Full Blown Chaos Front Man Ray Mozzala Talks New Self-Titled Album
Full Blown Chaos, hailing from Queens New York, released the band’s first LP in four years through Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records back in February. Metalunderground had a chance to catch up with vocalist Ray Mozzala to learn more about the new self-titled LP, the band's Malevolent Creation tour, and the reason for the delay with the new release.
Valerie: How is the new release different than "Heavy Lies the Crown?”
Ray: For the new album we decided to take a step back to our early days and write raw heavy riffs like we did on our first EP. This record needed to be as brutal as possible. We definitely went back to our roots for this one. It’s more of a blend of genres and styles that we love then just a straight on metal record.
Valerie: Did you have a hard time selecting the 13 tracks?
Ray: Not at all. We actually knew exactly what we were going to put where and the songs to use. We have some still on the back burner for a later release.
Valerie: What have you been doing since the last release four years ago?
Ray: Taking our lives back. Touring 300 plus days a year left us very disconnected from our families and friends. We needed the time to be with them and further our own lives as individuals. We all have our own families now. Kids. Wives. Real life bills. We never stopped writing and playing the occasional show though.
Valerie: Why the change from Ferret Music?
Ray: Our contract was up with them and we wanted to pursue other opportunities. They were awesome and did alot for us but we wanted to see what else is out there.
Valerie: What input has Nick Bellmore given the group?
Ray: Nick added his own flair to the production of this record. Fine tuned it to our specifications. He is definitely a master at his craft. We wanted heavy and he gave us heavy.
Valerie: How did the first show of the new tour in Tampa go on 2/11?
Ray: Actually, we were not on that date. The first show for us with Malevolent Creation didn’t happen until days later because they had issues with their tour bus.
Valerie: Can you describe the live shows?
Ray: Aggressive and in your face. We try to channel our inner primate and bring the heavy to everyone in the room. There are times it looks like a scene from 300. Bodies battling all over the floor. It’s amazing! We give 100% and get it back. When it doesn’t come back we take it! The one word to describe the sound, THICK.
Valerie: What do you love and hate about touring?
Ray: I love the constant hustle. The nomadic life of going from city to city, not knowing what to expect. Everyday holds a different story. Every city has its own soul and we try to tap into the heart of it. I also love being able to get all my frustrations out on a daily basis performing and being able to share the experience with fans and friends. What I hate is when promoters stiff the bands out of pay. We need that little bit of money to get to the next show and to feed. It’s called a guarantee for a reason! I also hate being away from my family. They keep me going and I do miss them every minute of the day.
Valerie: Do you have a favorite fan story?
Ray: There are too many to account for to be honest. We recently had one where a fan turned his whole family onto FBC. I’m talking his mom, dad, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. The whole family came out to the show to support! It was great to see such a strong unit come together in the name of heavy music. Families uniting and finding a common ground because of our music. It’s a good feeling.
Valerie: What are your plans after the tour?
Ray: We are going to head home for a week then make our way to Europe for a month. Tour, tour, tour!
Valerie: Are you involved with any type of charity work? What causes?
Ray: We work one on one with many people. Not any specific charity. We fine tune our aid to fans. They come to us with what’s going on in their lives and we do what we can to comfort and strengthen their spirits. It’s the least we can offer for the support they give us.
Valerie: What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Ray: Being with my family. You need to have a strong foundation at home to survive the long periods of time away from them. It’s the most important thing. Family first.
Valerie: Are there a lot of differences with five members?
Ray: We have some differences. We all have our own standings on the world but we unite musically. Our humor is like no other as well. You can tell we have been around each other for a long time because our differences have blended a lot.
Valerie: Has the band changed since the accident?
Ray: Yes. We have learned to not take anything too seriously. Every day is a gift and needs to be addressed as such. We try to have the best time possible and enjoy the time we have. You never know what can happen in the blink of an eye.
Valerie: What is the best part of being in this group?
Ray: Best part is working with some of the most talented and funny yet gross and hysterical people ever. We have the same respect for music and love to create and perform. It’s a pleasure getting into the studio or on the stage and just let the brutality flow out and crush everything.
Valerie: Can you tell me some of the future goals for the group?
Ray: We are going worldwide! We are trying tour as many countries as possible and create as many new fans as possible.
Valerie: Is there anything else you want to add?
Ray: Please support us and pick up our new album! Support FBC! Support heavy music and your local scene!
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