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Black Dots of Death

The Black Dots of Death

An interview with Percussionist Clown
by Tina Hall
March 2011

Percussionist Clown, also known as #6, can currently be found working with the band The Black Dots of Death. The debut album Ever Since We Were Children is slated for release on March 29, 2011 as an alternative to the mainly electronic, computer backed music that is main stream today. I recently sat down with Clown to get the latest on his project.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about your upbringing? Do you think where you came from has played a major role in who you are today?
Percussionist Clown: First of all, I am an only child. This fact means that from day one until now (I’m 41) I have only lived in my own imagination, which you may or may not know can be a dream or a nightmare. I grew up on Dr. Seuss books and children’s art books on artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh. I am from the Midwest, and you will not find a harder work ethic or level of morality for the human condition known as life than in the Midwest. I am 100% proud of where mom and dad chose to have sex.


Milwaukee's Black Frog

Black Frog

by Kris Klassen
May 2009

Guitarist/vocalist Eroc explained to me how they came up with the name BLACK FROG. He had four carnivorous albino aquatic frogs in a fish tank. One day he noticed a frog was missing. The next day another one was gone. Mystified, he put weights on the cover of the tank but he came home and the other two frogs had vanished.

Months passed and the frogs were never found as Eroc concentrated his energies on building a recording studio in his basement and launching a new band. One fateful day, the furnace in the studio needed repair and as the technician opened the furnace, Eroc heard him scream. When Eroc entered the room he found the repairman holding four fist sized frogs as flat as pancakes and blackened from oxidation. They had made their escape through the heating ducts to an entire new floor of the house. In honor of these four brave souls, Eroc decided to name the band BLACK FROG. He still has their corpses today and hopes to shellac them into a guitar.


the back of Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society on cover of Maximum Ink

Black Label Society

by Paul Gargano
July 2000

There’s nothing subtle about Zakk Wylde. He’s the guitar demon that laid the sinister soundtrack to Ozzy Osbourne’s No Rest for the Wicked and No More Tears, breathing insanity into “Crazy Babies,” ripping through “Demon Alcohol” and raising hell on earth with “Tattooed Dancer.” He wore his Southern pride on his sleeve with Pride & Glory, enjoying fleeting success with the project, but not completely satisfying his hunger to rock with reckless abandonment. From there he split songwriting time between Osbourne’s Ozzmosis album and Guns N’ Roses, in the process, recording his solo-acoustic Book of Shadows, an album that made for an interesting sidebar for the shredding metal phenom, but only intensified his desire to raise Caine with six-string, Sabbath-inspired salutations.

When writing with GN’R seemed a dead-end road, Wylde had a revelation—he’d sing the songs himself, give them his own voice, and create a band that fulfilled his vision of rock’s most brutal attributes. He dubbed the band Black Label Society


Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society - photo by Andrew Gargano

Black Label Society

by Chris Fox
July 2009

Helping create the definition of heavy metal, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY continues to shape redefine themselves and there sound. From acoustic ballads, to shredding solos, to a community of brothers, these guys have become a people’s band. According to Nick Catanese (Guitar), “take Zeppelin and Sabbath and put them in a blender from hell, and you have Black Label.” The famed frontman, Zakk Wylde, and the “Evil Twin”(Cantanese), find themselves in a family that has been rooted with their band.



Black Label Society

an interview with John Deservio
by Tina Hall
August 2010

While John “JD” DeServio is best known for his work as the bassist of Black Label Society, he also works hard on his own project Cycle of Pain. He formed Cycle of Pain with Greg Locascio and Joe Taylor, who he has been playing in bands with since he was 15. The band recently won an award from High Times Magazine for “Best Pot Song” for, “Do My Work High” off the self-titled debut album (featuring Zakk Wylde and Sen Dog (Cypress Hill).

Maximum Ink: You’ve mentioned as a child you were a fan of music and horror flicks. Why do you think the two go together so well? What are some of your favorite horror films and why?
John DeServio: Heavy metal music is dark, so to speak, just like horror movies. Growing up, I loved Black Sabbath and Kiss. Two bands that brought horror movies to the stage. My favorite horror movies are night of the living dead, and the exorcist.

MI: Aside from playing bass you also enjoy playing the drums and keys. Do you think you might ever play either on any upcoming albums?
JD: On my Cycle of Pain record, I played both on one song! I see heaven, I played drums, piano, keys, bass, and sang!!


Black Label Society on cover of Max Ink in May 2011 - photo by Kelly Lloyd

Black Label Society

an interview with Zakk Wylde
by Angela Villand
May 2011

We caught up with Zakk Wylde while he was in Southern California, hanging out with family, getting ready for the upcoming Uranium Tour that kicks off this month. The Armageddon of Black, as he affectionately calls it, fires up the Black Label “Armada” on the fourth of this month and lands at the Majestic Theater in Madison on May 27 in support of the new Black Label Society album “The Song Remains Not The Same,” out on May 10, 2011.

Recently, on your Twitter, you shared a photo of the Misfits Skull with the Bieber hair, with the caption “I’ve got Beiber Fever! And the only thing that will cure it…is More Cowbell!”  I lost it, when it saw that; couldn’t stop laughing.
A buddy of mine sent that, and I was laughing my ass off. Dan Cantor, who is the guitar player with Justin Bieber, actually has a Zakk Wylde Les Paul, so we kept in touch with Dan, and stuff like that. It’s hysterical, we just keep cracking up laughing, because the whole point of it is – you know, Dan’s playing the guitar, and when all the Justin Bieber fans see me, they go “Look at that guy, he must be a fan, he’s playing a Dan Cantor guitar!” (Laughs) It’s awesome, man.  But it’s cool, Dan’s good people, and he’s out there kicking ass with Justin Bieber.  It’s hysterical.


Black Moth Super Rainbow

An Interview with BMSR mastermind Tom Fec
by John Noyd
April 2013

As enigmatic in email as on record, Tom Fec, who is better known as Tobacco, prefers to let his music do the talking, but what it says can be hard to interpret. His current incarnation, Black Moth Super Rainbow, confounds conventions reassembling rock, pop and dance elements into a cybernetic confection roasted over a sprawling cauldron of chain-sawed hydraulics, glistening gear-shifting petitions and barb-wired rainbows. Whether vocoder Overlords slinging Delta blues slide-guitar or disco sludge caked in apocalyptic electronics and groove-fueled subterfuge where ever Tobacco takes you, the journey there will surely astonish. In preparation for their May 12th visit to Madison’s Majestic Theater promoting last year’s mind-bending, “Cobra Juicy,” MAXIMUM INK tried to pry a few guiding principles from BMSR’s mysterious maestro.

Maximum Ink: Where do BMSR songs begin? A title, an idea, a riff, a synth setting? How do you know when it’s all done?
Tom Fec: Haha, you answered it for me - all of those things. I don’t have a set way of doing things, so something could come from any of that. Sometimes I finish the whole thing in one sitting, and sometimes I work on something on and off for years. For me, it’s finished when it’s too late to change anything (in manufacturing).

MI: From the band name to your song titles, the disparate juxtaposition of ideas implies a surrealistic attitude. Is there a BMSR manifesto outlining your outlook?
TF: I just do what I do and try not to make too much of it. I’m only trying to entertain myself most of the time.


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