You’ve heard of a split album. This is a split interview between two American bands that not only share a record but also cross path musically. SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER/ENFUNERATION interviewed by Anders Ekdahl ©2011
My first question is why do you do a split record? Who in their right mind would be interested in such an album?
Steve Worley (Sacrificial Slaughter) – A split record is very common and beneficial in many ways. It allows unsigned bands to split costs on a self funded release and reach twice as many fans. It’s a form of cross promotion we have come to find very rewarding. Every time we sell or trade a CD, the new listener receives a copy of the other bands latest music as well. The same stands true the other way around and so on and so forth
Dave Thompson (Enfuneration): We were approached by Steve from Sacrificial Slaughter to do this split with them, and jumped on the project with no hesitation. Combining forces and funding made it easier to get our music out to the masses. As far as who would be interested in this, I would think anyone that’s into thrash metal, or death metal can enjoy the 10 songs on this split. Not sure why it would make any difference that there are 2 bands on a CD, but split CDs have been around for some time now, and have proved effective for getting the metal spread around the world, So my question would be, who in their right mind wouldn’t be interested in this CD?
When doing a split record how much do you have to say about the choice of the other band? What if the other band sucks big time?
Steve Worley – Split records are almost always self funded or self released. I’ve never seen any major labels take their two biggest bands and force them to do an album together. Some independent labels will compile split compilations, in which case I would assume you would have the choice to be a part of it or not. But I don’t see why you wouldn’t ever want to be a part of something. Even if the other bands suck ass you still get to be on this underground release and be the best band that people are going to take notice too. But in our personal experiences doing split releases we have always had 100% control over what bands we work with and I have always handpicked them to my liking.
Dave Thompson: Since we were asked to do this, I can’t really ask that question, but Sacrificial Slaughter toured through here and couple of times, and when Steve asked us to do this he was confident we were the band he wanted on the disc with them. He set most all of this up, and we just did our part to make sure we came through with our funding, and of course the music. We were a bit rushed when it came down to crunch time, but it came out strong,
What would you do if the other band was so obnoxious that you feel that you wouldn’t even touch them with a stick? Is there something that you’d never be associated with?
Steve Worley -Like I said, we hand pick the bands we work with because we like them. We would never be in this situation. So I really give a list of styles we wouldn’t associate with because we probably already aren’t associating with them.
Dave Thompson: Why would anyone or any band even consider working with someone like that? We work only with people that involve themselves in a true metal lifestyle. No need for rock star attitudes in metal, it’s about the music and the brotherhood.!
How do you go about choosing tracks to go on a split record? Do you use ones that are left over or do you write new and record them? How much effort do you put into a split record?
Steve Worley – A self produced EP, split, or compiled CD can be very key in the future of any hardworking band. The idea is to put together the absolute best release possible on your own and present it to every single label, zine, press, radio, distro, on the planet and hope something comes of it.
Dave Thompson: We had music prepared to do our second release when we were approached about this, so we just went in and recorded 5 of the 7 songs we had ready. We will eventually make a full length as well, but the effort is no different, you don’t want to disappoint the other band, or the fans of metal. We wanted to deliver a quality product.
How would you like to describe your specific sound and what it is that sets you apart from the rest of the mob?
Steve Worley -Honestly there are a lot of bands that have been playing the style that we do for a long time. We like to call it “Death Thrash.” I’m not going to sit here and say that we took certain elements from all these different styles of music and came up with our very own special, unique sound. Because we didn’t. It’s a straight up face melting blend of Thrash metal mixed with extreme elements of neck breaking Death metal. That’s all it is and we do it well.
Dave Thompson: Well we are far from original, as far as death metal goes. I don’t feel we have anyone’s sound though, so I guess that is what would make us different. We follow no trends, and don’t care to please anyone but ourselves when writing our music. If we like what we are doing, we think that fans of the genre will like it as well
Something I wonder about when it comes to art work is how do you decide on what is the right for your band when you have to share it with another band?
Steve Worley -Everyone is different when choosing these kinds of things but for us a split release has always been about 2 of the most fierce and evenly matched bands in the genre coming together in an unholy battle of brutal music. On this particular release I shared my thoughts and ideas with Enfuneration and they agreed. So we just ran with it. The artist I chose catered to our goals and made revisions as requested by either bands and everything turned out great.
Dave Thompson: In the case of the artwork here, the artist came up with the drawings, it was forwarded to myself and Steve, and from there we agreed on what should be done with it. It came out killer, and the shirts look sick.
How would you like to characterize your local scene? Is there a big interest for the music you play or is it just trend sensitive crap that gets the headlines?
Steve Worley -We come from California and the scene has always been hit or miss. We find our biggest followings in other parts of the country or abroad so we keep the local appearances to a minimum and try to tour as much as possible. Although when we are home, a couple local appearances here and there are key when trying out new material and keeping up on our chops.
Dave Thompson: We have a good death metal and thrash metal scene here in Oklahoma. Of course there are the emo, deathcore, and hardcore kid bands here, but we don’t involve ourselves, or involve them in what we do. True metalheads are just that, and support their scene, so we have some really kick ass shows here.
Coming from a totally different death/thrash environment than me (Sweden) how hard is it to get any sort of recognition for the things you do?
Steve Worley – The Death Thrash roots of Sweden were instrumental in the way that bands from the United States play today, that’s for sure. But now that is all said and done, Death Thrash is here to stay and it runs strong in all nations. It is now being embraced and supported around the world. We are just honored to be along for the ride.
Dave Thompson: The hardest part nowadays is the sheer number of bands out there. Anyone can start a bedroom label, or record music on their pc, but I think persistence is what makes you be able to achieve any success at all. There are so many sites, labels, bands, zines, and the internet does help to get stuff out there faster, but it also is so cluttered with crap, it’s difficult to find all the good bands.
When it comes to extreme metal are there any bands that are untouchable and that you strive to just come close to and would you ever do would that be the end of your musicianship?
Steve Worley – No band is untouchable… We are just going to continue to work our hardest and create the music we love. If other people love it also, then it’s twice as rewarding. But I plan to do this until the day I die so expect to see a lot more out of SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER.
Dave Thompson: We don’t consider this a competition, we all play the music we love. As a band grows, so does their production, their live sound and shows, and their fan base, so of course it would be great to be as recognized as Behemoth, Nile, or Death, but as a newer band on the scene, and having been around as long as we have as musicians, it’s a long road and it takes a lot of work and dedication, which we have had all our lives. Hopefully we can increase our fan base immensely with this split.
Where do you go from the split record? What can we expect next from you?
Steve Worley -Hopefully from all the hard work we put into the split we will be able to obtain some bigger tour opportunities and a future full length as well. But even if we have to do it all ourselves, expect to see Sacrificial Slaughter tours through Europe and North America in support of a new album in 2012 no matter what!
Dave Thompson: Well like I said before, we have a few more songs written, and will be taking off the last part of December to start writing a few more. From there we will add them to the 5 songs on this split, and remix the entire thing with Kendall Stevens at Red Audio Works, who has worked with Neil Kernon, and has done some studio work for Nile..!!