Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sacrificial Slaughter Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Right now we are touring in support of a split release we just put out on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the split album and how does it differ from the previous recordings.
The tracks we did for the split are relentless.  Aggressive, pissed off and in your face from start to finish.  Definitely our best work to date. Previous recordings document a lot of different stages in the band and a lot of trying to find our sound.  From Death Metal to Grindcore. gorey, guttural, drum machines, we've done it all.  But I think we have finally found ourselves in the music and really enjoy playing the new tunes we have out today.  Everything we write gets better and better and more fun to play.  Thats what its all about.

3. What is your opinion of the other band on the split?
Enfuneration is great. We met them on the road in 2010.  We played in their hometown Oklahoma City and they impressed the fuck out of us to say the least.  More like gave us a run for our money.  Also their hospitality during our stay in their town was unmatched.  So we got to know them real well and when the idea came about of doing a split release I knew exactly who I wanted to work with.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new recording?
I would like to think we have progressed in this category.  Breaking away from the cliche, generic, blood guts and gore Death Metal lyrics and referring to more everyday life situations that people can relate to.  Often in our case that consists of Whiskey, Weed and pussy.  But those are topics that we deal with in many ways on an everyday basis.  Even topics from problems with the law to drinkin a bottle so you dont get the shakes, or just straight up whoopin someones ass.  These things happen in our lives.  Some people think thats cheesy.  But we dont just play this music.  It is a lifestyle and we live it every single day.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
I started the band 10 years ago with the current Gravehill/Exhumed axe player BodyBag Bob.  I remember jamming in my parents garage throwing around different ideas for band names and he actually said "Sacrificial Slaughter" as a joke.  I thought it was bad ass, so after extensive research online I was able to confirm that the name was available and it stuck. 

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Someone actually asked me this question the other day and I rattled off my top five.  I think i'll stick with those and say Switzerland,GermanyMexicoChicago and New York City.  These are places we have had extremely successful and fun shows.  They are all memorable for different reasons but alike in the ways of big, energetic crowds hanging by our every note. There is no better feeling then sending a sea of people into an all out frenzy with the power of music.  Our stage presence is intense.  Whether there is 5 people or 500, we pride ourselves in giving 100% in our performance and playing our hardest each and every night.

7. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Nov.17th - El Paso, TX @ Badlands Billiards
 Nov.19th - San Antonio, TX @ The Korova (The Goregrowler's Ball 5)
 Nov.20th - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
 Nov.22nd - Albuquerque, NM @ The Lions Den
 Nov.25th - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
 Nov.26th - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Expose
 Nov.27th - Las Vegas, NV @ Boomers

8. When can we expect a full length recording.
  After this tour the writing process will commence once again.  Ideally we would like to have a full length out in the Spring of 2012.  Hopefully our new split release will have success and generate enough positive feedback and label interest to propel us back into the studio early next year.

 9. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death/thrash fans? 

We have connected with thousands of fans all around the world and the reception has been extremely positive.  Like I said before, we reach out to our fellow metal brothers and sisters and relate to them on many levels through our lyrical themes.  Combine that with the unprecedented aural assault of our music that we like to call "Extreme Fucking Death Thrash" and it has been a winning concoction for us so far.
 10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Right now I am happy with the direction of the material we are creating.  Sky is the limit and the songs get better and better with each one we write.  In the future I hope to get us in a real studio with a real producer that can hopefully help us really capture our true sound and full potential.  Everything we've done to date has been self funded, self produced and in some cases self recorded.  Our next release we hope to have more label support and work with new people that have these skills and capabilities  
 11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We have been fortunate enough to tour with some of our favorite bands like Pestilence, Master, Vital Remains, Goatwhore, Anal Blast and others.  These are all bands we were fans of from the beginning and having the opportunity to work along side them has been very influential.  A short list of other bands that have influenced our style might look something like Monstrosity, Misery Index, Obituary, At the Gates, Massacre, Autopsy, Aborted, etc.
 12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
These days the music consumes a large portion of our lives.  It's a cutthroat business in this underground scene and there are thousands of bands out there trying to make it just like us.  In a genre where just about everything has been done a million times and in some cases beaten to death, it can sometimes be hard to keep your head above water.  The strong will survive and the weak will be cast aside.  So we work hard and dedicate the majority of our time to making sure we continue to thrive and stand out amongst this blood red sea of bands.
 13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Be sure to pick up our new Cd "American Death Thrash" on Horror Pain Gore Death productions and SUPPORT THE UNDERGROUND!!

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