Chuck, tell me, in your own words, about the events leading
up to you pulling out of your scheduled European tour with
KREATOR and the eventual split with Bill Andrews and Terry
"OK, well, after... actually, during the tour with CARCASS/PESTILENCE,
there were things revolving around... actually, it was a lot
of little things that turned into a big thing. And that is,
I felt extremely smothered at that point in my life by all
the business that I had on my back, all the shit that I kept
continuously taking on behalf of the band, me literally representing
the band business-wise. A lot of pressures have constantly
been on me, and it's easy to be in this business and to get
consumed by a lot of things that revolve around.. that people
aren't aware of, the conniving ways that people around you
present, like as far as having to worry about every fucking
person you do business with literally ripping you off; a lot
of things that... years of taking the shit for standing up
for what is right for us, while other people stand in the
background and take what I get out of... you know, all the
shit I have to put out.
Anyways, what I'm saying is, there were things revolving around
those years of build-up, there were things in my life outside
music that also combined... it just really felt like I was
being smothered. I had to break away, I had to get away from
everything for once in my life, I had to get out of what I'd
been consumed by, which is so easy to do -to be overtaken
by a lot of things, by what people say about you constantly.
For years now, I'm supposedly a psychotic jerk to work with,
and that is so totally opposite of what I'm about. A lot of
things in my life at that time, and like I said, throughout
the years, built up. I'm sure there's people out there that
might be reading this -even if they're not in a band- that
can relate to this feeling of just being cornered and just
having to get away, and unfortunately, it was not good timing
for my need of privacy. If people don't understand that, that's
fine, I'm not begging for people to understand me. I just
think, as a person -which I am, and not this monster that
people make me out to be- as a fellow human being, I think
other humans relate. You don't have to be in a band, it's
just a matter of people understanding that I'm not a person
who has it made in life. I'm struggling, I've struggled for
years... you know, there's a lot of things that people don't
take time to think about, don't take time to think, 'well,
Chuck's a person, what if Chuck's affected by things in life,
like other people are?' And I am. I'm not some hard-ass, fucking
asshole who doesn't care about other people, who doesn't have
feelings. I have feelings, and you know... at that point in
my life, I was very confused and... whatever. I'm not a weak
person for feeling that way at that point, I was just pushed
to my limits."
Did you explain this to Bill and Terry or did you just
avoid confronting them at that point?
"No , I told them. I called Bill and told him, I physically
and mentally at that time felt I couldn't. I had to get away,
I had to get away from things. I had to."
Why do you think they had such a hard time accepting that
"Well, it was bad timing, and I could see why they might've
been angry, I mean, of course they're angry, but when you're
in such confused state of mind, and you feel depressed, and
you're being consumed by depression, all I knew was I had
to do something for myself for once, not for everyone else
that was around me, I needed to do something for me, you know
what I'm saying?! I had to get away, man, and it did me a
world of fucking good. I have learned a lot of things the
hard way, and I've bounced back, and in my opinion, everything
that happened to me, whether it be good or bad, in the past
few months, happened for a reason. I'm not saying that to
make excuses for what I did, I truly believe, and I think
when people hear this record, they'll know also that things
happened for a reason, 'cause I would go through it again
in order to come out with a record that we're about to come
Did you give Bill and Terry your blessings as far as them
going ahead and doing that European tour without you?
"Uhhh... I was told that they were gonna go ahead, and
I just thought, whatever , I knew it'd be shit. There was
nothing I could do. They felt they needed to fulfill it, and
that's cool. I could see how people might think that I didn't
care about anything, but the thing is, I had to put that beside
me, I had to think about me first and foremost. When I heard
they were going, I was like, 'Well, that's fucked, but it's
just gonna have to happen, and I'll just pick up the pieces
after everything happens and take the responsibility for what
I did,' and I am, I'm not blaming it on anyone else but myself."
