Dave Gregor [MORTA SKULD] Interview 10/06/2016
Written By Marc C. Pietrek 2016
Sunny Florida produced some of the most liked and well-known US death metal ever during the 1990s. However, there were other death metal bands that came from other areas during that same time that made a good impression on fans as well. BROKEN HOPE from Chicago. CANNIBAL CORPSE and MALEVOLANT CREATION from Buffalo (both bands ended up relocating to Florida). Then you have MORTA SKULD from Milwaukee, my favorite of the bunch. Their epic debut, “Dying Remains’ (1993), can go toe to toe with any other death metal album from that time period all the way to the present. It has a sound so heavy that one would think it would rattle the fillings right out of their teeth. ‘As Humanity Fades’ (1994), ‘For All Eternity’ (1995) and ‘Surface’ (1997) all have that cranium-caving-in heaviness that was achieved on their debut. Solid, quality death metal without question.
The heart and soul of MORTA SKULD is guitarist and vocalist, Dave Gregor. Being someone who came from bad childhood filled with a lot of physical and mental abuse, Dave thought of music as therapy. In his teenage years, he discovered FM radio favorites such as JOURNEY, FOREIGNER and NIGHT RANGER. However it wasn’t long before he would delve into heavy metal and began listening to such bands OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA and even more underground and obscure bands such as RIOT and WITCHFINDER GENERAL. After his commitment to the US Marine Corps was up in the late 1980s, he took up the guitar seriously for the first time and started a cross-over band. He formed MORTA SKULD in 1990 and the band developed a very sizable following in the Milwaukee metal scene. The hard work and dedication paid for off with opening gigs for such heavyweights as SLAYER, OBITUARY and DEATH. Though they did have a decent degree of success, Dave and MORTA SKULD decided to hang it up in 1998.
MORTA SKULD reformed in 2012 and released the ’Serving Two Masters’ EP in 2014. With two new members in the band, Dave and company are primed to ready to do some severe pummeling of the senses of death metal fans worldwide in early 2017. Dave was nice enough to let me interview him via telephone (see YouTube link below) and we ended up not having an interview so much as it was a conversation. A conversation between a metal musician and a (very, very green with no formal training) metal journalist who both happen to be avid metal fans. We discussed how music helped him through his early life, his stint in the Marines, his influences and MORTA SKULD’s past, present and future amongst other topics. And speaking of the future, I got the low down on the upcoming album, ‘Wounds Deeper Than Time’, which is set to be released early next year.
I cannot even begin to express how cool, down to Earth and entertaining Dave was to converse with. I hope that you listen to it and enjoy it as much as I did conducting it. Cheers!
A DARK UNITED FRONT: Dave Gregor [MORTA SKULD] Interview 10/06/2016
Morta Skuld – Dying Remains (1993) (Full Album)
Morta Skuld – As Humanity Fades (1994) (Full Album)
Morta Skuld – For All Eternity (1994) (Full Album)
Morta Skuld – Surface (1997) (Full Album)
Morta Skuld – Serving Two Masters (2014) (Full EP)