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Ian Blurton interview

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Ian Blurton has been described as the “elder statesman of Toronto rock” by Canadian journalist Alan Cross. In a career that spans over 3 decades, he has been a part of bands like Change of Heart, Blurtonia, Bionic, C’mon, Public Animal and more recently Ian Blurton’s Future Now. 

Last month, Ian Blurton’s Future Now released their 2nd album, Second Skin via Pajama Party and Seeing Red Records. 

I caught up with Ian Blurton and spoke about writing and recording Second Skin, his production, Canadian metal and much more.

Here is the audio version

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August 6, 2022 at 10:05 am

JJ Tartaglia (Thunderor) interview

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This week I am mixing things up on the podcast with some heavy metal.

 His guest is JJ Tartaglia, frontman and drummer of Canadian heavy metal act Thunderor. The band released their debut album “Fire it Up” earlier this year via Boonsdale Records. 

JJ shared how the band came together, the experience recording “Fire it Up” during the lockdowns, recording their music videos and some Canadian metal recommendations.  

Put on that denim and leather and tune in. 

Audio version of the podcast

Listen/Buy a copy of  “Fire it Up” from the links below

Working on a video episode for next week. Stay tuned!

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July 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance Review

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It has taken me a while to write this review, the primary reason being that I had high expectations for Planetary Clairvoyance, as I enjoyed Tomb Mold’s previous release Manor of Infinite Forms. I had described the album as “A slamming debut full length from the Canadian act. I was reminded of my favourite Death Metal records from the 90’s while listening to it. A must listen for Death Metal fans”

Read my review of Planetary Clairvoyance on The Metal Wanderlust

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September 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

Gigabastards interview

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It has been a while since I posted an interview here, I have got caught up with the year end list and also Horns Up.

Gigabastards are an international grind duo, Alexander (Horde of Worms, Sepulchre) and Johan (Stort, Hybrid Xenomorph Predator, Cyboresis, Digital Blastbeat Manifest, Saprophyte Sapiens).  The prolific act put out their 5th release V:EX in November last year. The album combines grindcore and power electronics, making it not an easy listen.

I spoke to Alexander about how the project was formed, their latest album and also his favourite grindcore releases of 2018.


Your 5th release V:EX was out last month. How does it feel now that EP has been released?

Alexander – It feels great to finally have this monster of an album out. We were quite ambitious this time around in terms of creating a much longer and more conceptual album than most of our previous releases.

With Johan based in Belgium and Alexander in Canada. How did the project come about?

Alexander – I have known about Johan since the first Bloodbucket Productions compilation “Buckets Of Blood Vol. 1” when he submitted his HXP (Hybrid Xenomorph Predator) release for inclusion on the comp and have followed his many musical projects since. The actual formation of Gigabastards, truth be told, happened one night when I was very intoxicated. I was listening to old school grind and lamenting the fact that the rawness and short song approach has changed and there are no people in my city that want to do this type of extreme music and I then drunkenly sent a message to Johan asking him if I were to send him drum tracks, would he make noise over it. He agreed. The next day I recorded three grind drum tracks and sent them to him, a little while later I received his tracks and that’s when Gigabastards was truly born.

How did you decide the sound for the band? What was the inspiration behind it?

Alexander – Gigabastards is unique in approach, as I record the drums, bass, vocals all analog to retain that underground old school sound and Johan does his thing digitally, so the sound is a blended mix of those elements. The inspiration simply was and is to create violent and extreme music.

V:EX is an intense listen with 47 tracks in just over 31 minutes. Tell us a bit more about it.

Alexander – V:EX is a gnarly concept album about the deadliest nerve agent mankind has ever created, namely VX. The title is a play on words seeing as the record is very angry and extreme from start to finish.


You have been quite prolific, putting out 5 releases in the past 3 years. What is the writing process you follow?

Alexander – The writing process hasn’t changed and begins with myself recording drum tracks and sending them to Johan. We work on our parts independently and then add them together over the drums. There is little or no editing musically and then once all the parts are done, I record the vocals. All of this is done via email and file sharing. When the album is finished, I then try to capture what the album sounds like visually in album art.

2018 was a good year for grindcore/powerviolence. What are your favorite releases?

