Webzine: Zero Tolerance / Morocco
Article: Interview with Kelly Conlon

Written by: Samir Alorchi
Published: September 2007



How are you doing?

Besides having a serious dirt biking accident earlier this year, I’m doing great, thank you.

Can you give me a small history of your discography?

That’s easy Death and Monstrosity, and some progressive bands before death metal.

When you joined Death, did you find Chuck or did he find you? How did it all happen?

He found me. A local band in Orlando (Pain Principle) that I knew as well as Chuck, was the middle man. Chuck asked those guys for a bass player, and they sent him my way. Then Chuck called me at work one day, it was pretty cool.

How was it working with Chuck? Was he a temperamental person?

No, it was pretty laid back and easy going.

You played with Death on the Symbolic record, what do you think about this album?

I think it was and still is an AWESOME record.

Do you have a favorite song off the album Symbolic?

Misanthrope and Crystal Mountain, but then again all the songs are fun to play.

Can you tell us about your relationship with Chuck as a person and as Death's master?

No stress at all. We had parties, cook outs like anyone else would.

What do you remember of the experience with Death?

It was good times.

What can you tell us about Face to Face?

Ah, off of Infinity Minus One. Face to Face basically deals with a guy/gal looking at a mirror of yourself and seeing how your life is going, e.g: Life accomplishments.

Can you tell us a little bit about your experience with Vital Remains?

I played some shows with them. However, I was going through some really tough times. I had a really great friend of mine pass away. No matter how much I thought it didn’t affect me, it had a strong hold. I had to get past that time in my life.

What other instruments do you play?

Trumpet and drums.

What's the difference with playing live with Death and playing live with Monstrosity?

The crowds, ahah.

Please talk about Millennium and what do you think about it?

Millennium was a tough album. After meeting with Lee and Jason, I had 1 month to rehearse that album and go into the studio. It’s an awesome album that I wish got better press and out to a whole lot more fans.

In your opinion, why was Florida the center of the death metal scene?

Never thought of it as the “CENTER” just a lot of bands started to emerge and got flooded with it.

What have you been doing lately?

I put out an album with Infinity Minus One this year titled “Infernal Machine”. I also did a project with Lou St. Paul of Winter’s Bane, Rob Rock, Rob Falzano called Fires Of Babylon which will be on Metal Heaven Records due out hopefully early 2008. Various other little projects.

Death or Monstrosity?


What are your plans in the near future?

Stay busy! Keep playing, recording, anything that comes my way.

Who are your main influences and what albums made the biggest impact on your life?

Jaco, Stanley Clarke, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris. Jaco’s Word Of Mouth and Weather Report with Teen Town, Stanley’s School Days, Rush’s Hemisphere’s and there after, Maiden’s Killer’s and there after up until Powerslave.

What other bands have you been in (Death, Monstrosity, Vital Remains etc.)?

Other bands consist of unsigned bands like Talonzfury, Vesicant. Some other ones I don’t want to mention, haha.

What other bands do you like? Any favorite albums/bands?

I like bands from Metal to Jazz. My favorite band is Jim Morrison and THE DOORS. Any album from the Doors is awesome to me.

What would you like to say to your fans out there?

I would like to thank each and everyone of them for their support throughout the years. Check out what’s going on in Kelly Conlon land at: www.kellyconlon.com or www.myspace.com/conlonkelly


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