DeliveranceThe big D has been a huge influence for many bands around these days, Jimmy Brown started this project with a demo called Greetings of Death nearly 25 years ago (’85), I had a chat with the man himself about the past, future and present of Deliverance.

Hey Jimmy, thanks for giving us the opportunity to do this interview, hope you are doing well?
It’s always a pleasure…

Deliverance (aka the big D) started out in the mid-80s. What vision did you have when you started with the band?
Just to be a heavy band with a positive message of the Gospel… In 1985, there were not a lot of bands doing it like today… But, I believe we made our mark…

Is that vision still the same, or has it changed? (if so, in what way?)
“D” as of 1996 was officially disbanded… It is not a full time, full force working machine any longer… Every so often, I like to call on past members to see if they would like to regroup for a show or album, but it is more for fun now… There is no mission per say… Just rockin and rollin… :)

The band was disbanded in 2002, yet got together again and release As Above, So Below in 2007, how was it to return? Why the decision to return? Did you feel any pressure to return, since it seems so many old-school bands from back in the days seemed to return?
Nah. As I stated, we have been officially gone as a touring working band since 96… When there is a reunion and regrouping, it is always in the temporary insanity status… LOL… Just fun and a treat for ourselves and our fans…

There have been quite some line-up changes, so you have worked with a lot of different musicians, was it difficult to adapt to these changes, or did this feel natural? Have you had times when you were the only member left and felt like leaving it all behind?
From 1985-1990, the main 3 members were me, Chris and Brian… When they left, it was never the same… I always felt like I kept the torch alive… But, it slowly just became my baby as when I first started it… Just without Brian and Chris… So, moving through musicians was more of a chance to be experimental, and a working thru… The reality was that “D” was a band name, but was no longer a “band” when the original guys left… In short, it was my project… I mostly went thru a lot of band members because they wanted to be an equal part of what was going on… For me, this would never happen as to it had been my baby since 1985, and these new member are coming in 7 years into the project and wanting control? I was like NO WAY! So, I resorted in working with a group people from album to album that understood what “D” was… Or rather, had become…

Jimmy BrownMany people see Weapons of Our Warfare as the perfect example of a near-perfect Thrash Metal album, knowing you were such an inspiration to so many musicians, how does that make you feel? What do you personally think of that album? Did you had the slightest idea of the impact it was going to have?
I honestly was never happy with the finished product… I enjoyed some of the songs and feel of some of the recordings, but overall I didn’t think it was as strong as the 1st release… My main complaint was the Guitar Tone… You see, since the Greetings of Death demo, I always track ALL the rhythm guitars, L & R… Then Glenn would record his solos… We followed the same formula with the 1st CD as well… With Weapons, George (Ochoa) insisted on playing the songs he was able to play. Some of the rhythms were too fast for him, so we went with the old folrmula, but the other songs I wasn’t completely happy with the overall tone and rhythm matches…

I was a huge fan of the Frank Peretti Book, “This Present Darkness” so I figured on doing conceptually what he was doing with his books… Even though it was not a concept record… But, I figured it would receive good attention with the popularity of the Peretti books…

There is a new album coming out, could you give us some insight on the whole thing? Because the myspace hasn’t been updated in ages, and I’m sure many people are eagerly waiting
yet don’t know what to expect from this album. Is it going to be more old-school? Or are there going to be some major rock influences as well (like in albums as River Disturbance, maybe even in the vein of Jupiter VI?)

The new CD “The Annals of Subterfuge” will be more along the lines of the the early material… That’s all I am going to say… LOL….

Talking about JVI, how is that coming along? Could you tell something more about this project and its vision?
Jupiter VI is doing well… We finished the 2nd CD sometime ago, but the label is holding onto it for a co-release with the new “D” cd… Not sure of the logic behind it, but none the less that’s what the deal is… JVI is just good ol’ Rock and Roll… Meets Theatre Rock…

2010 will mark the 25th birthday of Deliverance, any special happenings? Any plans for a world tour? Could you give some insight in future happenings?
I would love to tour again… But, even though we have sold hundreds of thousands of records we cannot get any invitations to festivals, Europe, anything… I see bands that haven’t sold half the albums we did playing gigs all over the world, but not us… I guess my reputation as a crap talker and no-nonsense type of guy that speaks his mind no matter what has finally caught up with me… While people remain loyal to listen to my music, the industry people remain loyal to hating my guts!!! LOL… All in the name of Jesus… LOL…

Again, thanks for your time! I wish you a blessed future with D and any other musical projects, anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you! I appreciate you taking your time for this as well… And thank you to all reading this…

~Interviewed By Matt Soberon