons of Otis and of course the precursor bands that created that 'sound', which include Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Road, Cirith Ungol, Hawkwind, Necromandus, The Master's Apprentices, Bloodrock and so many others. And to this day there are many bands from the golden age that remained underground & obscured that young metalheads are now just discovering.

(W.C.):
Relgion and politics has always influenced metal bands. Do you believe that it's still a big influence on today's musicians?

(N.B.):
Well, I believe politics & religion have always been a lyrical influence on many bands historically. Thankfully not all bands follow that 'more metal than thou' mentality by exclusively using just Satanic, anti-Christian lyrical content. Many bands have risen above that and actually have something relevant to say about the current state of affairs in the world. Bands that stimulate us intellectually and have a message other than "Satan has risen, Defecate on Christ", type lyrics.

(W.C.):
What else would you like to add to the readers, learning about the G.M.A. for the first time?

(N.B.):
If after reading this interview you feel you actually have an understanding of what an H.M.C. is all about and want more information on the Georgia Metal Alliance Int'l H.M.C., visit our website, read through it thoroughly and if after much deliberation you feel that being part of an H.M.C. is something you seriously want to do, then contact us and we'll fill in the blanks for you. Keep in mind that not all applicants are accepted into our ranks. Not because we are elitists, but because we want members to join us for the right reasons. Again, to fully understand what all that means, READ our website completely. If you're on Facebook (who isn't these days?), join our public Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/Georgia.Metal.Alliance.GA.Chapter. We have chapters all over South, Central, North America, several countries in Europe & one chapter in Tunisia. We're wanting to one day establish chapters in Asia, especially Japan. We're probably already in your state and coming to a town near you! Always support your local metal bands and your local G.M.A. chapter.