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Malignancy
Interview with Danny Nelson, by Melanie, 1999

MR: Greetings! When did the band form and how?

What’s up!!! The band was formed in 1992 by myself & my ex-guitarist! It started out as a joke with me singing with a Chuck from Death kind of voice & a riff that lasted the whole song!! Total horror show, but we stuck it out for the love of the music!  We recorded our first demo in April of 1993 entitled “Eaten Out From Within”. A couple of rehearsal demos in between, and many line-up changes then the big release of “Ignorance Is Bliss” in 1997! The years between 1993 -1997 were plagued with line-up changes and musical differences. As of “Ignorance ” the line-up has stayed solid!

MR: What is your present lineup?

Danny Nelson-Vocals (that’s me, that’s me)
Roger J. Beaujard on Drums
Ron Kachnic on Guitars
last but not least Desmond Tolhurst da Bass!

MR: Describe two of your favorite songs and their composition; key elements fans should listen for, et cetera.

I would definitely have to go with “Profitable Extinction” as my one of my favorites!! The lyrics are some of the best I think I have written to date, not too gory with feeling! It is about how we (exploiters of all nature’s resources) kill sharks for various selfish reasons! The music just has an explosive beginning and builds to nice brutality! It took us awhile to get the song to were it is now, it has this intensity that I love! Another favorite for me is “Post Fetal Depression”! It touches on the brutality of humans and how we like to beat our children because they are a burden! The  biggest suckers in the world are child beaters & woman beaters!! The song starts with a nice note riff that glides down the guitar neck (it is quite a moving sight)! Followed by this POW “in your face” chord riff that makes my blood boil!!

MR: What do you think of the underground metal scene?

I love the underground metal scene!! I have just recently started to go to metalfests and underground bands  just want to help each other out! Not too much competition shit, the underground seems like a family! A bunch of musicians that love what they do! I hate attitudes period, and some people have these “my shit doesn’t stink” ones! Those are the dicks I choose to stay away from! The scene lately is fun to be a part of!

MR: What are your goals and aspirations for the band?

I want Malignancy to never compromise our sound for the sake of record sales! To put out brutal records and tour Europe and Japan. Oh I would love it if we could play the Dynamo fest!!! I would love it if we could be in every household in America and abroad, I think I am setting my sights just alit too high!!

MR: Any funny/horror show stories?

Something always goes wrong at a show for us!! Things like that happen to every band that doesn’t have roadies! I have a horror story about the ride back from the Milwaukee Metalfest! We were driving through Ohio when a state trooper decided she needed to stop us!! Apparently our headlights were not on when we passed her! So we were stopped and she decided to search the driver, Ronnie!! Guess what folks..he had weed on him!! So four more state troopers appeared, the van and the trailer were searched. Desmond and I stood in a ditch with a bright ass light shining on us while insects flew into Desmond’s head! We both discussed Malignancy ultimate end! Mainly because Roger’s prior record, we thought he was going away for a long time! It is almost impossible to think of Malignancy without Roger! They kept us there for about an hour, gave Roger and Ronnie weed tickets and let us go!! We were really lucky, it was annoying and scary but one of the state troopers was hot, so at least we had some eye candy while we waited and shit our pants!!

MR: When can your next release be expected?

The next Malignancy release will must likely be out at the end of this year. We plan on putting out an EP with a couple of new tunes and the whole “Ignorance Is Bliss” demo on it! We wanna keep the fans interested in us, so we would like to put out a major release every year and an EP in between! Currently, a new song is being written our most technical yet with some nice heavy parts! Don’t worry folks we are not going to the outer reaches of technical nuggetism! Its just a song we felt we had to write!!

MR: What can fans look forward to seeing live, and hearing on your releases?

Well live I love to describe in detail the contents of the songs we are about to play. I harass the fans if they stand there like bumps on logs. I like to give away shit, so if the fans move they get Malignancy goodies!! Sometimes the fans need to feel good about the band they are about to see, so I break the ice with them. I let them know we are cool and don’t have attitudes. The CD is a clearer version of us live. We captured our underground sound. Nice and bassy, low end, guttural brutality! I think there is something for everyone on our CD, there are a lot of different kinds of songs on it. All brutal death/grind!!

MR: Is song or lyric writing collaborative, or do certain members do certain things?

Musically, we are all in on it! The songs are written sometimes with drum beats first, then guitar, then vocals! Arranging the song gets hard at times. A lot of different views on the direction the song might be going in. I am very blunt about certain riffs that don’t cut it. I flat out say it sucks or that is too gay. I write all the lyrics. I wouldn’t mind if these guys wrote a couple but it might conflict with the style. It’s funny because I think the guys look forward to shocking  me with some new sickness they have come up with. These guys are great to work with.

MR: What is your opinion on the present death metal scene?

The death metal scene has its lows and highs! The underground shows are what I look forward to. To see what is up and coming is cool and also to check our competition. Just kidding! I like to support all the bands we play with or know. It gives a nice sense of unity in the underground. With all the United Guttural releases coming out this year…the scene is looking pretty awesome! The label got Skinless, Devourment, Disfigured, Ton..all awesome bands that are redefining brutality in death metal. Touring with these guys is going to be the best thing the scene has had in a long time. All sick, brutal bands to show the fans a great time.

