Having to interview
one of your earliest favourite bands is something many people would be ecstatic
about, but managing to turn this into a friendly conversation is more than
I had hoped for when setting out to interview Rob and Mark from Death
Our conversation touched
upon the release of their latest album, The Art of Dying, their plans for
the future and the wizard of the electric guitar, Kirk Hammet...
Welcome back guys.
How does it feel to be back in the Metal scene after all these years as Death
Rob: Absolutely amazing!
Its beyond expectation. We thought that it would be fun, but we
didnt realise that it would be so cool. We are just very thankful to
be back and that people still appreciate us.
We have to be thankful
to Chuck Billy (Testaments frontman) for that.
Rob: Thats true,
thats absolutely true! If it wasnt for that show, if it wasnt
for Chuck, calling me himself and requesting that we play for that show,
we wouldnt have done it and we wouldnt be here now. We had no
intention of putting this band back together.
weird, especially since most of you are somehow related, second cousins and
all. Why did you need to be convinced by someone outside the "family" in
order to get back together?
Rob: Thats the
only way that it would have happened. When we disbanded in 1990, we were
not kidding, man. We called it quits and that was the end, we just didnt
feel like we wanted to get back together bottom line.
I need to say that
Im really happy that you chose not to release "Ultra-Violence pt II".
I loved all the albums that you have released in the past, and I also believe
that people would expect more from Death Angel than just another 80s
Thrash Metal album. You seem to have achieved that.
Rob: I am really happy
that you said that.
Why did you decide
to disband in 1990 while being in the peak of your career? You had major
airplay, you had two videos promoting "Act III", "Seemingly Endless Time"
and "A Room with a View". Are you sure that Chuck Billy was the only one
responsible for the bands re-formation?
Rob: It was the benefit
show for Chuck Billy that made us get back together, even play at all. Even
when we did that show, we were only going to do just that show. Just for
At that point, we
werent interested in making a second show or composing a new song,
but when we went on stage and played that show, it was a spontaneous feeling
of the chemistry and the vibe that we had together when we hit the stage
for the first time after all these years, and the response of the crowd.
It was that which kept
us going to the next show, and even then we didnt think that it would
last for long. Thats when we were invited to play the Dynamo festival.
We thought about it and we said: What the heck, we might as well do it for
the last time, play in Europe and all. Then we came to Europe to play, and
things were even more imminent. Thats when we thought: People in San
Francisco liked our show, people in Holland were the same, maybe people do
like us after all! That was it, we had to re-form the band after all
Many times while
being interviewed, you said that you decided to quit the band because you
were fed up with the way the music industry worked. Do you believe that things
have changed after all these years?
Mark: Well, not only
the industry is different, but were different. We are more mature and
we know exactly what were doing now with the industry, because
unfortunately we learned by doing the wrong things. Thats how we learned,
the hard way! But now also the label that were with, again as we said
multiple times, Nuclear Blast is a blessing because everyone there is a Metal
fan and also Death Angel fans, truly!
From the owner to the
people at the front desk and everyone in between and its wonderful
to see how hard they want this to work, how hard they work for a band, and
they know how to reach the true metal bans. They keep in touch and they do
many special promotional things. Back then, Metal was still so new and people
(labels) didnt really know how to market us. In general, Im having
a much better time now with the label.
Rob: Plus another
thing is that he (Mark) love to, and we love to play. Play live, go on tour
and make music together, everything that has to do with music and being in
a band. The reality is: If you want to do that, you have to deal with the
music industry plain and simple! Its not like necessarily we
love to deal with the music industry all over again, but the thing is that
its all part of it, its not necessarily evil (laughs), but its
definitely part of the game.
I have to admit
that Im quite scared with you guys. You say that now youre far
more mature than what you used to be. When you released the "Ultra-Violence",
the average age was seventeen, and still it was one of the most mature Thrash
Metal albums which was ever released. Is there any limit as to how mature
this band can become, and how is the next Death Angel album going to
Mark: I am still enjoying
this album, so I think that its too early to say.
Rob: Exactly. We tried
to include all the elements that make a Death Angel album, and as long as
we do that, everything is going to be alright. We know where our parameters
are within this band, how we want to sound and what we want to put out, so
I believe that its going to be a good ride here!
Before the recordings
of the new album you did quite a lot of touring festivals and all.
How happy are you with the reaction of the crowd? Are Metalheads nowadays
any different that how they used to be back in the 80s?
