Along with ATHEIST, REPULSION and Canada’s OBLIVEON, INSANITY has been plagued by constant problems over the years which as a result fucked up all the opportunities that they had to receive massive recognition from the Metal masses. Having followed this band since their inception, I can safely say that this band could have easily competed with the likes of MORBID ANGEL, SLAYER, DEATH or POSSESSED with the right support as the majority of their recordings prove it. Anybody who like their Metal intense, fast, technical, intricate and most of all truly original, check out INSANITY right away, I guarantee that it will be a journey into the past, a past when Death / Thrash Metal had a real meaning and when people really dared to listen carefully to the music. Now it’s time for guitarist / singer / mainman Dave Gorsuch to tell the entire story of this highly underrated / nearly forgotten act…
Well I guess there’s no other choice than starting this interview by covering INSANITY’s career step by step… The band was formed in September 1985 around the nucleus of you on guitar plus Keith Ellison (bass) and shortly after you guys were joined by Joe DeZuniga (vocals / guitars)… Do you recall how you all got together exactly?
“Joe was playing for a while when I met him. Actually, when I was 16 he showed me the first riffs I learned. I started playing a lot and two years later we both were starting bands. Keith was my bass player, we were setting up a show and we wanted Joe to sing for us because he had a powerful and unique voice. The show went great so we decided to join forces. Gary Holt of EXODUS had worn an INSANITY shirt that Joe designed so the decision was made to use that name.”
Did you start writing your own tunes right away or were you jamming on tunes from SLAYER, EXODUS and the likes at rehearsals? Did you have the same vision right from the start of how much your material had to sound like?
“We played a SLAYER song but we both were writing originals when we joined. We critiqued each other’s songs, made improvements then started to write together. We just wanted to be heavier and faster than everything else but we also liked writing intense technical riffs with some cool tempo changes into heavy slow parts.”
Coming from that area, were you aware of all those bands who had started back in the late 70s / early 80s such as BLIND ILLUSION, SINISTER ANGEL / GRIFFIN, ANVIL CHORUS, VICIOUS RUMORS, EXODUS, TRAUMA etc? Were you familiar with those bands who had created a newer sound /approach?
“Yeah, when I first met Joe he exposed me to a lot of that stuff. Randy Rhoads was my favourite guitarist. I then got into SLAYER, VENOM and MERCYFUL FATE. Joe and I hung out at record stores and saw a lot of shows, which exposed us to the newest bands. When SLAYER came out, that’s when we first had an idea of what we wanted to do, although we wanted to take our sound to new extremes.”
Then after trying out a few drummers, you settled your choice on Bud Mills who immediately proved that he was one of the hottest players around as he managed to inject unreal doses of speed into the material. Can you tell us a bit more about his musical background because this guy always deserved to be named along names such as Dave “Grave” Hollingshead (REPULSION) or Pete Sandoval (MORBID ANGEL)?
“Bud liked drummers like Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH) and Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE) but eventually he got into Dave Lombardo (SLAYER). When we showed him the first songs we wrote we said,‘The faster the better’. He then came up with beats that were faster than most Thrash bands were playing at the time.”
If I’m correct you had your first demo / rehearsal recorded when you did your first show at Ruthies Inn on 10/19/85 supporting DEATH… If so, how did you manage to have five originals written within one month or so?
“We had three songs down before we found Bud. Once he joined we quickly moved on and started to write more. The opportunity came up to play a show with DEATH and I didn’t think we had enough songs at the time but we wanted to get the name out there. It was surprising how awesome the crowd reaction was, for a band playing its first show. That still was one of the funniest shows I’ve played.”
While people have blatantly forgot about it or simply are too young to know it, INSANITY were the second Death / Thrash Metal band to ever come out from S.F. next to POSSESSED at a time when Death / Thrash Metal was reduced to a handful of acts (DEATH, GENOCIDE, POISON, SLAYER, MORBID ANGEL, MASTER…). I know that can sound silly, but how and why have you decided to follow that particular path exactly?
“We just wanted to try to take things to a new extreme in speed, power, heaviness and intensity.”
Would you say that while you were a Death / Thrash band, your songwriting was still different from the other aforementioned bands (except MORBID ANGEL who had adopted the same style) as you were using Hungarian minor, harmonic minor and some of your rhythms weren’t in one scale, stuff like that. Also you had numerous leads all over the place just like MERCYFUL FATE had started doing it a few years earlier?
