Sacrificial Slabs – New Interview
Interview with Simon (Drums) From Sacrificial Slabs and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: Sacrificial Slabs are a low tuned heavy as fuck grindcore/death metal band from London, that like to sing (growl) about making yourself better and pissing off the power hungry greedy fucks out there.
Plus we all like to hang out and have beers, make sure you catch us at the bar.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
S: Sacrificial Slabs was born last summer June 2019, the whole idea of the band, is to do something more extreme that what we have done before, My self and Sarunas have played in bands together before. And thought that it’d be fun to form a Grindcore/Death metal band, but making sure there is groove and melody involved.
We all have the same vision in the band and all the guys bring something different to it Especially Yozii
The whole thing is to try and bring a different type of heavy band to the scene, we’re trying to bring the old school element of grindcore and infuse new ideas to it, keeping it as heavy as fuck. Its really good fun.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: For me personaly being the drummer my musical influences are probably cliche:
John Bonham Led zeppelin
Danny Carey Tool
These two stick out the most to me and had the biggest impact on how i play the drums, as for bands that have influenced me, there’s loads from Metallica to kings of leon, Napalm Death, Carcass to Genesis and loads more. Music is such a great platform to influence people in a good positive way. Non musical,Movies are big in my life dark atmospheric movies sit well with me and books, i’m influencedby Niall Griffths a british author, whose writing is dark, scary, violent but also very funny and emotional.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: For this band, it’s to break into this scene with a bang and help push the genre out to a wider audience, and prove douters wrong, this is a very cool genre of music which is under valued and under appriciated. Also i feel it’s totally misjudge, and it’s time to show prople what it’s really about
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: The band as a whole writes everything, it normally starts with a drum beat or guitar riff, some songs are written purely through jams, which is a really cool and organic way to write.
My self and Edward write the lyrics, and they tend to be based on mental anguish, depression and anxiety, we also have a politcal angle as well, against pwoer hungry people.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: Through the normal social media outlets, but also word of mouth, let our crazy shows do the talking for us. Plus bands, thats a big one, bands helping bands, that keeps the scene alive.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: It’s never going to go away, i use spotify and itunes myself, it does make getting music out there a lot quiker and easier, but with that means you have to go through a lot of shit music to find the good stuff, which is annoying. But at least it’s a platform to get music out there, which is only a good thing. Illegal downloading on the other hand can fuck off, and if you do it, you’re not a fan of music. you’re helping kill it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?’
S: Oh so many, but for me personaly i’d have to go for Tool Reflection, it’s such an amazing piece of music, that resonates so much with me, how the structure builds and takes me on a journey, it’s a master piece in how to write music.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: To many to write here, but in music, ingorant and egotistical people, who think they deserve the right to be superstars, those people to me are fucking idiots, and don’t understand the real point of doing music.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: My proudest moment is probably right now, gettimg this band together and seeing how it’s grown in such a short space of time, this is a really exciting band. The future looks great for us. Plus the way the guys have trusted each other to get us out there is amazing.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: At the moment, we have a lot of new songs written, so we’re looking to get into a studio to record them ASAP, (the world in shutdown permitting), then its all about us getting out around the world to play infront of our fans.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
S: We have a bunch of shows coming up (virus permitting), we’ve been booked for European festivals in Romania, Bulgaria and Bosnia (unfortunately postponed due to caronavirus), which we’re hoping we get to play, plus, loads of shows in London and the UK.
You should come check us out, cuz our shows are like a fucking freight train, non stop heaviness and chaos, plus we have a Yozii, which he’s to be seen to be believed, so check when we’re playing next and get ya arses there, for beers and metal \m/