MALEVOLENT CREATION

\r\n While Malevolent Creation were waiting for their appearance on\r\nstage due to some technical problems with the power, Metalzone had a\r\nhalf-an-hour chance to talk with Brett and Dave from the band. Check it\r\nout!
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\r\n Metalzone: Hello this is Metalzone, we’d like to welcome Brett and Dave from Malevolent Creation, hello. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Hello \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Hello\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nThis is your second visit in Thessaloniki, so I’d like to ask you how\r\ndoes it feel to visit us again. Did you have good memories from your\r\nlast show here? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nAbsolutely! Greece is always a great country to come to, the fans are\r\nso die hard, it seems that when a metal show comes over here, it\r\ndoesn’t matter if it’s malevolent creation, napalm death or cannibal\r\ncorpse, the die hard fans are always there.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: You just finished some recordings for your 10 th album “Doomsday X”. Tell us a few words about that. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nIt was recorded very quickly, it came up very good, everyone came\r\nacross very well on this recording, everyone had their stuff together\r\nand it will be a really good album for people to hear. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nSome people take a lot of time when they record. We went in there we\r\ndid it fast and we got a good vibe from doing it fast cause it has real\r\non-the-spot type of feel, it’s not over-rehearsed. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: That feels like it’s old, you play it so much and then you lose the fire. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: It’s really fresh, so it’s good for us.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nYou are definitely one of the biggest bands in the Death Metal history,\r\na big influence for most. I’d like to hear your opinion about all these\r\nnew bands that are now popular, for example from the known as “New Wave\r\nof American Death Metal”. \r\n

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\r\nBrett laughs. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nIt’s good to be an influence. I am proud being an influence to the\r\npeople, it’s a rewarding thing when you hear other bands come up to you\r\nand say you are the reason that they play. That’s about the best pat on\r\nthe back you can get. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Including Slipknot. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Did you hear about all that? In blabbermouth?\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: No, what happened? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nMick the guitar player from Slipknot, he asked us if he could put a\r\nsolo on the new record and so of course we let him do a solo, he is a\r\nbig fan of death metal and a fan of malevolent creation for years and\r\nall the sudden people are making comments on blabbermouth about\r\nmalevolent creation being a sell-out, because having Mick Thompson\r\nplaying a solo an our album.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Oh no! So we have to consider Malevolent Creation as a nu-metal band now! Both laugh and agree. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nYou can’t even be friends with a bigger band and do anything musically\r\nwith them without people thinking you’re sell-out. He asked us, we\r\ndidn’t ask him because of the boost of our sales.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nIt’s like maybe with Napalm Death and Anneke from The Gathering, people\r\ntold a lot of things about her participation in their last album. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nYeah it’s the same thing. People have too much time in their hands,\r\nthey like to freaking bitching. They don’t have a band so they try to\r\nmake fun of other people. Maybe they’re making up for their lost\r\nfreaking band or something.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nThe last two albums, were released on Nuclear Blast and you are about\r\nto release another one too on this company. It seems that things went\r\npretty good with this part, is that true? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nThe first record was only at Nuclear Blast Germany and then the second\r\none, because the first record went so well, became Nuclear Blast\r\nWorldwide and now this third one in Nuclear Blast Worldwide as well.\r\nThey have been happy with us since they signed us, and we’re happy with\r\nthem. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: And they’ll be happy after listening to the new album.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: I think we will be happy too. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: I hope so! \r\n

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\r\n Brett: I hope so too!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nThrough the years, you had a lot of changes with the line-up, but the\r\nstrange thing is that the members are not new ones, we’ve already heard\r\neach of you to a lot of albums. Is there any explanation to that? Does\r\nit mean maybe that you are good friends or it’s only the music that\r\nkeeps you together? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: We were all good friends. Me and Phil we’ve grown up since we were 8 years old. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: It’s like a big family. When you see your family too often it’s normal to have some disagreements.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: So Brett when you were not in the band your relationships were still good? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Yeah sure! \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nEverybody is really good friends, there is no arguments between us or\r\nanything like that, it’s just a matter of time until everybody had\r\neither settled their differences or for example got a new point, myself\r\nand my life got a point where I could do this again. I never had any\r\nproblems with Malevolent but I had a kid and I wanted to stay at home\r\nand be a good father. Now he’s old enough to go to school so that\r\ndidn’t freeze me up to play music again. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nYeah it’s like a family with the arguments and stuff, you get mad at\r\neach other and you let it go away for a while and then you come back.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: I’ve heard that you had some problems with some guys at Pavement Records. They owe you money or something. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Oh! He still hasn’t paid us yet.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: And you don’t have the rights of the albums? \r\n