Rob: Well, one thing
is that, if youre talking about our fans that have been our fans since
then, is the fact that everyone seems to be a bit older nowadays
You can say that
Rob: Its pretty
much the case. The style of Metal is definitely from that era, and there
are not that many new fans which will prefer this specific sound. Those fans
who like that sound are old fans who grew with us, so we see the same people
from back then. The main difference is that things are not as quite out of
hand as they used to be back then. We were notorious for having shows where
people would just get crazy.
There were massive
riots going on, people were getting hurt and to be honest with you we used
to enjoy all these things that were happening. Nowadays, were not
necessarily so excited about people getting hurt and things like that. So
one thing is people seem to be so excited, theyre getting hyper.
We see much more smiling
faces. The sound of our music brings people memories of the old days and
everywhere theres a positive feeling, rather than just a feeling of
destroying everything that surrounds you. Thats the main difference
that I notice.
with our older fans. We have been fortunate enough to do many festivals this
summer and we played for people who never heard of us before. They are into
metal, and theyve seen our name for years but they never really knew
what we were playing. Some people knew about us because some people sited
us as one of their influences, but a lot of people came to the No Mercy festival
having no idea what we were, and when we came out, we crushed them
Rob: We made a lot
of new fans (laughs)
[During the interview
both the guys were desperate to find beer, but the hotel where the interview
took place did not serve alcohol (?!!?!).
Karl Demata (Nuclear
Blast) managed to provide Rob and Marc with San Miguel beer, the sight of
which brought a huge smile to Robs face! After a short discussion about
beer, that even the members of Tankard would have been jealous of, we continued
with the interview.]
"The Art of Dying"
is your first album as Death Angel after 14 years of "rest", and the first
album with Nuclear Blast. How did you end up signing with the
Mark: Well, we were
approached by a few people even before we started writing songs for the album.
After we sat down and we made the conversation "ok, were going to make
an honest go of this and actually record an album"; then came the time to
pick the label, and Nuclear Blast seemed to be the perfect label for us.
They know how to market Metal bands, and they do know how to reach the true
Metal fans. It would then be silly for me to ask whether youre satisfied
with the way they handle the bands affairs!
Rob: Yeah, were
Mark: Like a baby
in the blanket (laughs).
Rob: I like to think
about comfortable situations (laughs). Im just sleeping right now
One of the things
that made many Metal fans respect Death Angel is the fact that you never
chose to repeat yourselves. Every Death Angel release was different from
the previous one.
How about "The
Art of Dying"? How similar and how different is it to your new
Rob: I want to hear
what you have to say about it (laughs).
you after we finish this interview (laughs).
Rob: Well, how similar?
I picture this album to be a blend of our previous three releases. How different?
I think that by taking the three albums and putting them together we made
what we needed to do at that specific point in time. Trying to make an album
that would have sounded like them would have been a waste of time. "Act III"
was recorded fourteen years ago, so we are trying to take those elements
from back then, and express where were coming from right now.
I also believe that
now were far better musicians and a much tighter band than we were
back then because weve been playing music all along and that gives
us fourteen years of musical experience, and plus whatever music weve
been listening to and all the input and influences weve gathered within
that amount of time went into this album, mixed in with the influences of
our other three albums put together and I feel that were far better
prepared for this.
Now there is a
much more different mentality than the one Metal bands and fans used to have
in the 80s. You must remember that Thrashers only listened to Thrash
back then, anything else was forbidden, and thats quite catastrophic
if you ask me music is a huge thing!
Mark: I agree with
you - you have to take everything in, for all its worth.
Rob: Thats where
were coming from because you said how people view music in different
ways and at the end of the day however somebody likes music is how they like
it. If someone likes only one kind of music and thats what they really
only like then thats what they like! Some bands are more
one-dimensional with their sound, but it just so happens thats where
were coming from.
Rob: Every single
member of this band has so many different sides to them and so many different
influences and our personalities and the way that it all comes together makes
our sound open and varied. For people that like that kind of thing, our band
has exactly what they want (laughs).
Which was the main
source of inspiration for the creation of the new album?
Mark: Its really
hard to name one main inspiration!
Rob: One of the main
sources of inspiration for this album is all the people that brought us back,
our old fans really. We wanted to please our fans, we wanted to put out an
album that would please all our old fans. If I was an old fan of our band,
listening to our three albums, I would hope that these guys would do if they
had the balls to put out another album after all these years, I would not
want them to ruin their past with something that wouldnt fit in. I
would wish that they should have stopped when they did...
