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UNSIGNED BAND NEWS: ROCKET Interviews Brennon Campbell Of ZEUS


Charlotte, North Carolina (USA) death metallers ZEUS have unleashed a self-titled, self-released (DIY) demo recording of 12 hard-hitting death/grindcore metal tracks that definitely showcases quickly developing songwriting talent and brutally good musicianship among its players, led by Sam on guitar, Richard on drums, Brennon handling the screams, along with Deucey on bass and Adam on rhythm guitar.

From the devastatingly moshing metal/punk sound of “The Great Mechanical Pig”, to the even more death embraced “Bullet Proof Fridge” and completely riveting blast beat rage of “What in Tarnation’s a Skyscraper?”, any fan of Cannibal Corpse and Anal Cunt will surely love Zeus.

The Metal Den’s Randy “Rocket” Cody recently conducted an interview with Brennon Campbell
of ZEUS for his loyal army of Den Headz worldwide.


Rocket: Where were you born and raised?

Brennon: I was born in Washington PA and I lived there until I was about four. Then we moved to the Gaston county area where I started school.

Rocket: Do you come from a big family?

Brennon: My immediate family is pretty small but I got a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rocket: What bands first drew you to heavy metal music?

Brennon: I was a hyper child and I was always into things that were intense like Ren and Stimpy and grunge. The first bands that made me like metal were probably Metallica and White Zombie. I liked Robs’ art in the Astrocreep 2000 booklet so that made me dig the music more.

Rocket: When did you first get into singing and can you tell me who are some of your
biggest vocal influences?

Brennon: I’ve been doing metal vocals since I was fifteen. It almost started as a joke because I was helping a freind out for the talent show in middle school. I liked Phil Anselmo’s highs and George from Cannibal Corpse’s lows. I’m pretty much influenced by all intense vocalists new and old.

Rocket: Have you ever taken any vocal lessons?

Brennon: No.

Rocket: How did you come to join Zeus band?


Brennon: I met Richard when we were both in other bands and he asked me if I wanted to be in a side project so I said sure and tried out. Our other bands broke up and we’ve been playing in Zeus ever since.

Rocket: Have the new Zeus songs been getting a good reaction out at shows?

Brennon: Yeah. I think we’re a tighter band now because of them.

Rocket: What’s you favorite Zeus song to perform live and why?

Brennon: I don’t really have one favorite but I like the song Bullet Proof Fridge because its really diverse.

Rocket: If you had to describe Zeus band in only one sentence, how would you do it?

Brennon:Violently Heavy without compromising to trends.

Rocket: How do you usually spend the final hour leading up to a Zeus show? Do you warm up your voice?

Brennon: Yeah. I usually just stretch and drink some beer before we go on.

Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s
ever happened to you while performing on the stage?


Brennon: Nothing could really be considered embarrassing to me live, but sometimes I’ll think a song is starting when it isn’t then I scream and nothing gets played so I look like a jackoff.

Rocket: With all the metal albums released so far in 2009, do you have any personal favorites?

Brennon: I feel like a chode because I don’t know of a lot of albums that came out this year but from what I’ve heard I like the new Advent, Burnt by the sun, i’m waiting for the new between the buried and me, Deathclok was good, the chariot, cannibal corpse, Job for a cowboy was good. There’s a lot more but I can’t think of them right now.

Rocket: What are some of the upcoming shows for Zeus that we need to watch out for?

Brennon: We’re playing more out of town shows but I’m siked about Columbia SC with The Predecessor and Human and the Hickory show with Columns

Rocket: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Brennon:Hopefully making more music and entertaining people somehow.

Rocket: Thanks for rocking this out with me. Go ahead and give thanks to your biggest supporters.

Brennon: Thanks to everyone, especially the haters. And themetalden.com