attitude on religions.
I believe in life, in a normal human life. I believe that being
kind to other people and also to yourself is worthwile. It is
important to not consider things in life as certain and warranted,
and it´s important to know how fragile life is and how quickly
you could lose it. That´s what people fear the most. I´m
not endorsing to any religion. I believe in what I meet in my
life and I worship nature and everything what grows from it. What
is artificial is not worthwhile to me. I don´t wanna think
restricted, I want to see things in many corners and views and
any church or religion cannot help me do this. Faith is a totally
personal matter. I want to live my life with the feeling that
the things I do are good. I have nothing against religion if it´s
not an instrument used to abuse people.
your early albums many people who are out of the scene considered
you guys Satanists. What do you think about that?
Unfortunately many metal bands have experienced the situation
where they had been automatically designated as Satanic. And that's
only because they played more brutal music than usual. That´s
the same case with Death and I can say to all those people that
I do not believe in any Satan and I don´t endorse to any
cults or sect. In my lyrics I´m not interested in it at
all, and if any Devil exists than it is evil that dwells in people.
Of course, I have listened to many bands which have been Satanic,
like Venom, Mercyful Fate, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, but that
was just their face value. The lyrics I write for Death are about
life and everything which meets me in it and what it gives to
3. What was the first record
I was talking about it with Gene just today! My first record was
"Destroyer" by Kiss. That album changed my life. Actually,
I didn´t buy it by myself but I got it as a Christmas present
and I brightly remember that magic feeling in my heart which probably
anybody cannot know [I would think that the translation of this
would be "...feeling in my heart which everybody probably
knows"]. I was almost weeping with joy. It still brings this
beautiful feeling to my heart. It was the most beatiful period
of my life and that was the time I decided to become a musician
4. What would you do if you
were not a musician?
I would certainly be a veterinarian or somebody who works with
animals. And if even this didn´t come true I would become
a cook. I love animals and cooking. At home with my fiance I breed
two dogs and two cats. They are like children to us.
5. Which swear-words do you
use most often?
I have two swear words. Musical business. It sucks. I hate this
business. Unfortunately as a musician I have to be in it but it
makes me sick.
6. When was the last time you
put on an evening dress?
Probably when I ended my last year of school. I continued on to
high school but I didn´t finished it due to my band. School
bored me and I wanted to make music.
7. What did your parents think
They were vexed about it beacuase they are both teachers. Altough
they didn´t teach in the same school where I was studying
they were angry when I said "to hell with it." Now they
are not angry about that but to tell the truth, when I think of
my past I can´t belive that I did something like that. I
am afraid of it now and I think it would have been cool if I had
8. How were you as an adolescent?
Very kind. Music was my only amusment and enjoyment. I didn´t
want to have problems with anybody. I was playing my music, buying
records and keeping away from conflicts.
9. How did people around you
react when you first gained success with your band?
After the first album´s release people from school were
glad to know me. And of course there were many stupid rumors.
10. Who do you hate or don´t
There are many people in the music industry who I´m not
in love with. I won´t mention names, but I'll say it generally:
I hate liars and deceivers and those who hurt others intentionally.
11. Who is the person you love
My mom. She have always stood by my side during whatever was happening.
I think that family is the most important thing. It is a place
where you spend the most joyous period of your life and it helps
you to go through the difficult times. My mom has an understanding
for my music which is visible, since she leads Death's Fan club.
My parents have never forced me to do anything and they are very
12. What did they say when you
had begun to wear long hair?
They knew that it would come, so they weren´t surprised
at all. They just said to themselves: Well, that´s it. This
is done. What´s gonna be next?
13. Which subject did you like
the most while in school?
Science. Experiments, samples, microscopes
It was very attractive
14. What was the hardest drug
you have ever taken?
I've tripped several times. That´s all because I don´t
like the hard drugs. And my only drugs are alcohol and grass.
15. What is your opinion on
I think it´s a big matter. Unfortunately it happens very
often that marriage is ruined due to empty words. Marriage to
me is more than a piece of paper. The paper can be destroyed,
but what´s deep in people cannot be destroyed if they don´t
allow it. Love is deep inside. Marrige is a lifetime knot and
not the result of the words spoken which could easily crush your
life. When I get married, certaintly it wouldn´t be in church,
but it will be somewhere near the Florida beach. It will be someting
special, you can be sure.
16. How do you go through the
17. Do you have panic or dread
I fear spiders very much. They are abhorrent, I hate them. Over
there on Florida there are many kinds of big spiders which can
live in your house is no problem. So I really don´t need
18. Have you ever lost your
Many times. But all the negative I put into the music and everything
19. What´s your hobby?
Listening to music. I often walk the scenery, on beach, and I
spend my spare time with my friends and my pets.
20. When do you get a burst
of creativity the most often?
At night. I go to my room, lock the door and create. Everywhere
is silence and darkness which is the best surrounding for my composition.
21. In another interview on
Death's lyrics you have spoken something about the theme of alien
beings and extraterrestial civilizations (Misanthrope). Do you
think they really exist?
Yes, I think. I often think about that there must be planets in
the space where life exists. I hope these civilizations aren´t
as confused as we are. I have no idea how they are. Nobody knows.
I believe that we´ll manage to find out more about it. Maybe
they are kind and friendly and they will help to our planet because
it is needed.
22. What is it that makes you
so seriously interested in this topic?
As a child I liked watching movies on this or similiar themes.
23. Your favourite book or movie.
It was the book by Jonathan L. Seagle called "Bird".
I read it in secondary school. It is very readable and the plot
is very interesting. It is a book which will help you to dream
and to understand that everything is possible. The author sees
himself as a bird, overwhelming his life are boundaries and blocks.
From movies my favorite one is "The Wizard of Oz", and
then animated movies, Scooby Doo.
24. Favourite drink.
Cocoa and ice tea, alcohol would be Jack Daniels whisky.
25. What do you think about
It should be legal. If I was a woman surely I would like to have
a choice to have a child or not. In U.S. lot of new-borns are
killed because they were unwanted. It is better to solve it immediately
when a woman finds out about the pregnancy and she doesn't want
a child. Better to go for an abortion than to kill a baby. That
is terrible. Men cannot force women to keep a child when they
themselves feel they can't.
In the States there are a lot of political parties that can feed
you nice speeches. I think justice has got lot of room for improvement.
Victims should have more rights. There are a lot of poor people
who need help and a great deal of money is spent on useless things
and not for help to those people.
27. Your sex-symbol?
The woman I live with. She's one of the most beautiful.
28. What could make you angry?
People who muck-rake. I like doing interviews for magazines but
it happens sometimes that some individuals drudge up certain matters
from the past. Then I really get pissed off. Look, there are new
people in the band, we have a new album, so there is a lot to
speak about, so why are they asking about things which should
have been forgotten a long time ago? I know that they intentionally
pull out all the filth. In that moment I cease my communication
with this person and my mood is totally frozen.