ANGER AS ART Mainman: 'There Is A Certain Emotion That Only Thrash Can Get To'

Diesel of www.thrashunlimited.com recently conducted an interview with mainman Steve Gaines of Los Angeles thrashers ANGER AS ART. The following is an excerpt — discussing the link between thrash and being angry;

"There is a certain emotion that only thrash can get to. Don't get me wrong, I love death metal... but that is very much like a horror/fantasy movie for me. It isn't real. I don't really watch movies, and never got into comic books. I spent too much time dealing in reality. While my bandmates and peers were medicating themselves and vegging into their VCR and television, I was trying to survive — living in the back seat of my car. Everything was brutally honest and real. I had no safety net. So, just trying to survive while people were 'taking food off of my table' became a battle cry, or way of life. Wonder why I am angry? Life and reality made me this way. There are so many of my peers who make statements - 'see how hateful he is? Oooh, the anger... what a BAD person' as they slip into an alcoholic stupor, ignoring the problems in their own lives - just like good Catholics who look the other way when priests sodomize little boys. Not me, I was never afforded the luxury. Life was always very real... and since I am not in any position of power, I have very little at my disposal to do anything about it. So it comes out in thrash — this really is a catharsis, as you said. Look at the lyrics of that song... 'Goddamn you.... I really hate you... I wish you'd fucking die.' That's it. How many times have you been there? And the person you hate is actually connected to the hand that feeds you.... That is where I am with lyrics, and where it comes from."

Read the entire interview at this location.

ANGER AS ART's new album, "Callous and Furor", is now available on Old School Metal Records.

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