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To this day, Canadian thrash metal band, Sacrifice, have not only put out quality music, but have been one of my favorites in the extreme metal music scene. Ever since their incredible 1986 debut, Torment in Fire, they have been highly influential to the scene that they helped to create. They started out primarily as a death/thrash band, with even some black metal influence early on then developed into a speed/thrash band. Put on any one of their albums, Forward to Termination, Soldiers of Misfortune or Apocalypse Inside and you will hear a band that has created outstanding music that has aged extremely well. When the band put together the pieces and reformed and put out the 2009 The Ones I Condemn album I was skeptical as to how they would sound.

The album, available in a variety of forms, the Marquee Records lmd ed one on cd, is ELITE, is one of the strongest thrash metal albums I have heard  and the band reformed at the right time, bringing together all the original members.  Marquee Records, out of Brazil, has reissued their earlier releases onto deluxe 2cds.  They are beautifully remastered and these are some of the best reissues you will find across the globe, for any band.  I caught up with drummer Gus Pynn, prior to their MDF appearance, which, from what I heard they crushed it.  An influential person in the drumming community, Gus knows a thing or two about drum fills, rolls and how to play non triggered double bass.  So give it up for Sacrifice and read my interview below.

Ok, Gus, do you fellas have a follow-up to your 2009 full length, The Ones I Condemn, in the works? If so any expected release date and do you intend to keep it as thrashy?

We have been writing for some time now. We plan on recording some some new tracks after we play MDF. We’ll always keep it thrashy. Release date note sure just want get some new stuff recorded first.

 1987 saw the release of Forward to Termination which sported an album cover with a lot of color and a lot going on in the cover. It always looked to me like there was some monster on the front at war with some sort of alien vacuum cleaner with exhaust pipes? Truly what the hell is happening on the cover-what it’s meant to interpret/represent?

The story behind that cover was it was just a small portion of the full drawing. I’ve never seen the original painting. What it represented?…the apocalypse I would guess.

Explain to me what it was like doing the video for ‘Re-Animation’? It got a lot of air time, and there were a lot of close-up of you drumming. Did anyone ever say ‘Hey I learned a technique from you’ due to the close-ups of the drumming?

We shot this video at Brian Taylor’s loft here in Toronto. Brian produced all the Sacrifice demo’s and albums. I really couldn’t play my kit because of this and air drummed the last three takes and only played my kit in the first take. I was surprised by the air time but am happy to influence some of the drummers from my generation and future ones as well.

What was the meaning of the Torment in Fire album cover with the red devil dogs and after reading the liner notes to the reissue it says in there now you guys are not too fond of the album, now. But in retrospect can you see why it is so important to the scene and for the time period it came out how extreme it was? I still love it to this day and the remaster is beautiful!

I wish I could answer more questions about record concepts but at that time all I wanted to do was play drums in Sacrifice. TIF was probably our most evil record verses the direction we went with the other records. I love playing the songs off TIF. The inexperience and it being our first record is probably the knocks it gets. The song writing was still very, very good. Been enjoying the album more lately in prepping for MDF.

What led to you departure after Soldiers of Misfortune? What do you think of the follow-up album, you were not on, Apocalypse Inside? Do you like the album and do you enjoy playing any of those songs live?

My departure was difficult and a move I wish could have been different. I started writing that album but never finished with them. I have listened to it a couple times. When it come’s to AI, we don’t really spend a lot of time on it. Finding new material is more fun. It’s not without request from fans to learn and play some of it. It would take all of us playing that stuff for a good couple months worth of playing. So really a little impossible to do. So playing it live would also be unlikely.

Now that you all are older and more mature, how do you feel you have developed as musicians and do you think you look at music a little differently now that you’re older?

I’ve become more of a patient drummer and that comes with constant practice. I have become more patient playing our material as well. Yes the time I’ve put in over the last 12 – 13 years has been a huge difference then when I was twenty for the fact the I play everyday. You need to play our songs.

Do you follow any of the younger acts out there or are you strictly old school, just relishing in the Possessed, Celtic Frost era of music? How do you feel to be called a legend, in a legendary band that has influenced a ton of bands?

I still have a love for all the acts from my era Possessed, Exodus, Slayer etc… Love the metal that’s being played today and I love bands like Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Whitechapel, Chimaira, Gojira, Unleashed, Behemoth to name a few bands I dig. Legend is something I’ll think about when I’m finished playing metal. Never really think that about myself. Just happy to be able to still play this music and deliver that for our fans young and old.

Once the band is finally laid to rest one day, how would you like Sacrifice to be remembered?

I’m very happy with our past and current status as a band. We have done great things when we where young and done even bigger things since we reunited. I hope that our fans will remember a band that always left it on stage every time we played.

It seems like as time went on you guys went in more of a technical direction with your music? Why is that so and do you feel it made you guys a better band?

Rob did a masters job writing TOIC I just wanted to add the right drumming without overplaying on it. We never have stood still when it comes to writing new material. Yet never loose site that it MUST sound like us. That’s why we are still playing together all these years. It’s all about the music.

So as not to keep you any longer, any final words/comments to our readers out there?

Thanks to all our fans around the world and THANK YOU Frank. Hope to see everyone at Maryland Deathfest in three weeks and we’ll let our music do the talking.


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