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Nick Holmes Elaborates on the Visa Issues That Kept Bloodbath Out of the U.S.


Earlier this year, fans of death metal supergroup Bloodbath were left disappointed after learning the band would miss a handful of dates and likely wouldn’t be making it onto our shores this summer due to visa issues. At the time, Bloodbath announced that the issue came down to the fact that their visas had “still not been processed in time due to reasons beyond our control.”

While guesting on The MetalSucks Podcast, Bloodbath and Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes elaborated a little further on what caused the band to miss five dates in May, including Maryland Deathfest.

“We just had two of the visas, for whatever reason. We haven’t had the same issues with our other band [where] it’s been fairly straight forward, for some reason. We don’t actually know what happened. We know we applied for them in good time [and] there’s no real reason why it didn’t happen, but we just kind of…[left] shrugging our shoulders on why it never happened.

Of course, when you say the visas haven’t come, people just presume you haven’t applied to the right place. We really haven’t. We’ve been doing it for quite a long time, you know. We’ve just been unlucky, but we are going to try our best to get there in the next year.”

With North American fans unable to catch Bloodbath live, Holmes was asked whether the band would take a page out of other groups’ COVID-19 lockdown playbook and do some livestream concerts. While not exactly a huge fan of the idea, Holmes said “it’s a pretty good replacement” for anyone that can’t get out to a live show.

“I much rather do an actual show, you know? It’s just a completely different experience all together. It’s like I said, it bridges a gap if you can’t play. There’s definitely room for it, I think, but you’re never going to beat getting out there and going to a gig.”

You can check out the rest of the Nick Holmes interview on this week’s episode of The MetalSucks Podcast.

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