Death Angel: a thrasher’s road diary

There is true enthusiasm and a smile in Rob Cavestany’s voice when he’s talking to us. The guitar player always has energy to burn, and even his chronic insomnia won’t get the best of it. After all, isn’t this the core of thrash metal? To be get-up-and-go? To want to fight? Three years of touring without any (or very little) break are coming as a proof: Death Angel is a master of the genre, and still has some left. Having built up quite a nice career accompanied with seven albums counting the last one, The Dream Calls For Blood, Death Angel still has this sense of emergency particular to their music.

The hyperactive guitar player gets back on this new record’s writing process, taking place mostly on the road, just as a diary coming to life immediately in the studio after going on stage all over the world, invading some countries for the first time. On tour is well and truly when the band is alive and breathing. Cavestany told us that a visual legacy will soon crown the band’s history on the road in the form of a documentary.

Read the interview.


Deciphering the case Perzonal War

When you think about it, Perzonal War is a band with a serious background: five albums and ten years of existence under that name (with two more records as “Personal War”). And yet, they’re still seen as a newish band in the metal world due to their relative discretion. In this respect, Perzonal War has always been a mystery, given the quality of their work and the huge potential for fan support that they show. But there are probably many artists out there who are in this situation, because they lack the necessary time and money to bring their music to the audience.

It was therefore a pleasure to talk to vocalist Matthias Zimmer again, ten years after our first interview together. He mentions the reasons for which, according to him, the band is still so confidential, at least outside of Germany, their home country. For him, the band is a “great hobby” in a life that revolves mainly around his job and his family. It was also the opportunity to go back on the evolution of the band in the last ten years, and especially how they’ve managed to get rid of the label with “band that did what Metallica should have done after the Black Album” written on it that was pinned on them after Different But The Same and Faces.

Perzonal War released Captive Breeding earlier this year, but Zimmer told us that the band is already working on the sequel and would like to have it released by next year. Are things finally getting faster for the band?

The singer talks about all that and more in the following interview.


Overkill’s positive aggressiveness

“It’s been one hell of a ride!” That’s what Bobby Blitz Ellsworth would like his wife to have engraved on his gravestone. Nothing really original here, you’d think. The line between what deserves to be call a classic and what is merely cliché can only be drawn based on our own criteria. Nevertheless, when you talk to Overkill’s emblematic frontman, you can’t help but realize that the only real difference between the two is sincerity. A cliché is only disturbing if it’s the only thing you remember from a work of art, if it’s perceived as a grotesque costume. When a work of art is created through pure spontaneity and authenticity, that feeling just melts away. Honestly, would anyone here call Lemmy a cliché?

More to the point, the members of Overkill won’t revolutionize music, but there’s little doubt they do things with passion. They love what they do. Even better: they STILL love what they do, even after the twenty-fifth anniversary of their career. We’ve asked Bobby to give us his feelings, his analysis, his memories regarding this band life. And the main point is pleasure. A pleasure the listener will perceive in the band’s aggressive but still positive music, as well as in the friendship that unites the musicians. What the title of this new record, The Electric Age, describes is precisely the effervescence that goes beyond the album, beyond the stage, and implants itself in the listener’s mind, making Overkill part of a community and of a genre they’re proud of.

On the occasion of the release of The Electric Age, on March 30th, this little chat was the opportunity to look back with an enthusiastic and talkative Bobby Blitz on Overkill’s longevity and its place in the world of music and thrash metal.


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