Dave Read of Death Militia

August 7th, 2008
by Metal Rules

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INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST DAVE READ

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So Dave, how and when did you discover metal back then and what were the records that you worshipped so much? What were some of the bands that you truly enjoyed immensely?

I guess I started out as a Beatles fan back in the ’70’s, and from there I got into some heavier stuff like Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and AC/DC.  I was 11 or 12 when I first heard Black Sabbath and that was it, I was hooked.  That must have been around ’78 or ’79.  The following year I discovered Iron Maiden and Motorhead, then the NWOBHM bands.  By 1983 I was 16 and  right there and ready for all the new thrash bands – Metallica, Slayer, Antrax etc.  It was very exciting and I felt that the small crew of us who liked those bands had a secret that, say, Quiet Riot fans didn’t quite get.

What and made you to turn from listener to musician?

I’d always wanted to be a musician and started playing guitar in 1979 when I was 12.  I attemped Rush and Zeppelin tunes with some friends, I just loved the whole band thing, rehearsing in basements, going out and playing the occasional party.

 

What were your influences to become a metal musician? Do you recall in which conditions you picked up the guitar?

My influences back then were Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson, and especially Angus Young!  Later my main influences were James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Hanneman/King and Hank Sherman/Michael Denner from Mercyful Fate.  I originally wanted to be a bass player (!) and my Dad took me to Long & McQuade (Toronto music store) to look at a bass, but at 12 years old a bass was just too big for my hands…it looked huge on me!  The salesman said I should try a guitar instead so I did.  I ended up getting a hand me down Saturn electric guitar from a cousin shortly thereafter, and a school friend let me borrow a 6 watt Kay amplifier.

What kind of guitars, amplifiers, strings, equipments etc. did/do you play?

When I was 14 I got my first ’real’ guitar…a 1969 Gibson SG thanks to my Mum who helped me pay for it, it was awesome (and it looked just like Angus Young’s), I used it for many Death Militia recordings and live gigs.  Initially I had a Traynor 25 watt amp, soon replaced by a 50 watt one.  By the time we did the ’To Serve & Protect’ tape I had upgraded my amp to a 200 watt HiWatt head with 2x Marshall 4×12’s.  ’Big’ Dave Bracewell (Death Militia vocalist from 1986-88) told me his brother had a 200 watt HiWatt and that if I ever saw one I should pick it up.  I was so broke when I first saw the 200 but I knew I had to have it so I sold a bunch of albums to pay it off over a year.  It was a beast.  Sadly I sold it to a friend in 2000.  Back in the Death Militia days I also played a Japanese BC Rich Bich and also an American BC Rich Eagle, but the SG was my #1 until I fucked it up by putting a whammy bar on it.  In the late ’80s/early ’90’s after Death Militia I played a Fender Strat, and in 1992 I bought a Les Paul Standard which I still have today.  For strings I have always used XL’s, no specific brand.  Effect pedals used in Death Militia were a Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal and an MXR Flanger.

What kind of instruments do you still play?

I still have my Les Paul, and I also have an Epiphone Sheraton, although I’m thinking of selling that to help pay for a Rickenbacker 4001 bass.  My current amp is an Ampeg Reverberocket.

In which bands did you play before you joined DEATH MILITIA? Could you tell us more about your early experiences as musician?

Early bands pre-Death Militia included Stonehenge and Krypt.  We played covers by Motorhead, Priest, Def Leppard as well as a few originals.  Stonehenge included vocalsit Buzz Druzeta who was my next door neighbour and who went on to form Witchfawn.  Krypt played one gig at my high school Battle of the Bands but nothing after that.  Krypt drummer Brian Fogle and I reunited with Buzz Druzeta for a new, un-named band but they were looking to go down a much more commercial path than I wanted to go so we parted ways after a few months in 1984.  I knew Evan Wilson from high school and he liked the heavier stuff too so we talked about forming a band but nothing came of it until the next year.

