Over the last two decades perhaps no bassist made a larger impact on metal than Rex Brown. The legendary Pantera and Down member is one of the Godfathers of groove metal, and his playing has been as influential on others, as his hero Geezer Butler was to him. Brown took time this month to stop by and talk to Metalholic about the twentieth anniversary re-release of Pantera’s classic, Vulgar Display of Power, and his new project Kill Devil Hill.
Today, May 22, Brown, along with iconic drummer Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell), guitarist Mark Zavon (Ratt, W.A.S.P., 40 Cycle Hum) and vocalist Jason “Dewey” Bragg (Pissing Razors) will release their debut eponymous album for Kill Devil Hill. An album which is bound to open a sizable number of ears and eyes, if not crack a few ribs in the process.
The project was put together by Appice, and Brown was the final piece to the puzzle, but his impact is obvious when one listens to the record or sees the band live. Brown says this is the band he’s been looking for. “This is right up my alley,” enthused Brown. “It’s so much hunger. The melodies and the harmonies over the top, with that heavy bottom on it, that really appealed to me the most, to say the least.”
Brown is very hyped about the debut album, and he believes the band has something very worthwhile and lasting to offer. “This kind of rock has to come back. There’s so few bands that come out that are doing what we’re doing, and I think kids are missing a whole little generation gap there.”
While Brown and Appice are the band’s famed elder statesmen, the bassist has high praise for his vocalist and guitarist.
“Dewey and Mark are the guys that just never got out of town, but they’re at the same level we are. Mark is an extraordinary, brilliant guitar player. He’s flashy, but just his style, and the note selection are just perfect for what we’re doing. Dewey just gets stronger every day. We recorded the record in September, done. Then we went out in October and played I don’t know how many dates–20 something. Dewey came back after that tour and re-sang every thing and his voice was ten times stronger than what we had on the original tapes. This has just turned into this kind of beast that’s lurking.”
Rex also touched on his thoughts about this month’s twentieth anniversary re-release of Pantera’s classic opus, Vulgar Display of Power. He talked about his camaraderie with Appice, his bass playing style, and he even shared a personal secret that most people don’t likely know about him.
Listen to the full interview below, and pick up Kill Devil Hill at your local music store or online retailer. Also check out our interview with Vinnie Appice