Arizona is killing it with death metal bands lately and Vorzug is another one you should be familiar with based solely on the strength of their 2015 debut Call of the Vultures. But if you missed out fear not, earlier this year the band released a three song EP, aptly titled Three. The band’s take on death metal is unique in the sense that they incorporate elements of classic, traditional heavy metal but keep it brutal with those wickedly guttural vocals. One listen to the EP’s opening track “The Ever Living” and thoughts of early Judas Priest and Angel Witch dance through your head. There’s furious guitar work, classic melodies, blast beats and even subtle hints of black metal to be found but the solid base of these tracks is razor sharp death metal — to say these it’s a ton of fun is an understatement. We got the chance to ask Anthony Hoyes and Rock Rollain our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and click the streams while you’re reading.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Anthony Hoyes (vocals): We all have different reasons for getting into performing, but there was something in the music we enjoyed that we all wanted to be part of it. We thought there was also something lacking, and that is what we have tried to put into the music we enjoy. There is always room to grow, so despite being a success, the level we hope to achieve is always changing, it keeps our goals lofty and fresh and gives us something to work towards.
Rock Rollain (bass): Some guy in 1984 dubbed me bassist. We stayed up late, smoked weed and he taught me a bunch of his rock and roll tunes. I played my first gig at the River Rock Cafe in Buffalo NY in May of 1988. I lived in Phoenix from 1995 to 2010 and started playing metal around the year 2000. And yes.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
AH: Our first show was on a festival, we’re all older men and lots of these bands were young and trying hard to play death metal and deathcore stuff. It wasn’t bad but it certainly lacked experience. So we took the stage and I laughed at the efforts and told the kids to gather round and learn how death metal was really played, had a huge crowd come over but the stage hand wasn’t on the ball and someone had unplugged the sound system so no one ended up hearing the first 2 songs and we were getting boo’s and taunts for not being heard. It was pretty embarrassing at the time, but now its funny to look back on.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
RR: We’re not “Scene” people, we don’t believe in or take any part of being involved in a “scene.” Good things happening in metal is that the genre is being accepted more by the mainstream. There are metal cartoons, metal bands charting on billboard, being used in movie soundtracks more.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
AH: We keep that stuff separate from the band. The band is run as a professional business, and it’s not in the best interest of our business entity to alienate fans. We play death metal with additional genre undertones. Now in our personal lives and on our social media pages we are all fairly outspoken on different issues. We vary on political beliefs. But a social issue we all back is helping out the homeless and poor/needy children. We host a catered meal every thanksgiving and christmas and do a toy drive for kids.
RR: I just play bass with passion..
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
RR: I evolved into it. The first dozen or so years I was mainly a rock n roll player. By the time I was 40 I was in a black metal band Bloodhaven. My parents were already dead by then.
AH: I didn’t like music at all, then I started listening to Cannibal Corpse and it changed things for me. My mother didn’t understand and still doesn’t but she has always been supportive.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
AH: Honesty above all else, bands cannot grow without honest critiques of their material.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
AH: I am a financial consultant and run several businesses; one of which is Apollyon Entertainment. I hope to one day be Mayor of Glendale Arizona.
RR: I have a day gig as a contractor. I also play in a Baltimore MD band Extermination Angel and a couple of cover bands in the area. My goal is to do what I love on my own terms.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
RR: I’m in multiple bands, much of what I listen to is related to “work” so to speak. Whether that be writing or learning a cover song. I don’t obsess over metal or any one style. The mp3 player is always on shuffle.
AH: I only listen to music for work purposes, running the label and doing those types of services. Outside of that I’m more interested in gaming.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Anthony and Rock for their time!