Mark: This album must
have been and is something that we should and are proud of.
Rob: I am trying to
put myself in the position of our fans. This was definitely a big point to
deliver to the old fans as well as the new fans, but mostly to the fans that
we loved and who supported us through our previous albums. This was a challenge
to me and a goal that I feel that I have accomplished.
You just made me
once again realise why I loved Thrash Metal in the first place. It is also
funny because three months ago I interviewed Exodus, and Gary Holt gave me
quite a similar response.
Rob: I can see that.
Exodus are true to the soul. They have the same attitude with us.
I believe that
a successful album should have both the lyrical and the musical aspects perfectly
balanced. Do you feel the need as artists to express certain issues or things
that trouble you? Which are those things and what are the lyrics of the album
Mark: The lyrics of
the album are pretty much all over the place. There are a lot of different
things that influenced the lyrics but mostly are things that happened
individually in our everyday life. As artists, we all feel the need to express
certain things and emotions that drive us crazy in an angry way, or even
in a beautiful and happy way. We just need to take them out of our system
and the band is the perfect vehicle to do it. Thats a thing we realised
from the very beginning and we always took seriously.
How about the song
"Spirit", which is one of my favourites - what are the lyrics all
Mark: Andy (Galeon:
Drums) sings that song. Its the first song that Andy sings on any Death
Angel album. Andy wrote the music and the lyrics. His father has just passed
away and he felt the need of writing a song about that.
I was pretty sure
that it was something really personal...The vibe of the song and the feeling
I received was really strong.
Rob: Its a very
deep song. I give a lot of credit to Andy for expressing that feeling through
the song. This song is true in any sense, and thats exactly why you
felt it straight away.
Mark: Again its
what we said about the way were inspired to write lyrics. Andy
doesnt want to speak directly about this thing, so he chose to write
a song in order to release that energy.
Is it ok if I ask
about Gus (Pepa: ex-guitar player). Do you have any news from him? What is
he up to lately, and why did he decide not to become part of the new Death
Angel line up?
Rob: Gus is the ever
enigmatic and elusive questionmark (laughs). He was when he was in the band
and he continues to be now that hes gone (laughs).
Rob: What hes
doing, we dont really know. He decided to be away from music, pursued
a different life style and we kind of lost touch after a while. He moved
he lives in the Philippines as far as we know, and last time that
I talked to him was when we wanted to re-form and do that benefit show for
Chuck Billy Thrash the Titans.
I got hold of him,
told him that we were planning of doing this and he just basically explained
to me that hes been out of music for so long and he didnt feel
comfortable about opening that can of worms, for which I really cannot blame
Its one hell
of a can to open on your life all of a sudden and you really have to commit
to it, if you decide to go along. He wasnt into it, he was half way
across the world, so we said good luck to each other and hopefully hes
Mark: We have to respect
The new album contains
different kinds of songs. Thrashy tunes like "Thrown to the Wolves" and
"Spirit"co-exist with more melodic and experimental compositions like "The
Devil Incarnate" and "Word to the Wise". How would you categorise the band
if you were asked to do so? Do you believe that its important for Death
Angel to be referred to as a Thrash Metal band?
Rob: I dont
know how important it is for us to be called one thing or another. We are
not really concerned about that, cause we know how we sound like and
we know what we play, so its just however people label it. In general,
Id say that were a Metal band.
Mark: Yeah, a Metal
band and we write powerful music.
Rob: You know when
we first the Ultra-Violence was definitely a Thrash Metal album, but we were
fifteen years old when we were writing that album and our spectrum of music
was not as wide at that point in time. We were focusing on this Thrash wave
that was coming with Metallica, Exodus and Slayer, but before that we started
more as a Metal band listening to old school stuff like Judas Priest, Scorpions,
So, we just focused
on the Thrash vibe at first, we were part of a growing scene and everything
was so exciting, but weve always listened to all types of music. With
"Frolic Through the Park" we started expanding our sound and definitely became
a multi-dimentional Metal band.
When did you start
writing songs for the new album? Were there any ideas left from the "Old
Days", or was every composition a brand new idea?
Rob: Brand new
Mark: Yeah, it was
all brand new. And we wrote it relatively quick too, thats why I think
that a lot of the songs, or maybe the whole album sounds so fresh. We finished
the tour, and two weeks later we went to the studio, and thats probably
the closest amount of time after being on tour that we went to a studio in
order to record an album.. So we were "hot" from playing with each other
non-stop on stage.