Did you think at that time, that things would eventually
work themselves out between you, Bill and Terry, or did you
pretty much know that that would be it for that particular
"Two and a half weeks into the tour or whatever, Terry
called my house and told my mom that him and Bill wanted nothing
more to do with me or the band DEATH, which I heard they denied,
but the thing is, my mom got the phone call and it was obviously
from Terry, so... as soon as that happened, I knew that things
were in the past at that point, they (Bill and Terry) were
part of my controversial past. Ha,ha!"
Did they ever contact you after the tour was finished about
doing something together again?
"No. That so-called DEATH (that did the KREATOR tour
in Europe) did the best to ruin my name, and take full advantage
of my not being there and whatever , they told people I didn't
care about my fans, they told people I wanted to form a rock
band. Anyways, Bill called me after they got back, and said,
'Look man, we've been friends for a long time..' and I said,
'Yes, we were..' and I considered Bill and Terry to be my
best friends, not just musicians that were with me, but my
best friends, people that I shared so many things with, and
they shared a lot of things with me, too. When you live with
people on tour and you share different emotions, you become
close, and I considered myself close to them. I sacrificed
a lot for them, and I don't really regret doing it, but...
whatever. Like I said earlier, I took all the shit, I was
always the one taking the shit, 'cause I would always have
to be the one to stand up for us and say, 'Hey, we're being
fucked, where's our fucking money?', this, that, whatever.
Anyways, Bill called me and he claimed he didn't say anything
bad about me himself... whatever, I can't prove whether he
did or not, but the thing is , and what I told him, even if
he didn't say things about me, he let things be said
about me, he stood by while people just picked my name apart
and tried to make me sound like such a shitty person, and
that hurt a lot. When I started hearing the rumours of what
they were doing, putting signs at shows saying, 'Chuck's home
jacking off,' shit like that, that hurt me. That didn't make
me really mad- that hurt. I don't care if that sounds corny
or not, it's the fucking truth, man. I took it personally,
it hurt that they would desecrate my name that way after -whether
they believe it or not- I did a lot for them, and was happy
to stand up for everyone, 'cause that's the only way things
will get done.
Bill let people say stuff about me, people that have no room
to talk said things about me, like Louie (Carrisalez, ex-DEVASTATION
drummer/DEATH roadie who sang lead vocals on DEATH's European
tour with KREATOR) and Walter (Thrashler, ex-ROTTING CORPSE
guitarist/DEATH soundman who played guitar during said tour),
two musicians who have no credibility in the underground scene,
or even as musicians, talked shit about me. To me, they're
very insecure people that have to take full advantage of any
moment they get to rag on someone in order to make themselves
look better, and that's lame. The whole thing is, people that
were my friends for years let things happen, that's a drag.
Everyone makes mistakes... whatever, it's all in the past
as far as I'm concerned. The thing is, you learn a lot the
hard way, and maybe that's the best way to learn sometimes."
When you were going through all this, was there any doubt
in your mind about whether the band would coninue or not?
"Really, at that point, I didn't know what I wanted to
do, I just knew I needed a break from music, I needed a break
from everything, I had to live a normal life for a little
while, and not be cornered by all this shit, which I felt
I was. But deep down inside, I think I knew. This (playing
death metal) is what I've been doing since I was sixteen years
old, since 1983 I've been playing death metal, and to have
people talking shit about me when I put so much into the scene
and my music and my life, I'll never get those years back,
I put crucial years of my young life into this music, I've
seen very little from it. Most of the stuff that I've seen
is people ragging on me... whatever. I think people need to
worry less about whatever I'm supposed to be like and just
listen to the music. My music is what should represent what
people say, they shouldn't worry... I have a lot of favourite
bands, I don't care what they're like as long as they put
out good music, that is my main concern. I can't imagine doing
anything else. This is what I've been doing for so long, it's
part of me. It is definitely a part of me."
Why do you
think that they (Bill and Terry) would say that you wanted
to pursue other types of music? Was that something that was
brought up in your discussion with them or..?
