Patrick Lind [ex- MORBID SAINT, ex- SGT DISCHARGE] Interview 10/01/2016
Written by Marc C. Pietrek 2016
I am always on the lookout for hidden gems when it comes to heavy metal. When I stated the Facebook music fan page A DARK UNITED FRONT (originally named FULL METAL ARMADA and then later as FULL METAL ONSLAUGHT) back in May of 2015, I wanted to include bands that are more underground than what your average metal head listens to. Bands that never got the proper exposure and promotion in return for their constant practicing, gigging and recording. Busting their asses to get their music hear outside of their own area code. I found a band that met those criteria. That band is MORBID SAINT from Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA.
Drummer Patrick Lind joined MORBID SAINT as their new vocalist just prior to the recording of their debut album, ‘Spectrum Of Death’ (1990). The band already had a very cool style similar to DARK ANGEL and POSSESSED. When Patrick joined the band, he stepped in and delivered some of the best vocals in the history of thrash metal. While now being a front man for the very first time, he drew from influences such as Don Doty of DARK ANGEL and Mille Petroza of KREATOR. His vocal style conjured up images of a rabid, blood thirsty beast searching endlessly for it’s next victim. In other words, a style perfect for thrash.
When ‘Spectrum of Death’ was released, it proved that MORBID SAINT was not a sub-par, Johnny-come-lately thrash band saturating the market. They delivered and album that over twenty five years later, still is relevant and inspiring to metal heads worldwide. With that and rightfully earned opening slots on the Ultimate Revenge. II Tour (with DEATH and DARK ANGEL) and at the Milwaukee Metal Fest added on to their developing resume, plus management by Eric Grief (DEATH), one would think that the band would be in a favorable position.
In 1992, MORBID SAINT went into the studio to record the follow up album to ‘Spectrum of Death’. Even though they had a full albums worth of solid material, they were only able to lay down the basic tracks over the course of a few days. When they went back to finishing recording the album, they learned that the studio had closed down and was in the midst of legal proceedings. Hence, the band was forced to use the basic tracks for the ‘Destruction System’ album (1992). By that time though, the music landscape had dramatically changed. Grunge, death metal and industrial were taking away much of the market that thrash had once dominated to a large degree. MORBID SAINT would continue on until 1994 when the officially disbanded. According to Patrick, when it came down to it, the members of MORBID SAINT had to move on with their lives.
Fast-forward to 2012. MORBID SAINT have reformed and have since not only performed in Los Angeles for the first time in (May of 2013), but as far away as China (in September of 2014)as well. This was welcome news to me, I had hopes of being informed of new MORBID SAINT material being released for the first time since 1994 in the near future. Unfortunately, I that is not the way things have now turned out.
I reached out to Patrick Lind via Facebook back in August of this year. I introduced myself and informed him that I was interested in interviewing him for the fan page. He responded and informed me that he had left MORBID SAINT earlier in the year. I stated that I would still like to interview him anyway and he was nice enough to agree.
I am very glad that he for that, because it turned out to be a very enjoyable and informative history lesson on American thrash metal during its best era.
When Patrick telephoned me on a Saturday afternoon, we got to talking about a number of different subjects (see link for interview on YouTube below). He elaborated on the D.I.Y metal scenes of Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the late 1980s that produced such bands as MORBID SAINT, RHEALM and MORTA SKULD. We also discussed his influences, playing gigs with DEATH, his time with SGT DISCHARGE, metal heads of today versus the ones of almost two generations ago and the reason why he decided to leave MORBID SAINT. His answer to the latter may surprise you, and as many of you know, anything can happen within the confines of a band unit. I will end this writing with this statement: Patrick Lind is a cool, humble, gracious dude who is too good of a presence on record and on stage not to be in metal. I hope a well deserving band is lucky enough to enlist this man and he continues on in music.
Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did conducting it. Cheers, rivet heads!