EXODUS Frontman Rob Dukes On GENERATION KILL - "We Didn't Want To Just Be A Thrash Band"
November 22, 2013, 5 years ago
Brian Aberback from NJ's Steppin' Out magazine recently interviewed EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes about his other band GENERATION KILL. The full interview will be published on November 26th at this location. An excerpt follows:
Q: We’re All Gonna Die is a huge leap forward, sonically and musically, from Generation Kill’s 2011 debut, Red White And Blood. What did you do differently on the new album?
A: "The first album we recorded in my house in three different sessions, and with different players. We were all very busy with other things. I really look at the first album as a demo. This time we brought in a real producer (Zeuss) and stepped up the musicianship. We didn’t want to just be a thrash band. We wanted to play different styles and not limit ourselves. We’re all old-school metalheads and love thrash and that’s still there, but there’s more than that. It’s not a pure thrash album. We brought other elements of other styles into it without compromising what we wanted to do. It’s a very honest metal album. We wrote what we like. It doesn’t sound like every other band out there."
Q: One of the major changes is your performing cleaner and more melodic vocals at several points during the album. Was that something you’ve always wanted to do? Did you know you had it in you?
A: "I knew that I had a singing voice but I never really got to try it live before. What I didn’t know is that I could do harmonies and multi-layering. It was a total challenge. That’s also one of the reasons it was really hard for us to get signed. Labels were like, ‘this is the guy from Exodus but now he’s singing soft.’ With Exodus they’re a pure thrash band and I already do that, so I wanted to do something different. But every record label turned us down. One label said, ‘the world doesn’t really need this.’ We were just getting slammed."
Rob Dukes will be invading the Sirius Satellite Radio HQ in New York City to do a take-over of Liquid Metal during Thanksgiving Week, November 25th to 29th. Liquid Metal can be heard on SiriusXM Channel 40.
We’re All Gonna Die, produced by Zeuss (HATEBREED, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MUNICIPAL WASTE), is already available in Europe and The UK. It will be released November 26th in North America via Nuclear Blast and features the following eight tracks:
'Born To Serve'
'Prophets Of War'
'There Is No Hope'
'We're All Gonna Die'
Lyric videos for 'Vegas' and 'Prophets Of War' have been issued: