This isn't the first time Angelkill has appeared in The Outcast, and I was glad to see that I was given the chance to see them perform in St. Louis, along with Deaden, Lunatic, amongst others. Angelkill's sound is not typical, and must truly be appreciated if a fan of metal. You can obtain a copy of their releases through Wild Rags records (not anymore, they do not exist, so write to them instead - Mike - 2006). Here's a chat with the guys. Oh yeah, I am not too sure if the name matches with what is being said, so if it's wrong, sorry guys. The only one I'm sure about is Blakk. Conducted on 11/28/98. All pictures taken from the website.
The Outcast: Okay, I'm sitting here with; Blakk, Bruce, Carl, and John.
The Outcast: So are you guys new members or have you guys been playing with Blakk for a while?
John: I really enjoy playing with Blakk. No, I'm kidding.
Bruce: I'd say a year and a half.
Blakk: Yeah, this line up has been together for at least two years.
John: I haven't known you guys that long.
The Outcast: Well, I'm going to be asking you some real questions now, so here I go.What are your opinions on religion?
Blakk: I think religion is every body's choice. I think everyone should have their own ideas. I've got my own beliefs and they do not really fit any bodies' religion. As long as they don't push their ideas on you, then you know that's fine I guess.
Bruce: Yeah, pretty much, same thing.
John: As long as they're not shoving it in your face you know?
Carl: I think religion is just a way to get people to congregate. To get people together, no matter what it is they need to get together over. When they get together, they want to look down on other people, that's the only thing I don't like about it.
John: I don't believe in God. I think it's a joke. I think it's all a fucking money scam. The bottom line, send me your money.
Blakk: The human being seems to think that they need something to look up to. My God is like King D. or Alice Cooper.
The Outcast: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change and why?
Blakk: I wish I had more time for music instead of the daily thing. I wish I had more time for the arts.
Bruce: I wish I was born rich so I wouldn't have to have a job.
John: I wish we could get paid.
Carl: The only thing I need to improve is getting new amplification.
The Outcast: If you could change only one part in history, either in your life, someone else's or an event, what would you change and why?
John: Fucking heavy. It's a good thing no one has started drinking yet!
Blakk: I don't know there are so many things.. (long pause).
The Outcast: Is this too hard of a question for you guys?
Blakk: Wars I guess.
Bruce: I wouldn't change too much. Everything affects something else.
Carl: The only thing I would change in my life is the roads I took that would let me spend more time playing the guitar, instead of working.
The Outcast: What are your beliefs on Satan and God? Do you think they are actual beings? Why or why not?
Blakk: I think they're whatever each person thinks they are. There's good and evil in everything, and also my idea of evil is someone else's good, and vise-versa you know?
Bruce: I think it's a state of mind.
Carl: I had a near death experience and I saw the light. Then I woke up on a surgery table, so you know. That's a deep question.
Blakk: I personally think we're all living in this life in our flesh covered cocoons and when we die, we just hatch into something else.
The Outcast: What is evil to you?
Everyone else: People, humans.
Blakk: Anyone trying to take rights away from other people. Wars.
John: There's no thing as evil, its people that are evil.
The Outcast: Do you believe that metal is actually the Devils music? Why or why not?
(Almost everybody): No.
Carl: Hell yeah it is.
The Outcast: What is your #1 philosophy in life?
Blakk: Keep doing what you do and keep doing your own thing, even if it's not the popular thing, if you keep screaming enough, people will come around to you to see your thing.
Bruce: Influence yourself; don't let anyone else influence you (not possible!! - Mike).
Carl: Be your own person.
The Outcast: Why do you think people go from one extreme to another? For example from a Satanist to a Christian or vise-versa?
Everyone: Fear and guilt.
Bruce: I knew this chick who was in the Electric Hellfire Club and then left them and became this big time gospel Christian after that. It was all out of fear.
The Outcast: What about people like King D., he believes in what he believes in because of the things that has happened to him. What if a Christian is a Christian because he/she felt something inside or he/she saw something?
Blakk: That happens to people. They say things happened like in near death experiences. Of course it didn't happen in Carl's case. Something will happen and then they'll make a promise to themselves to get all riotous.
The Outcast: What is your opinion on morals?
Blakk: Every ones got their own. Basically, each person's idea of wrong and right is different.
Bruce: Same thing.
Carl: I don't impose them on anyone.
The Outcast: You're walking down the street and a Christian walks up to you and hands you a flyer that reads: "Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart?", and begins to talk to you about his beliefs.
