Magazine: Rock Hard / Germany
Article: Video Interview with Death

Conducted by: Götz Kühnemund
Transcribed by: EmptyWords
Published: summer 1991



After 5 hours waiting we finally made it. Death is here. We almost didn't believe in it would happen, we were scheduled to meet at 8 here in Tampa Florida. Meanwhile it's almost 2 o'clock. We all are totally sweated and sitting in the backyard of Jon Schäfer's house, of Iced Earth, the guitar player that was friendly enough to help us out. We actually wanted to film in Morrisound, but they are unfortunately closed today, hence we're here. The band next to me, as said, is Death. Most of you probably only know Chuck, the band's leader. The others will introduce themselves.

Götz Kühnemund: Do you want to introduce yourself?
Paul Masvidal: Paul Masvidal… eh… climbing inside the eyelash of a distant fear…
[band laughing]

Götz: What's that?
Paul: That's just a way of explaining my moment I guess.
[all laughing]

Götz: Alright.
Skot Carino: Skot Carino, bass… fishing is God.
Sean Reinert: Sean Reinert, drums and… yeah…
Chuck Schuldiner: Chuck Schuldiner, psychotic monster.
[laughter again]

Götz: Okay, I think maybe we get the inconvenient stuff out of the way first.
Chuck: Yeah!

Götz: So okay, lets talk about the European disaster right?
All: Yeah!

Götz: So why didn't you make it to Europe. What is the reason behind it?
Chuck: Well, there's many reasons, some personal, some not. There were a lot of stressful things going on in my life at the time. I felt like I needed to get away and look at things from a different perspective, and unfortunately at a very inconvenient time. It made me look really bad, which I understand, you know, why people would think bad things. But, you know, I had to do what I had to do, for certain reasons. It improved my outlook on life in a lot of ways, I learned a lot from the mistakes that I might have made. But, you know, I feel everything happened for a purpose, and all I can do is say I'm looking forward making it to Europe finally, and I hope people show up [all laughing] and you know, support the music, and you know, that's about it.

Götz: You know that a lot of people are fed up with the band right now. In Germany there're a lot of people pissed off. So you've got to win them back somehow.
Chuck: Sure, I think it comes down to the music, and the people who were disappointed they're gonna hear an album that I think might change their mind about me and the band in general. I think people should buy music, should buy records and support bands for the music.

Götz: Talking about statements, talking about rumors. One of them was that you're not into this death metal thing at all anymore, and that you wanted to do different music. That's what the guys of Massacre for example told us. So I've listened to the new record and that's not so different to me, so, how do they come up with something like that
Chuck: I don't know, I think that there're people who are desperate to ruin my name because I did things that upset them. I really, you know, can't help what I had to do at that certain point in my life. Obviously I, we had the album coming out despite what people might have said, you know. I'm not a bad person, whatever people wanna say I'm… eh… play rock then I'm, whatever, I'll be more than happy to prove them wrong.

Paul: Personally I think the new Death record is the most solid, and utmost overall covering every edge on Chuck's… like what he would like to interpret the music as we finally hear it at its monumental statement.

Götz: Last question, most important of all. Will this band make it to Europe at last?
All: Yeah!

Götz: You're sure?
Chuck: Definitely!

Götz: What if not?
Chuck: I'll come back in another life as an acorn and that would suck seriously. No this is a serious thing. I mean, you know, I know people are thinking well he's insane and he's not gonna show up. That's not the fact. I don't care what people said about me in Europe, how supposedly I don't care about my fans, I'm playing in a pussy rock band. That's bullshit. I'm out to prove people wrong. The album proved people wrong. I care about people, obviously the people who buy our albums, if I didn't care about these people then I'd be nowhere. I'd still be whatever in the garage, yeah, you know, I would have died out a long time ago. I appreciate what people do for me, I appreciate any help I ever get, I appreciate people's support, and whatever, you know. We'll be in Europe, people need to come out, yeah, real soon, the album's coming out on October 8, hopefully we're alive at the same time, so whatever, you know, we'll be there, we're there to put on a good show, and I'll be more then happy to speak with anybody, you know, that have any questions.


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Translated by YK/DG/MM for EmptyWords-Published on January 1 2004