Interview with Brett Stevens at


Adventurous metal site Metal Recusants published an interview with myself that hopefully will not bore any of you too much. Metal Recusants is one of the more interesting sites out there as you found out when you read our profile of Editor Dom and his team a few months back. Be sure to poke around for their commentary and reviews, interviews, and other forays into the world of extreme metal.

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14 thoughts on “Interview with Brett Stevens at”

  1. Lord Mosher says:

    Fucking awesome interview!
    To indulge myself on the multiverse theory: I am glad to exist in the universe where S.R. Prozak became a metal sage and writer.
    Your writings have touched many of us in a very profound way.
    Thank you.

    1. Thank you, and all like you, for continuing to read.

    2. I like how he just kind of took the questions and ran with them.

    3. Aaron says:

      Seconded. Prozak has greatly deepened my understanding and appreciation of metal.

    4. wyvern lord says:

      Agreed! This statement really resonated with me:
      “All good art takes you from point A to point B and along the way you learn something, and it subtly shapes how you view the world and gives you the energy of having new thoughts to play with.”

      It accords closely with my own thoughts on art, and I think in large part that’s because reading the DLA at a crucial point in my mental development really shaped my views on the world. Good to see other people who feel similarly.

      1. This has been an inspiring lesson for myself about art:

        “All good art takes you from point A to point B and along the way you learn something, and it subtly shapes how you view the world and gives you the energy of having new thoughts to play with.”

        It is a counterpart to a more basic principle, which is that in nature and in our minds, nothing exists without a tension between point A and point B. A->B, but ! B->A. This is because there is a need for a difference between A and B which is resolved through the journey, and is specific to that journey, even if a repeated known form where we know that to get B we need to start at A. Context is inseparable from focal point.

        Most philosophies that are boring assume a static perpetual A or B, and can’t link the two, which is A “and” B or more accurately, “leads to.” This is because our rational thought generally does not grasp time, and because it is static, cuts out many factors as details/context which are essential.

  2. Lord Mosher says:

    Of the interview, the text that harshed my buzz the hardest was:
    “As a result, bands that aim for art and not entertainment won’t make it far in the recording industry. Some bands come close to that level by being a mixture of the two, like Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. It’s unclear whether those bands could get signed today if they were new.”
    Like, fuck man! Priest and Maiden probably wouldn’t get signed if they were just releasing their debut albums today?!!
    We’re living in insane times man.

    1. eman says:

      That was the line that stood out to me too. “It’s unclear…” Way to leave some wiggle room, Mr Stevens, but we all know that they wouldn’t stand a chance of being on any label other than some niche label with no money that only existed to serve the worship and tribute acts that followed Priest and Maiden in the first place.

  3. Fucking hell. It’s a interview, not a research paper.

    1. Count Ringworm says:

      It was an interview. A damn good one.

      Maybe your idea of an interview is what they conduct on late night TV.

  4. Priest and Maiden would not get signed today. No hip-hop beat or autotuned vocals, no ironic life story, not very attractive people so no sex appeal.

    1. eman says:

      Their only shot at recognition would be Halford’s open gayness. The hipsters would think that shit is so cool.

  5. tiny midget says:

    lets just remember this foks:
    The rule of social rank and sexual relationships is this: the more you invest in a girl, the more tied to her rank you become.

  6. Invaluable! I want more!

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