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DEATH MILITIA came from Toronto, what do you remember about the underground scene of those times? Were you familiar with bands, such as Sacrifice, Slaughter, Exciter, Infernal Majesty or Anvil?

Of course I remember all those bands!  Metallica played in Toronto for the first time in January 1985, and before concerts I used to go and hang out at the Record Peddlar downtown, checking out records and meeting up with friends.  Before the Metallica show that day my friend Harris Rosen and I met some new friends, Joe Rico and Rob Urbinati from Sacrifice who had just formed the year before.  Scott Watts may have been with them, and their late manager Ray Wallace too.  We got to talking and we were getting along really well. 

Would you say that Toronto was a big metal center in Canada? Did you have a healthy club and underground scene?

It was a great scene back in those days, but it wasn’t really big or anything.  Everyone knew each other and we all went to each others shows and traded tapes.  The main club was a total dive bar called Larry’s Hideaway, and other gigs happened at The DMZ, the Silver Dollar and the Quoc-Te (located in the basement of a Vietnamese restaraunt, site of the first ever Death Militia concert with Holocaust and D.O.G.).

Do you remember some Slaughter rehearsal with Chuck Schuldiner?

I remember when Chuck was in Toronto for a few weeks and I had one of the homemade Death shirts he brought up to give out (I wish I still had that!), but I don’t recall any rehearsals or anything.  He was only in Toronto for a couple weeks I think, he had no idea about the cold!!

Were you in touch with other bands as well, such as Razor, Voivod, Deaf Dealer, Aggression, Soothsayer, Savage Steel or DBC?

I was actually penpals with both Snake from VoiVod and Dave Carlo from Razor.  I knew of the other bands but I didn’t know anyone in them at all.  DBC was pretty awesome.

In your opinion, was the underground metal scene in Quebec bigger than in Toronto?

Hard to say really, I’m not sure how big the Quebec scene was in 84-85.  They were both probably smaller than most people these days imagine.  Metal is huge now, but back then the new stuff was kind of a secret of our small scene, everyone else was listening to Priest, Maiden, Twisted Sister etc.  You’d see the same 30-50 people at every show.  Slayer played at Larry’s Hideaway in November 1984 (with Razor) and there were probably 70 people there total, including all the guys in Death Militia, Sacrifice and Slaughter.  I stood 10 feet away from Slayer the whole show, and the stage was only 3 feet off the ground!!

So tell us please how and when did Death Militia form? How did you hook up with each other? Did you know each other earlier?

When I met Joe Rico and Rob Urbinati before the Metallica concert I mentioned that I was looking to get into a band and they said their friends in Slaughter were looking for a 2nd guitarist.  I called Terry Sadler and went out to jam with them at Ron Sumners’ house 3 times.  We didn’t really gel musically but we remain friends to this day.  After those jams I decided to get my own band together, so I got Evan Wilson in on vocals and we knew drummer Robb McVean from the TO scene.  Robb brought in guitarist Bruce Taylor.  That was the first official Death Militia line-up from Spring 1985.  Bruce wasn’t always around and I don’t think his heart was fully in it.  Mark Faria, ex-Massacre/Dark Legion joined us on bass later on in 1985 and with that line-up we recorded the ’Onslaught of Death’ demo tape and played a handful of live gigs.

What were the musical backgrounds of the other Death Militia guys?

I know Evan was more into Motorhead and Priest; I was more into Metallica, Slayer and Mercyful Fate, as well as Discharge and GBH, the same probably for Mark Faria.  Robb like the classic metal, and I think Bruce was probably more into Van Halen hahahaha!

What about the early rehearsals of Death Militia? Were you jamming mostly on covers or did you start writing originals right from the start?

We started writing originals right away, I think the song ’Death Militia’ was the first one we wrote.  We also did a couple covers, like ’State Violence, State Control’ by Discharge but we didn’t rely on covers like some bands did.

As I as know, you had your first gig without putting out/having a demo tape, how did it happen? What do you recall of that show?

