All Gods Kill’s Sizzling Summer Interview

Four out of the five members of experimental death metal act All Gods Kill caught up with me at their performance trek outside the Key Club of Hollywood to talk about their upcoming plans for the rest of the year. Discussion goes down the lines of talking about various shows they have lined up as well as the anticipation of wanting to unleash the fury that is hidden within the yet to be released full-length album that is due out later this year.

1. How did you get your band name? Does it have any significance?

Sean: I guess that would follow to me... I was actually writing a term paper and I ended up writing it by mistake. But to me it sounded really good so I decided to keep it. To be honest with you it doesn't have any religious significance its more about people misusing the higher power to do their bidding and to cause harm to other people which I find wrong so that’s why I stuck with the name.

2. How did your band form?

Sean: (Laughs) We've all been in bands before Rudy and I were in a former band and talked about creating a new project and things started really clicking and now we're good to go.

3. If you could play on your dream tour, what bands would be on it?

Sean: (Laughs) we all have different people on that one.
Jason: Why don't we all pick one?
Rudy: Meshuggah, Bloodbath. *Looks at Jason he doesn't know what to say*
JP: Meshuggah.
Sean: Slayer.
Jason: I don't know.

4. How do you go about writing your songs?

Sean: Very difficult.

Jason: That depends when I came into the band there were about 6-7 that they had written with their previous drummer who had played some shows with us before he moved out of state. As of right now Ben is our current drummer so the new material is more collaborative between the 5 of us. Recently we just played a couple of new songs at one of our other shows and for tonight’s set we plan to play about 3 new songs. I myself and these guys are definitely digging the new material because before we were very limited but now we are just all over the place with these new ideas.

5. What's your favorite place to go eat together?

Sean: I'd have to say Sonic because I have never gotten sick there.
Rudy: Anything from the $1 menu is fine by me.
Jason: I like top rawmen with torillas tap a toe and paps if you put lime in it it’s called the Redneck-Vacation. That's one of my favorite drinks.

6. Which show that you've played has been your favorite so far?

Jason: We had a really good gig with this one band out at the Galaxy Theater back on May 1st. But it was fun and all but there have been smaller gigs that have been more to our liking with some of our friends bands like Army of Ghosts some of those shows are more fun.

Rudy: it’s usually those small bar type gigs where you walk in and you’re like "What am I doing here" those tend to be the most entertaining.

Jason: Tonight's show should be good we're second up so tonight should be a lot of fun I'm really excited to see Exodus because I just checked out their recent DVD and I really liked their set and check out the new material they plan to play. I expect that tonight's show should have a lot more of the younger crowd and the kids will interact more and get involved and really dig our material.

7. What’s your favorite part of being in a band?

Jason: For me its therapy instead of going to a shrink or getting wasted all the time it’s something that I can do that’s very productive that clears out my mind taking away all of those bad times that I faced but I'm a pretty relaxed easy-going type of guy but when it comes to that stage I'm a whole another person. When I walk off that stage I'm very happy so I love doing this it’s my passion in life.

JP: It's like a drug the more you do it the higher you get.

8. What’s your LEAST favorite part?

Jason: We just love to play live we're trying to capture that live vivid sound on our new record which should be out sometime later this year. We're hoping that we can do it ourselves and our guitarist Rudy is going to handle all of the recording and producing it so we're going to see how that goes and what happens.

JP: Moving gear, loading a trailer, lack of beer.
Jason: Having to drive and hire a road crew. I've been helping a lot lately.

Jason: We have some material that’s like nine minutes long that people would dig but we have to have a short but simple set list cramming 6 songs so our sound should be all set and finalized for tonight.

9. What’s the best movie that you've seen lately?

Sean: Wow...I don't know.
Jason: Gran Torino.
JP: House of a 1,000 Corpses.

10. How about 2010 what does it have in store for All Gods Kill?

Sean: We got about half the year left so we’re going to take a couple of months off to finish our new album. For us just getting the CD out is our main thing to get done.

Jason: One show that we do have is the Long Beach Metal Fest it will be the third annual festival so this year it'll be for 2 days and we have local bands come out and play. It's a good time and we invite the bands that we dig and ones that love to rock out.

11. What is one thing that you just have to do this summer?

Jason: Just finish the record and make it sound the way we want it to sound. That’s a big step for us we did a show before where we played for about 45 minutes and only played like 7 songs. We got about 13 songs so far so we're going to be tossing a lot of songs, possibly a cover that’s what I love about this band we all have different tastes in music so we all take those elements and fuse them altogether to create our own uniqueness.

Sean: (Laughs) yeah.

12. Is there anything else you'd like to say?

Sean: Thanks to everybody our friends and family who have supported us.
Rudy: Thanks.
Jason: Thank you Natalie.
JP: Thank you so much!

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