- Hey Scott! The release of the new album is scheduled for the 23rd of January. How do you feel about it? What does this release mean to you?
- I feel this release is our best song writing and sound so far in our career, this album has a lot of feelings bottled up for almost 18 years its meaning will be heard in the music.
- It's been a long way for you with this release. When did you first start working on the new material? How many of the new tracks do you have?
- We’ve been working on the album since 2014 had a few hurdles to overcome but we got it done.
We wrote 7 songs and are doing a Bathory cover as well.
- You also have a new drummer, Alex Marquez, known for his previous work with Malevolent Creation, Demolition Hammer and other bands. Why did Jim Coker had to leave and how did you find Alex? How do you feel about the current line-up in general?
- We did get Alex after Jim decided to not work with us on the new album, but after starting to record Don Gates also decided not to be part of the new album so we had to start from scratch.
At that time Alex was busy with his other projects so we called on our friend Ruston Grosse to play the drums. The current lineup has been very natural to work with and I feel it’s the strongest we’ve had to date.
- If we mention the Indiegogo Campaign you run last year, will you use the gained resources to produce this full-length? And those who contributed, will they still receive their perks?
- Actually the campaign in the end was a waste of time, only a small number of fans donated so the cost of the perks\shipping pretty much used up the funds. Those who contributed have already received their perks T-shirts, posters, shot glassed…..etc. Fans that got Cd and LP perks will receive them as soon as we have them in hand.
- At what stage of recordings are you now? Are you cooperating with Jim Morris? Who else is involved into the post-production?
- The album is complete; we did not work with Jim Morris on this album we got a lifelong friend Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation RMP, Orlando, FL.
- What inspired you to call the album "Sea of Ignorance"? What kind of topics do you raise in the new songs? Who was mainly in charge of the lyrics?
- It is the song we first started working on so we made it our title track. Our song topics mainly confront the brutality that surrounds us in everyday life. Most of the lyric concepts I came up with but we all have some input.
- By the way, did you originally consider do release a self-titled album, didn't you? Why did you change your mind?
- We first intended to self title the album “Brutality” but after the lineup changes and new songs we decided to re-title it “Sea of Ignorance”.
- Who was the artist of the cover? Whom does belong the idea and the concept?
- Max Winter and Art Hamer designed the cover art the concept was a joint collaboration between all of us.
- The album will be released through your own label, Ceremonial Records. What editions do you plan to have? And how are you going to distribute it?
- Right now we have 3 Florida Death Metal bands on Ceremonial “Brutality”, “Koroidia” and we just added “Murder Suicide” that features Malevolent Creations bass player.
We have indie distro company we work with here in the states Traffic Entertainment that has buyers worldwide.
- Tell us a bit more about the label, when did you found it? Who is running the main business? Do you have any plans to re-release your own CDs as well?
- After deciding not to sign with a label we created Ceremonial, we as the band run the label; I do most of the business part but we all have our own jobs. After this release we plan on doing some pretty cool things with our past releases for old and new fans.
- Recently you announced the upcoming releases of Murder Suicide and Koroidia. Tell us a bit about those bands. What is your choice of the bands you sign based on?
- These bands have been our friends through the years of being part of the Florida music scene and bring a true sound of what Death Metal is period!!!!
- Alright, let's get back in time and talk about the early days of Brutality. You joined the band in 1992, could you recall how it happened? Was it your first time experience singing in the band?
- At the time they were going through lineup changes and I was hanging out with Jay who had just joined the band, then one day when they were practicing and they asked me if I wanted to try doing some vocals. At the time Jeff was doing all of them and the band were already known for double vocals. They also wanted a new look on stage like a front man to get the crowd going. My first time doing vocals on stage was a guest appearance that I did doing’ Cryptorium” .
- And the first joint release was the "Sadistic" single. Do you remember the first rehearsals with Brutality and then the recording sessions? Who produced this single?
- After joining the band we rehearsed every day until we recorded with Jim at Morrisound.
- Do you remember your first show in the role of the new official singer? What was the fans reaction?
- Yes I Remember the show it was the Tampa Bay Metal Awards we won best unsigned band there were over 1500 people there fans loved it. We got signed the next week.
- In 1993 you released the legendary "Screams of Anguish". Tell us a bit more about the recording sessions. How long did it take you to track all the instruments and vocals? Did any curious story happened to you while the recordings?
- We actually recorded that album in 4 long days at the time we had the songs down tight and had a small budget as far as stories go we have a lot of fun while recording but are serious about what we are doing during recording.
- The following year, you released another classic opus, "When the Sky Turns Black". How could you compare this album to the "Screams of Anguish"? While writing the songs, was your approach any different?
- I feel it was a darker album than Screams I really don’t compare them, when we were writing Sky’s we were on tour in Europe then when we returned home we started getting the songs together for recording.
- How did it happen that you recorded and included the Black Sabbath's "Electric Funeral"? And why exactly this song?
- We are all big Sabbath fans they were a big influence we chose that song because we thought it fit our sound at the time.
- On both albums we can hear some amazing instrumental tracks. Who came up with the idea of recording them? Who did perform them? By the way, will you include anything similar into the new album?
- Jay, Don and Bryan wrote the instrumentals on the first 2 albums. The new album does not have any such tracks this time.
- Michael Stansfield did the artwork for those 2 albums. How did you find that guy? I couldn't really find any other of his works...
- He was a friend who played in a band here called “Opposite Earth” he wasn’t ever a well known artist at the time that’s why we went with his work.
- Two years later, in 1996, you released "In Mourning". Tell us about the changes in the line-up, why did Don Gates and Bryan Hipp left the band? How did it affect the song-writing process within the band?
- After having trouble with Bryan on a personal level we decided it was best for him to exit the band, Don at the time was having his own personal issues and decided to leave the band on his own terms. We then replaced them with Dana Walsh and Pete Sykes and continued to write like we always had as agroup.
- Besides that, why did you decide to update band's logo?
- At the time we just wanted a change with new members and different style of cover art.
- How active was the band in terms of concert life? How often did you play? Do you remember if you played in Paris?
- As far as playing live we haven’t played in over a year now but we do have a release show booked here in Tampa on January 23rd with label mates Murder Suicide and Koroidia. We are hoping this album brings some interest from promoters on the festival circuit so our fans can see us live.
Yes we have played in Paris it was our first European show on our tour with Hypocrisy in 94’ it was a great show!!!!!
- Thank you for this interview, Scott! Looking forward to listen to the new "Sea of Ignorance"!
- Thank you and all of our fans around the world Stay Brutal, the album is available for order at www.brutalitytheband.com along with a new t-shirt design!