I’m pretty sure we had something out when we did the first gig at the Quoc Te, possibly the ONSLAUGHT OF DEATH demo, I can’t remember now!  Glen Salter and Terry from D.O.G. came to one of our rehearsals beforehand and they took a copy of the rehearsal with them on tape, I think that’s how we got the gig.  I remember we were supposed to get paid $50.00 but Dave Hewson pulled the bathroom sink out of the wall so we didn’t get paid.  The response from the audience was good though.

You recorded your first demo ONSLAUGHT OF DEATH in 1985, what do you remember about the recording sessions? Was it your first studio experience?

That demo is just a rehearsal, recorded live to a ghetto blaster at Evan Wilson’s parent’s house in Willowdale (suburb of Toronto)!!  We whipped together a quick cover and made a handful of copies, but really it got out there because of tape trading.  There were no sessions per se, it was just another rehearsal as far as we were concerned.

Did you have a decent budget to record the demo?

The budget was about $2.00 for a blank Maxell tape, maybe a little more for some snacks!!!

What kind of responses did you get? Would you say, that this demo (and DEATH MILITIA) was a kind of Canada’s answer to EXODUS, POSSESSED, SLAYER and stuff?

Well, we certainly liked those bands!  The response was great considering people are still asking me about it 23 years later!!!

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In your opinion, why was thrash metal so popular in the mid ’80s? Would you say that thrash was trendy music at that point or was it rather an underground one?

Thrash was raw, new and exciting back then, there was nothing like it.  It was the perfect mix of the metal riffs and the punk energy.  Thrash was definitely underground in the mid-80’s and it was hard for bands like us to get gigs.  All the clubs were booking were shitty ’tribute’ bands.  We were a reaction against that. 

What happened after the releasing of the demo? Did you gig a lot in Toronto and around Toronto?

At that point all of our gigs were in Toronto.  We didn’t gig all that often with the first line-up, we did more once the 2nd line-up was solidified.

Why and when did bassist Mike Faria , who was later involved with Dark Legion, leave the band? Were there any musical and personal differences among you?

No real differences, musical or personal, between Mark and us, I just think he wanted to go back and do something with his friends in Dark Legion.  I’m still in touch with him.  Robb left shortly thereafter leaving only Evan and I in early 1986.  We placed a Musicians Wanted ad in the Record Peddlar and met bassist Steve Mills through that ad, we also knew Ken Pynn through his brother and so the 4 of us were briefly Death Militia MK 1.5.  That line-up never played any gigs and to my recollection we never had any tapes either.  We worked on some old Death Militia tracks and started writing a few new ones as well.  Ken didn’t have his own drumset which was limiting for us, and Evan was losing interest in being a vocalist as well.  I gelled really well with Steve and he and I decided to build an all new Death Militia.  Steve knew lunatic guitarist Dale Kennedy from when he lived in Peterborough, and he had jammed with drummer Corey Stoll a few times as well.  Steve, Dale, Corey and myself worked up a bunch of all new material (we didn’t play any old Death Militia songs), and although we decided to keep the Death Militia name it was really an all new band.  We needed a singer and so back to the Musicians Wanted wall at the Record Peddlar we went!

What do you think about Dark Legion? How do/did you view their 1986 demo PSYCHOSIS?

I’ve always liked Dark Legion, and Mark Watts is one of the coolest guys from the whole scene.  In fact I approached him last year about putting out a Dark Legion 7” but he wasn’t so into it (I’m still working on it).  PSYCHOSIS is a great demo!

What kind of problems did you have with singer Evan Wilson? In my opinion, he did a cool achievement on the demo…

Like I say, Evan was cool and we didn’t have any personal problems with him, but he was losing interest in being a vocalist.  He started to get really into pyrotechnics which I believe he is still involved with to this day.  He never played in any other bands after Death Militia.

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At which point did Dave “Big Dave” Bracewell get in the picture? What about his musical past? Were there other singers audtioned back then beside Dave?

