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Obituary - Setting a New Standard Part II

By: Mike Sloan

Slowly We Rot-era Obituary...

Blistering.com: World Demise has always been my personal favorite Obituary album. I know it was criticized because it was a bit different at the time, but itís your best one in my opinion. To you, what is your favorite Obituary album?

I love World Demise. Itís one of my favorites because it was fun in the studio. It was our fourth one so we already learned three different times how to record an album. When I was a young musician, I donít even remember recording Slowly We Rot and I kind of remember recording Cause of Death. I do remember being terrified in the studio, though. When youíre at home practicing in your room, you feel awesome and comfortable. But when youíre in the studio and you see the record light pop on, you get nervous and you tighten up. It was terrifying. But by the time World Demise rolled around, I was very confident and I thought we wrote great songs. We also had a great team around us at Morrisound. It was great and I love World Demise. I wouldnít say itís my favorite because The End Complete has some awesome songs on it, too. But World Demise, Iím very proud of that and I would not hesitate to hand an alien who just came to Earth and asked what death metal was. I would be happy if someone handed him a copy of World Demise.

Blistering.com: ďKilling Victims FoundĒ is my favorite Obituary song. Do you have a particular favorite?

Personal favoriteÖ [thinks a short while]. No [laughs]. I like our new stuff. I like our new song called ďList of Dead.Ē I think itís one of the grooviest, sickest songs ever.

Blistering.com: Time for the Quick Ten. I ask a question and you give me the first thing that pops in your head. Be as short or long as you wish for each answer.

Ok. Letís do it.

Blistering.com: The best city in the United States to play a concert is _____?

Tardy: [laughs] Iím going to contradict myself but Iíd say Tampa!

Blistering.com: The worst city in the United States to play a concert is _____?

OhÖ I donít know. There is not one. I love Ďem all. I donít care if only 170 people show up; I donít care. I love them all.

Blistering.com: The best band to ever come out of Florida is _____?


Blistering.com: The most overlooked metal band in history is _____?

WowÖ Metal band, huh? (thinks for a while). Sadus.

Blistering.com: The brother combo in music that is better than Donald and John Tardy is _____?

Pantera. Vinnie and Dime.

Blistering.com: You are going to tour with one band of your choice, active or defunct, whether as an opener or headliner. That band is _____?

Pantera. They are one of the greatest bands in the world. They are my favorite shit and thatís why I love Lamb of God. They were the cutting edge of everyone and they were better than everyone. They were a new, suped-up, top fuel version of Van Halen. They were so brutal and slick and awesome, and then they got taken from us. My dream was to always tour with Dimebag but I never got to do that.

Blistering.com: If you could fill in for one band for one show because their drummer got hurt, that band would be _____?

I already did it! I just did it last month! Lamb of God invited me onstage at Grasspop in front of 18,000 people. I played ďRedneckĒ onstage. It was awesome. Look it up on YouTube. It was the most fun Iíve ever had in my life.

Blistering.com: The city that has the hottest women in the world is _____?

Tampa because thatís where my wife lives.

Blistering.com: You have the chance to punch one celebrity in the mouth. That guy is _____?

I donít know, man. Iíve actually never punched anybody in my life. Iíve never been in a fight. SoÖ nobody. I donít punch (laughs).

Blistering.com: The biggest, most important lesson youíve learned as a musician is _____?

Is to be able to relax while performing, whether itís recording or playing live in front of 100 to 100,000 people. As a musician Iíve learned that if you do relax and whatís called ďplay behind the cowbellĒ itís much easier. What that means is that when youíre in the studio and you play to a click track, you have to keep time. But even if youíre staying in time with the cowbell, if youíre nervous or anxious you can play a little bit rushed. Itís a whole different world when a drummer and a singer and the rest of the entire band learn to play just behind the cowbell and relax every split second of the song. Thatís the biggest lesson Iíve ever learned and it took me until I was 40 years old to understand that.

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