Courage over adversity…
Immolated moTh, the courageous extreme metal solo project of fibromyalgia sufferer Thom Bleasdale, has just released a new video for the song ‘Suffer In Peace’. The song is taken from new album Pain, which was released independently last month.
“Carefully constructed brutal fucking chaos” is an accurate description of the sound of Immolated moTh. The work of Thom Bleasdale, who had his career as an audio engineer cut short by serious illness, Immolated moth is hybrid death metal with an old school feel that is a real expression of true anger, pain, fear and trauma. It does not get any more real than this.
Following on from the well-received EP in 2016, This Broken Mind, Thom has been working on Pain for just over two years. And in response to the criticisms received, Thom re-recorded the full album several times until it was as good as he could make it with his available resources and limited physical capabilities. And although his health is now deteriorating rapidly, he does hope to get one more album recorded before he is too ill to play metal any more. He is working on it now.
Thom has been in various bands since the age of 14, ranging from synth-based rock to hardcore, blues, and even hip-hop. While training to be an audio engineer at Abbey Road studios, Thom became ill and was misdiagnosed and mistreated for nearly three years, during which time he technically should have died several times. Having miraculously survived, Thom has been left with the crippling illness, fibromyalgia (and various other conditions that come with it), which now keeps him almost entirely shut in.
Due to the illness he can’t play live or play with other musicians as he does not know from one day to the next how well he will be able to function. Many days he is unable to even play his guitar, so to have recorded this project is a huge achievement. All the instruments are real, and nothing was programmed.
Many death metal musicians write about pain, anger, fear, isolation and anxiety, but having nearly died on nine occasions, and having been bed-ridden for six years, and now living in constant pain and almost total isolation, Thom is actually living what he writes, every single day.
It is a constant battle which he knows one day he will lose, but he keeps fighting anyway.