MR: Do you find it hard coming up with original material?

Yes, I think that is what every band is going through. Mainly because of the new onslaught of bands that have hit the scene this year. We try not to get caught up in the technical side of death because our style isn’t that. We have a couple of technical riffs but we like to slow it down and get real evil. Plus who is going to slam for you if you are a blur. I would rather see a sick pit than a bunch of fans yawning and looking at their watches. I love to see people mesmerized at the material if they never seen us before. It’s a hard process, writing; we approach it with open minds.

MR: Which show was your favorite show?

Milwaukee Metalfest was the best show in my opinion. Ohio Deathfest was just as good but people moved around a lot more in Milwaukee! More people checked us out too, our time slot was also better. It was so cool to play for all those people and see them kick the shit out of each other for us. We got into it big time, throwing out merchandise, slapping fans hands, signing autographs…ya know the rock star stuff us performers crave.

Yeah right! We are far from and never what to be rock stars.

MR: What are your musical and lyrical influences or inspirations, and how do you blend them to sound unique?

I am a big thrash metal fan because I grew up on it! I love death/grind too. Roger comes from a heavy Possesed, Morbid Angel, DRI, Crumbsuckers, Hades (NJ), Leeway, Kreator background like me. We are into the old 80’s crust that is making a big comeback. We all have our influences but we try and write with not too many hints of our our old favorites. The bands we listened to helped build us up to death metal, but we are not going that same path.

MR: What is the funniest thing you have seen lately?

One of the funniest things I have seen happened at the Milwaukee Metalfest. At the end of Disfigured set Ryan (bass) took off his Hawaiian shirt and threw it into the audience. They actually fought over it, two girls and a guy. I can just picture Ryan telling his grandkids about that one!!

MR: Is there anything you’ve ever really wanted to do with your band but haven’t been able to for one reason or another?

I have always wanted to be on the same level as the rest of the well known, established acts. We are building a name for ourselves now with “Intrauterine Cannibalism”, so it is happening. The buzz couldn’t be any better. I feel we are being noticed because we didn’t follow the trend that a lot of New York death bands do. We would like to be known in Europe..which is like the Mecca of brutal music! When we play Europe I think the band will be at the level we all want it at. First things first, US tour is a must! Then Europe, then Japan, hell anywhere!

MR: Any words of wisdom to the masses, fans, bands, etc…??

Only kind words for the fans… just keep it alive! Bands, if you are brutal try to get on United Guttural because that label is going to take over. When the shit storm is over, United Guttural will be the fans only outlet for kick ass heavy music.

Words of wisdom… hhhmmm. Don’t eat yellow snow. Sex with midgets is wrong. Star Wars rules. All trendy media personal should be hit with an elephant cock. Ok I can go on all night but it stops here!

MR: How well, do you find, the band has matured and evolved since the beginning?

Evolved, hell yes! The band before was just a couple of kids trying death metal out because we loved the music. So in essence we sucked when we first started out. With the right line-up changes Malignancy spawned into what you hear now. I have mature members now, that is why we sound way better. Put it this way, without these guys there would be no Malignancy!

MR: Do you feel that the bands have a relatively large fanbase, so that there is pressure on you to impress and keep it interesting?

Our fanbase is not so big local! New York is funny they either love you or hate you. Queens is way better than Manhattan by way of shows. A lot of the great clubs are closed, so the bands have no where to play. There is pressure every show for me anyway. I always what us to sound our best for the fans and ourselves. It is an awesome feeling when you get off stage and fans give you that pat on the back and say “you guys were great tonight”. That makes it so worth it. We have played so many dirt ass places, with shit pa’s, no monitors, no stage. When come out, sounding good anyways despite the problems it is a feeling of accomplishment. I love it when we get one new fan, ten is great, twenty is better, but that one fan that sticks with you is the best kind.

MR: If you could tour with with any 4 other bands, who would they be?

Disfigured, Skinless, Cephalic Carnage and Fleshgrind

MR: What do you feel your band brings to the scene?

I think a different twist! We don’t sound like the classic death band. It’s a hard question! I am anxious to see what the reviewers of ‘zines say we sound like! We were compared to Cannibal Corpse once and that burned me up. I like Cannibal (old style) but we are worlds apart from them. I would love it if the fans would tell us what we bring to the scene for them individually. So kiddies visit the website and sign the guestbook!

MR: Extreme metal seems to be steadily growing in appeal in the underground. Do you see that as a good thing?

Yes it is but there is a downside. I put on the gayest radio station on and hear heavy guitars and lame vocals. Shit that doesn’t fit the music, why are these trendy bands tuning low now. I hate that. Exposure is good but to compromise the total underground feel of death is not something I wanna see. Musical integrity is at stake here, death/grind is a really difficult style of music. To have it tainted with gay bands should never be allowed to happen! Thanks for the interview Melanie, much appreciated. Thanks to all the nuggets in the scene we know!