Alexander – Yes, there has been a resurgance of grind based music, which to me is great because I love grindcore. I’m not sure if these releases are of this year but a couple of my favorites are: Chepang/Test split, Bleeding Out demo, Flash Out demo, Holy Cost and Massgrave,

What is currently in your playlist?

Alexander – My playlist looks like this:

Mysticum – Planet Satan
Ultrarat – 7”
Bleeding Out – Demo
Chthe’Ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule
Weregoat – Pestilential Rites Of Infernal Fornication

V:EX is being released as a deluxe edition on via Bloodbucket productions. What can we expect as a part of it?

Alexander – It will be a digipak and will include our first EP “Fright Of The Isoceles” as a bonus!!

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?

Alexander – Thanks for the opportunity to spread the word about Gigabastards! There will be more music released in the new year. Connect with Gigabastards and Bloodbucket Productions on social media and support the underground/your local scene!! Stay heavy \m/


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February 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Comet Control interview

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Comet Control are a psychedelic rock band from Toronto, Canada. The band was formed after Quest for Fire split up in 2013. Earlier this year in June, they released their second album Centre of the Maze via Teepee Records.

I spoke to Chad Ross about the album. recording it and also their shift in sound.

Photo by laura lynn petrick

Photo by laura lynn petrick

Chad Ross and Andrew Moszynski were in Quest for Fire. How did Nicole Howell (bass), Jay Anderson (drums) and Christopher Sandes (keys) become part of the band?

After quest for fire broke up… nicole, jay, andrew and i immediately started talking about the possibilities of a new band. We’ve all know each other for years in Toronto. It was definitely a natural fit.

Your second album ‘Centre of the Maze’ released a couple months ago. Tell us a bit about the album.

for our self-titled debut, Andrew and I were consciously trying to write tighter, more melodic songs. Center of the maze sticks with that principal… but we took more time to develop sounds and concentrate on production.

It has been 2 years since the release of your self-titled album. What was the writing process for this album?

We got back from a European tour in the winter of 2015 and immediately started to work on the songs that would become the album. Andrew and I would bring in ideas, then we’d sit down with Nicole in our jam space and arrange everything. Jay came in towards the end of the process and we fine-tuned tempos/dynamics and solidified the songs with drums.

What was the recording process for the ‘Centre of the Maze’? How long did it take?

The bed tracks took a couple of days in the spring, at candle recording in Toronto with josh korody. We took the summer to record all of the overdubs at different spots around Toronto, at my home studio and a couple of backyard jam spaces around the city. I recorded all of the guitars with Andrew, my own vocals and the percussion. Chris recorded all of his keyboard wizardry in his home studio.

The band has more psychedelic sound compared to your previous band Quest from Fire. Was that a conscious decision?

It was a conscious decision to focus on tighter song arrangements, whereas qff was more centered around heavy long jams. The addition of chris sandes on keys definitely brought more psych elements to the production. We’re all into classic garage/psych… those influences came out more in our songwriting when we started paying less attention to riffs, and more attention to melody.


‘Centre of the Maze’ is your second release through Tee Pee Records. How has it been working with the label?

This is actually my 5th release on teepee if you include both qff records and the Nordic nomadic record I did with them. It’s a pleasure… and it’s a great group of people working behind the scene.

What have you been listening to lately? Are there any band that have inspired you of late?

Morgan delt has been blowing my mind lately.

Do you have any interests/hobbies outside music?

My day job is a finish carpenter. I find great pleasure in that from time to time. Also camping and nature in Ontario’s north country. It’s quite beautiful to venture north of Toronto through all of the lake systems.

What are bands from the Toronto/Canada that you recommend that our readers check out?

Some Canadian favorites are the shooting guns, radiation flowers, the soupcans, elevator, black walls,….

What are your plans to promote the album? Do you have any other shows planned for the rest of the year?

We have some shows coming up in September in Canada, and a European tour in November.

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September 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

Intervals Interview

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Intervals are a progressive metal band from Toronto, Canada. They have release 2 EPs(The Space Between and In Time) and an album (A Voice Within). Their latest album ‘The Shape of Colour‘ releases today and I feel it is their best album yet; my favourite track is ‘Meridian‘. The album features a new line up alongside guests like Plini and Leland Whitty (BadBadNotGood). I spoke to founder Aaron Marshall about the album, the new line up and more.


