Anthrax, Lamb of God and Obituary are the bands who are touring with Slayer in the European leg of their final tour, which had a date in Oslo, Norway, last December 6th. Just a couple of hours before the show started with Florida’s Death Metal legends Obituary, RISE! had a conversation with their bass player Terry Butler, who previously was part of Massacre lineup in different times, also Six Feet Under for almost twenty years and he was part of Death playing on their “Spiritual Healing” album as well, among other projects. He’s an institution when it comes to Death Metal scene. On this interview, he reveals the insights of the bands he was part of, how he joined Obituary, his opinion on Crowdfunding platforms and record labels, the Slayer final tour and much more!
RISE!: – First of all, how’s the tour going with Slayer, Anthrax, Lamb of God so far? It’s the Slayer farewell tour, how do you feel about it?
Terry Butler: It’s a great feeling to be part of it, you know? It’s always been a dream to be on tour with Slayer. It just took 30 years to get there but we are here (laughs). The tour is great, all the bands are killer and everyone’s getting along well, so it’s a nice tour.
R!: – You’ve been playing in Obituary for eight years now, but how did you join in the first place? When did you meet the guys?
TB: I’ve known them since the mid-80’s, we live in the same town. I’ve known them for a long time, over thirty years. But they gave me a call one day, I heard that Frank (Watkins, R.I.P.) was fired from Obituary and they needed some help on a tour. They called me to ask if I wanted to help and I said “Yes”. So I’ve helped them for a year and quit Six Feet Under in 2011, then I joined Obituary full time.
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