Big Dave joined us in Spring 1986, he was a total maniac.  He was the only singer we auditioned.  We’d been jamming as just the musicians for a few months (myself, Steve Mills, Dale Kennedy and Corey Stoll) at Corey’s folks’ place, which is where we wrote the bulk of the TO SERVE… tape.   I can’t remember if it was us or him who put up the ad in the Record Peddler, either way we got in touch and we scheduled a rehearsal where we played a few covers, mostly Maiden, Metallica and Sabbath.  We then showed him some of the orginals we had and he pulled out some lyrics he had, and voila!  That was the final pice to the puzzle.

As second guitarist, Jason Marsden, joined the band, who played earlier in Beyond. Did you know this band? Were you familiar with their demos PARADOX and INNER WORLD?

Actually, Jason played with us first and THEN he played with Beyond.  He only played with them a few times too as I recall.  He also jammed with Dyoxen after he left Death Militia.  Jason cane on board to replace Dale Kennedy.  It was a sad day when Dale left, he was such a good guitarist and songwriter, and more importantly he was a cool dude.  I’m hoping to see him for the 1st time in over 20 years when I go back to Toronto for a visit in March 2008, 2002. Beyond were great, and Paul Garvey was one of my closest friends from back in those days.

Ken Pynn, the younger brother of Gus Pynn of Sacrifice, played with you for a short time, what about this period? Is it a tradition in the Pynn family being drummer?

I was so psyched to play with Ken, he was a great drummer and we got along quite well as friends as well.  Ken shared his brother Gus’s drums, and we would rehearse after Sacrifice.  It was great, I got to see Sacrifice several times a week…private show!

Were you always a great Sacrifice fan? Do you like their records?

I’ve always been a big Sacrifice fan.  I bought their CD reissues on Marquee a couple years ago.  Yes, I am a huge fan of Sacrifice.

Would you say that the whole Toronto thrash movement started with Sacrifice or rather with Exciter?

Exciter is actually from Ottawa.  I think the whole TO thrash scene started with Razor.  I have to give credit to Anvil too, they were awesome.

Why do you think so many metal or crossover bands were popping up from everywhere in the Ontario area and mainly in Toronto during 1984/1985?

A bunch of smart kids started thinking for themselves and listening to great music!

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The second demo was TO SERVE AND PROTECT, what about the recording sessions of this demo?

We recorded that demo at our rehearsal space, located next to the freezer underneath a health food store called ’The Big Carrot’, on the Danforth in Toronto.  Big Dave knew this guy Brian Renaud who had a 4-track cassette recorder, and he came over one day and we did the recording.  We truly multi-tracked, I remember doing guitar overdubs in the hallway.  The demo was mixed by Steve Mills, Big Dave and probably Brian Renaud.  Steve and I put the cover together.  The logo was done by a guy who had sent it to a fanzine, I don’t think we ever actually got in touch with the guy to get permission to use it.  We sold a fair amount of those demos at gigs and through the mail.  The address included in the cover was the house I grew up in, my parents lived there until just a few years ago.

What about the song composing compared to the first demo?

The first demos were great, I love them, they are so completely raw and thrash.  I’d only been writing for a few months at that point, and I’m sure Evan’s lyrics were pretty recent too.  Bruce Taylor wrote a couple riffs as well.  It was all pretty rudimentary.  But with Steve, Dale, myself and Big Dave, we now had 4 songwriters in the band, all with different styles and all willing to work with the others.  Songs like ’The Family’ contained elements from all 4 of us, and Corey Stoll’s drumming was superb as well.

As far as the track “Killing time”, was it an original tune or a cover vesrion of the Sweet Savage’s one?

Our ’Killing Time’ is an original with lyrics by ’Big’ Dave Bracewell and music by me, Dave Read.

The demo was recorded in a cellar where you rehearsed and the recording session is famous for the moment, when Dale Kennedy inadvertently flung himself out one of the doors while he was laying down one of his solos, how did it happen?

Dale was overdubbing a solo for ’Beneath The Crosses’ and the freezing hallway under the Big Carrot, and he got so into his performance that he rock and rolled right out of the room!

