We've known you had plenty of
troubles with your tour promoter. What happened precisely?
Chuck answers, very disappointed: "There have been troubles
with our tour manager since our arrival in Europe. Although the
first ten shows in Belgium and Netherlands have been good, eight
of them were sold out, in the end we found out nothing they promised
us has been given to us yet. Beginning from the setting up and
the instruments, everything went wrong in the hotel and the tour
bus. We didn't travel five thousands miles to be treated like
jerks. But we didn't want to come back home soon, 'cause our German
fans have always been important for us, and was our dream to come
to Europe. Yet the issue was that our situation was getting worse
day by day and many of our fans had a bad impression of us. We're
sorry for all the bands who worked for this promoter. Everything
had to be the least expensive possible. It's silly 'cause you
have to invest a certain amount to work professionally. And I
really don't think our demands were too high. We expect people
to respect advance agreements."
Maybe would the things have
worked out better if you had played as supporter of Exodus and
Nuclear Assault, something that would have been promoted in cities?
"There was a rumor about Exodus, nothing more. Many people
took it too seriously and thought we would have opened their gigs
in some cities. It's true they offered us to play with them, but
we refused because we would have had just twenty to thirty minutes
to show off. Because we were in Europe we wanted to play more
than five or six songs. Our fans expected that from us, and so
we chose to do a tour by ourselves."
I heard recently that you refuse
to play as supporter of any band as a matter of principle. Is
"No, it's just another rumor. Yet it's the first time we
are in Europe and we thought it would have taken time before we
could be back home. That's the reason why I thought it was obvious
we would have played the longest possible. We got too many tunes
our fans want to hear. Naturally to do a gig of Exodus would bring
more people, but we didn't care at all. We meant to offer a good
concert to the public, but this wouldn't be possible. We'd like
to support Slayer or Kreator, but only in the right circumstances."
What are your projects for the
"At the end of March we'll be touring the States with Dark
Angel for 45 gigs and then we'll focus on our third album. We'll
probably record it next summer."
The production of your latest
album, 'Leprosy', was to say the very least, awesome. Do you think
you're still gonna work with Dan Johnson in future or you think
you can do better?
"We were very happy of Dan's production and we'll work with
him again next time. I don't guess it'll be easy to do better
than a record like that, but I think in some way we'll succeed.
We'll have more money and this means we'll be able to spend more
time in studio. The new material will definitely be better. We
have already finished five songs and we will keep on writing as
soon the tour with Dark Angel is over."
How are the new songs?
"The record will be more complex and various with many harmonies
and tempo-changes. We are sick and tired of those people saying
death metal bands don't know what they're doing. You'll hear it
on next album even better than on 'Leprosy' and 'Scream Bloody
Gore'. We'll put in it everything, speed rhythms, slow rhythms,
half ways, everything."
And what about lyrics?
"Like what we've done on 'Leprosy', they'll be more realistic
than on our debut album. I found it easier to write about real
life and I think they appeal to a lot of people. In this world
too many things happen that are worth being written about. All
you need to do is to open a newspaper or turn the TV on."