Paul "Buz" McGrath - Unearth
And so it goes, that this glorious night, merely miles away from another Slaytanic slaughter, Wendy and I faced the oncoming winter storming hoar's frost and the tundra bite; and decided to drive to Colombus. Once there, we followed through with our plans to interview guitarist Paul "Buz" McGrath, to Unearth more matters of the human condition. This time was minded, well spent engaging dialogue and solicitious banter with Buz and his countenance of youthful exuberance. The sting of conscience indulged the heated conversation; that Wendy and I may learn more about the sanctity of brothers. Indeed, they struggled endlessly to be invited on this tour, overcoming failure and false idols. Even Buz was bled dry after being falsely arrested; but gracefully he rebounded, in the eyes of dire necessity, gaining his stronghold, adding fuel to the fire; so that the black hearts now reign!
MettleAngel: Hey Buz, it's great to hook-up with the Unearth brothers again! For the sake of this interview, why don't you state your full name?
MettleAngel: And I understand that you are the founding member of the band?
MettleAngel: So now, you are the opening
act on the Slayer tour, how cool is that?
MettleAngel: How did this opportunity come about?
MettleAngel: Well, Unearth does have a slightly similar sound, which will appeal to Slayer fans.
MettleAngel: I'm sure Slayer fans will dig the Unearth sound and style, though.
MettleAngel: Does Unearth also have a core fan base? Do you find fans coming to see just your band play?
MettleAngel: Hopefully these die-hard Slayer fans will open their black hearts to Unearth. Let's talk about your new video debuing today...
MettleAngel: I caught a teaser earlier this week, this definitely seems like a big budget production.
MettleAngel: From what I noticed, it was still mostly performance based, with several visually enhanced effects, and some storytelling going on. Given your recent level of success, Sounds Of The Underground, Ozzfest, and now this Slayer Tour, Unearth should be used to the spotlight. After all, your other guitarist Ken Susi told jokes on Jay Leno this summer. Recently, Lamb Of God was on Conan O'Brian and Slayer sold out their appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel when they played live last week. Any chance of Unearth getting one of these late-night show opportunities?
MettleAngel: Well, this Slayer tour will elevate Unearth to the next level. What age/gender is the primary Unearth fan?
MettleAngel: What about the chicks, who love your sound, they are in the front row cheering you on. At least they are on that bonus DVD which comes with the III: In The Eyes Of Fire digipack?
MettleAngel: I noticed on the new CD that Trevor only used heavy and harsh vocals. Would you then consider yourself more of a death metal oriented band?
MettleAngel: I know, I hate labels. You are from Boston, every band from there is dubbed as being Metalcore. When I think of Boston, Mass. Metal I think of Meliah Rage, Wargasm, Formacide, Strip Mind, etc
MettleAngel: I'm not too familiar with them, though I should be, as I'll see them in a month. I thought they were like In Flames and Shadows Fall and employed the clean vocal style; whereas Unearth is all brutal; no clean singing, whatsoever.
MettleAngel: Unearth is so heavy and almost thrashing with some melodic elements, but not as many leads as say Children Of Bodom. So what kind of sound are you trying to achieve, as their is no doubt you are true metal.
MettleAngel: Yeah you guys have a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. I love to watch you jump around and spin around your guitar getting dizzy. It reminds me of watching Gary Holt of Exodus, back in the day. I like your terminologies: "pendulous testicles" and "push pitting". Today it's just glorified Kung Fu pits and Mortal Kombat try-outs. I was baptized in the circle pits of the mid 80's. Hell, I saw Overkill open for Slayer in 1986, that was an insane show!
MettleAngel: That was always the point of a circle pit - good, clean, friendly, violent fun. After the show, you are so tired from moshing, that you just want to go home and crash.
MettleAngel: So this amorphous throng of thrashers are having fun in the 'organized chaos'! Tell me about this drum giveaway with Unearth and Slayer as advertised on your website.
MettleAngel: So it's like a promo pack sponsored by Tama to give away a Slayer and Unearth drum kit. That is like the Lamb Of God and Children Of Bodom ESP guitar giveaway from Unholy Alliance. I get it. Are there any concert shirts for this tour, or other promotional items with both Slayer and Unearth on them?
MettleAngel: What seems to be the biggest and most popular item fans bring to you to sign?
MettleAngel: What about the limited edition digipack for III: Eyes Of Fire CD, do you see many of those being presented by fans?
MettleAngel: The day the CD came out in August, Best Buy had a killer deal on the digipack with the DVD. I picked up one and encouraged many of my friends to do so, as well.
MettleMaiden: What's the strangest item fans have asked you to sign, lately?
MettleAngel: You signed a dude's inflamed nutsack?
MettleAngel: What, was it the size of a plum, tomatoe, or apple?
MettleMaiden: Well, that is something. Do you have any other cool tour stories which you want to tell fans? There has to be something wicked that occured on the Slayer tour.
MettleAngel: Frozen? Does not the warm urine melt the ice? What about this horrible weather, any problems, like the bus breaking down? God Forbid, Mnemic, and several other bands have had issues with this.
MettleMaiden: Any entertaining tour tales to tell? You know that juicy Blabbermouth exclusive B$?
MettleAngel: What, wait, you got arrested? Where? Why? Did you post on Blabberbouth, or tell any other journalists in interviews, yet?
MettleMaiden: What happened?
MettleAngel: Were you wearing a controversial shirt? Was he really a cop or just a security guard?
MettleAngel: Say what! Police brutality - Guilty Of Innocence! (I sing the words to the Death Angel song, "Guilty of innocence, soooooo sorry, nooooo, please,,,,laughing as they cut my hair!"). Hello, lawsuit!
MettleAngel: Man that whole situation just blows! Trust me Wal-Mart sucks, so you are better off. Next time try Target. But, since I represent Metal Covenant, our site gets to be the one to tell your fans. Now we can all boycott Wal-Mart! Tell me about this Motley Crue cover band, which everyone is talking about.
MettleAngel: There is nothing wrong with loving Mötley Crüe, look at Alexi "Wildchild" from Children Of Bodom.
MettleAngel: That's so cool, that expains how you can easily do the beer bong shots during your live set, as you are already a bit "buzzing" - ha, ha!
MettleAngel: Yeah last time we interviewed John 'Slo' Maggard and he was totally into Dream Theater. I wanted to tell him about the new Dominici - O3 CD, as we both love When Dream And Day Unite.
MettleMaiden: He calls all the good music "heavy shit"!
MettleAngel: What about you man, what's your metal journey like?
MettleAngel: But, you are just a kid, what kind of punk did you skate to?
MettleAngel: 30, wow, you're like Jesper of In Flames; you look just like you're a kid. If I did not have this receding hairline, I'd never appear my age either. Only a decade ago, I was being carded for rated 'R' movies.
MettleAngel: I love Minor Threat, how did you get into all the metal?
MettleAngel: You mean the Bay Area, Florida Death scene, etc.?
MettleAngel: Of course, you got to appreciate the European underground in late 80's!
MettleAngel: I can totally relate, not neccessarily the Black album, but definitely Load and Celtic Frost's Cold Lake!
MettleAngel: And now five years later, everything has come full circle. Unearth is opening for Slayer, appealing to their fans and Slayer fans alike. Buz, Man, thank you so much for indulging us in your private affairs.
MettleMaiden: Yes, the Wal-Mart arrest, and big ball looney, makes for another remarkable and memorable interview.
MettleAngel: Oh, we will!
MettleMaiden: Slayer rules! We look forward to watching you again tonight. Then we look forward to catching you again with Dimmi Borgir in Cleveland in April.