Musicwise was this tape a power metal oriented one. In my oppinion, it differed from the first demo. What made you to turn into that direction? Did you discover bands, such as Testament, Onslaught, Annihilator etc.?

I think by that point, metal musicians who had been playing for a few years started to get better at their instruments and started to think of more complex ideas in terms of their songs and arrangements.  There was no conscious decision to change styles with Death Militia, we just evolved onto a new entity around the current musicians in the band at that time.

Whose idea was it to turn into that power, catchy direction?

We all gelled to create the new style.

What about the lyrics? Were they kind of anti-christian, anti-religous texts? I’m thinking of “Forgive me father”, “Beneath the crosses” or “On the eight day (man created)”.

Actually, our material at that time was anti-war, anti-violence, anti-government, and pro-environment!

Did you shop around the demo to attract label interests? Were there some labels that started showing interest in Death Militia at all?

I don’t think we actively shopped to any labels believe it or not!  I think we naively thought that some major label was going to come knocking on our door to give us the ’Big Deal’.  We had talked a bit to Fringe/Diabolic Force and Attic but nothing came of it.  We self-released the tapes on our own, and we sold them at gigs and at record stores like the Record Peddler.

What about your live gigs back then? Did you often play live?

We did play a bunch of gigs back in those days, I don’t know how many off hand, maybe 30 or so.  We played at clubs like Ildiko’s/The Bridge, The Siboney and the El Mocambo in Toronto, as well as some shows out of Toronto as well.

Were you always an opening act or did you do some headliner shows as well? Did you have the opportunity of playing at festivals or stuff?

We were both headliners and opening acts, depending on the gig.  Unfortunately we never were able to play any festivals, all of our shows were at clubs.

Why do you think so many Canadian bands failed at becoming big? I mean, they had lots of talent, but most went nowhere. Was there something wrong with the iCanadian music industry as far as metal goes?

It was a new scene back then, and although there were lots of great bands across the country there was still a lot of naievete as well as great distance between cities.

For example, was Attic the only one metal label in Canada back then? A lot of Canadian bands got signed to labels such as Roadrunner, Combat, Metal Blade, New Renaissance etc.

There was also Diabolic Force/Fringe who put out Sacrifice, Slaughter and Sudden Impact Records among other titles.  They were based out of Toronto.

Would you say that the Metal scene wasn’t supported so strong in Canada?

There was (and is) a lot of support, and it’s great that after over 20 years a lot of these great bands are finally getting their due.  The bands in Canada back then were easily as good as their US and European counterparts!

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In 1988 you recorded the ONE DAY CLOSER TO HELL demo featuring “Begin the last rites” and “Does he live today”, how did the recording sessions with this tape go?

Those sessions were interesting.  We had a friend, Stephanie Haynes, who was a student at the Trebas Institute, which was a recording school in Toronto.  Recording Death Militia became her school project and we went in to record 3 songs: ’Begin The Last Rites’, ’Does He Live Today?’ and a re-recording of ’The Family’.  The facilities were much better than when we recorded the TO SERVE AND PROTECT tracks at our rehearsal space underneath the Big Carrot.  The recording went relatively smoothly, except we had a problem where the click track was printed onto the drum tracks for ’The Family’ which made that track unusable.  Of course now I would never use a click track under any circumstances but we didn’t know any better back in 1988.  This tape marked the recorded debut of new guitarist Jason Marsden, and I believe that ’Begin The Last Rites’ was our most accomplished recorded track as well as our crowning achievement songwriting-wise.

Why was this demo only a two tracks tape? Didn’t you have enough material for a longer demo?

We did, but like I said the ’deal’ was for 3 tracks only, and the take of ’The Family’ was unfortunately destroyed.  I wanted to record ’Rocket’s Red Glare’ as well but there was no time.  We saw this tape as a precursor to a full length album, but sadly it ended up being our swan song.

Was this demo also shopped around to get a deal?