“(laughs) I definitely would say that we probably spent more time on our songwriting than most bands. I also like to use different minor scales although some riffs use more than one scale.”
What was the exact setlist for that original 1985 demo / rehearsal that started all the buzz around INSANITY as I saw so many different versions of it over the years even coming from you guys? Do you recall how many copies you did of that tape considering that it hit over 30 countries back then?
“Originally it was ‘Fire Death Fate’, ‘Ultimate Death’ and ‘Blood For Blood’. We then threw in versions of ‘Death After Death’ and ‘Attack Of Archangels’ before vocals and leads were complete. This was the order we recorded them in on the master. Later we put ‘Blood For Blood’ second in order to have two fast songs start it off and to break up Joe’s two songs that had ‘Death’ in the titles. I wish I had kept track of how may copies I made. I was up until 2 am a lot of nights making tapes, replying to letters and doing interviews.”
What were Joe’s major influences to come up with such deathly vocal lines? I guess people like Cronos (VENOM), Jeff Becerra (POSSESSED) were part of them right? Joe designed the whole INSANITY logo with those cut heads too, correct?
“Those two (Cronos and Becerra) were part of the mix. Joe wrote a lot about Satan, hell, death and destruction. He was very creative in his story telling and probably would have some awesome ideas for music videos if he was around. Besides designing the logo with the decapitated heads he did all our flyers. I used to draw a lot as well but when I met Joe he blew me away as an illustrator. So I just focused on playing guitar.”
So within two months you played two shows at Ruthies 10/19/85 and 12/7/85 supporting DEATH with bands like DESECRATION or SACRILEGE. What do you recall from those specific days? How did you feel opening for DEATH who had already made a big name for themselves in the underground circuit?
“Those were some of the best shows I’ve been to and have played. Our first show we came out of nowhere in the opening spot, the sound was great and the crowd was unbelievable! We had a huge pit almost from the start, hella people were stage diving and going INSANE and we only had five songs, which lasted only 15 minutes. People were yelling at us to keep playing and when we said that’s all we got, they wanted to hear the songs again. Apart from that my memories aren’t very good because I was usually drunk every time I went there.”
So 1986 was spent doing more local shows with the likes of POSSESSED, BACCHUS, BAPHOMET etc, writing newer stuff and INSANITY was on the verge to record a demo but – if I remember correctly – Bud was jailed mid 1986 and Joe had a heart transplant. When the band started practicing again in late ’86 (as you had plans to record a proper studio demo), Joe succumbed from a heart virus on 5/16/87… Do you recall how the different band members reacted to all those sad events that probably lead INSANITY to never receiving the recognition later on as the right timing was over?
“That was a pretty fucked up time. At first we lost the momentum we had when Bud went to jail, then Joe got sick with a heart disease. The doctors said he would die in three weeks if he didn’t get a heart transplant. He actually got well enough to leave the hospital and never had the transplant but his heart was weakened. He would be in and out of the hospital until his death nine months later. Obviously we were all in shock. The band felt that Joe was one of the core elements that made INSANITY what it was. Personally, I remember getting drunk a lot. I guess I was just trying to numb my senses. Joe was probably the best friend I ever had and he had a big influence on my life.”
So after playing at the Pony Express on 6/6/87, a show dedicated entirely to Joe – and showcased some newer / never heard before INSANITY tunes – the band despite his willing to carry on had to face newer problems with Bud as he had to leave the area following different problems which lead you and Keith no choice but finding new members. So, it wasn’t until late 1988 that the new line up was completed with Matt Janko (guitars), Tim Tallerico (drums) and Bob Martinez (vocals) (who had played with Joe before he had joined INSANITY) joining the two of you. Do you recall how those newer guys were recruited? Would you say that it’s the type of music that you were performing that made things harder?
“It rules out most people when you have complicated riffs and songs that require an awesome drummer. Matt lived around the corner from me and we started to jam just to fuck around after Joe died. He was a quick learner and played guitar all the time. Previously Bob had played rhythm guitar and sold his cabinet to Joe. When he auditioned to be the singer he had the most powerful voice of anyone we had tried out. We met Tim after he moved out from Chicago. He was a very technically knowledgeable drummer and he got me started learning to record music.”
So, by the summer of 1989 you finally issued a seven song demo, but while it featured old material on it mixed with new one, it didn’t have the intensity that the early material had mainly because the drumming wasn’t that intense and natural for the fast parts and Bob’s vocals weren’t fitting the music that well. How do you look at it now? Don’t you think you should maybe have waited a bit more and get a better line up at this point and come up with a real strong effort especially at that crucial point when Death Metal was on the verge to be the next big thing in Metal?
