Hi Jasun (Thrak)
- some might know you, your brother and Mike Guy from your other
band Zero Hour, but why have you desided to make this side-project?
And would you think it's an advantage or disadvantage that people
already know you from Zero Hour?
Thrak: I really can't say at the
moment. On the good note Death Machine has been getting really good
reviews so far with and we are really happy about that. Time will
tell if the Zero Hour name will be in our favor or not.
Zero Hour is very technically
progressive metal, where as this much more
dark and aggressive metal - what do you consider to be the biggest
difference between your 2 bands? And how would you describe your
The singer Kirk wanted us to do a project with him for a couple
years but due to Zero Hour, we didn't have the time. When Zero Hour
had some down time, we got together to write some really heavy music.
The whole plan was just to be a live act in our local area. The
members love playing out live and we just wanted to go out and have
some fun. The costumes came up because we didn't want to be noticed
as the guys from Zero Hour doing a project. All of the sudden we
started getting a couple hundred people or more at every show we
played. We were getting calls from Bookers, clubs and local mags
because Death Machine built a buzz. So then we decided to make
a 5 song demo and soon after that, Death Machine was number 2 on the
biggest radio station here in the Bay Area (92.3 FM KSJO) for
they're Home Grown show. We started getting into Zero Mag,
Powerslave, we were amazed by the response. The band decided to add
7 more tunes to complete the CD and here we are.
What have influenced
you to make this album?
Is Death Machine here to stay
or is it a one album project?
The bands we enjoy are Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Nevemore, Dream
Theater, Killswitch Engage, Tool, Porcupine Tree, the list could go
on and on. We dig a ton of bands and the list could go forever. The
biggest difference between Death Machine and Zero Hour is
Death Machine goes all out heavy with technical patterns that keeps
the music in your face. Zero Hour doesn't have any set patterns
throughout the songs. The music it put together more towards a film
score direction. Death Machine is a Technical (I'm not great on
picking genres) Death Metal act. Zero Hour is Progressive Metal act.
Death Machine is here to stay. It doesn't take us away from Zero
Hour and we are having a great time doing it. We have already
written the next disc
band is the main focus for you?
Thrak: Zero Hour get's the priority but
we get alot of downtime due to our singer in ZH. (ZH fans don't need
to worry) We have been done with our tracks for De-Evolution since
March. We are starting December next week and our singer is still
working on the vocals. We just love playing music and it's tough to
just sit there and wait. Mike, Dev and myself have to keep our chops
up and we really enjoy doing Death Machine
I really like the
production of the bass and the drums, but isn't that pleased with
the the more raw and unpolished production of the guitars and vocals
- was this done intentionally? And are you pleased with the end
result - I mean some of the tracks were only meant to be a demo?
Thrak: Well this is the first time I've
heard anything against the guitar production. Dino does an amazing
job of recording, mixing and Co-Producing. HE does all the work for
Zero Hour and Death Machine and will continue to do so. Yeah the
tone is raw but unpolished is not correct at all. It's your opinion
and you have the right to speak out about it man, not offended. All
honesty in technical terms, those guitars are very polished. The
production on the disc doesn't sound like a demo at all. This day
and age, any new band trying to get a deal in these markets, the
labels are looking for a finished product. The prodution is great on
the CD and we are really happy with it. DINO ALDEN RULES!!!!!!
in 2 underground bands, you must know how hard it is to get
recognition - the internet is a very important source for many fans
- how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and
other new bands?
It's very important to the bands. We appreciate all the help you are
giving us and we need the help. It's a tough market we've picked but
we love the music we do
The pictures in the booklet
are very nu-metal like - why?
Question three kinda answers that. We went out to have fun with this
band and then people were taking us seriously. We said maybe we
should not do the outfits anymore but everyone said no, you have to
keep the outfits
topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
Thrak: Feeling out of place, pain. For
the most part, that's what the lyrics are about. Alot of anger in
the music and lyrics, good times.
To finish things off - could you
pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important
albums in your opinion?
Wow thats a tough one!!!
- Destroy Erase Improve
Pat Methen - Still Life Talking
Killswitch Engage - Alive And Breathing
Dream Theater - Images And Words
Man I don't know, I need a top 30 list lol. Too many great CD's.
would like to thank Jasun for the excellent interview and suggest
you to check out this CD, because it deserves the recognition. Also a big thank you
to Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.