"Just slanderous statements. Just sheer stupidity. When
this new DEATH album comes out, there's gonna be a lot of
words. This album is revenge for me. For myself, to prove
myself, and to make other people look like the liars that
they are. The truth will be revealed when this album comes
Looking back, do you think that you've made some mistakes
over the last couple of years that have let to people having
a negative opinion of you?
"Even before all the European shit started I had problems
in my life, and I had to take time out..., sure, it was bad
timing, but because I'm human and I have to have time for
myself does that mak me a dick? If people wanna think I'm
a dick, fine. I'll fucking do whatever I want in my life in
order to make sure I'm happy. No one controls my life. I worship
people that buy our albums, 'cause they're making my existence
in the music scene possible. I appreciate what people do when
they buy the records and support the bands. The thing is ,
everyone has to do things in life that doesn't make sense
to other people sometimes. My actions may have caused people
to think that. That's pretty lame for people to automatically
think you're some psychotic monster just because some people
are saying it. Why believe everything someone says? I think
that's lowering their standards of living by thinking that.
I have friends, I'm not a friendless person like people might
think. I have a lot of friends still. I've lost a lot of friends,
but I've still got a lot of friends. The people that know
me, the people that will come up to me and say someting, they'll
know I'm not a jerk, they'll know I'm not some fucking bastard,
some psychotic rock-star monster, like some of the European
mags are printing about me, fuck those people! Gee, I wish
I was as perfect as them. They act like they're perfect. They
act as if they have no faults in life. I have faults, I've
never claimed to be a perfect person. I will always continuously
make certain mistakes in life -we all will. The thing is,
we have to learn from them and we have to better ourselves
from any mistake we've made in life, instead of dwelling on
them, you know what I'm saying?!"
Yeah, but you can understand people feeling a bit concerned,
especially since you've already blown off three seperate European
"This was the only tour, the other European tour that
we were supposed to do, we pulled out because we were gonna
get fucked on everything, they were just giving the shitiest
touring circumstances. I'm not into shit. The European tour
that I cancelled out on was becasue of my personal life. I
think, sure, KREATOR's a great band, I've always wanted to
tour with them, it's a drag that I couldn't experience that
and give people the real DEATH. The thing is, it happened.
We've all gotta live. We've all gotta realize life goes on,
you know what I'm saying."
At which point did you hook up with Sean Reinert, Paul
Masvidal and Steve DiGiorgio?
"I had been working on material for a while, making casette
tapes of riffs, putting them together and stuff, and after
I realized that I needed to come back with something strong..
I've known Sean and Paul for a long time, and they're both
fantastic musicians. Actually, I persued Sean first, and I
called Paul and got in touch with Sean, and I asked him if
he wanted to perform on the next record with me and Sean was
like, 'Fuck, yeah!'. So, what happened was, Paul started rehearsing
with us, and luckily, I was able to get a couple of leads
into the material and it fit great, he's a great lead guitar
player, and it worked out cool. And then, I've known Steve
for a logn time, and he's a great bass player, so I just wanted
a top-notch band this time around, I wanted every musician
to be really proficient on their instrument."
Did you ever consider trying to get permanent members?
"Sure, but I realized that it would have taken me a long
time to get people with the kind of playing ability and attitudes
that I was looking for, there just would have been way too
much shit that I would have had to deal with. The thing is,
I knew these were killer musicians, these were people that
I knew for a while and I knew this would work. And I was very
shocked when Sean put his drumming to my riffs, it really
took me by surprise, it was such a fresh feeling.. it was
a great feeling."
So you think
these musicians really enchanced your songwriting?
"Sure, they added a lot of aggression to the material.
Sean is a fucking excellent drummer who, in my opinion, deserves
a lot of recognition when this next album comes out. That's
my personal opinion. It just took me by surprise how much
spicier everything sounds, how much more energetic things
sound, 'cause each musician is different, and working with
different musicians this time around just enchanced the material,
enchanced the DEATH sound. The DEATH is there, but it's so
much more technical sounding.... it's amazing how things worked
out. I'm really excited and feel very positive about what
has happened in my life, as far as this new album and why
things happened the way they did. And now I know."