“That was at a time when the band was slowly getting our shit together again and it wasn’t intended to be a big release. Unfortunately we didn’t have many resources and our drummer at the time wasn’t as fast as Bud, affecting both the recording quality and the intensity of the tracks.”
By late 1989 you’ve replaced Tim with Prakash Sharma who didn’t seem to be a stranger to the band… Tell us more about the background of this newer recruit considering that he has stayed in INSANITY for many years
“Prakash lived in the house directly behind mine and when the original line up used to practice in my garage he used to ride by on his bike as a kid. Soon he got a drum set and when he first started playing, Bud and I yelled “You suck!”, he said, “Do you know where I can get some lessons?”. After Bud moved out of the area we were looking for a new drummer. When Prakash auditioned the combination of his enthusiasm and familiarity with the songs told us he was the right choice.”
When things seemed to work correctly after that change, another big one happened with co-founding member Keith leaving the band and being replaced by Joe Landers in September 1990 soon to be replaced by Josh Santiaga. So, what happened with the talented bassplayer Keith was? Was he totally fed up with the whole thing not seeing any deal coming out of this or…? Was it hard for you to go on as you were the only survivor left from the original line up and having to deal with plenty of fucked up things all the time?
“Keith became unreliable and his interests shifted away from the band, which put us in a position to have to replace him if we wanted to progress. We had other people in the band that knew Joe so it didn’t really seem like I was the only survivor.”
Were you still confident enough at that point (1990) that INSANITY would finally gain a label deal and could expose your music to the masses, especially considering that there was that whole Death Metal boom happening in Florida, then in Sweden etc…?
“Actually I considered moving to Florida but I love the Bay Area and most of the band members like to call it home. Instead I focused on reforming the band with a line up that could re-establish the bands reputation.”
Were you still playing quite often in the late 80s / early 90s or was it hard to get shows already at that point? Did you get offers to open for a bigger act such as MORBID ANGEL, AUTOPSY or DARK ANGEL whatever, which would have expose your material to a bigger audience or were you offered to play only small gigs with other underground acts such as BACCHUS, POTENTIAL THREAT…?
“Well, as you know the band was just starting to play again but the scene had changed. The "pay to play" policy had infected the Bay Area clubs and as a result it wasn’t as cool of a scene as we experienced in the early days.”
How did you feel when you saw that the Bay Area scene (bands / clubs) was on the eve to die in a rather short period since by 1991 almost everything was over and dead? Would you say that it’s mainly because the audiences were going from one fashion to another instead of staying loyal supporters of the cause?
“That’s probably due to the "pay to play" policy that the greedy club owners used. Needless to say there new fads like hip-hop Metal and Grunge, and some people jumped on the bandwagon.”
So during 1991 you’ve signed a deal with Germany’s Mangled Beyond Recognition label and recorded your album at the end of the same year, do you recall how you got that deal?
“M.B.R. was the first label that approached us after we felt the band was good enough to release an album worthy of INSANITY. Unfortunately at the time we didn’t have a good demo to shop around to more established labels.”
Have you tried to shop around your material to labels like Nuclear Blast, Earache or whatever? Looking back, do you think that your material was strong enough to compete with the likes of OBITUARY, MORBID ANGEL, TERRORIZER, DISMEMBER and the likes or was it were you failed especially with the vocals being not that deathly comparing to those other bands?
“I believe our material was strong enough to compete with those bands but unfortunately our singer had a problem that affected the power of his vocals, which made us, recognized the band needed to make a change. MBR took a long time to release the recording. I had been doing backing vocals and the band encouraged me to take over the lead.”
I remember that in 1987 while I was visiting MORBID ANGEL, those guys were quite impressed by your stuff and wanted to make sure that their material would be more evil, more deathly than yours. Were you in touch at one point with them or other impressive acts such as REPULSION, XECUTIONER / OBITUARY etc…?
“Scott Carlson wrote me after doing the GENOCIDE demo in 86. He seemed really cool and I mentioned there were two other bands I’d heard of with the same name so he changed it to REPULSION. Two months after Joe died, David Vincent from MORBID ANGEL called me. Unfortunately I was drunk and in a dark stage so I probably was not as excited to talk to him as I would have been if it wasn’t right after Joe’s death.”
