Thursday, March 7, 2013

Slaughterday Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Hi, Bernd from SLAUGHTERDAY here. The band was formed in 2010 by Jens and me with the intention to play raw old-school Death Metal inspired by the bands of the early 90s. Until 2012 we were busy rehearsing and writing songs and finally at the end of 2012 we entered the studio to record 4 songs that can be heard on our 1st demotape „Cosmic Horror“, which has just been released by FDA Rekotz.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

As I already said, the band is totally dedicated to the old school Death Metal of the early 90s. I would describe our sound as a mix of the Swedish and the American style and some creeping doom parts that remind a bit of horror movie soundtracks. In addition we try to keep the sound raw and natural without triggered drums, etc.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrics deal with obscure and subliminal horror heavily inspired by the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. They are about demons, ghosts, ancient rituals and surreal places that provoke fear and which are incomprehensible to human minds. The intention is to create a dark atmosphere together with the music.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

The band was named after the song “Slaughterday” by the band Autopsy. We think that the name sounds cool and catchy and Autopsy is one of our biggest musical influences. There is no direct meaning behind it. It could simply be the day you die or maybe a kind of doomsday when humankind gets slaughtered by an evil cosmic force.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

As we have never played live so far, I can’t give you any exciting information on that topic, sorry.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

There are no concrete touring plans due to the fact that we are just a
two-piece and we are very tied to our jobs as well, but there are some plans and efforts to play some gigs at the end of 2013. At the moment we are talking to some friends about helping us out live.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

Feedback has been cool considering the fact that we appeared on the “Death Metal map” just about a few months ago. There are people from all over the world who are interested in SLAUGHTERDAY and it’s still the beginning. Hopefully we can spread our name even more in the future with the release of our “cosmic Horror” demo and with our 1st full-length record of course.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

There are no other projects besides SLAUGHTERDAY, so we completely concentrate on this band.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We don't have the intention to change our musical direction and we won't make up any plans about how the upcoming songs should sound like. We just go into the rehearsal room, start playing and see what happens.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As I already said, Autopsy is a huge influence, but there are also other bands like Entombed, Dismember, Massacre, old Death, Asphyx and some newer bands like Hooded Menace or Tormented that influence our sound. But I have to say that we don't only listen to Death Metal all day long as we are huge fans of old Heavy Metal, Thrash and 70s Rock. I also like a lot of progressive and experimental stuff while Jens is more the traditional type of guy, so we complement each other quite well.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

We are usually very busy with our jobs, families and kids. But in our freetime we enjoy reading books (Lovecraft of course, ha, ha), watching 80s Horror movies, having some beers with good friends and watching soccer.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity for this interview and the possibility to spread our name and our music. If you are into old school Death Metal check us out! The cosmic horror has just begun...

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