How would you describe your music?
Hi Guys, first and foremost I hope everyone is staying safe and are taking care.
Now to the music, how I describe our music is fast, heavy, low tuned, groovy grindcore/death metal, the whole idea is to be extreme, we want it to be in your face, and unrelenting. We also like to bring the old school style and give it a new twist, having the two vocals also brings a different dynamic to our style, which also makes it quite unique.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Sacrificial Slabs was formed in June 2019, by myself and Sarunas (guitars), the project was something I had in my mind for a while, even while myself and Sarunas were playing in our previous band, I wanted to go more extreme.
I wanted to make a more extreme metal band to what I had done previously and take it to a wider audience, once our previous band decided to take a long break, I thought this was the perfect time to see if this project could start up. I put the idea to Sarunas, he was on board straight away, after the first practice we knew we had something, by the 2nd practice we had the two vocals in place and the band started to gain some songwriting momentum, within 6 weeks we had an EP recorded and released (Gore ‘n’ Roll), plus London shows booked. Sacrificial Slabs had arrived.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Good question, and the answer will be different depending on who you’re asking within the band, we’re all influenced by lots of different styles, but for sure the whole band is influenced by, Death metal, Grindcore, Black Metal, Thrash and other styles of metal.
For me personally though my main influences musically came from Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Faith No More, Death, Alice In Chains, Carcass and Napalm Death. There’s loads more that I love, but these bands opened my eyes to the music I loved to listen to and wanted to play.
As a drummer though I do love: Krimh, Danny Carey, John Bonham, Tomas Haake, Gene Hoglan, Stewart Copeland, Eric Moore, Sean Kinney, Matt Cameron, Chris Kontos, Abe Cunningham. There’s also loads more.
What inspires you?
Beer…..only joking (well kinda;)), lots of things inspire me, everything from music to art, film and even sport, there are so many avenues you can grab inspiration, for me as long as something has heart and soul, then it’s something you can be inspired by and believe in. We as humans tend to focus on negativity and not the positive things in the world. There’s lots out there to be inspired by, go out into the big wide world and find it.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We have had song ideas out on the road, but we tend to focus on writing together in the studio, as the writing process in this band is very organic, it can start with a drum beat, or a guitar riff, even the really old school way of just jamming out together. We have used live shows to try out songs and the song might change because of that. But in the studio is the most productive for us at the moment, you never know that might change.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We all have our favourites to play Edward (vocals) loves Head Cage, it was the first song he wrote with us, after joining, and it is a banger, for me it’s the song Soulless God, it’s fast groovy and has some nice techy bits, plus I get to head bang on bits, which I can’t always do.
A fans favourite has to be We Come From Below, it’s a proper heavy groovy number, which is on our first release. Plus Head Cage and Soulless God will be on our next release.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Now this is a good question:
Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Tool, Faith No More, Alice In Chains (with Layne singing), Pantera, Carcass…Sacrificial Slabs.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It is what it is. Some of it is amazing some of it not so much, it’s a lot easier now for bands to get music out, but that also means theres a lot of shit out there as well. I do feel like the industry is too separated, everyone one is working on their own thing and not together (not everyone but the majority), if we could pull together and work alongside each other, then it’d make things better in the industry for sure.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
In previous bands a few, in this one, we’ve had missing singers, that decided it’d be a good idea to get off a moving train, and end up in the wrong city. Yep he’s a twat.
Getting drunk and harassing Dani Filth, that was the same night actually. Was fun as well.
Myself and Sarunas in a sex motel in Mexico sticks in my mind, you’ll have to ask us at the bar face to face about that one.
I’m sure there will be loads more in the future, as this band is fucking mental.
What are your future plans?
It’s all up in the air at the moment with the world on lockdown, but we have some European festivals still booked, which will be awesome, as well as more shows in the UK at the end of the year, plus we’re hoping to get our debut album recorded and released by the end of the year. Sacrificial Slabs are here to stay, so check our media for what we’re getting up too facebook and Instagram.
Take care everyone and stay safe, we also want to say a big thanks to all the guys on the frontline during this time, massive respect and love to you all. NHS are simply amazing we love you all.