Having been recorded late ’91 with some help of locals like Jeff Hill (TYRANNICIDE guitarist), the eight song album finally was issued in 1993 featuring a mixture of old material mainly and some newer tunes. What do you remember from that album recording and as result?
“We wanted to use this album as a stepping stone and we wanted to make a quality recording of the original material. It was a great experience to finally be in a professional recording studio. The band learned a lot and it was my first experience being put in a position of producer.“
Do you have an idea of how many copies were pressed and sold considering that not a lot of distributors had it for sale so it was real hard to get it? What kind of reviews did you get if any for this effort?
“I’m not sure how many copies were pressed. The album received positive reviews for the material but the original M.B.R. recording seemed to be considered more Thrash than Death Metal because of Bob’s vocals. We weren’t in constant contact with the label since they were in Germany.”
Weren’t you approached by Nuclear Blast around 1990 or so by the way? From the old conversations we had, I remember something was mentioned about that
“Actually it was earlier than that… at a time that I felt the band wasn’t ready yet. Looking back I should’ve contacted them and a few other labels before settling with M.B.R..”
Did you opt to feature mainly the old stuff to show to newer people what INSANITY was all about in the first place or was it done for Joe’s memory?
“It was a combination of both and we wanted to release the older material with a good recording before moving on.”
What happened to tunes like ‘Blind Self Extinction’, ‘Insanity’, ‘Future Shock’, ‘Sacrilege’, ‘Crucifixion’, ‘Prophet Of Deception’, ‘Extinction’, ‘Psychopath’, ‘Arise From The Grave’, ‘Evil Dead’, ‘Excorcism’, ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ and ‘Carnivore’ because none could be found on this album and in fact some of those were never captured on rehearsal or live recordings?
“’Sacrilege’ and ‘Crucifixion’ became ‘Sacrifixion’. ‘Psychopath’ was re-written and became ‘Sociopath’. ‘Exorcism’ was renamed ‘Possession’. ‘Extinction’ and ‘Night Of The Dead’ were put on the back burner although we’ve played them live. We haven’t played ‘Carnivore’ or ‘Blind Self Destruction’ in a while. Most of the other songs you’ve mentioned were ideas we were working on but never finished.”
I’m surprised that you didn’t try to have INSANITY news published from time to time while Borivoj Krgin (one of the first that gave you international exposure with Violent Noize ‘zine) was working for Metal Forces and later on with Thrash’n’Burn especially, just like other bands were getting… As you only gained a small write up for the release of “Death After Death” when he was working at Metal Forces and that would have certainly gave the opportunity to people to know about your activities
“We probably should’ve spent more time on promoting INSANITY rather than just working on songs and playing shows because we assumed we would find a manager that would take care of those things once we got our act together.”
Mid 1993 you finally had a good opportunity by opening for the reformed POSSESSED and MACHINE HEAD (who were still unknown at the time) at the Subculture in Oakland. That show was even video taped, what do you remember from that show?
“That was a great show and I’m thankful to my friend Mike Torrao (POSSESSED guitarist) for putting us on that bill. That was a good time for the band as we were playing a couple times a month and that was one of the best shows we did that year. We did have it video taped with two cameras and we produced a cool live video with that footage.”
Shortly after that show, Bob was kicked out of the band as it seems his vocal work was getting weaker and weaker and you discovered that you could sing and using a deathly voice, doing the job instead. But shortly after Matt left to be replaced by Kirt Teeple (ex-SARCOSIS) on guitar / vocals
“Actually Bob was kicked out before the show with POSSESSED so that show became the first one I had to do lead vocals for. Since I was new to singing lead, I encouraged people in the band to help me out with backing vocals. Kirt had a deep voice for Death Metal that matched well with the oldschool Death Metal style that I sing. I wanted to have dual vocalists trading off like old CARCASS and we accomplished that with Kirt.”
During 1993 you were working on newer material such as ‘Visions Of Apocalypse’, ‘Ritual’, ‘Sacrefixion’, ‘Disilusioned’ etc etc. and nothing had changed with most of that material as you were always coming up with those classic INSANITY trademarks, speed, intricate parts, technicality… How long did it take to have an INSANITY song completed considering what’s involved?
“Sometimes it takes a while because we like to take our time and make sure each song is something we are proud of and wouldn’t mind playing over and over as time goes by. For some reason every song I wrote for a few years ended up being between six and nine minutes long and it took time with the amount of riffs we usually would write for one song.”
So the band ceased to exist in 1994 for a couple of months, what happened? I know you and Prakash both hurt your backs
“Yes Prakash and I both had back injuries, which made life in general much more difficult not to mention playing in a band. Kirt started another band and Josh got carpal tunnel and had to give up the bass for a while.”
