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After that I didn't listen to music as much because '70s music just wasn't... I remember all the songs, but it wasn't because I was into them, you know what I mean?
 

As far as thinking about death and murder and various ways of killing people and how people die... I probably have the most twisted mind in Slayer.
 

As long as it's good music, that's what's important.
 

Fortune is either with you or it's not.
 

I follow politics, but I don't like to discuss it.
 

I had to be at least 8 or 9; I was listening to everything on the radio. You name it, I heard every song.
 

I just don't write musically, but lyrically, yeah I write.
 

I read a book recently by a psychiatrist who was able to interview a few serial killers and she had a thesis on how you could figure these people out. And she thinks that there are things that could tell you whether someone has the potential to do that.
 

I read true crime books, and I read when people do case studies of stuff. I'm into books like that. Case studies or forensics or murder - all that good stuff.
 

I try to incorporate melody. Even though I'm screaming, I still like to think I bring melody into screaming.
 

I was born and raised Catholic.
 

I went to school for about 2 years on a technical course, and I learned a lot. I learned about air mixture ratios and all the stuff; I learned how to draw blood.
 

I would have to work on the song and figure out how they wanted the song done, because they're such high-intensity songs. We figure that out first, then I go back and listen to it and go over and rehearse stuff with it and try to get a feel for the words.
 

I write, I write, I always write.
 

If it were bad songs, yeah, I'd speak up, but they're not bad songs.
 

No, I have to really focus, especially when I'm writing because I wanna be good at it.
 

Oh yeah, our first tour in Europe they wouldn't give me the time off from work.
 

Sometimes I'll sing the same verse through the entire song, because the other verses aren't clicking. And when they do come to me, I'm in the middle of that same verse!
 

That was the reasoning behind learning to play bass, and then after that it was more like it was neat to play songs together - for me to play bass and for him to play guitar.
 

Venom was a band that strongly influenced the image and the idea behind Slayer.
 


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