- Hello, Rob! Let's start with the band's reunion in 2013. Could you recall how did it happen? Was it difficult to gather all the original members together?
- Sam and I met up at Maryland Death fest in 2012, we talked and both expressed how much we both still loved the band. We decided to meet up and jam on some of the songs, when we did it was like we never stopped and the synergy was still there. Sam was already in touch with Ken and Craig and they also wanted to bring the band back to active status, so it all came together really well.
positive vibe and everyone had done their preparation beforehand so we were able to cover a lot of ground.
- This year marks the 25th anniversary of the band's formation, and a lot of things happening around this event. Let's go through it one by one. Tell us a bit about your newest "From Blackened Crypts" Box-set. What can we find there?
- Dark Descent released the box set in late April and the majority of the box sets were pretty much spoken for before it was even pressed. Even now I think there is not many copies for sale left out there. We spent a lot of time working with Matt from Dark Descent to make the anthology of the band something that we could all be proud of. Dark Descent did a stellar job and with every aspect it is surely a must have for any longtime fan of the band.
- Besides that Box, you also have some re-editions of your material on Vinyl. What can you say about this edition?
- Morpheus Descends vinyl collection is now on pre-order. This includes the new 7" titles From Blackened Crypts. The 7" will be available in black vinyl and clear vinyl with black splatter. The release of the 12"s is also a cooperation with The Crypt. There will be a limited number of clear vinyl for each release (only 100 of each title). You can only find those clear one through Dark Descent!
- Among with freshly pressed Vinyl and Box-set, you are going to play at some festivals, including OEF America and MDF 2015. Tell us more about your upcoming concert activities. How do you usually get ready to your live shows?
- MDF was spectacular show for us, we had a great show and many people came up to us to tell us how much they enjoyed our set. We are set to do some east coast shows during the summer and in august we will be performing in Montreal for the OEF America fest. This will be the first time Morpheus Descends will have ever played in Canada so we are very excited to play this festival.
- So far, since the reanimation of Morpheus Descends, you recorded 2 brand new tracks. Have you already started working on the new album? Do you already have any ideas to share with us on this subject?
- The two brand new tracks are on the box set and on the upcoming 7", I think when you listen to the new songs they are very much Morpheus Descends. We already have a few tracks ready to record sometime soon and we have lots of riffs that we have been exchanging and working together on developing them into more songs. The band is ready to unleash a full length sometime next year!!!
- What are they usual topics raised in your lyrics? Can the new CD become a conceptual album?
- Most of the lyrical content is based in the lore of Brian Lumley's Necroscope series of novels, however we do still include songs that are of different topics as well. The Lumley concept lyrics are written by Sam our drummer and the other topics are mostly done by Craig.
- How did it happen that in 1998 you joined Incantation? What can you say about this period? How different was it for you from playing in MD?
- I joined Incantation during a time when I wasn’t active with any other bands, I knew the guys for a long time and had done a few tours with them while I was in MD. I switched over to bass in Incantation and this was completely different experience to me but I was able to handle it easily.
- Together with Incantation, you recorded 1 LP, "The Infernal Storm". How did you like composing and rehearsing tracks with these guys? What can you say about the recording process?
- It was great to work with Dave Culross and Bill Korecky from MARS recording compound. Also I enjoyed having a major role in both the music and lyric departments and I have received a lot of positive feedback about this record.
- Tell us about other bands you are involved in, Mausoleum and Typhus. With MD being reformed now, can you say that it's your primary band?
- Morpheus Descends and Mausoleum are the only active bands at the moment, Typhus has been on hiatus for several years now. Last year I was also playing bass for Engore [NJ]. I like to keep playing music and I can always make time to do something I am interested in. I try to let everyone know ahead of time in all bands what i am working on and to try plan everything out so that nothing gets stagnate for too long. This year Morpheus Descends is the priority, however also during this time I am also working with the guys to record the 3rd Mausoleum album. Each band is in a different mode so that makes managing everything easier to handle.
- Let's get back to the very beginning. In 1992 you changed the band's name from Morpheus to Morpheus Descends. What was the reason for it?
- There was a techno band already being distributed by the same distributor JL America was using in the U.S., they were going to hold up the releasing of the record because it would create issues for them. We had spoken of doing a song named Morpheus Descends and this is what gave us the inspiration.
- Do you remember your first ever concert? Where was it? Which instrument did you use?
- My first show was in a band I did in the late 80's with 2 other guys named "The Inverted". It was very Carnivore influenced and I played bass and did vocals. It was a cross of NYHC and metal.
- Thank you for this interview, Rob! Would you like to sum up your plans for the near future?
- Keep an eye out for new Morpheus Descends and Mausoleum stuff in 2016!! Thank to you also for the interview!!
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