Hi Aaron, how does it feel now that you are on the brink of the release of ‘The Shape of Colour’?

Aaron: It feels great! This year has definitely been building towards getting this one out and its awesome to see people enjoying what they’ve heard thus far. I can’t wait to officially have it out there and flying around!

Writing an album like this is not an easy task. What kept you going during the tough times?
Aaron: Playing music has always been my absolute passion. Regardless of everything that went on this year, I knew that I would be making this record, and more, no matter what. That’s just the way it is and the way it always will be.

How did it feel to write music alone again?
Aaron: The truth is, the Intervals “sound” and the entire back catalogue (barring a few tunes that we were able to collaborate on) were all written by myself, as it is. Nothing really changed in that regard. For those who aren’t aware, Intervals is sort of an accident that stemmed from an early “play through” video that a friend shot for me. I had no plan and no idea what I was doing. I always wanted to collaborate much more with the collective, but distance and other factors always seemed to play into the matter, so I found myself composing everything anyway. That was a long response to say “the same”, haha.

The Shape of Colour

The album features Cameron McLellan on bass and Travis Orbin on drums. How did they become part of ‘The Shape of Colour’ album?
Aaron: It does indeed! I met Cam through working on Protest The Hero’s last record (Volition). Cam was producing and engineering their record and Luke Hoskin (guitar) asked me to help shape guitar tones for the record. From there I ended up working on the previous Intervals record with Cam to track bass (which I played) and he contributed about 20% of the bass parts for the record. We work really well together and discussed working on the next album together. Cam co-produced, engineered and played bass on The Shape of Colour. The dude is a machine. Travis came into play in order to facilitate a live drum recording on the record (which I am fairly adamant about). He is such a professional and was really easy to work with in order to get the parts where they needed to be. I always compose drums as I write and a lot of what I had written for the record is in there. He created a version of each song with his own parts and we sort split the difference on everything and it came out sounding great. Travis is such a consistent player and such a versatile drummer.

‘A Voice Within’ charted in the Billboard Top 100, a impressive feat for an independent band. I am sure that attracted some attention from labels towards the band. Is there a reason why you have chosen to stay independent and not sign up with any label?
Aaron: This can become a lengthy discussion quite quickly, but I will just say that as a musician, you need to know who you’re catering to and what the best way to do that is. With, or without vocals, this music is definitely considered “niche” which is not a bad word. In fact, with how much music there is these days, I think fitting into a niche is a good place to be. That implies that there is a network or culture that revolves around the movement you’re affiliated with. What I’m getting at is, if you know how to market your art to that crowd, and you’re doing it with intent and resource, you need to ask yourself “is trading my art, the only thing I actually own, for a nominal amount of money, something I NEED to do at this point?” I want to be clear and say I don’t think there is anything wrong with being affiliated to a label and there is a lot of good that can come from it, but these days, there are so many mediums in which to create growth for your act or yourself as an artist, that I don’t think it’s a necessity. If signing to a label is something you aspire to do, you’re going to be in a much better situation if you’ve built your worth to a sustainable level yourself before signing that deal. Clout is everything. If not signing the deal is something that’s on your mind, that’s cool too. You just need to come to terms with how hard you’re willing to devote yourself to the 50+ other hats you need to wear to make it work yourself. Its incredibly gratifying to create a piece of art, and see it through every step of the way. I’m always learning new things about the “industry” and I feel like I’m much better off for that.

You’ve toured across North America and Europe multiple times in the past few years. What is your best touring memory so far?
Aaron: Touring Europe with Protest The Hero, Tesseract, and The Safety Fire was by far, the best touring experience I’ve had to date. There were so many ridiculously epic memories from that tour. I’m not sure I can even really chose one in particular, haha. January 2014 was easily one of the best times of my life.

What are your plans for the coming year? Do you plan on touring in support of the album?
Aaron: Absolutely. I have a really awesome tour that I can’t wait to announce, and hopefully there will be some more of that to follow. I also plan on collaborating with a few individuals and I’d love to find time to write a new EP as well!

