DEATH's upcoming release,
"SYMBOLIC" will not be disappointing if you found yourself
emersed in "Individual Thought Patterns". It is a perfect
title to represent the songs that will fullfill DEATH's sixth
album. With songs like: Empty Words, 1000 Eyes, Zero Tolerance
and Perennial Quest, DEATH will again take you on a journey through
melodic mayhem. "This is the most prepared I have ever been
for any album." Chuck said, confident of the new material.
DEATH's writing will
go into a variety of things, ironically enough, symbolic in nature.
Things we will all be able to relate to in many ways. The music
is a progression, but natural continuation, from the previous
album while still along the same groove and style that DEATH has
captured over the years. And as usual, the lyrics are thought
provoking in their nature, proving once again, the band has a
lot to say. It's been a while since DEATH released their latest
album, Individual Thought Patters. More time than the band wanted,
but, the nature of the music business was in play.
after many recent changes in their offices, didn't have the capabilities
anymore to handle the needs of DEATH in respect to marketing and
promotion. Relativity decided to negotiate with other labels as
to the final execution of DEATH's contract signed back in 1988...
After months of compromise,
they finally came to their decision. Relativity would assign DEATH's
contract to Road Runner Records to release the sixth LP, "SYMBOLIC".
A positive event for the band as they never had received proper
promotion or support from their former label in the U.S. DEATH
feels very confident in Road Runner and look forward to working
Gene Hoglan, who appeared
as DEATH's drummer on "Individual" and throughout the
tours, will continue recording and touring with DEATH. We got
a chance to talk to Gene about what he's been up to and the new
what will we see on "SYMBOLIC" as far as your technique,
compared with "INDIVIDUAL"?...
be my sickest playing to date. Hands down! And speaking of hands,
I've concentrated a lot more on my hand work so I'd like to
have my hands noticed this time around. One thing you won't
be able to ignore is those haulin' doubles!"
and refreshing change in the DEATH entourage will be new producer,
engineer and Morrisound co-owner, Jim Morris. Chuck worked with
Jim on some preproduction recordings for Human and was very
impressed with the variety of bands he's worked with. DEATH
will, as usual, record at Morrisound, as they have done since
their second album, Leprosy. On Symbolic, look for a fresh sparkling
sound to add to the evergrowing musical direction the band has
So, Chuck, what
inspired the album title? Is it a concept album?...
"The album title
is inspired by, once again, thinking about how powerful life
is. How there are so many things that are going on that are
a signs of things to come. A lot of these things we overlook
and some we acknowledge. I guess it could be considered a concept
album because each song is about life, which in itself is symbolic."
will we see on SYMBOLIC, as far as your guitar playing, that
we didn't see on INDIVIDUAL?...
"Having an 8 track
recording set up at home has really enabled me to experiment
with more layering and more emphasis on both guitars working
off of eachother. There are also more elements that I don't
want to give away. I want people to be surprised."
can we expect, in general, from the new material?...
"An action packed
metallic experience! There are many twists and turns to the
new material; hopefully taking the listener on many different
journeys. As usual, things have progressed in a positive direction
that we are very excited about. We refuse to be limited
by the latest trends in music. We are definitaly letting loose
on this record and can promise that there will be no disappointments!
Your new songs,
Perennial Quest is one of the most creative and intense songs
form the new material. What were your thoughts when you wrote
"Well it's definitaly
the longest song on the album which came about naturally seeing
that the song is about the never ending journey and quest that
we all share in life. I felt the song has many mood swings which
definitaly coincide with life itself. Hopefully once people read
the lyrics and hear the music it will be a logical combination
of story and music."
How do you feel
about Road Runner taking things over from Relativity?...
"I'm very excited
about the new label change. RR has worked with DEATH in Europe
and has done very well for the band overseas. This makes us feel
very comfortable knowing that we will get the same treatment in
the U.S. as well. They are pretty much a metal label therefore
have the capabilities to push the band to the fullest extent.
So far, they have been very positive about the new relationship
When will we see
DEATH tour for the new material?...
"The record hopefully
will be released in January of '95. So by March we should be doing
a full tour including the U.S., Europe and Japan. And also, we
trying to make plans to do Canada since we missed it on the Individual
Thought Patterns tour. And we promise that the set list will be
packed with a lot of variety from the entire DEATH collection."