Interview: Viva 2 / Germany
Article: Video Interview with Death

Conducted by: Virus (Metal TV broadcast)
Transcribed by: EmptyWords
Published: fall 1998





PART I - Trapped in a Corner

I hate categories, categories suck. You know, categories are okay if you go to the grocery store and you want to go to the vegetable departement and the meat departement but for music… you know metal is metal, and all those categories screwed a lot of people up because it, it like, made people kinda scared to listen to a certain type of metal because they heard rumors about that kind of metal. If you’re metal you’re metal. If you have long hair, you sweat your ass off, you play fast, melodic, guess what, you’re metal. And some people are scared to admit that, at least in America especially they’re scared of that term “heavy metal”. But for us we all grew up on heavy metal. We all grew up on Metallica and Iron Maiden and Slayer and Raven, Exciter and Judas Priest, Kiss, Sabbath.


PART II - Scavenger of Human Sorrow

I think it’s good to catch people off guard. You know it’s good to be unpredictable. Life’s too predictable sometimes. It’s nice when all of a sudden you hear out of nowhere that a band’s getting back together. You know, as a fan I was thrilled to hear Kiss was getting back together. Not that we’re Kiss, but you know to fans, a fan is a fan and I think it’s great that people are like wow, you know, Death is getting back together, and blablabla, and there’s a lot of rumors and talk about it, and it made for good hype, you know, a lot of people were surprised and it just worked out that way. It wasn’t something I planned it was something that felt right at the time.


PART III - Scavenger of Human Sorrow - continued

I know for a fact I make certain people angry for speaking my mind. But… uh… you know what I’m a fan. I’m 31 years old. I’ve been listening to rock music and metal since I was like nine or ten years old, you know, so for me I’m just like anyone else, I have an opinion, that’s gonna make some people mad, but my opinion is yes I’m lucky, we’re all lucky to be in a band that can come out with a record that’s very much what we’re into and that’s metal, melodic, no hiphop, jumping up and down, baggy trousers, crap.


PART IV - Suicide Machine

Metallica, Raven and Exciter, I think that was a tour in the early 80’s and then Mercyful Fate and Venom toured together. It was metal you know, that was back in the day, when people had like you know Iron Maiden patch here, a Venom patch here, a Slayer patch, a Metallica patch, you know. Why did it go wrong? What happened? I don’t get it you know. That’s why we’re happy to say hey we’re here, we’re alive, we’re doing okay and we’re just like anyone else, we’re fans.


PART V - Together as One

You can’t please everyone, I’m realistic about that, cause there’s always gonna be someone leaving the show says, “oh they sucked.” But 99,9% you know, I think from the shows we played there’s a lot of happy people leaving. You know, talking to people after the show that’s when we really hear what their opinions are.


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Edited for Empty©Words 05-13-06