Somewhat, although I’m not sure to whom.  We passed some around to friends and we may have sold some.  But we didn’t even do a cover for this demo, unlike the TO SERVE … demo.

Would you say, that you musically followed the direction of the T OSERVE AND PROTECT demo?

The tracks were in the same vein writing-wise, but I think especially ’Begin The Last Rites’ was much more advanced than anything on TO SERVE… 

What about the tracks such as “The unknown epic” or “The future in question”? Were they written during the ONE DAY… sessions or a little bit later?

Both of those tracks were written at the same time as the ones on the demo.  I’m not sure why we went with the ones we did on the tape, there were probably some inter-band politics involved!

In your opinion, why did Death Militia fail in getting a record deal? Were you sad back then because you couldn’t releasing your debut record?

Our biggest problem was that we could never keep a stable line-up together for more than a few months at a time, we were our own worst enemies in that regard.  Just look at Sacrifice, I’ve always admired the fact that they kept the same 4 members for 3 albums and several years.  I’ve always wished we could have done that.

Why did thrash metal go out of fashion in the late ’80s/early ’90s?

I guess people were looking for new avenues of heaviness, it seemed like the wind went out of the sails with a lot of the big thrash bands by the end of the ’80s.

It was replaced by death metal, didn’t you think about turning into a brutal, but technical death metal direction?

We never thought about changing our style at all.  We just wrote what we felt like writing.

At which point did Death Militia split up? Did you remain in touch with your bandmates?

By 1988 we were writing some pretty complex material, but we were also going through some inner turmoil, as both Big Dave and Corey Stoll left and re-joined the band that year, and Jason Marsden ended up leaving the band that year as well, leaving us to be a 4 piece with me as the sole guitarist.  There were a lot of strong personalities in the band and it was hard to keep things together after a while.  The last gasp was when it was myself, Steve Mills, Corey Stoll and a new vocalist Steve Fitzpatrick, although Steve F wasn’t very experienced and I don’t think he realized what he had gotten himself into.  Corey Stoll could never dcide whether he wanted to be in a band or be a motocross bike racer and his heart was never 100% into it.  At the end it was really just Steve Mills and I who were trying to move forward, and when Steve announced he was leaving that was it for me, I closed the book on Death Militia, which had been my baby for 4 years.  I have remained in contact with Steve Mills throughout all the years since those days, he’s a great friend and he helped me to put the YOU CAN’T KILL WHAT’S ALREADY DEAD CD together a couple years ago, and since then I have been in contact with Big Dave and Jason Marsden.  I am hoping to see Dale Kennedy when I’m in Toronto in March 2008.  I haven’t heard from Corey Stoll since probably 1989 or 1990.

Did you follow what’s going on in the metal scene after Death Militia’s demise? How do you view the present scene compared to the mid ’80’s one? Are they comparable with each other at all or are they two different worlds?

Different world’s!  There are so many bands out there these days, and unbelievable networks for them to get heard, especially the internet.  Metal is so much more massive now than it was back then, it was an elite club to be into the early thrash bands in the mid 1980’s, and pretty much everyone who was into it started their own band as well. 

What do you say to Sacrifice’s reunion? Did you see their reunion gig?

I wouldn’t have missed that reunion for the world, I flew back to Toronto from where I live now (Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada).  To me it was more than just a reunion of the band, it was a reunion of the whole scene.  I saw so many old friends that I hadn’t seen in many, many years, including Big Dave Bracewell, Terry Sadler and Ron Sumners from Slaughter, Joe, Rob, Gus and Scott from Sacrifice, Ken Pynn, Ray & Stam from Brutal Torture ’zine and so many others.  It was unbelievable!

Razor and Infernal Majesty are active again…

Really?  I didn’t know that.  Great for them.  I always loved Razor, Dave Carlo is a genius.  I was never really into IM though.

Last year Evil Legend Records released the YOU CAN’T KILL WHAT’S ALREADY DEAD: ANTHOLOGY 1985-1988, who came up with the idea of this collection? All of the Death Militia material is on the CD?