So what are you gonna do about touring? Are thy gonna go
on the road with you?
"Yes, we've already talked about it, and they're really
psyched to do some touring, 'cause they performed on this
album, they're gonaa be representing themselves. It's not
gonna be a 'Chuck' tour with members helping, it's gonna be
a very solid foundation of everyone kicking ass. Also, Skot
Carino, ex-bassist of a local band called FESTER, is gonna
be going out on the road with us (Chuck, Paul and Sean), 'cause
Steve is gonna be way too busy with SADUS to do any touring
with DEATH. And we'll see how everything works out. We're
all excited, and it should be killer."
So you're not even really thinking right now about getting
a permanent line-up together at some point down the line?
"No, not right now, not when I know that there's a killer
line-up to tour with, it wouldn't be the same with any other
drummer, let me put it that way, Sean is unique, and no one
can ever replace that. And that's kinda scary, but right now
my main concern is touring. I'll worry about that shit after
So there's no possibility of Sean and Paul joining the
"I would be into it. They've got CYNID going, and CYNIC
is definitely a different type of band from DEATH, and I think
they feel they still need to express themselves musically
through CYNIC, which is totally logical and comprehensable
on my part. They're far more technical, and they have those
urges to come out...whatever."
A lot of people
thought "Spiritual Healing" was a bit of let-down
after "Leprosy", that it was by ar your least brutal
album at the time of its release. Looking back now, what are
your personal feelings about the record?
"My feeling on "Spiritual..."? I'm throughly
proud of it. I think it set new standards for production on
a death metal album. It is a death metal album, despite what
these new breeds go around saying about my material. I don't
think someone who is so narrow-minded that they have to listen
to only one type of music can talk shit about me. I've been
in the scene for years and years, I have supposedly influenced
a lot of people, which is great. The thing is, how can people
go around saying "Spiritual.." isn't a death metal
album? I take that personally, because I know it's a death
metal album. What is death metal though? These days, death
metal is something that people label as limited. I hear people
say that if you're not a million miles per hour and satanic,
you're not death metal, and that's not my idea of what death
metal is. Death metal is a feel, a sound, not a limited instrument
deal, or limited production deal. It's a sound, it's not specific,
limited approach to music."
I recall reading a comment in a fanzine by a fellow musician
of yours, George Emmanuel (a.k.a. Trey Azagthoth of MORBID
ANGEL), who stated that , in his opininon, you should have
changed your name with "Spiritual Healing", that
your music was just 'one stage above METALLICA', and that
it wasn't brutal anymore. How do you react ot a statement
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That's his
opinion, but how limited can you be? Is flute death metal?
I didn't know that was accepted as being death metal in my
opinion, that's cool to put flute on your album, that's cool
to expand your horizons, but don't say something and then
go do something that is... dude, there's nothing near a flute
on "Spiritual Healing". That's cool for them, I
thinkit's really cool that they're expanding their ideas and
stuff, and I respect them for doing that. The thing is I did
the same thing in a way. Scott (Burns) gave us a clean sound
on "Spiritual...", and that's what we wanted. Did
that make it wimpy? I don't understand that, the riffs were
brutal, my vocals were still brutal. They're pronounced better,
which is difficult to do in this type of vocal style, and
in my opinion, that was an accomplishment right there. I care
about my lyrics, I spend time on my lyrics, just like fucking
homework man, it's a pain in the ass, but it means a lot.
Some bands don't care , some bands think, if you don't sing
about satan... How limited satan is. How many times can I
sing about demonic angels killing nuns? That's lame, I've
never sang about it and I never will."
Do you think those bands that sing about it give this type
of music a bad name?
