The Lowdown: Alex Lackner from Lazarus A.D. “Well I’d be lying if I said things are going smoothly.”
AltSounds.com recently conducted an interview with Lazarus AD. The interview went as follows:
Lazarus AD hail from Kenosha, Wisconsin and have just released their second album Black Rivers Flow on Metal Blade Records. It is one of my favorite metal albums of the year so far. The band are on tour now in support of the new album. I recently had a chance to interview Alex Lackner. We discussed the tour, their musical influences, the new album, and more…
AltSounds: Hey guys. How’s it going? Congratulations on the new album. I can’t stop listening to it.
Alex Lackner: Thanks! We’re very much into it as well.
AltSounds: How is the North American tour coming so far with Death Angel and Bonded by Blood?
Alex Lackner: Well I’d be lying if I said things are going smoothly. Shows have been good but everything else has been going horribly. We’ve been out on he East coast for the past two weeks and there have been nothing but bad situations. The weather has been terrible. Nothing but cold and snow which got us all sick as hell. Jeff came down with Bronchitis. Record snowfall in the US cancelled a show in New York. Our trailer hitch fell off the bus in Massachusetts which caused a day and a half escapade. We ran into Bonded by Bloods van in Toronto and blew out their tire, and shortly after our bus caught fire due to wiring issues. And now the transmission isn’t shifting into drive so we’re currently stuck at our managers house in Cleveland, Ohio. Again, shows have been good though.
AltSounds: What’s it like touring with thrash metal legends Death Angel?
Alex Lackner: It’s a god time aside from all the mishaps [laughs]. They’re all great guys and really down to earth. Plus they’re very tight on stage and Mark is a great singer. We’re all just looking forward to getting into warmer weather and hoping nothing else happens travel wise.
AltSounds: I love the new album “Black Rivers Flow”. Is there any advice you would give to hardcore fans of your previous album before listening to the new one?
Alex Lackner: Keep an open mind. It’s not “The Onslaught part II.” We’ve matured and progressed as musicians. We really wanted to make what we think is a record full of “good music.” It’s different and may take a few spins to get used to, but it certainly grows on you. It’s not a straight forward “thrash” record but that’s what we wanted.
AltSounds: “Black Rivers Flow” is addictively heavy and groove filled. It seems very natural and not overtly technical. There is plenty of room for the songs to breathe. Is this what you guys were going for?
Alex Lackner: Yes. That’s exactly what we were going for. Heavy, groove metal with thrash influence. We’re “vibe” guys. We like a solid groove with music. There’s a lot of variety on this record.
AltSounds: What were your influences while you were working on “Black Rivers Flow”. What were you listening to at the time?
Alex Lackner: Well when it comes to metal there are three major influences we have been into and always will be. Metallica, Pantera, and Testament. All are great talents. Aside from that we’ve been into a lot of 70’s classic rock and roll. Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, etc. Classic rock is a huge influence for us and will be for sometime.
AltSounds: I noticed some dissonant Coroner influenced cords sneaking their way into parts of the new album. Was this intentional? It works really well.
Alex Lackner: I’ll be honest with you. None of us listen to Coroner so there are no influences from them. If there are some things that sound reminiscent then cool.
AltSounds: How did Lazarus AD come to be? How did you all meet and decide to form a band?
We began in early ’05 and all met through playing in local bands together. Jeff and Dan have known each other and been into music since the fourth grade. Ryan and thee two of them have played together for a few years before Lazarus A.D. I knew them all for years and thing just fell into the right place at thee right time. We were all into the same kind of music and sound. Not to mention we all enjoyed partying a lot [laughs].
AltSounds: What do you do in your free time when you aren’t touring or recording?
Alex Lackner: We spend time working on other ideas for the band, partying, spending time with our ladies, famiy and friends. We just enjoy having a good time. Anything can happen.
AltSounds: What bands/albums have influenced you most throughout your life?
Alex Lackner: As previously mentioned, Metallica, Pantera, and Testament are our biggest influences to date. It’s the professional, big time sound and style that caught our attention. You just can’t beat the quality of of their music.
AltSounds: Thanks for your time. Is there anything else you would like to add? I wish you the best on the new album and tour!
Alex Lackner: Just be sure to get your copy of “Black Rivers Flow” and get out to a show in your area. Let’s make it a great time and a great year.