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\r\n Dave: He hasn’t given us the rights either. So he has the rights, and he is still printing it, still selling it and not paying us.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: And he still does a lot of different versions of the albums. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Yes he does. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nI’ll give you an example. We played a show in Arizona, I think it was\r\n’99, we played where he lives. We were living in his little van and he\r\npulls up to the show with a brand-new corvet and says: Hey guys, do you\r\nlike my new corvet? And we say: The one that we bought for you? You’ve\r\ngot the balls to show up with this thing that we bought for you? I\r\nwanted to punch him in his eyeball! \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nWe’ve actually got a lawyer working on getting the rights to the album.\r\nHopefully we get some money from relatives cause he owes us a lot of\r\nmoney.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Have you ever\r\nthought, even for one single moment to change this brutal style of\r\nMalevolent Creation and try something more catchy just to sell more\r\ncd’s and earn more money? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Fuck no! Look at me!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: I think I already knew the answer. Maybe now with Slipknot that you became nu-metal! (laughs) \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Yeah now with Slipknot we probably gonna headline or co-headline at the next Ozzfest. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Yeah and have Ozzy open up for us! \r\n

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\r\n Brett: He’s gonna do a cash spot with Anastasia so to come and sing a song with me!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: In 2004 you released a double dvd named “Created Live”. Are there any plans to make a new one like this? \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Yes, we’re gonna do another dvd either this year or probably next year. There’s a lot and lot of footage right now.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Will it be a live dvd? \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nYeah, we actually have a guy with a set-up in his house and he has\r\nevery video from back in the late 80’s that we’ve done. When we first\r\nsorted out we didn’t even have heard that. He has all these things,\r\nputting it together. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: We’re all going to go through and pick everything and do another dvd with a new live footage and with the new line-up again. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: It will be very entertaining.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nIt would be great for us if you include a part of the today’s show in\r\nthe dvd but we do not even know if there will be any show today. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Oh yeah, that’s another question. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Maybe tomorrow we put it though.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Tomorrow? You’re going to play tomorrow? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Yes.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: That’s great! I thought you had a plain to catch. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nNo our band is off for 2 days, we’re not leaving. Our tour starts in\r\nBerlin on Wednesday. So if we can play tomorrow night, we will play\r\ntomorrow night. People came for the show, I wanna play for them! We all\r\nwant to play for them!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone:\r\nYou are about to go on a tour with some excellent bands such as Rotting\r\nChrist, Incantation, Rotten Sound and others. Are you happy that you’re\r\ngonna play with those bands? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nIt should be a good tour. Actually we already know a lot of these guys.\r\nWe toured with Rotten Sound already before, twice. It’s gonna be a good\r\ntour. Rotting Christ is probably the only band none of us met yet.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: But you have listened to them. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Sure!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Do you like them? \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Yes!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: That’s nice for us Greeks. What do you listen at your free time? Is your play list at home only with death metal sounds? \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nIn my hometown I listen to the latest Bolt Thrower album that came out\r\nthe last year, it’s very good. And I listen to Slayer Hell Awaits it’s\r\none of my favorite albums. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nHonestly I’ve been listening to a lot of radio music cause I’ve been\r\ngetting so lazy with the cd’s. I just turn the radio on and listen to\r\neverything.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Actually I had a question for you Brett. I saw at your myspace profile that you had some pictures with CKY. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Oh yeah with my other band Down The Drain we did some shows with them. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: We’re friends with those guys too.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: I am friend with those guys too! (The t-shirt I wore was from CKY) \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nLook at that I have a hat from the tour! See? With Deron and Jess we\r\ndrunk a lot of whiskey and brandy and we had some good shows with the\r\nguys.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Do they remind you the jackass times? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: They’re a little weird. But they are good guys. We had fun playing with them, we were drunk and breaking hotel rooms. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Deron has a new band with Tim Young, have you heard this?\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Yeah? \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Yes, it’s called Blood of the Earth or something like that.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Do you know what the play? \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Death Metal.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Death Metal? Really? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nYeah, it’s pretty technical too. Deron likes Death Metal as well, so\r\nhe’s trying to put a Death Metal band together. And he did, they have\r\nsomething recorded already. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Deron tries to sing like me. Glad to hear that! He’s a very good guy! \r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: How’s life in the States? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nLife in the States? I think that would be better if George Bush wasn’t\r\nthere. It’s kind of fucked up after what happened at 9/11, I live right\r\noutside New York City and you don’t live as easily anymore, you start\r\nto worry more about your life and George Bush is part of the reason\r\nthat happened. So it will be good to have someone else in there. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Obama! I like Obama! He’s got good policies. My dead grandfather would be a better person than Bush. He’s horrible. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Otherwise life in the States is good. \r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Do the people there face you as a band or as ordinary persons? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nOh yes sure as a band. More often that not, when you go to a metal\r\nconcert you get recognized. Walking around the street not so much but\r\nwhen you are around other metal heads you get recognized all the time. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nMy friends are freaking retards. They just watch hockey games and drink\r\nbeer and don’t give a shit about who are you. I like that though.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: What about the lyrics? Are they written from someone specific or you all love this war theme the same way? \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nI write some songs about the political system, cultural doubt,\r\nself-explanatory, and then I have some songs about the record industry.\r\nMost of our lyrics, before you read them you know what they’re all\r\nabout. They’re not about cannibal heroes or zombies. It’s not gore\r\nlyrics or anything like that.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Is there any proposition for the new death metal bands? Do you believe that someone still can be as well-known as you? \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Why not?
\r\nDave: Sure, absolutely!
\r\nBrett: If they got the balls and know what to do.
\r\nDave: What happened with Malevolent is that we came into the scene the right time.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: I don’t think that this is the right time, that’s why I’m asking. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nWell if you’re good enough band and you create enough attention then\r\nyou could. Slipknot still have it even if they’re considered as\r\nnu-metal, they still have heavy riffs and blast-beats and everything.\r\nThey sell eleven million copies. So there’s definitely a sign that\r\nheavy metal and metal bands can be exposed in a huge level. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: I think that Slipknot, when Iowa came out, they opened the doors for a lot of bands. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nPantera as well. They have a fucking giant stadium with fifty thousand\r\npeople that sounds like there’s definitely room for other metal bands. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nThere are people out there that want to hear some metal obviously. Some\r\nof the fans are really young right now and are not exposed right now to\r\nthe heavier of the death metal sounds let’s say that all the younger\r\nkids starting to like Slipknot because they don’t know about the\r\nheavier bands but now maybe with Mick Thompson’s solo in our album will\r\nmake some of these kids to say oh there’s this band that Mick is\r\nplaying with them and they wanna know about this heavier shit. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nPeople will get to ask someone like Mick because he is such a big\r\nperson: Who do you like? So they can kind of see it and find about\r\nMalevolent Creation or Cannibal Corpse’s records or Immolation’s and\r\nthat makes them fan of it. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: There are a lot of kids that are just not exposed to the heavier sounds and then they hear something and say: Holy shit… \r\n