"Totally! For anyone to go around limiting this type
of music to just being satanic and whatever... raw and noisy,
that is so narrow minded. That is insane to know that there
are high-tech studios that will enchance your heaviness, enchance
your clarity and give each musician their space... that is
so lame! It is lame to put a limit on any type of music. I
can't believe that people would be that way. Especially to
go around saying that I'm not death metal?! What is that?
I've played death metal before 99% of these people were playing
death metal. I'm not saying that to be a dick, it's just true."
briefly, I wanna ask you if you're suprised at all to see
JAMES MURPHY (ex-DEATH guitarist) part ways with OBITUARY
"I'm not surprised one bit, in fact, I could've bet every
single thing I own in life, my sould, every speck of existence
in my life, I could have but on that, I feel sorry that OBITUARY
had to go through the hell that they did. I don't wanna talk
shit, but the thing is , I don't like being made to look like
a dick when we kicked him out, 'cause that was just another
excuse for people to go, 'There's Chuck's attitude, Chuck
couldn't get along with James.' The thing is when everyone
on tour wants to just literally kill someone, there's a problem
there, I'm so mellow, I'm mellow until someone fucks with
me, let me put it that way. If someone fucks with me, they're
gonna see a very different side of me, a side that I would
prefer not to come out, I don't like getting angry. I wish
I could regain the reputation that I once had in the scene,
and that was, an easy-going person. And I still am an easy-going
person. It's amazing that I am so easy-going after the shit
I've been through. I'm happy I stayed with my feet on the
ground. I don't go around saying we're gonna be bigger than
METALLICA on our next record. I'm not gonna say those things.
I do good for what I do, I'm happy with my material. I feel
confident, it makes me happy, it's part of my life, and as
long as I feel good about what I'm doing, I'm not gonna worry
about anyone else."
How would you describe the material on your new album?
Do you think it's got elements from your recording past, or
do you think it's just another step forward basically?
"I think it's such a big step forward, it's killer, it's
something, like I said, that I didn't expect. I knew that
Sean was a technical drummer, I was happy with the riffs I
had written and stuff, but I was really taken by surprise
once we started rehearsing, I knew we were onto something
really good. I would say that this album is much heavier than
"Spiritual...", much more aggressive... it will
appeal to people that might have been a little disappointed
with "Spiritual..". Like you said earlier, I think
a lot of my personal aggression and frustration came out in
this music, and I was so happy that things worked out the
way that they did."
It seems also that it is a bit more melodic in places, but
not in a way that takes away from the sheer brutality of it....
"Yeah, it's weird, 'cause I think my leads are definitely
more melodic and that kind of spilled over into my riffing
as well, there's some more melody in the riffing, and the
thing is though, at the same time -which is such a great thing
to obtain- brutality came in, aggression came in. To be able
to mix melody and aggression and brutal death metal vocalse,
that's a killer combination, which, unfortunately, some people
think is something you can't do, but I think it's killer,
I'm so happy that I've managed to combine all those elements
into one. People criticized the music for being melodic on
"Spiritual..", but the thing is, even on "Scream
Bloody Gore", which is a brutal album, there's melody
on "Scream..." too. My leads weren't noise, my leads
weren't bar shit. There was melody in "Zombie Ritual",
the beginning to that song. There's always been traces of
melody in our music and that will always be part of the DEATH
sound. That is what has kept us sounding different and unlike
anyone else out there. We're not limited to just three chords.
So many bands don't even have concept of creating a mood these
days, 'cause they're too busy to out-pace and out-satanic
At this point drummer Sean Reinert walks in while Chuck
is asked to go to the control room and listen to a play-back
of some of the final mixes. I direct the next few question
What was your initial reaction when Chuck first approached
you about playing on the new album?
"I was totally into the idea ," enthuses the drummer.
"Because I felt that I could add a bit to their sound
and enchance some of Chuck's songwriting. I thought that I
could make the songs a bit more interesting sounding and more
Do you think that the drumming in DEATH had always left
a bit to be desired in the past?
"Yeah, I definitely think the drumming could have been
a bit more elaborate."