Listen to ‘The Shape of Colour’ below

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December 4, 2015 at 4:26 am

Skull Fist Interview

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Skull Fist is a heavy metal band from Toronto. Along with Cauldron they have been leading the revival of heavy metal in Canada. Last week Skull Fist released a killer new album ‘Chasing the Dream‘. I spoke to their guitarist Jonny Nesta about the new album and their upcoming tour of Europe.

Jonny Nesta, Jackie Slaughter and  Casey Slade (Left to Right)

Jonny Nesta, Jackie Slaughter and Casey Slade (Left to Right)

You’ve just released your second album ‘Chasing the dream’. Tell us a bit about the album.

Jonny: Well, it’s got songs on it, the main instruments are drums, guitars, basses and singing.There are various keys used, the songs also have different tempos, so that’s cool. I like it, if it wasn’t a bonerish thing to do I would listen to it a bunch.”

Its been 3 years since the release of your debut album “Head of the Pack”. How long did it take to write ‘Chasing the Dream’?

Jonny: I don’t know, we kind of worked on the songs on and off while touring Head of the Pack, they came together pretty quick when we actually started demoing them, we had a bunch of months to get them together though.

Chasing the Dream

What was the recording process for the album? How long did it take?

Jonny: The process was: first thing you do is get ice, because if you run out of ice the day is pretty much done, it’s not fun recording without ice. Then you mix yourself a drink and you try to keep the ice from clinking when someone is recording, but it’s okay because technology is so amazing, they can go in and remove all the clinking anyways. 21st century rules. We did the instruments in a week the singing took a bit longer, about another week, the dude’s we worked with were fuckin awesome.

‘Chasing the Dream’ has being released by Noise Art records. How did the deal with them come about?

Jonny: They released our last record too, They’re good, they’ve given us a ton of support to tour around the world.

You have had quite a few lineup changes. How did the current line up come together?

Jonny: I actually don’t think we have had a ton of lineup changes, nobody counts the lineups getting a band together, it’s just the age of the internet you know, now everyone can see, “oh they played a few shows with this guy, or that guy 5 years ago” who gives a fuck, we’ve done our first two records with the same lineup. We all just get along awesome and have fun playing together, I don’t know we all just were friends who hung out all played music,it just came together.

You toured Mexico and Brazil last year. What has been your best experience so far?

Jonny: Man I can’t pick a best, everywhere is different and amazing, Brazil was one of the best times of my life, it was really special, were were there a lot longer than Mexico so we got to actually spend time with some really fuckin cool people, we stayed with the dudes from Breakout and Fire Strike for a while, and it felt like we had been friends for our whole lives you know, just the most fun time. But in Mexico we got to spend a bunch of days with some of my favorite guys, Voltax, just the coolest band, so fuckin great to watch and also just the same type of thing, we get along so great it’s like we’ve been friends forever. The fans in both places are really amazing I can’t wait to go back. But like everything we’ve done has been fun, Europe is sick also, doing clubs or festivals both are wicked, and we always have an awesome time going across Canada in our amazing shit van.

Later this month you will be touring Europe with Enforcer. What are your other plans for 2014?

Jonny: That’s the first step there, I don’t know yet, we definitely want to get a U.S. tour going, we haven’t been able to do that yet and it would be sick, also going back around to Brazil and hopefully more of South America, but fuck I don’t know, we’ll see what happens!

Any final words?

Jonny: Miss you Peter! come hang out in Toronto again for a while. Also, Be Excellent to Each Other!

Check out the video for ‘You’re Gonna Pay’below

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January 23, 2014 at 12:21 am


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A few weeks ago I re – connected with an old friend of mine from Toronto, Jonny. Jonny used to be in a Thrash/Speed metal band Maniac. I initially heard about Maniac through another friend, Alexander Erhardt (Bloodbucket Productions) who signed them to his label after their played at his annual metalfest.

The band developed a cult following in Toronto due to their live performances.  I saw them perform a couple times when I was in Toronto and they put on a great show. In 2007, they released a kick ass album “Fast and Deadly“, however they parted in 2009. Listening to the album now, I feel they were ahead of their time as this was before the 80’s heavy / thrash /glam metal bands started getting popular.

Here is an interview I did with Jonny soon after the release of “Fast and Deadly“.

Hails!! How are things in Toronto?

Jonny Exciter-Things are pretty good here, lots of stuff going on, nice weather, birds are singing, bees are playing, babies are laughing.

