Back in the days I used to be pen pal with the bass player from PRIME EVIL, Mary. But that was a long time ago and much has changed yet time seem to have stood still for this band. Or has it? Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You are quite the cult act for us that were there in the 80s tape trading scene. You went away and then you came back, Why?
MIKE: Thanks for saying that! We originally disbanded in July 1992 for a lot of reasons, but it was the right thing for the band to do at the time. In 2010 an underground documentary book titled ‘Glorious Times’ was released, and we got together and decided that we wanted to pick up where we left off.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
MIKE: Comparatively it’s heavier, faster, sicker, and much more evil!
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
MIKE: Not at all. Our individual sounds fit perfectly together.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
MIKE: Personally, as long as they don’t contradict my personal beliefs, I don’t care too much; but they’re pretty important to Andy since he writes them all haha! Andy writes about the evils of mankind, religion, politics, history, society, etc.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
MIKE: The cover art has to represent the band and the album. With us, you know what you’re going to hear.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
MIKE: Success is arguable. Everyone’s definition of success varies. I’m not sure we’ve had any success haha! But we seem to have fans all over the world! We get correspondence from people in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, France, Great Britain, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, India, Turkey, Egypt, Africa, etc. it’s pretty wild!
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
MIKE: I’m not really sure why some bands make it big and others don’t. I’ve never been a fan of popular music, so I’m not really sure.
What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
MIKE: The New York Metal scene is pretty good. With groups like NYDM supporting the scene, NY fans are die hard!
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
MIKE: Haha! Is Metal respectable anywhere? I don’t care if I get respect as a musician. I do Metal cause that’s what I love…respected or not.
What does the future hold for you?
MIKE: We are currently writing new songs for our next album, and we’re tweaking some of our demo songs to re-record for a separate Ep. We’d like to get on some summer fests this year as well.