Would you credit yourself with bringing some of the aggression
back into the band's sound?
"I think that I play things a little bit faster than
Bill did, and my timing is not perfect, so that kind of adds
a raw edge to it, makes it 'younger' sounding. What I have
tried to do with these songs is enhance the heaviness and
brutality while making things a bit more technical-sounding,
so it doesn't sound as mechanical."
What are your reasons for doing this? Do you view this
as an opportunity to promote you main project, CYNIC, or are
you finding this whole thing musically challenging as well?
"It's a little bit of everything. Of course it's great
to be part of a DEATH album. Cause they sell a lot of records
and it'll be great promotion for our band (CYNIC). Also, being
in the studio for a month is a great learning experience,
so that when we go in and do our album, I'll have a better
concept of what goes on."
Many people are going to be wondering, when they hear the
new album, why you wouldn't want to join DEATH full-time,
especially since you seem to have added so much to their sound.
What will you say to that?
"Well, I've put so much time into CYNIC already, and
we've come such a long way musically that it would be just
ridiculous for us to just let it go."
How would you say that DEATH and CYNIC differ musically?
"CYNIC is a lot more experimental for one thing. The
riffing, everything about it is completely different, the
whole attitude of the band. Each member completely contributes
100%. It's a whole onslaught of ideas, as opposed to just
How do the other members of CYNIC (bassist Tony Choy and
guitarist Jason Gobel) feel about you and Paul dedicating
so much of your time to an outside project? Surely, this must
have put a halt on CYNIC's activities for the moment?
"That's for sure. Luckily, Tony's keeping busy himself
with ATHEIS (he played all bass tracks on ATHEIST's forthcoming
second record, "Unquestionable Presence"), so it
was perfect timing since CYNIC, had to take some time off
for us to do the DEATH thing. Also, Jason is currently jamming
with MONSTROSITY (the Fl. Lauderdale death metal quartet that
recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records) and he's gonna be
playing on their albums, so that worked out perfectly as well.
Plus, this will make us get into it more once we start jamming
together again, because we haven't rehearsed as CYNIC for
Does it bother you at all to know that your album debut
will be with a band other than your own? I mean, it seems
like CYNIC is developing a bit of a reputation as a band of
'session' musicians. Does that concern you?
"No, not at all. It's actually kind of flattering, something
I've never expected to happen. Personally, I think that's
great. I would eventually like to be a session musician and
play for other people."
So, you don't really mind the fact that CYNIC's name is
getting known as bassed on other bands' success?
"The more I play with other people, the more I learn
that I can later bring into our music. It's a learning process,
and I know that I will benefit from this experience in the
So what are CYNIC's plans once you are finished touring
with DEATH in support of the new album?
"Hopefully to get a semi-decent record deal, record an
album, practice and tour."
Chuck walks back in. We continue our discussion.
Chuck, do you find it increasingly limiting to write songs
within this style of music?
"Well, it depends on if you're in a band that thinks
you can't expand musically, as far as on your instruments.
I don't really feel any limitations musically, except when
it comes to my vocals. I like hearing brutal vocals to this
music, or this particular vocal style put to this music, but
there's only so much you can do with that certain style of
vocals. But as far as the music? I don't feel limited at all.
I think I can keep progressing as a musician with each album
that I do."
Do you think that the future of this musical genre lies
with those groups that are expanding?
"Yeah, those that aren't afraid to show actual musicianship
and that are trying to create a certain mood as opposed to
just playing straight-ahead speed... I could sit here for
hours and tell you how disappointed I am that people are so
limited-minded, that they limit themselves, putting a limit
on death metal. Personally, I plan on expanding and adding
new elements to my music with each album that I do without
drastically altering the sound of the band."
So for that
reason, I presume you don't think much of the so-called grindcore
"It's good for what it is, but it's definitely the opposite
of what I'm about or what my music is about."
What about bands that are obviously influenced by your
music? Do you find it flattering or do you sometimes wish
they weren't so blatant about it?
