Interview with Lord Tim Grose, Dungeon (December 5, 2005)

Hi, first off all thanks for doing this interview with us at

Congratulations with the re-release of “Resurrection” it sounds much better than the original release. But didn’t you break up the band?
Tim -
Yes I did. When Stu and Glenn left, it felt wrong to continue on under the name of Dungeon when it was just I and our new drummer Tim Yatras. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, because I am continuing on with the style of Dungeon under the name of LORD, which was originally my solo project, but is now a proper band. It will feature me (obviously) with Tim on drums, plus some very talented musicians that I will be revealing very soon. The full press release about the split and future plans is posted at  

Why did you decide to re-release the “Resurrection” CD?
Tim -
When Dungeon signed to Limb Music Products, they wanted to eventually release our back catalogue, which included the “Resurrection” album. The original recording was dreadful and fell short of our expectations even back then, so we knew that there was no way it could compete against any current releases as it was. So when we were recording the “One Step Beyond” album, we re-recorded “Resurrection” entirely. It’s great to hear it as we had always intended it to sound and it’s nice for fans all around the world to finally get to hear the material.

How would you describe your music to an outsider?
Tim -
That depends on whether the person was a metalhead or not. For a non metalhead, I would say we have generally up-tempo songs with strong operatic inspired vocals, big harmonised choruses and aggressive but very melodic and memorable songs. For a metalhead, I would say combine the basic style of Maiden and Helloween, the vocal harmonies of Dokken, the thrash elements of Slayer, Blind Guardian’s choirs and arrangements and the melodic death elements of Soilwork and you have a basic idea of what we do.

Why did you replace “Let It Go” with “Severed Ties”?
Tim - “Let It Go” was a song that was written by (then bassist) Juz. It was a great song but even then it wasn’t really a Dungeon song when you compared it to the other songs on the album – it seemed to be out of place. When he left the band, we stopped playing the song because he was playing it in his new band and when it came time to re-record “Resurrection”, we felt that it needed a bit of balance since all of the songs were fast songs, so we replaced “Let It Go” with “Severed Ties”.

“Resurrection” has been released as a regular CD and as a Limited double CD. Why? And what is on the extra disc?
Tim -
The double CD is limited to 4000 copies world wide and is really made as an incentive for people to own a limited edition version. But aside from that, it’s great value for money. The package includes 3 bonus tracks, a video clip, the entire “Under the Rising Sun” live album from Japan in 2003 and a poster, sticker and full album liner notes. Not bad!

Who and what inspire you when you write a song?
Tim -
I get inspiration from a lot of places, from books to films, to life experiences and to my own feelings, thoughts and emotions. Mostly I try to write from a personal perspective rather than writing about some mighty fantasy battle or something like that.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Tim -
I produced and mixed the album and for the budget we had to work with, as well as changing members during the recording, I’m pleased at how it turned out. There are things I’d like to improve on with the next album, as there always is when you record, so hopefully with a better budget and no last minute surprises, we can achieve an even better result then.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Tim -
For the LMP release of “Resurrection”, the artwork was handled by Mattias from ProgArt Media, who did a fantastic job. It’s a sad thing that people generally judge an album by its cover first before listening to it (and when there’s so many albums released these days, you have to have something which will grab people’s attention) so your artwork must be good to even get people to pay attention in the first place.  

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Tim -
Iron Maiden! Not only have I been a massive Maiden fan since I was a kid, but they play to monster crowds and that would be an awesome experience. Other than Maiden, I would go back out on the road with Megadeth any day of the week – that tour experience was the best I’ve ever had in the entire 16 years of Dungeon’s history.

How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Tim -
Truthfully, there have been some hard moments in the past, especially in the early days of dealing with them, but we have since worked out a lot of the problems and I think they’re doing a great job now.

The Internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the Internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Tim -
We’ve always realised the importance of the internet as a promotional tool. We have a website and a very busy discussion forum where fans all around the world can chat to each other and the band directly. It’s good to be very hands-on with your audience, I think. It may take away a bit of the “rock star mystique” but I think it’s a good thing, We’re just regular guys and we chat to our fans as equals. That alone has really helped us gain a lot of attention over the internet and in some cases even large tour supports. Any band that hasn’t got a good website is missing out on a lot of promotional opportunities.

And how do you feel about the Australian metal scene in general at the moment?
Tim -
The Australian scene is small but filled with plenty of amazing, world-class bands of all subgenres of metal. There are tours, festivals and visits from international visitors happening very regularly and we’re seeing more and more bands tour overseas, which is great for our music scene here.

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Tim -
There’s a lot of songs I’m very proud of. For Dungeon, I think it would be “Against The Wind” from the “One Step Beyond” album, because it’s such a personal song of mine. On the first solo LORD album, either “Last Rites” or “Behind The Mask” would be right up there alongside “Against The Wind”.

When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
Tim -
I first wanted to be in a band when I was 14 after seeing Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran in the video clip for “The Reflex” on TV, so I tried to form a pop band like that with me as the singer. The only problem was I was too shy to sing in front of anyone. Eventually I picked up keyboards, bass, and drums and finally guitar when I was 17 and when I was 19, I finally sung in front of people for the first time when Dungeon started. With metal, I was brainwashed into thinking it was just stupid noise like everyone else is when they’ve never really heard it until I saw Hear N Aid “Stars” on TV on a video hits show. I just stood there and went “wow! These guys are amazing! This is metal?!”  Not long after, I bought “Live Evil” by Black Sabbath and “Rage For Order” by Queensr˙che and haven’t looked back since.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Tim -
Hmmm… That’s a hard question. There have been a few fairly big events which have changed the way I’ve looked at things. I think the obvious ones would be buying my first Duran Duran album and wanting to form a band and then getting my first Queensr˙che album and wanting to play metal. If it wasn’t for those things, I probably would have ended up in some crappy job somewhere earning much better money but feeling pretty unfulfilled with my life.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Tim -
With my schedule, about the only music I really listen to is Dungeon, LORD, Ilium or any other band I’m currently working with. When I do get a chance to listen to anything, it’s usually some of my favourite albums I grew up listening to like early Dokken, Queensr˙che, Maiden, Priest, etc.

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Tim -
I’d just like to say thank you for the support you’ve shown Dungeon, it really means a lot to us. I hope everyone enjoys the final Dungeon album that will be released in 2006 and enjoys LORD as much as Dungeon. Hope we see you on tour very soon! Cheers!

Jųrgen Ditlev

Dungeon - Resurrection

Album out on Limb Music Products.

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