As far as writing was
concerned: we didnt even have a chance to breathe when we wrote, we
committed ourselves to writing this album. Imagine that we finished writing
the last song while being in the studio, and that by the way was "Thrown
to the Wolves". People would probably imagine that this was the first song
written, but it was the very last.
If you had to choose
one song from the new album as your favourite, which would it be?
Rob: Hmm, which of
your kids do you like better (laughs)...
Mark: Its still
so early, the album is so fresh and day after day I pick up a different tune
from a song I was listening to. I couldnt honestly say!
Rob: Quite honestly
there is no "one song" at this point of time that I like better than the
other ones. I like all of them for different reasons and in different ways.
Its like asking me which is my one favourite album of all times
Wait a second,
this is one of my following questions (laughs).
Rob: Thats hard,
I have my favourite,
and strangely its quite easy for me to name it (Queensryches
Rob: One single
The album I would
choose to have with me if I had to give away all the others.
Rob: I am afraid to
say that I cannot choose only one.
Who is responsible
for the production of the new album, where was it recorded and how happy
are you with the final result?
Rob: I am absolutely
satisfied. We are really proud about the result. We co-produced it with Brian
Joseph Dobbs. He is basically Bob Rocks (famous producer responsible
for the production of Metallicas Black album) main engineer, so
thats where most of his work was done, the bigger albums he worked
Did Kirk Hammet
have anything to do with it? (I asked this question knowing that
Metallicas lead guitarist is Marks close friend).
Mark: Actually, I
met Joseph Dobbs way back when I think that Metallica were recording "Load",
but we had mutual friends beside that and eventually his name kept coming
up in many conversations. Thats the kind of person we wanted to work
with, someone whos more engineer-type, can get tunes, to be comfortable
with and him to be comfortable with us.
We had a few meetings
with him. He was a great guy. He can translate into music what we want to
say as people, he can make that happen...
Are we talking
about the "extra member of the band" then?
Mark: Yeah, and
thats just individual instruments. When we were thinking about the
grand spectrum of the album, we wanted it to sound live and big, yet believable
and raw. A lot of the new stuff is so over-processed and we didnt want
to fall into that trap.
Rob: We knew what
we wanted to do producing this album and we wanted to be in control of the
production. He was more focused on the sounds and the tones, and we were
responsible for the song structure. Sometimes producers want to become more
involved in things like song-structures. I dont like it even though
sometimes if there is the right relationship between the band and the producer,
they can open ideas to the bands. In our case, the chemistry worked out
perfectly, but we (the band members) were the only ones who had a say over
the structure of the songs.
You used to make
at least one video with every release. Do you have any plans of making one
more for this album? Do you believe that videos are useful in promoting a
Rob: I think that
they are to a certain extent. Personally, I dont watch too much TV,
much less video channels. I dont really keep up with the new shit coming
out, thats just me, but on the 29th of this month (March 2004), after
we return home from this trip we will do our first video for this album which
will be "Thicker Than Blood". We chose that song because I think that for
us to come out with our first impression about this new album, that song
is a very up-beat and raw, straight in your face kind of song.
Its shorter than
the others and for us and for many other people thats going to be the
first thing that theyll see of our band, and for the older fans
thats the first thing that theyll see of our new album. Rather
than picking up a song that will be more experimental, we prefer this no
bullshit, straightforward song which defines our basic root sound which is
fast and heavy.
Mark: Its undeniable
how powerful videos are now. This MTV thing started form back in the 80s,
but now things are getting a lot better. Headbangers Ball came back
and there are plenty of independent stations which play Metal Videos. They
help people to put a face to the sounds that theyre hearing and at
the same time it helps us reach people outside our normal fan base area.
Its definitely useful.
I agree with you
but the thing that scares me is that image seems to have become more important
than music nowadays, and thats quite a scary concept!
Mark: I completely
agree, but thats definitely not where were coming from at all.
We love music, and we just love the fact that were fortunate enough
to get to play music. We have to make videos but anyone knows that were
not an image-based band. We are very proud of our hard performances and us
as a whole. I think that our image is us on stage...
Have you got any
plans for touring in the near future? Is there a place that you had never
played before and that you would really liked to?
Mark: We do have plans
for touring. Were coming back here (Europe) to do some festivals. So
far were doing Wacken and the Bang Your Head festival...
I am going to see
on! We are doing Graspop and With Full Force and some other one that I keep
on forgetting (laughs), I think that its called Toska (laughs). We
are quite booked, but we are hoping to also tour in clubs in between festivals,
and we also want to travel all around Europe.
