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Interview with Guitarist Dan Gapan of Lazarus A.D.

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Unlike most newer thrash bands, Lazarus A.D. isn't afraid to be original. While they still wear their influences on their sleeves, they would still rather invite controversy than repeat the accomplishments of others and have managed to break new ground in thrash metal when for years cynics thought it would be impossible.

Having toured extensively for their debut album The Onslaught, Lazarus A.D. has proven to be the true saviors of thrash, sounding far too mature than a band that only has one album to their name should. The new decade has it's new metal saviors and you're either with them or against them.

Finding myself lucky to catch up with guitarist Dan Gapan, an interview was inevitable.

Dasher10: How's the tour been so far?

Dan Gapan: It's been pretty badass. Tonight was by far the best show of the tour and it's just been getting progressively better. So it's been a really good tour for us to play with all these really respectable bands and just be on the road again. It feels really good.

Dasher10: What was it like to tour with Testament and to now be touring with Kreator and Voivod?

Dan: It feels pretty badass since Kreator and Testament were bands that I listened to growing up and it just feels really good that I'm able to play with bands that I know and respect and have been influenced by.

Dasher10: Your first album was great and it was really well received in metal circles. What are plans for your second?

Dan: Our second album will be in the same vein as The Onslaught but I think it's gonna be a lot more mature and diversified in you know, certain aspects like little bit more of that heavy groove modern element intertwined with the thrash sort of thing. Maybe some sort of lower drop tuning. Just all sorts of shit we're just trying to cover all the bases we possible can with in our genre.

Dasher10: A lot of people give you crap for putting breakdowns in thrash without realizing that's what Slayer did throughout the entire 80s.How do you deal with those selectivity blind thrash fans?

Dan: It's like a to each his own sort of thing, you know? Some people love thrash metal but hate punk and some people hat punk and love thrash metal and everyone's got a fucking opinion. You know what I say, opinions are like assholes and they all stink. So everyone does their own thing. I just do what I do and I hope people like it.

Dasher10: Do you have a title for you new album yet?

Dan: No, we're in the beginning stages. We've got half the record written but you know vocals are the last thing we do so when it's time to start writing lyrics, it'll take us a while to get that down but it'll be the last piece of the puzzle.

Dasher10: Any plans as to what your next tour is going to be, possibly Ozzfest or Summer Slaughter?

Dan: We're actually going into the studio to record out next record this summer but if we get offered an Ozzfest, we're going to do it because the exposure would be too good not to. I mean at this point it's not looking like that's going to happen so we'll probably just hit the studio and prepare for a late release 2010, and just start ripping through touring touring in late 2010. Hopefully 2011 will be a big year for us.

Dasher10: What's it like to have toured with three of the biggest classic 80s thrash bands? And what bands would you still like to tour with from that scene?

Dan: Exodus, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Antrhax. I've actually played with Anthrax before but I've never been able to tour with them. My favorites are all the big ones.

Dasher10: What about Dark Angel even though they'll never play again?

Dan: Yeah, I don't think that'll ever happen,man. But Gene Hoglan has his hands in every band ever.

Dasher10: So good job and hope to see you on a future tour.

Dan: Alright, man, peace out.

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Matt is a freelance writer living in Chicago, Illinois and a metalhead since 1999.

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