Massacre's Terry Butler Talks New Album "Back From Beyond"
Florida's death metal behemoth Massacre returned from the grave to release the "Condemned to the Shadows" EP back in 2012, and now a proper full-length album is on the way. "Back From Beyond" is due out March 24th in Europe and on April 1st in North America via Century Media Records.
Excited to spread the word about the coming album, bassist Terry Butler contacted Metalunderground.com to talk about how this album came together, and how the sound of the band has changed since the departure of former vocalist Kam Lee. Check out the full interview below.
xFiruath: When were the tracks for this new album written, and how did that writing process go?
Terry: Most of the tracks were written in 2013. We re-recorded “Succumb To Rapture” & “Back From Beyond” from the EP we put out in 2012. Everyone has a say in Massacre. We all are equal, so if anyone has an idea, it gets heard.
xFiruath: Tell me about the recording process for this new release.
Terry: We recorded the album in Orlando at CGM Studios with Tim Vasquez recording, mixing & mastering it there. It’s the same studio that we practice at, so we feel very comfortable there. There were no issues at all, it was a very relaxed atmosphere.
xFiruath: When we posted the news of the new album, the response from our readers was overwhelmingly positive, but it seems like many are worried about the direction of the sound without Kam Lee. How has the vocal delivery changed, and what overall changes in sound can fans expect from this new album?
Terry: Well Kam never wrote any music for Massacre, so the song-writing was never going to change. Ed is an amazing singer and can sing many different styles. Ed’s vocals are brutal and his pronunciation is awesome. He came up with some very catchy vocal patterns as well. We couldn’t have found a better fit for Massacre.
xFiruath: The new album’s art is clearly inspired by the original “From Beyond.” Tell me about who put it together and how you guys decided to go that route.
Terry: Toshiro Egawa did the cover. He’s done Krisiun, Cryptopsy etc. We saw his work and thought he would do a killer job. We wanted to have a cover that linked the past to the present. The band is back from beyond, and so is the creature that’s on the “From Beyond” album cover. He’s kind of our mascot. I think Toshi did a great job.
xFiruath: Will Massacre be hitting the road to support the new album?
Terry: Yes indeed. We have a tour set up starting May 2nd at the Neurotic Death Fest in Tilburg, Holland. We plan on touring the states and Europe later in the year as well. 2015 will be very busy. We will try to hit as many fests as possible.
xFiruath: How was the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise?
Terry: Amazing! I recommend it for anyone. It’s a great festival where you can interact with the fans and the fans can approach and meet you. If you want to get away for a bit, your cabin is 20 seconds away. Just be prepared to drink!
xFiruath: What other projects are the members of Massacre currently involved with?
Terry: Ed has a couple of bands he’s been in for awhile. One is called Generichrist, and he plays bass for them. The other is called Destin To Ruin, and he sings and plays bass for them. I’m also with Obituary and Denial Fiend.
xFiruath: What’s going on in your local metal scene these days, and do you personally get out to live shows often?
Terry: My wife Jill and I get out quite a bit and go to our local club called the Brass Mug. There are a lot of good local bands that play a lot. The known bands from this area play there as well. The scene is still very healthy in Tampa.
xFiruath: What’s happening in the coming months that you are really looking forward to?
Terry: Well, Obituary will start recording our new album in a few days, so I will be concentrating on that for a few weeks. It should be out in June sometime. Other than that, just gearing up for the tours.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to add?
Terry: First off, thanks for the interview and thanks to the fans for their support. Come out on tour and check us out!
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