Your latest release “Fast and Deadly” is an album I had been waiting for a long time and it did not disappoint me one bit, tell me a bit about it with regards to writing and recording it.

Jonny Exciter – Well thank you kindly my friend. It was written mostly about a year ago and recorded over a really long time, but it’s a really honest record.
Mostly it’s all one guitar track, one bass track, one drum track and one vocal track (not counting the chants). Chris Hall is the guy who actually recorded all the instruments, and he’s a genius at capturing huge sounds, I was really amazed at what we had to work with when it came time for mixing. And Terry just made it sound incredible, I couldn’t believe I was listening to my own album after Terry mixed it.

You had Terry Brown who has worked with bands like Rush, Voivod on the album Angel Rat master your album, how was it working with him?

Jonny Exciter – It was a real pleasure and honour. The guy is unbelievable, he really knows his stuff and he’s a great person to be around. He was really enthusiastic about the tunes and it was so much fun working with someone who enjoyed the music so much and was genuinely excited about doing what he was doing. Just got nothing but the best things to say about the guy.

I know you guys spent a lot of time working on the album, are you satisfied with how the album has turned out?

Jonny Exciter – We’re really satisfied. Like I said, when I put it on I can’t believe it’s my own album I’m listening to. It really captures what we’re all about and is really genuine and honest sounding. Chris did the most amazing job with the layout too.

What is the inspiration behind your songs?

Jonny Exciter – The sparkle in the eye of a child

How do you guys compose/write? Jam together or alone?

Jonny Exciter – In the beginning I would write the songs and teach them to the brahs, now we jam them more. Chris makes the songs what they are with the drumming he comes up with, just the coolest shit I never would have thought of.

What influences your music (other bands/books etc.)??

Jonny Exciter – I was really influenced to start the band by the amazing local scene here, mainly Demontage, Rammer, and Goat Horn. Our music is 100% influenced by Steven Segal’s classic movie “Hard to Kill” though.

You are signed to BloodBucket Productions, how did the deal come about?

Jonny Exciter – Alex invited us to play his Bloodbucket metal fest when we were first starting out. More as a favour to a friend, he hadn’t even heard us, but he really liked what he saw when we played, and I saw him at a show a few days later and he offered us a really cool deal.

How does someone reading this interview get hold of your albums and merchandise?

Jonny Exciter – Well they can pick up some stuff from us by emailing we’re going to be setting up one of those paypall interweb stores soon at and probably a p.o. box. You can also order copies of the cd from bloodbucket productions

What albums are you currently banging you head to?

Jonny Exciter – Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of the new Cauldron Ep, and a lot of Lee Aaron and Michael Jackson, mainly Thriller.

How did you get into metal? What was the first metal cd you bought? The first metal gig you attended?

Jonny Exciter – I don’t remember how I got into metal, probably because I really loved music with electric guitar, and metal has a lot of that. The first metal album I bought was Ozzy’s No More Tears and I’m pretty sure the first metal gig I went to was a Sepultura show.

Do you guys hang out together other than rehearsal time? Get drunk together?

Jonny Exciter – No, our egos are way too big. I’m all like, “well I just got out of rehab and I can only jam until 4:00, I don’t want you guys working on tunes after 4:00 because then I’ll feel left out.” And Chris is all like, “fuck, you know, that word just keeps popping into my head, fuck, fuck, FUCK, FUCK.” Then Jakkie’s like, “come on guys, don’t fight, lets just get our aggression out in the jam space, lets direct our negative energy into our music instead of at each other.”

What is your favorite alcohol?? What are your favorite Canadian beers?

Jonny Exciter – Labbat 50 and Genesee, Jakkie only drinks Tom Collins’ and daiquiris.

You released a live album “Hell on Hogtown” earlier this year; can we expect another live album in the future?

Jonny Exciter – No plans to do another one anytime soon, I hate that thing.

What can we expect from Maniac in 2007?

Jonny Exciter – Lots of rocking, an animated television mini-series, a videogame based on our mini-series, and Chris is having a baby with Danny DeVito.

Thank you for taking time out to answer my questions. Do you have any final words or thoughts?

Jonny Exciter – Thanks a lot Peter, hope to see you soon. METAL UP YER VAGINA!

