TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Paul Speckmann of the American death metal band Master was done through e-mail in June 2002.
Hello, how are you doing?
Iīm doing great, we just finished a
successful tour with Krabathor and the fans response to Master was great on
tour. Master is still alive and well!!!!!!!
You have just released your new album called "Let's Start A War",
what has the response been like so far?
System Shock said the cd is
very well, and the people seem to responding well to Letīs start A War.
Master is one of the legends in the death metal underground but
the history of the band is still not known by many, could you please
tell us how it all started?
I actually began playing in a band called Warcry first. We recorded one song for the Metal Massacre 4 cd called
Forbidden Evil. I played my last show with this band opening for Queensreich
and Twisted Fucking Sister in 1983. The original drummer and I left the
band and formed Master. We were listening to Slayer,Show No Mercy, and
Venom Welcome to Hell. We thought we could be as heavy. So we started
You are now signed to the German label System Shock, a label not
only dealing with metal, are you happy with their work so far?
been working with System Shock for years, and they have showed nothing
but support for my many projects.
In the early days you were signed to Nuclear Blast, did they lose interest in you later on?
No they just decided they did not want to
me the money they owed me. They openly admit to making loads of money
my many projects to this day!!!!!!
Do you have any plans to continue with your other projects
Abomination, Deathstrike and Funeral Bitch?
Do you know what your old band members have been doing since
days? Are they still active musically?
They have become drug addicts. Some
still live with their parents at 40 years old. Many have dissapeared from
the scene altogether.
The title of your new album will probably raise a few eyebrows,
was your intention with it?
In America they are constantly promoting
their military campaigns with television, radio, and posters. We want you
is their motif.Uncle Sam is a popular figure in America, so Letīs Start
A War.I remember the army coming to my home trying to recruit me at 16
years old. I was to busy smoking pot and playing music to hear his
Can you tell us a little about the lyrics of the album? Do you
write them all on your own?
The lyrics deal with the social isssues of the
day. I deal with real life in the lyrics.Yes I write all my own lyrics.
What do you think of the metal scene of today, any newer bands
you enjoy in particular?
Sure there are too many to name.
What are your top 5 albums ever?
Motorhead No Sleep Til
Hammersmith, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Rainbow Rising, Slayer Hell Awaits, Venom
Welcome To Hell.
Now to my own and brand new right or wrong section. You are just going to tell us whether you think the following acts would be right or wrong:
System Shock / KMG Music
a) If someone killed Hitler prior to his mass murder campaigns.
b) To burn down a church because it's "evil".
c) To burn down a church because it represents oppression.
e) Death penalty.
f) To lie if it will be of benefit to yourself.
wrong total bullshit
Any final words for the fans?
Check out Letīs Start a War If you like real metal, you will not be dissapointed.
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