The band reformed in 1996 with surprisingly enough Bud Mills back behind the drum seat, how did that happen? Also Lou Gilberto from Bud’s previous band POVERTY joined as a bass player
“POVERTY broke up and I wasn’t playing with anybody at the time so first we just started jamming for fun. Then later we decided to reform INSANITY.”
During 1998 or so you decided to re-record some parts of the “Death After Death” album such as the vocals – replacing Bob’s parts with your vocals – adding more guitars and coming up with a new layout. Would you say this new version was closer to the type of album that you wanted to release in the first place?
“Exactly, I wanted to redo the vocals before it was released but M.B.R. said they didn’t have the budget. When I got a job at the recording studio that made it easier for me to go back and improve the album with more guitar tracks and more deathly sounding vocals.”
Did you manage to do some promo for that re-release issued on your newly launched label Black Lung Productions? Did you encounter problems with M.B.R. somehow even if they probably weren’t around anymore (I guess INSANITY’s album must have been their one and only release ever)?
“Black Lung was more of a production company. We did a little promo but we didn’t have that much of a budget so we were gonna try to get it re-released by a different label. There were no problems with M.B.R. as they were in Germany.”
That same year you added Mike Turner on guitar / vocals to the line up and you continued writing more newer stuff such as ‘Mortification’ or ‘Blind Existence’ with Bud’s drumming added to it and it was definitively closer sounding to the original INSANITY… How do you view this later period of the band?
“That was a period of rejuvenation being able to write a lot and having use of a recording studio to track the new material.”
At which point was Mike replaced by ex-POVERTY’s guitarist Scott Hodge? What happened, as you seemed to be satisfied with the way how things were going with Mike?
“Mike was working more and more and it was hard for him to keep up with the rest of us and he ended up leaving after an argument with Bud.”
A proper three song studio demo available to the public was issued in 2001 titled “Sacrefixion”. What was the purpose of that recording considering that you had made some studio recordings before but never released to the public? Did it receive more feedback from the specialized press or public in general than it was the case for earlier material?
“Yes, it was time to re-establish the band and let it be known we were back together and working on a new album. We did spend a little more effort on promotion at the time.”
During all those years, did you follow what was going on in Metal in general? Did you find about some Metal bands that really kicked your asses? I remember that you seemed to like ATHEIST and OBLIVEON quite a lot when I’ve sent you recordings of them
“ATHEIST was one of my favorite bands. I was more involved in the scene when INSANITY was playing shows or recording.”
Again the lack of luck hurt the band late 2001 when you parted ways with Bud who left joined by Lou and Scott which left you bandless in fact at this point, so what happened?
“After a while it seemed Bud and Scott were involved with the band for different reasons than I. Over time it created a difficult working situation. When we were recording tracks for the album I was hoping they would take it more seriously and they probably thought I was an asshole for wanting to keep the band sober for the most part. We ended up having an argument and parting ways. Lou was not around but was part of their band before so they wanted him to join when they got back together.”
You’ve still managed to have that second INSANITY album titled “Visions Of Apocalypse” (I believe) recorded with that line up and since 2001 you have continued working on this album to release it. What can you tell us about this recording? How would you compare it to “Death Afer Death”?
“The album is coming out great. It shows a progression from “Death After Death” and how our songwriting has evolved but stayed true to the INSANITY style. ‘Sacrefixion’, ‘Mortification’ and ‘Blind’ from the 2001 demo are on it as well as the songs ‘Visions Of Apocalypse’, ‘Dread The Dawn’, ‘Disillusioned’, ‘Sociopath’ and a few others.”
Will you issue it on Black Lung Recordings and do you have a release date set up or is it still in the air?
“It is still up in the air, we are gonna shop it around to the bigger Death Metal labels and see what happens.”
Are you planning to re-record some parts on this album since none of the musicians involved in that album is in the band anymore or will you leave it like it is?
“That depends on if we sign with a bigger label or not and if they want to record the songs with the current line up.”
So, once the band broke up in early 2002, you’ve joined a Hard Rock / Heavy Metal outfit. What can you tell us about that band? It seems you had more opportunities to play around with this act? How would you describe this band musicwise?
“It started out when Prakash and I would improv. I liked to play different styles with guitar harmonies and a lot of solos. A few other friends wanted to jam and we sounded pretty good. So we just played locally and tried to make some money on the side.”
