Interview with Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel (Sept. 2000)
MR: OK, I never pinned you as a "computer guy". When did you
manage to find the time to get into the whole computer / internet thing?
by Melanie from Necrosis
: Yeah I do some Flash stuff, I guess if you want to do
something you find the time for it, and getting away from your everyday
shit is a great relief as well!!! I never thought of myself as a
computer guy really, but I love my computer to be honest! It is a great
tool, I use it for almost everything I do.
MR: Internecine, in retrospect, looks like a side project of
famous band members. Pat O'Brien, now in Cannibal, you, now in Morbid
Angel, Jared in Hate Eternal .. did you guys ever think you'd see such
uniform, yet separate, and across-the-board success?
: Well Pat and I were in the original version, called
Ceremony, later changed to Internecine... The new version with Jared is,
in my opinion a lot better than we were! As for the success, I think
that I personally have always tried to surroud myself with driven, hard
working people with great talent, and these people succeed!
MR: It's really cool that Trey's allowing some musical leeway in
allowing you to write lyrics and music for Morbid now. Do you think
you've added your "mark" to the music, or that it's "still Morbid Angel
through and through"?
: I agree it is very cool and it shows a lot of trust on
Trey's part, and he has said he is very happy with it as well!! I
think I have definetly added my feel to Morbid Angel, while still not
bending away from what Morbid Angel is and represents..
MR: Who hooked you up with Pantera?! The press release was
logical - it IS great exposure for "death metal". Is Pantera being like
Overkill, charging it's "opening act" just to be on tour with them? Or
are you guys hand-picked to be groomed for "best in show" for death
metal in 2000?
: HAHAHA I don't think we were hand picked to be groomed or
anything like that, I think it was honestly that Phillip Anselmo likes
Morbid Angel, he called and said they wanted to take us out, so here we
have it! I do feel it will be a great thing for Deathmetal!! It will
show a lot of people who have no idea what extreme is, what true extreme
is!! No, it isn't a case of us having to pay them to go on tour with
them either... They have actually treated us very well!
MR: I don't have lyrics in front of me. Are you guys sticking
with the Necronomicon-themed material or are you branching out into a
little more paranormal stuff?
: Actually drawing from everything, without using names of
gods or times or anything that solidifies things as only one way.. I
wanted the lyrics to transcend time and singular ideas and be open for
MR: "Brutal-Death.com has a new interview with Steve Tucker, the
first of many that are sure to come pouring in now that it's
promotional/press season for the upcoming new album..." This statement
just sounds so COMMERCIAL."Press season?" Are you feeling cramped or
pressured by your success?
:HAHAHHAH No, not really, the term is very commercial but,
I guess that comes with a bit of success, but I think we apply more
pressure to our own expectations for the music than anyone else could
ever apply by doing press!! We feel strongly about the record, so
talking about it is a great thing..
MR: You guys took Nile out on a limb the last huge tour through
Ohio (1998/summer?). Are you still open to taking "unsigned" or
lesser-known artists on the road w/you?
: They were signed actually at that time, but we have taken
out unsigned bands as well, we took Internecine out for a few shows on a
tour as well. We just really want bands that we feel are great!! Their
status in terms of record sales or whatever is not of relevance.
MR: How was Wacken? Did you enjoy the European hospitality?
: Wacken was great!! The hospitality was amazing, and I had
one of the greatest weekends of my life!!
MR: Now for the essay question - Compare and contrast your latest
release to FFF ('Formulas...') ..
: Comparing FFF to Gateways, is not very easy the two have
totally differant feels, I think FFF was a statement. Very exertive,
very focused in a singular direction, whereas Gateways is multi layered
I think, very structured and deep, very diverse, yet somehow still
maintaining a vibe throughout that keeps it solid.
MR: Pick & name 2 of your favorite songs off "GATEWAYS TO
ANNIHILATION", and tell us why you like 'em .. favorite passages and
stuff like that. What should fans be listening for?
: 'To the Victor the Spoils' is a great song in my opinion,
because it is aimed at the Morbid Angel fans directly, a call to arms if
you can see it that way , "Decide, between the ways of the weak of the
sheep", I love that line - it is a statement... I also love the lyrics
to 'Summoning Redemption', a call to the gods!!! "I demand to know the
light of a promised land, I demand to see this corrosion wiped
away" That verse is very powerful to me, I love it because I took
a phrase the christians love to claim as there own and I used for us,
the enemy of the idiocy!
MR: Now that Erik's back, what's "up" with Hate Eternal? Are they
disbanding or sticking around?
: They are sticking around!! Definately, he will do both
bands and Alas as well.
MR: Ask Trey how the Playstation is going! ;>
: Trey isn't into the Playstation right now actually, he is
into online quake3 arena...
MR: What music styles and genres do you listen to, outside of the
style you play with the band? Do these creep into the music at all as
: Well I think everything creeps in, though it is not as it
started out!!! It becomes what you want it to become!! I am a metal head
and I still listen to a lot of old metal, Iron Maiden 'Killers', Dio,
MR: What do you think of the Internet?
: I love the internet!
MR: What can fans look forward to seeing live?
: Morbid Angel, in all it's intensity!! We focus very
strongly on our live show, and are very proud of our shows.
MR: Any new funny or horror show/studio stories?
: As for horror stories, my first tour of Europe, we have
to use transformers for our gear (it is american gear, and they have
european power) and 9 out of 10 shows the things would fuck up in the
middle of songs and we would have to stop until it could be fixed, that
MR: After all these years at the forefront, do you find it hard
coming up with original material?
: Not at all, we right music from the soul and I think it
is only natural that it comes out original as each soul is indevidual!
MR: What is the funniest thing you have seen lately?
: My son, he is a year old and he does all kinds of funny
as shit! Banging his head and shit like that!
MR: If you could tour with with any 4 other bands, who would they
: Slayer, doing all old material, Vader (they are killer
live), Krisiun (killer live as well), Black Sabbath with Dio!
MR: Any parting words of wisdom to the masses?
: Stay Intense, enjoy the new cd, we will see you on tour!