Maniac was Jonny Exciter – Guitar/Vocals, Chris Six Stix- Quick Stix & Single Kicks and Jakkie Slaughter – Electric Bass Guitars.

Jonny and Jakkie are now in a band called Skull Fist. They released an album “Head of the Pack” last year, check it out if you are into 80’s metal.

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March 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm


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Sacrifice are a kickass thrash metal band from Toronto, Canada. They released their debut album “Torment in Fire” in 1985 and went on to release 3 more albums “Forward To Termination”,“Soldiers of Misfortune” and “Apocalypse Inside”. They broke up in 1993 soon after releasing their 4th album. They got back together for a one night only performance in 2006 for the “Day of the Equinox 2” festival in Toronto. Below is an interview I did with vocalist/guitarist Rob Urbinati in 2007.
Since the interview they have released another album “The Ones I Condemn” in 2009 and have been playing festivals around the world, “True Thrash Festival” in Osaka, Japan most recently.

How did it feel to be back on stage with your mates kicking some ass at the “Day of the Equinox”?

Rob: It was definitely an incredible feeling. Just to have the four of us in a room rehearsing for a week was great…it has been a really long time since we’ve all been together. We were really young when the band first started, so we were kind of grew up like brothers. To be onstage again, the reaction we received at the show and the confidence that we displayed that night to destroy made it a night that I will NEVER forget. We never really talked about it, but I think we needed to prove that Sacrifice is more than relevant in today’s scene of “nu-thrash”.

Is there any chance of you guys getting back together?? Releasing a new album? Touring?

Rob: All of us are working on new material, other than that we have no other plans.

I’ve heard that your set at the “Day of the Equinox” was video-taped. Any plans to release the footage on DVD?

Rob: Yes it will be released at some point.

After you guys broke up did you think that 4 of you would get back together to play a show again? That you material would be re-released and enjoyed by a new generation of metalheads?

Rob: It blows me away when I meet younger Sacrifice fans, in many cases weren’t even born when our first album came out. Even the fans that are old enough to have enjoyed our music or live shows back then, that our music still holds something for them. I had no idea then, that in 2007, people would still be interested in our material. One thing about Sacrifice, is we love to be able to be in contact with fans now. In the 80’s there was no internet obviously…so we enjoy just answering questions, or whatever on our website, forum, or myspace.

What have you guys been up to since you broke up?? Doing something related to music or in other fields??

Rob: I’d been active musically in Interzone, and Waramp. I also just jam with friends, and write a lot at home.

Marquee Records has done an awesome job with re-releases of you first three albums. How did the deal come about? Is the deal for 3 releases only? Are they going to release your 4th album also?

Rob: I can’t say for sure right now, but yes they have done a phenomenal job on the reissues.

What were your influences growing up?? Musical and non-musical?

Rob: I think everyone into metal feels somewhat alienated, and that draws them to the music. My older brothers were all into heavier 70’s rock that was a huge influence. I grew up pretty gifted in school and that all went out the window when I started playing guitar. Musically, my earliest memories of influence were my brothers Alice Cooper albums, and the song Hocus Pocus by Focus. Later I discovered Kiss and Sabbath, which led to Maiden, Priest, and ultimately to Venom, Mercyful Fate, Anvil, etc.

What were your visions/goals when you first started the band?

Rob: To play Larry’s Hideaway and be the fastest, heaviest band we could be. We were extremely short-sighted. Reality happened faster than thinking of our goals.

Your video for the track “Re-animation “used to air frequently on Television. Tell me about the video.

Rob: Fringe Records suggested we do a video, we figured at best it would get played once. A guy that worked for Musique Plus(Quebec Much Music), John Zytaruk offered to do it. Originally, the location was supposed to be a church, but that fell apart at the last minute so we cleared out our producer Brian Taylor’s loft apartment which had a huge main room, and we did it there. That song pumped out really loud through the P.A. all day and I can only imagine what the neighbours thought. The end result was a lot different than the flashy, over produced videos at the time…it looked raw, black and white. It looked underground. We were extremely shocked by the response, having it in rotation, the song being used for the metal show intro…I think a lot of Canadian metal fans felt pride to see a thrash band from home on the telly. John Zytaruk became good friends with us and it was great for all of Sacrifice to see him at our reunion show. It’s funny to hear people now say “It looks like the Metallica video for One”, because John kind of pioneered that look. Ours was out way before Metallica even considered making a video. People used to say theirs looked like “Reanimation”.