"Bands seem to be getting more blatant about it as time
goes by. Ha!Ha! It's cool... someone is into this music and
they draw an influence from it or get inspired by it, and
I think that's fantastic. I feel good about it. I don't think,
"Oh, I can't believe it, they fucking did that!"
I'm not like that, it's kind of funny, I kind of laugh about
it in a way."
Lyrically, what kind of topics do you touch upon on 'Human"?
"There's a couple of touchy subjects, just like on "Spiritual....".
There's a song on it called "Suicide Machine", which
does not promote suicide. It is based around this doctor
who invented a machine for terminally ill people. I think
people who are gonna die an agonizing death should have a
right to get out of that, if they're religious, then they
believe that they will go somewhere better, why prolong the
pain when the feel that they can be better off moving on?
It's interesting to me, especially when it comes to elderly
people -like maybe those who are stricken by the Alzheimer's
Disease or something- how people don't give a shit about them,
and then when they want to go on to something else, then all
the shit hits the fan, then people want to make an issue out
of it.. it just amazes me."
And "Together As One", I understand is about
"Yeah, I got a book a while back that totally described
their lifestyle and how some use it to their benefit, like
they entered shows, which is kind of degrading in some people's
opinion, but other people have made a living out of it and
have become quite rich off it. But there's a lot involved
in that, there's a lot of pain behind that, there's a lot
of things that we take for granted.... a lot of things on
the new album are based around things that people take for
granted in life. An i think that we (all humans) take being
single-bodied and -minded for granted. Like, for example,
my ability to just walk out of the room. But what if someone
was attached to me? It would be a completely different thing.
I think that's so mindboggling to be connected to another
human -totally connected! That is just the most unreal thing.
I have a lot of sympathy for those people that have to experience
So, does it happen pretty often that you actually go out
and do research on some of these things that you want to write
"It just happens mostly by accident. I really don't go
out to pursue anything, I just happen to pick something up
or happen to see something that may make me think about a
There's an instrumental piece on the new album called "Cosmic
Sea", which is certainly a brand new idea for DEATH.
How did that come about?
"Well, I fooled around with something at home. I had
a little keyboard set up, it's the most generic thing I did,
I just used a couple of cassette decks to make overdubs...
and I just had the urge to maybe display a little bit more...
I don't know, it's definitely still DEATH, but it's definitely
got a little more melody to it... I can't even really say
that. I don't know, I just wanted womething that didn't require
vocals, let's put it that way. It's definitely not something
that we're gonna play live, so it was a song that we could
go off on with certain effects. It's a good song that'll always
be there but we won't have to reproduce live, and that's kind
of neat -to take advantage of something and then not be forced
to reproduce it. 'Cause I definitely do not like to do something
that really will not be able to be done somehow. This piece,
"Cosmic Sea", is just a moody-type song, it's cool,
it'll be a good song to just kick back and enjoy on an album."
Is there a particular reason why you chose to call the
""Human" really says it all for me, personally,
and it describes that album, 'cause it all revolves around
human nature and my views as a fellow human being, it's definitely
not about some satanic or made-up demons. I just want to make
that very clear."
There's a lot of talk right now about whether you even
wanna go back and play in Europe after all that's happened,
or whether they'll even have you back?
"Well, that's the whole thing, I definitely want to give
people the real DEATH, not the... whatever shit they saw.
I want to make up for what wasn't. Maybe I won't even get
the chance, maybe there won't be a promoter willing to work
with me, but that's understandable. The thing is, I'm willing
and wanting to present this new material and even a better
DEATH than ever before in my opinion. I apologize to everyone
who was disappointed and who got the wrong idea about why
I didn't go and all that shit that was being pushed into people's
minds, all the garbage that was said about me. I feel bad
that they had to absorb that. I wasn't around to stick up
for myself. But, like I said earlier, you can't let people
control your life, and that's something I will live by and
learn by. I think everyone should stand on their own and not