We are doing the States
in August with Danzig, Life Of Agony, and Genitorturers. In September were
supposed to go to Japan and in October we will go to Australia. As far as
places that weve never played before: we want to play anywhere we can.
We are excited to be going to Australia, and we would also like to play in
Greece and South America, places that weve never played before.
If only you knew
how many people are dreaming to see you live in Greece... Ask Exodus if you
dont believe me!
been there a couple of times. Im sure that itll be great - I
want to go there so bad (I really hope that a Greek promoter will read this
interview and do something about it).
It seems like things
are falling into place in order for us to reach so many people. We made two
European tours without a new product, and now that we have a new product
we will work hard in order to promote it correctly.
The members of
the band have participated in many different projects after you decided to
call it a day. Are any of these projects still active?
Mark: None of
I thought that
you were singing for a band and that in one of your recent interviews you
mentioned that you would continue working with them.
Mark: Death Angel
has taken so much energy and so much enthusiasm, that we dont have
time for anything else. Well just put all our focus on Death Angel.
We even plan on writing songs for our next album, we want to have a massive
catalogue to choose from. We will keep writing as much as possible.
There have been
rumours, even before you decided to re-form, that your first two albums would
Mark: They are. It
will be September later in this year though. The "Ultra-Violence" and "Frolic
Through the Park" both will be re-released. Each will have three bonus tracks
on them. The "Ultra-Violence" is going to have the original "Kill as One"
demo and "Frolic Through the Park" has three unreleased tracks. There is
also a b-sides and rarities CD coming out really soon. You will have plenty
of Death Angel stuff to listen to (laughs).
Which label is
going to release these things? Are we going to be able to get our hands on
those goodies here in Europe?
Mark: Yeah, absolutely!
Ryker disc is the label.
A DVD Release is
common policy with most of the bands nowadays. Have you considered doing
something like that? I know many people who would kill in order to have in
their collection the videos of "Voracious Souls" and "A Room With a View"
myself included, of course.
Mark: There you go,
which brings me to yet another point. Ryker also plans on releasing a box
with all the tree previously mentioned CDs which will also contain a short
half-hour DVD which will have all of our videos and some rare old footage
Can you see the
stupid smile on my face?
good, thats good (laughs). Nuclear Blast is going to make a digi pack
of our new album, and the first 1000 copies will contain a full Death Angel
show from our latest tour. Right now, we have tons of footage, tons of interviews
and eventually we are going to make a long DVD, a proper retrospect of our
Even though you
started your career when you were very young, you are now considered to be
veterans of the Thrash Metal scene. Most bands at that stage in their careers
dont really have much of a future in terms of being able to develop
musically you, on the other hand are young enough to have another
20 years ahead of you, which provides you with plenty of opportunity to
experiment. Where do you see yourselves musically 10 years from
Mark: One good thing
that we had since back then is that we attacked our goals early. We dont
really look like a band that didnt do anything for the last fourteen
years (laughs). We have that working on our side, and its like a blessing
that we started so early. We just plan on writing music and touring
...and making me
happy (laughs). Kirk Hammet. How important is that name for Death
Mark: For Death Angel
I think that its very important. He produced our "Kill as One" demo.
Hes also an inspiration since he co-wrote albums like "Ride The Lightning"
and "Master Of Puppets" colossal albums. He also in a way helped save
my life (laughs). He was like a brother to me after I quit Death Angel. He
and me were always very close. I lived in his house for four and a half years
I was going through a lot of hard times but he was always there for
me. We dont hang out as much as we used to we have both grown
up, now hes married, but were still very close. We talk all the
Did you ever believe
that the band that recorded the "Kill as One" demo would one day manage to
make sold-out shows in venues like the New York Ritz and the Hammersmith
Odeon? Do you believe that you will be able to reach the same levels of success
now that you have re-formed?
Mark: I think that
well definitely manage to reach the same levels of success just for
the fact that again I think that we have a better team behind us, with our
label, with our management and our booking agency. I hope that this time
well be a smarter and a better-tuned machine in order to reach the
masses. The fact that now were reaching more festivals really helps.
When we were together originally, there werent so many festivals going.
I believe that as long as we keep on getting bookings like these, as long
as we write good music and also manage to deliver the goods on stage, we
will have no problem.
Which was the last
CD you bought? Do you listen to other stuff outside metal?