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\r\n Dave: And like what happens with Slipknot they became later big Death Metal fans, so we hope something like that could happen.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: As musicians, you learned to play by yourself or you used to study music? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nI started playing drums in school by myself with the school band and\r\nthen I started jamming in bands since I was 13 and I joined Malevolent\r\nCreation when I was 18. And I’ve been doing national touring since I\r\nwas 18. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: I started\r\nplaying bass and none sings they’re all pussies and I sucked on bass,\r\nso I started singing but I sucked in doing that too so I started a\r\npractice for a couple of years singing like old Judas Priest or Iron\r\nMaiden for 2 years straight or Queensryche and then I just started\r\nsinging. I don’t really do any work but I just love doing the music so\r\nfuck it!\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: You started\r\nthe band at a young age with no problems. After so many years, are\r\nthere any more problems that you have to deal with, so to have a\r\nhealthy personal life and a band too? \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nI think you always have problems whatever they may be all the way\r\nthrough,there have always been problems that you have to deal with… \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Like tonight.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: No I mean with your personal life, are there any sacrifices that you have to make? \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nYou have to make some sacrifices for example with my son. I talk\r\neveryday with my son and I hear: I miss you, why don’t you come home?\r\nAnd that’s tough but he’s old enough now to understand that this is\r\ndaddy’s job. You try to keep them closest as much as you can but there\r\nare sacrifices to make when you are in a band. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: There are some good parts and problems too but if you love doing this shit… \r\n

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\r\n Dave: It’s a glorious thing to be on stage but there’s a lot of work behind the scenes that people don’t know about it.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Before we close, any promise to the malevolent fans for your next show here? Although we still expect the one for today. \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Well I hope there are no power problems again and certainly if they were more people that would be great. \r\n

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\r\n Brett:\r\nI think the last show were our first show so the next one will be\r\ntomorrow! Sure we will do a show after that sometime, hopefully with\r\nthe new album and kick a lot of people’s asses and maybe more people\r\nwill come out.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Thanks a lot, I hope you have a good luck with the new cd and I also hope there will be a performance today…or tomorrow. \r\n

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\r\n Dave:\r\nThe press in being somewhere, four thousand miles away from home and\r\nyou can’t do your job sucks! It’s very disappointing. All of us we\r\nreally want to play. \r\n

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\r\n Brett: We\r\nwere on stage only for two minutes and then…puff! Everything has died!\r\nYour adrenaline is starting to be fucked up as a puff! What? What the\r\nfuck do you want? Hopefully we’re gonna do that tomorrow and it will be\r\na very good show.\r\n

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\r\n Metalzone: Thank you guys! \r\n

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\r\n Dave: Thank you! \r\n

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\r\n Brett: Thank you! \r\n

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