A) Do you calmly tell him sorry but you have different beliefs and begin to talk about each others beliefs over a nice hot cup of coco?
B) Walk away and say nothing.
C) Tell him to fuck off and die.
Blakk: I'd tell them, I'd be glad to talk to them if they want to talk about philosophy and your ideas, as long as you are willing to hear my ideas.
Bruce: I'd talk to them but those kinds of people are usually closed minded, so they probably wouldn't talk to me.
Carl: I'd just get away from them. I don't know them, and they don't need to know me.
The Outcast: For one day you have Gods power, what do you do with that power?
Carl: Wipe out mankind.
Blakk: That's the same question as, if you had one wish, it would be infinite wishes. That's a tough one.
The Outcast: What do you hope to find after death?
Blakk: It'll suck leaving my family behind, but it's kind of exciting.
Carl: What is there? Alien life? In a weird way I can't wait to see what it's like.
The Outcast: Were you all ever "forced" to attend church growing up? If so, what was it like and what religion/denomination was it?
Carl: Yeah, I went to church because of my parents, but once I got a certain age, they had to realize that I wasn't into religion. They really didn't want me to go and just sit there and not get anything out of it, so I quit going.
The Outcast: Do you think by making a child go to church when they are young, that when they reach a certain age, they're going to quit going to church or turn away from God?
John: If they're going to see through it, they're going to see through it either way. If they're going to like it they will and if they see through it they'll do that instead.
Carl: That's what I did when I was young.
The Outcast: Have you guys had any bad experiences with Christianity?
Everyone: Oh yeah.
Blakk: I've had people come up to me and say; "Free your soul from Rock n Roll." That just provokes someone to say something shitty towards them you know? Then that makes you look like "the evil one", so you know?
Carl: I saw Black Sabbath in 1984, and there were church freaks everywhere protesting about the show, basically harassing everyone that walked in. I'm not harassing anyone. I'm going in here so leave me the hell alone, you know?
The Outcast: Do you think people have a right to voice their opinion about a religion, or a "religious" belief without actually experiencing it?
Blakk: I think religions have gotten bad reps for people thinking bad things about it without even knowing anything about it. I just think religion is a private thing. I think each person should have their own ideas and then keep it to them selves.
The Outcast: Do you think that by listening to lyrics about death, destruction, gore, Satan, the death of all that is holy, sexual contents, etc.can influence someone's state of mind? Maybe making their lives/moods/state of mind a bit negative because they're exposed to it everyday if they're heavily into a style of music that tends to talk about negative subjects?
Carl: That goes with the territory. That goes back to influencing people, you need to influence yourself.Blakk: I think that people who kill other people or kill themselves from the music they listen to, I just think that's weak mindedness.
The Outcast: So you don't think it influences them at all?
Carl & John: It does.
Blakk: The unstable mind I'm sure.
The Outcast: What do you think about Christian heavy metal?
Carl: Band wagon. Trying to intervene.
John: If they had good bands then people would listen to them. They have shitty bands.
Carl: Another way for the church to get paid probably.
Blakk: Some of the bands aren't too bad, but they make it...
The Outcast: Do you think they concentrate too much on the lyrics and not the music?
Blakk: Some probably. They're trying to "speak the word" through their music.
John: I think it would be hard to get the message through if speaking about loving your neighbor and shit.
The Outcast: In your opinion, do you believe that evil can be used for good and good for evil?
Carl: No. It's kind of like a negative and a positive, like a magnet they just won't go together.
Blakk: But it's all opinion, because someone's idea of hell would be my idea of heaven, and vise-versa. I think it all depends on the person.
The Outcast: What is your definition of a hypocrite?
Everyone: Myself. We're all hypocritical.
The Outcast: Would you say that a lot of Christians and Satanist alike, are very judgmental, critical, and closed minded towards each others beliefs? Do you think that's normal/human for a lot of people?
Blakk: I think they are. These people get stuck on a certain idea and I'm trying to say, well don't try and follow everyone else's beliefs, make up your own. It's a lot more believable that way.
The Outcast: Do you guys have anything new coming out soon?
Blakk: Basically, we're trying to play as many shows as we can. We just did a show with Morbid Angel and before that we did a show with Mercyful Fate.
The Outcast: How did they go? Did you get to meet the King?
Blakk: Not King, but the rest of the band. They were more than happy to talk to everyone. Hopefully after the next two shows we will work on the new album.
The Outcast: Any closing words?
Blakk: Keep the underground alive!
Carl: Everyone has been cool so far at all the shows, so that's cool.
John: Keep it hard and heavy!