The last CD I bought was The Best of Bread. This was a 70s light Rock
band, easy listening Rock. The singer is David Gates and has a beautiful
voice. Thats the last CD I bought and I listen to plenty of music outside
Metal. Everything, everything!
Why did you decide
to become a musician in the first place?
Mark: Ever since I
was a little kid I loved music. My father listened to really good music and
I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and stuff like that. I always
used to sing the songs which were played on the radio, plus I had severe
energy problems (laughs), I was a hyper kid (laughs). I think that it was
1979 when me, Rob, Andy and Dennis went to see Kiss. I was ten, Rob was ten,
Dennis was eleven and Andy was seven (!!??!!). It was the first concert that
any of us had ever been to, and that was it (editors note: I dont
blame you mate). Thats when I told myself: "yep, thats what I
want to do".
Life on the road
can be quite demanding and draining. Is the whole ordeal worth it for you?
Do you have any regrets?
Mark: No, no regrets
whatsoever. I think its worth it more than anything, thats my
favourite feeling in the world, thats my favourite high, thats
why Im doing this. Nothing can match that feeling. It could be demanding,
but to tell you the truth it was more demanding first time around. Now we
enjoy every second we spend doing this, you can hardly hear any complaints
from anyone of us when were on the road. I believe that if youre
fortunate enough in your life to complain about music, you do exactly that
best memory of being in the band?
Mark: I think that
the best memory of being in the band is probably the first time I held in
my hands the Ultra-Violence album. It was just incredible, I could feel it
to my feet, cause especially back then it was before all the Internet
stuff and the MP3s. Everything was based on the underground Tape-trading.
There were not many independent labels or anything and even CDs were not
really out. I had albums all my life. Thats probably my favourite memory
of being in Death Angel.
How do you feel
about Napster and all the noise around it?
Mark: I dont
have a problem with it, as long as it gets the name out there. We came from
an underground movement, the underground tape trading. First time we ever
played New York we never even had an album out, but everyone had the "Kill
As One "demo we went on stage an everyone was singing it! Things like
that are going to happen, since technology grows, we cant fight stuff
like that, so we might as well embrace it and go on. Individually it
doesnt affect me, other people do. Metal fans will by our album anyway,
cause theyre the most passionate they want to have the booklets
with the lyrics and all that stuff!
Rate the bands
albums on a scale 1 to 10.
Id give it
Mark: Thank you, thank
you (laughs). For what it is, Id give it a nine. If someone never heard
of Thrash Metal before and asked me to play something to him, I would play
the Ultra-Violence song from that album (I agree completely!!!). "Frolic
Through the Park": I would give it a seven. We progressed and became quite
experimental with that album, but I still think that we could have done much
better. Parts of it are a little choppy. "Act III" I would give it a ten,
cause I think that thats when we hit the nail on the head.
cause I would have given it 15 actually!
Mark: (laughs) great!
With that album we were comfortable with the changes that we brought to the
band and the production and everything else was far more fluent.
How about your
live album "Fall From Grace"? This wasnt quite a desirable release
if I remember correctly...
Mark: Yeah, it
wasnt. Some tapes were left around from our old Radio-1 show for Amsterdam.
There were only two microphones on stage, and two microphones on the crowd
- that was it. It got released and we went through legal problems with the
If you were asked
to create an all star band which musicians would you choose and
Mark: With me in it?
(laughs). I think that the ultimate band would be John Bonham on the
Drums...its so hard...Robert Plant and Bon Scott on the vocals...Jimmy
Page on the guitars...
Are you trying
to re-form Led Zeppelin or something? (laughs)
Mark: Its true,
I was about to say John Paul Jones on the bass (laughs)..damn...forget about
outside the band? How are you in your everyday life?
Mark: Much different
than I was if you had asked me this a year ago. Im at the best place
Ive been head and heart wise since probably 1990.
Outside the band:
I like to relax and have a couple of drinks with friends. I like to hang
out in the woods (laughs). I like to surround myself with good friends and
good people, but I definitely enjoy a good drink. (laughs).
A message to your
Mark: Thanks for the
years of waiting to those whove waited to hear a new Death Angel album
or to see us live. Definitely listen to "The Art Of Dying", its one
of these albums that were very proud of, as with all Death Angel albums.
We have multiple, multiple ways of expressing ourselves, so its definitely
something that youll need to listen to a few times before you really
get where were coming from. If you are into energetic live shows, come
and see us we are the band you are looking for.
Thank you very
Mark: Thank you!
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