I can remember watching Animal on the Muppets, then beating on Mom's pots and pans, then jammin' with Pops on my first little drum set (that's right Pops plays guitar). Then Black Sabbath, Ozzy, and Iron Maiden where I discovered a love for the heavy and dark side of metal. When the infamous bay area thrash scene hit, it was on. Bands like Forbidden, Vio-lence, Exodus, Death Angel, the list goes on, plus bands like Slayer, Pantera, and Sepultura. Fuck!!!!!...those were some thrashin' good times. I love music to be intense, but like it to have some feeling also. I've never had a lesson, basically self-taught with influences from all types of music, and of course, others I've played with. I owe a lot to Walt & Dan and our time as Chemical Straightjacket. Thanks for not giving up on me back in '91 when I didn't know shit! When writing, I play what I feel. Anything goes as long as it kicks ass to me and the rest of the band! Fuck You if you don't like it! If you want to know more, get off your ass, come to a show, buy me a beer, and ask me! Don't be afraid!
Born in San Leandro, CA and raised in Fremont and Hayward, I've always been facinated with music. Since I can remember people have always said that I have a gift for music. Watching my father play gave me a love for performing that has grown into a passion which I can now express freely. I say what I feel, most of which is personal, but much is political as well. What's what? That's for you to figure out. I thrive on symbolism. I feed on anger and live on love.
As far as music goes, I've been a singer since I was 2 years old, and have done live shows since I was 3. My vocal training began at the age of 7 when a friend of my father insisted that I was a prodigy. He instructed and trained me for the next 7 years untill I moved on to choir singing in high school. Instruments, I began with piano at the age of 4 and gradualy picked up everything else that I've learned over the years. The heavy shit I discovered around the age of 10. Instantly, I was drawn to it. Starting with AC/DC and Guns N Roses and ending up with Death and Slayer, I now can sing, scream, growl, scat and do pretty much anything else vocally. My influences are endless and my capabilities have no bounds.
I am a vast, unstable and turbulent vortex of power and emotion driven by will. My expression is one of beauty and darkness; love and hate; udder fucking chaos, destruction, death and reform. I am a total contradiction of myself and what I believe. I am everything you've ever loved and all that you hate.
I take no sides.
My frustration is only a minute partical of a much bigger meaning...
I love everyone as much as I hate them. I am the reflection that you are all afraid to see. The person within whom you refuse to accept. The nightmare you chose to forget. The provocative thought that entices action which you will not admit to. I am all of this.
I constantly walk this world in bliss, yet it continues to make me sick. For all of those who think that I'm just another angry front man with an attitude that dosen't care about anything... FUCK YOU!!!! I AM pissed-off. I AM fucking hating this reality, but I DO give a shit! I have scaled the walls of spirituality. Fallen over the edge of insanity. Embraced the pain of suicide. I have searched my soul for an answer to this pathetic existence and have found only this...
The world is a Hell with mere fragments of Heaven scattered throughout an interdementional plane upon which we try to form our reality. We begin with life and end with death. We all are in search of an identity and a place where we can feel complete in this time and age.
My name is Gabriel.
Through the painful screams, angry growls and enchanting melodies, I have found my dwellng. One which lies...
Beneath The Surface.
Tribe Handle: sickmind
More than anything else in the world, I love to play the guitar. It has been my solice, saving grace, and voice to everything that I hold significant and worthy of fighting. There is nothing cryptic, nothing mystic...just me and four other people I've had the pleasure to write music with. That's what's Beneath the Surface babe, that's what's Beneath the Surface.
Kevin is a highly ordered group of elements which, collectivly, have the capacity to play the bass. Kevin's musical influences can be most simply and adequately explained by, the sumation of all sound waves encountered throughout his life. It is the power of these waves, which when harnested through the ear, & interpreted by the brain, ultimatly translates into the unique Heavy Metal soul of BENEATH THE SURFACE.
I am the performance and spoken word artist. My role is to fuck with your head at the risk of upsetting and Confusing small minds. My intent is to make you think. Maybe even help you question for yourself just what in the fuck is really going on here…
Reviewers seem to hate me, for those who do--fuck you too. No exclamation point, just A warning shot across the bow to help you remember this:
To every one of you soulless one-life cunts who would rather be a mindless fucking drone perpetuating this pathetic Nazi wanna-be friendly fascist racist sexist homophobic women’s rights hating culture than stand up to certain un-fucking-elected government officials of our almost entirely avarice ridden governing body, confirmed at times by an even more blatantly purchased high council, whose intent for us all (live from the belly of the beast) is meant to deceive you to biblical proportions by preprogramming and conditioning you into believing (thereby influencing others to believe) that this failed system of cruel slavery so called Freedom through Globalization and Forever War against the Poor, the Open Minded and of course—untold millions upon millions of innocent dark-skinned victims; as though it were our heart’s desire from day one; first breath; as if the true will of the people were to self-suppress human evolution by stopping at learning what we’re told; at the increasingly probable and meaningless expense of all life as we know it--simply to maintain this antiquated prehistoric power structure that has always been completely fucking unjust; as if the future wasn’t ours to create…all I have to say is…
Goodnight to civil rights… Goodnight to civil liberties… Goodnight to human dignity… Goodnight to freedom of speech… Goodnight to privacy… Goodnight to the American Dream… Goodnight to the middle class… Goodnight to quality education… Goodnight to equal opportunity… Goodnight to small government…
Good-mourning Information Age… Good-mourning Church and State… Good-mourning Endless Illegal Wars For Unnecessary Resources… Good-mourning Bloody Fucking Hell On EARTH!