The idea to do an ’Anthology’ CD was something that Steve Mills and I had been discussing for many years, we just didn’t have an avenue to get it out there.  Laurent Ramdier from Snakepit, who has been an angel of mercy to us for over 20 years, suggested that I get in touch with Tim over at Evil Legend as he was looking to stat a label.  Once we came to an agreement with Tim everything started to roll into place.  I had the old cassettes remastered by Andy VanDette over at Masterdisk in NYC, and Steve had a motherlode of old photos and flyers.  The CD includes our 3 most important demo recordings as well as some instrumental rehearsal tracks for songs we wanted to include as well, to give a good overview of what the band was all about.  The reception to the CD was excellent, and as far as I know it is currently sold out, although there may be some copies available on Ebay.  I haven’t had any available for a year, and as far as I know Evil Legend is sold out also.

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Didn’t you think about putting some covers or live stuff on the CD? It could have been a double CD as well…

We are currently looking for more good quality live material, we are working on doing the TO SERVE… and ONE DAY… releases on vinyl, and I want to include bonus tracks not on the CD.  The LP will focus on the 1987-1988 period of the band, and it will be exceptionally high quality as with anything we put out these days.  Steve and Dale recently located the original 4 track cassette master of the TO SERVE…, so we are hoping to have that remixed for the vinyl.  Stay tuned for more details!

The title of the CD speaks for itself, would you say, that Death Militia became a buried and forgotten band?

We are hoping to set the record straight and make sure that that is not the case!

Was it done for the old school, die hard maniacs?

It was done for anyone who is interested in what a real, no bullshit, hard working metal band was up to in the glory days of mid 1980s metal!  But mostly for me, it was done for my son Nico, so he can see what his Dad was up to over 15 years before he was born.

The title of the CD speaks for itself…

…and it’s the truth, right?  That title came from the 1st ever Death Militia flyer, as created by me back in 1985.

Would you say that the label wanted to draw younger fans attention to the band?

You’d have to ask Tim, I’m sure that was part of it!

This year No List Records released a 7” single called “Noise agony mayhem” featuring “Death militia” and“Feel the pain” and these songs were recorded in 1985, why didn’t “Feel the pain” end up being on the first demo? Do you still have unreleased Death Militia material?

’Feeling The Pain’ was originally intended for the CD but it would have put it over 80 minutes long so we decided to keep it for the 7” as a bonus track.  We have lots of other tracks of varying quality although not all are suitable for release.  I’m sure we will see more unreleased Death Militia come to light!

The single was released in three different colors. Are they sold out yet or are there still some copies available? Why was the single released in three different colors?

There are a handful of copies left although we only did 300 pieces total and I’m sure they will sell out sooner rather than later. Anyone interested in buying one can email me at david@vinylrecordguru.com, it’s first come first serve as they won’t last forever!  I did it on 3 colors to make it a nice collectible for the fans.  Each color version has a different poster insert as well as a black and white photo card.

What kind of Death Militia merchandise is still available?

The only item still available is the ’NoiseAgonyMayhem’ 7” single; I’m sold out of CDs and I am also sold out of Death Militia T-Shirts.  Hopefully later this year we will have the LP available, stay tuned!

What are your best and worst memories as a member of Death Militia?

My best memories were of the music we made together when we were firing on all cylinders, we were as good as any band out there.  My worst memories were of all the in-fighting that took place towards the end, and how a wonderful band came crashing down around egos and petty bullshit.   Generally I have mostly good memories of those days though!

Dave, thanks a lot for the interview, anything else to add to this feature, that I forgot to cover?

Thanks to you for your interest in Death Militia, the support of all the amazing fans and fanzines out there makes revisting those days of the mid-1980’s an amazing thing.  More info on Death Militia can be found on our MySpace page at  www.myspace.com/deathmilitia1987, and I welcome any correspondence from metalheads and maniacs around the globe, please email me at david@vinylrecordguru.com

Canadian Metal RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You Can’t Kill What’s Already Dead!!!!!!!!

Dave Read. 

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