How was the scene in Toronto in the 80’s and early 90’s??

Rob: Anyone that was there says it will never happen again. The metal and punk scene was very close. Thrash broke that barrier, I remember the first few hardcore shows Joe and I went to, we were the only ones there with long hair. People looked at us funny, asked what we were doing there…pretty much all the local bands were glam and we were more interested to see Direct Action than Helix or whatever. Eventually more thrash bands started and a great scene started from Slaughter and Sacrifice. When an underground band came to town, it was an event that EVERYONE went to, because there weren’t many bands especially that toured.

Were there any fanzines in Toronto at that time?? Tell me about them.

Rob: Lots of fanzines. I can’t really remember many names.

Were there any metal shows on radio/college radio?

Rob: Aggressive Rock on CKLN 88.1. Brian Taylor’ show was the highlight of everyone’s week. I know people that still have cassettes of his shows.

Tell me about the tape-trading scene then. Which is the furthest place from Toronto that your tapes reached?

Rob: Everywhere really. Asia, South America…I think the weird thing for us was to get mail from the old eastern bloc countries. We were all raised to believe that the communist countries had absolutely no freedom, had no access to music, etc…but we received tons of mail from Poland, Czechoslovakia, U.S.S.R.

You play quite a few shows at Larry’s Hideaway. Tell me about that place.

Rob: I’ve played in a lot of bars. Nothing was like that place. It was filthy,disgusting whores, junkies living in cockroach ridden rooms upstairs, but the bar had the best sound system in the city and was the most metal place I have ever been in. Great bands played there, Slayer, Exodus, Discharge, G.B.H., Mercyful Fate, Anvil.It is a shame that it was destroyed. I still remember the guy’s name who booked our first show there, Fred Chagpar.

Do you keep a track on the Toronto scene now?? What are your thoughts on it?

Rob: The scene now is probably bigger than it ever has been. The local bands are great. It has been so long though, since a band has come out of Toronto that has really broken out worldwide.

What songs/songs do you feel can be described as a “Sacrifice” song?

Rob: The 5 songs that I think best define us (for me) are Reanimation, Flames Of Armageddon, Burned At The Stake, In Defiance and The Entity.

Which album would you recommend to someone who has never heard of Sacrifice before?

Rob: Forward to Termination.

Rob, you feature on the latest Sigh album “Hangman’s Hymn”, you play a solo on their song “Dies Irae/The Master Malice” how did that come about?

Rob: I met Mirai and Shinichi here at Day of the Equinox. I’ve kept in touch with Mirai a bit, he asked if I would do a solo and of course I did. The album is awesome.

You have shared the stage with various bands like King Diamond, Megadeth, Voivod, Motorhead and many more in various cities of North America. Which was your favorite city to perform in?

Rob: Toronto and Detroit were my favorites, but everywhere was great except Lawrence, Kansas.

You played quite a few shows with Razor and Slaughter, did you guys ever hang out to together,get drunk etc??? Do you keep in touch with them? When was the last time you saw them?

Rob: Yeah, we had a lot of fun with both bands. We kind of grew up with the Slaughter guys and we still keep in touch a bit, mainly through email. Razor, we also have a lot of history with and probably my most memorable tour was with them across our massive country of Canada.

I noticed you thanked Molson beer in the Special thanks on the “Soldiers of Misfortune” album. Having surely had many, many beers (different types I hope) since, do you still like Molson Beer?

Rob: I can’t stand Molsons now unless it’s free

I’m pretty much Guinness in the winter and Corona in the summer. I like a lot of different beers, but funny enough, few are Canadian.

If you had to do things all over again, would you do anything differently?

Rob: No. We never really cared about being rich or famous. I’m satisfied with what we accomplished. People think that when you are in a band, your ambition is to be a rock star. We just wanted to play punishing music. Everything else was a bonus.

That’s about it. Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have any final words or comments?

Rob: Just a big thank you to all the people who have supported us over the years and everyone who has recently discovered SacrificE.

And thanks for the interview!!

Written by trendcrusher

March 10, 2012 at 3:14 am