NUNSLAUGHTER "Color Me Blood Red"
By Dr. Abner Mality
WC: Wrath has been the drummer since 2016. He has some big shoes to fill. How did he approach the recording and what does he bring to the table that maybe wasn’t there before?
WC: Did some of the tracks get re-written or changed extensively or are they all pretty much “pristine”?
DOTD: Nothing received a full overhaul but as you go through the writing process you find things that work better than what you originally had. We write fast and ideas come and go. Some work and some don’t. You just gotta keep trying and writing.
WC: You’ve got a pretty mayhemic animated video for “Below The Cloven Hoof”. Tell us more about the creation of this piece of gory art.
WC: My friend Brain Pattison (RIP) had the artist create a video for his band and as soon as I saw their video I had to contact him. It was a very easy process. We had three potential songs that would make a video and I sent him the tracks along with the lyrics. He choose "Below the Cloven Hoof" because of the visuals the lyrics create. We let him have free reign just telling him we need fire and Satan in the video. He did an excellent job and we are proud of the video.
WC: I’m always struck by the economy of NUNSLAUGHTER’s songwriting. The songs and even the complete albums are really to the point. What’s your philosophy of songwriting?
DOTD: We / I still approach death metal from the origins. We are one of the last first generation Death Metal bands in existence and I feel it's our duty to continue to create OG Death Metal.We have strong riffs with simple song structures. Band like THE RAMONES, MOTORHEAD and THE MISFITS did this for decades and those are some of my favorite bands of all time. Songs should have a hook and be relatable to the listener.
WC: Could you ever see yourselves doing an epic song or even a concept album based on one story?
DOTD: Many years ago Jim and I started on an epic 18min long song. It was to be our “At War with Satan” song. The track was titled "The Challenge". The concept was a mere mortal needed to fight Satan to avenge the murder of his family. After many rewrites and different ideas we hung it up. It was not cohesive and the song went nowhere. Maybe in the future we will give it another try but for now I still like our two to three minute songs.
WC: I don’t think any band with the possible exception of PROFANATICA is so devoted to anti-Christian blasphemy as much as NUNSLAUGHTER. Is it hard coming up with new and creative ways to insult Christ? Do you have sessions where you kick around new blasphemous ideas?
DOTD: Yes and no. There are a few things we can sing about and religion is an easy target. There is always someone to attack or defame or ridicule in religion and NUNSLAUGHTER is committed to exploiting this topic for the entirety of our music.
WC: Did the pandemic have any effect, positive or negative, on how NUNSLAUGHTER did things? I know a lot of bands went through a creative period when they couldn’t play live.
DOTD: That's what we did. We continued to rehearse our old songs for when we would be unleashed on stage again and we took time to write lots of music.We have already started to work on our next full length album.
WC: Speaking of playing live, any plans for touring? I know you are playing the “Blades of Steel” fest which I plan on attending?
DOTD: This year was still shaky with tours but we were able to set up quite a few one of shows around the country.We are looking to do a small tour of the USA next year in 2022. Possibly with our friends in DEMONICAL. We toured Europe a few times with them so now it is time for them to infect our homeland.
WC: Have you guys got other bands or projects you are involved with or is NUNSLAUGHTER the be-all and end-all of your musical career?
DOTD: The other three members are working on the band BLOODTUSK and I am also working on NIGHNACHT.
WC: Looking past “Red is the Color...”, do you have any splits or EP’s coming up?
DOTD: Of course, we would not be NUNSLAUGHTER is it were not for doing splits. We have already recorded songs for split 7" w/ MIGAUSS, Split LP w/ BLOOD, Split 7" w/ MORBOSIDAD, Split 7" w/ NUCTEMERON. We also have a repress of our split 7" w/ UNHOLY GRAVE as a pic 7" and the 4th “Devils Conjuries” (3 cds and 1 dvd).
WC: If you could have dinner with any 3 people from history, who would they be?
DOTD: Christ, Mohammad and Hitler. I would just tell them "Stop".
WC: Is there any “Spinal Tap” moment from the band’s history where things went haywire that you could share with us?
DOTD: We have had problems with our name and in the past we would roll up to the club and the marquee would read: Sunslaughter, N-Slaughter or None Slaughter. Jim and I would get a big laugh out of it.
WC: Any final perversions or blasphemous words to share with fans and fiends?
DOTD: METAL IS DEATH DEATH IS METAL NUNSLAUGHTER IS DEATH METAL