So, you’re back with INSANITY and a brand new line up, what can you tell us about this? Do you see INSANITY more like a hobby band now and have more or less given up with the idea to finally get a proper deal unfortunately – that may sound sad… but true?
“Actually the band is sounding better than ever. David Harari is our new drummer who has injected a new intensity into the material and we have a solid bass player in Charlie Carillo with powerful vocals to add to mine. We haven’t conceded anything and we will start to play some shows again soon.”
Are you aware that NAPALM DEATH have recently recorded ‘Fire Death Fate’ which appears on their album “Leaders Not Followers Part 2”? It features covers from bands that they’ve enjoyed at one point or another… How do you feel about that as it’s gonna be the first time that a well known act will cover one of your songs?
“That’s really cool. I’m honored, as I’m sure Joe would be.”
Did you have the chance to get in touch with those guys at one point or another considering that Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH bassist) heavily traded your rehearsals back in 1985 / 1986 and always mentioned your rehearsal / demo as one of his favorite recordings ever?
“Unfortunately I haven’t met Shane but I did hear that he liked our stuff.”
I know that you have some projects going on such as P.U.S. and at one point M.U.D. (who featured Bud as well)? What can you tell us about those and the whole Black Lung recordings thing? Do you have your albums factory pressed on Black Lung or do you use CD-R to issue the records?
“P.U.S. was a recording project I did with my friends for a good laugh. M.U.D. was a crossover band in the S.O.D. vein, we played some local shows. Although we’ve sold some CD-R copies Black Lung is a production company mainly. If we decide to become more of a record label then we will have factory pressed albums.”
As you are certainly aware, there’s a Thrash revival in the Bay Area right now following that Thrash Of The Titans thing from 2001 with EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL all receiving praise with their new albums, WARNING SF, HEATHEN trying to come back as well, ULYSSES SIREN having given up again and even small acts such as KAOS or the ridiculously POTENTIAL THREAT playing around… It seems people’s attention is focused on the Bay again, so it might give a new breath to the scene and could be a new chance for INSANITY if bad luck doesn’t strike you AGAIN. How do you feel about all that?
“We are hopeful that more attention will be focused on Bay Area bands, which will increase our chances to achieve the goals we’re working toward.”
What do you miss the most from the days when people really cared about music and its content, when things weren’t trendy, when it wasn’t all about image and shit like that?
“I miss everything about the old days, the attitude of people in the scene and the bands that were around at the time. It was an incredible time and it probably won’t be like that again.”
Have you envisaged or were you asked to join another band such as POSSESSED when Mike reformed it in 1991 (as you knew him quite well), DECAPITATOR or is it out of question considering the type of songwriting that you have?
“No. INSANITY has always been my passion and re-establishing the band has always been my focus.”
Considering that you come from the Bay Area, what are the best shows you have witnessed there?
“There are so many… seeing SLAYER for the first time made a big impact. I feel lucky to have played shows with DEATH and POSSESSED and I met a lot of cool musicians as well.”
So, at this point of your life with INSANITY having been around for 19 years now, what are your expectations, wishes or whatever if any? Do you intend to go on for a good number of years and satisfy the hunger of the handful of fans that you still have behind you and who truly know what’s top notch quality Death / Thrash music means?
“It’s difficult to tell too far into the future but I will say I still love playing the music and have no plans of quitting any time soon. Having those fans behind us adds to our ambition to keep playing.”
Also looking back, don’t you think that most of the precursors in that type of music (INSANITY, REPULSION, MASTER…) with the exception of MORBID ANGEL, DEATH and POSSESSED have been sacrificed and just paved the way for the billions of acts that get success – but surely doesn’t deserve a single percentage of it – like CANNIBAL CORPSE, MONSTROSITY, SIX FEET UNDER and crap like that?
“I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “sacrificed”, but it is disappointing that things haven’t worked out for a lot of oldschool bands like INSANITY as well as they have for some bands that came later like CANNIBAL CORPSE.”
Well I hope that I’ve covered all those years of hard work extensively without forgetting something… If so, feel free to add it and close it the way you fuckin’ want it! And thanks again for still being around, for not having sacrificed any bit of your talent to trends, to that so called progression factor that fucked up so many great acts – you’re one of the few REAL ones still around man!
“I don’t think anybody knows as much about the band’s history as you do! This was by far the longest interview I’ve done. I want to thank you for all your support over the years. People like you are one of the main reasons we inspire to continue to spread INSANITY worldwide!”