Thomas, heres in the interview. I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know when it come’s out and I’ll update our website.. Email Julius if you need any photos. I figured I do this early. Oh yeah #5 for my top ten, I could not remember The Chasms’s new album title. sorry....
First of all congratulation to " Journey into Oblivion"! Feels good to see that the good old occult Death Metal spirit is still around! Fantastic mystic and evil feelings into the tracks. Over and over fascinating for my person that guys from sunny Florida can unleash such dark and great music! Pete, after you left ACHERON after the recordings of the "Rites Of The Black Mass" album, so how did you came in contact with Stehen and Mark La Venia (from Incubus) to form Equinox?
Thanx for the compliments. It's a great feeling to be back in the almight scene after so many years. Actually I met Stephen when I was In Acheron. Acheron was playing a show in Florida and Steve was in the crowd. After the gig he came up to me and said how he was really into Acheron and the "Rites of the Black Mass" album and also old bands like Celtic Frost, Bathory, Goatlord, Dream Death and old Obituary. We kept in contact after that for a while. When I decided to leave Acheron and form Equinox, I called Steve becuase I knew he'd be prefect. Then we immidealy started to rehearse. Now Mark and I had been friends for many years. We kind of grew up together in Central Florida. In the late 80's we had a Death/Thrash band Abhorrent Existence with Kam Lee (Massacre) but it was short lived. The story is, I contacted Incubus first when they lived in LA. The Howard brothers were moving to Tampa because the scene was so fucking great in Florida. They needed a second guitar player and a bass player. When Incubus moved to Fl we Jammed with them and joined the band. I actually quit the band after a few months but Mark stayed with them. Then they recorded the "Beyond the Unknown" album and went on tour. I then went on to Acheron. So about a year and a half later, Incubus bascially broke up and Mark was looking for a band and I made the offer for him to join Equinox. He recorded on the first two Equinox demos.
Your main influence, as I read in your Bio are all the old masters of dark 80íes metal as Slayer, Bathory, Venom, Necrovore and so on. So was it your aim right from the start that your Band continue the old attitude, style and musical spirit of that time?
Yes, most definately. These are the bands I’ve been into from the beginning so I wanted to continue that style. Now I know we progressed a lot during the past few years with our own music but these bands will forever live in our hearts and I continue to listen to them to this day. I feel that old school fans miss this style of music so we try to bring back that old feeling in our own way.
How important is it for you to keep the old tradition with spikes, leather and chains in your visual concept?
Visuals are everything. We feel we want to put on a good show for the people who come out. Candles,fog, leather, spikes. I honestly get bored when I go to a Metal show and the band just stands there in Jeans and a t-shirt. I have nothing against that and if the band kick's ass that great but we want the crowd to remember us for the music and the energy from the show.
When did Darkness (vocals) joined the band and how much advanced where the songs/songwriting so far? By the why how did you each other get to know?
We had about four songs already written. At first I wanted to get Kam Lee but that didn't work out. I had known Darkness for years as he played in a local band Mortem A.D. He had that old style vocals like in the Pestilence vein. We jammed and it worked out great. We then wrote four new songs and that became our first demo "Anthem to the Moon". Man, it was great back then. We were writing new songs all the time and partying hard. Then it seemed the scene just fell apart for Death Metal. But we continued to record and play shows.
When and why did Mark leave EQUINOX again? Was it basically out of frustration or did he had other reasons? He did some Bass parts for the Kiss coversong "The Oath"Is he still doing music?
This was around '94 I believe. I think Mark was at a turning point in his life. He wanted to educate himself so he went to a University and got a teaching degree. Mark just grew tired of Metal and not really making any money. Mark did do the bass parts on a Kiss song "The Oath"we recorded many years ago. He's still a good friend of mine but I don't see him ever getting back into the Metal scene. He does play guitar and last time I spoke with him he was playing a Jazz style. I always wish him the best of luck.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with your first album "Return To Mystery" which was released through greek Unisound Productions. My first contact with your band was the "Upon the Throne of Eternity" EP. What can you tell me retrospectively about the first album?
Well, I still feel the first album kicks ass. It's pure Black/Death. I love the songs on "Return..." but I was not happy with Unisound. They used different cover art for the album and used a different band photo for the inside. We had no control over that and we never saw any $ from that album. So I was very angry going through all this. Now musically I still enjoy that album. Many people got to know us and our songs through "Return" and it seemed to be realeased in many different countries. I feel that album helped establish us in the underground scene. I mean we had a following already but that album really pushed us to the next level.
In 1995 you entered the Morrisound Studio for redording the two song "Upon the Throne of Eternity" EP. Did you only recorded this two songs that time in the studio? How did you came in contact with german Silencelike Death and what was the reason that the EP was delayed for two years? Moneyproblems from side of the smal label?
Our drummer Steve was supposed to be starting his own label back around '95. we had a few new songs featuring our second guitar player Tony Blakk and we decided to go back to Morrisound. We recored the songs but then Steve had financial problems and could not start the label. We then put out the two songs as a EP tape and sold it in the underground. Silencelike Death contacted us after hearing it and was interested in putting this on a 7"ep. We agreed but instead of using the second track "Path to Eternal Ruin" we used our old Kiss cover "The Oath" for side B. The 7" sold really good and we are still selling it today.
"Journey into Oblivion" finally was released this year through Still Dead. I think this album was released with a delay off more than two years?
Julius is a great person but I think after the Mercyful Fate Tribute in 1998 things went wrong with Still Dead. Now he is back and I hope he will work hard for you and his other bands to mend his mistakes from the past. How did you get in contact with Julius? Julius had been in contact with us for years. He did help us a lot getting money togeher for "Journey" but I know he had a lot of personal issues in his life. Unfortunaly this delayed our album but the good new is, he worked out his issues and we were able to go back into Morrisound and remix the album completely and change a few parts. So even though we had to wait, it was for the better becuase we got to change parts we were unhappy with at first. I can just hope from here on out things will be great between us and Still Dead and his label will prosper for both him and his bands.
What is the band currently up to? I suppose you have already written a whole bunch of new songs ever since "Journey Into Oblivion" was recorded, so tell us a bit about the new stuff, and do you think it´s possible to promote the "new" album with a tour, maybe through europe?
We really started to get things going this past March. We didn't have a drummer before this beause Steve went to prison. The band was basically inactive for two years. We met drummer Gabe Lewandowske ex-Hellwitch and we've been jamming as a three piece. We've written our best material in the past few months. Gabe is an incredible drummer and has really expanded our sound. We have some shows coming up soon so we are looking for a second guitar player. We will be auditioning in the next few weeks. Tony Blakk has decided not to return to the band. I will say our next album will be like a total fucking assult. Also be prepared because Still Dead will be releasing all our old demos,the "Upon the throne...7"ep, and our cover tracks on a special limited edition cd. It will have tons of music,new artwork,and history on the band. Yes we want to tour desperatlely and really get our music out there.
What are you guys doing apart from EQUINOX? Are you involved in other projects theses days?
Darkness has another band called 5 Billion Dead that keeps him busy. I've been trying to do a side project band with Kam Lee called Kauldron. We did one Destruction track for tribute album on Dwell records back in 2000. At that time it featured Darkness on bass and Gabe on drums. but the project fell apart. I've been trying to get it going again but we'll have to wait and see what happens. We all do have professional day jobs to keep us busy but man we are ready to play some kick ass shows. We have to get over to Europe as well. Most of our fans are over there and It's always been my personal goal to play and visit European countries. So hopefully this will happen and well find the right people to make it happen.
Ok Pete that's all first! Thanx allot for spending your time a german Death Metal Maniac!
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