- Hello, Anthony! You joined the band already after it had been reformed in 2010. How did it happen? Was it Damien who invited you?
- Actually Kyle and Leski had been working on a side project called Sadichist for about a year when they invited Ryan to join them. I was working on the Sarcophagy reunion at the time and my main focus was to finally put out a full length album with them. I was still on house arrest at the time, due to my actions during active addiction, and I had limited contact with the world outside of my work. I knew they had been looking for a bassist that could handle vocals but had not had any luck filling the slot. Once I was finished with house arrest I showed up to check out what they were doing and I seemed to fit their style so I started working with them. I believe it was Ryan that actually invited me to practice with them.
- Shortly after this, you started working on the first album after the split-up. How was it for you to work on the material for Gorgasm? Did you feel any kind of pressure on you, as the expectations were high?
- I had a bit of pressure on me being the new guy. They had most of the material written, and I was playing catch up. I believe I played with them for two months before our first show at CIM. We were still working under the name Sadichist, and it was only after that show that Leski decided that this was the new line up he wanted for Gorgasm. I guess a bunch of people at CIM told him that we sounded like Gorgasm, and that was basically the start of it. We went through the songs we had, added more "Gorgasm" style transitions and added more back and forth vocals, etc... Recording the album came a few months after that. It was kind of a whirlwind that summer.
- Having 2 vocalists in band, how do you decide which part goes to whom? Is it happening during the lyrics writing or later?
- Sometimes during the the parts that I've written I"ll think "I'm definitely singing that line", or think that a certain line will sound better with Leski slurring through it. Most of it is decided before the studio. The last album we recorded the drums with scratch track guitars and then waited a couple months to go back to the studio. This gave me time to roughly record all the vocals over the tracks. Once that was done, Leski, Kyle, and I got together and broke the sections up and decided who would sing which part
- Regarding your latest album, "Destined to Violate", how could you compare it to the very first releases? What would you name as the main improvements of the band's play-style across all these years?
- I hold the first three albums in such high regard that it's difficult to compare them to the albums I worked on. Personally I felt that Orgy of Murder was a bit rushed. We were still a new band, and the writing never started out to be another Gorgasm album so the vibe is different. We weren't even learning the old Gorgasm songs until after we finished Orgy. I think that is what separates the two. Destined to Violate was written after a couple of years of playing the old songs and coming together as a group. We had a vision of exactly what we wanted it to be and we took our time to make it that way. I still think Orgy is a solid album. Its fast, chaotic, heavy... I think its impressive given the time we completed it in. But Destined to Violate will always feel like a huge step forward. I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished as a team on that album.
- I also noticed, that Shaun LaCanne is repeatedly invited to do some guest vocals on your CDs. Could you explain the nature of his frequent appearances?
- #1 He lives in Racine where we record at. #2 He's sick as FUCK! #3 His vocals RULE!!! #4 He likes tacos. What more can you ask for from a guest vocalist?
-You personally, whom would you like to see as a guest on some of your future releases?
- I guess right now I'd have to say our buddy Konni from Defeated Sanity would be sweet. Maybe Jimmy Javins from Necrotic Disgorgement? That would be cool.
- Why did you decide to re-record some of your old songs featured on the previous Demo and Promo CDs? Are the album versions any different from the original ones?
- Not really any differences there. We believed that those two promo songs were the catalyst of the future of Gorgasm. That was the direction the band was striving for and we shared that same vision. The only difference being we wanted to somehow combine the old and the new on this album. Keep it old school and fresh at the same time. That's also why we re-recorded the old demo song. To show where this band got its roots, and that style has not been lost... just altered.
- While recording this album, Damien had already joined Broken Hope. What was the reaction of the team when this news was announced?
- We were completely supportive of it. The three of us have so many responsibilities and commitments outside of the band that we weren't able to tour and play out as much as Leski, or any of us for that matter, would have liked. I believe it was a good move by him. Seemed like a great fit, BH resurfaced and put out new music, and have been touring constantly so... win, win.
- Did it slow down somehow the recording process? Did you have any feeling about the possible upcoming changes and questionable future of the band?
- We just had to work around a new schedule. We also ended up working on things more on our own individually which I think worked out better in the end. We really got to examine everything on our own quite a bit before we got together as a group.
- So what is the current Gorgasm' status? Do you plan any further concerts/tours or do you maybe have any rough drafts of the new material?
- We have all been enjoying a much needed break after our SE Asian tour and some US dates last summer. As of right now there are no solid plans but as soon as there are, I'm sure you will here about it on Facebook or whatever you kids are using these days, lol.
- Thank you, Anthony! Would you like to add anything in the end of this interview?
- I would just like to thank everyone who has supported us, all of the promoters who have flown us around the world, Dan and our Label NSE, Anyone that found us interesting enough to do an interview, lol, and most of all the fans! So many thanks to all who have come out and watched us perform, we've met so many awesome people at our shows! You guys are the best!!!!
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