1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a duo consisting of Goatshead on drums and vocals and Pigburner on guitars. We began in 2014 in upstate New York with the intention of creating music that embodies an atmosphere of evil present in the early works of the genre.
2.You have a split coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording?
The sound is something that we typically are open to as far as an overall feel for the track is concerned. It always starts very close to how we sound when we plug in. I think that’s important, whether or not it happens to be through the same gear. For this we went through a Mark V and 5150 for the guitars and used a Heavy Metal pedal on the bass tracks.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Darkness, evil, and the everlasting sorrow of Humankind. The root of this aggression comes from many forms of evil. It’s not something that is always so straightforward but it exists in all of us.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ritual Slaughter’?
The name implies a general comprehensive and passionate hatred of the evolution of the Human Race. The inspiration is something that a thousand lifetimes can only perpetuate.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
So far, no shows have been played as we have been mainly focusing on the songwriting first and foremost.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We do plan on shows in the future. Right now we are writing songs for another release.
7.You will be sharing a split with Manticore, what are your thoughts on the other band that have participated with this release?
Manticore is a band that we have enjoyed for a while now. We feel that they understand the importance of keeping the spirit of darkness in the music and are among the best at conveying it. We feel honored and proud to be able to go into battle alongside of them.
8.The split is going to be released as a joint effort between Tridroid Records and Bleak Bone Mortulia, while a know about the American label involved can you tell us a little bit more about the German label that is helping out with the split?
Yes. Torsten at BBM has really pushed this project forward and has been super to be involved with. He is extremely passionate about the music and this scene and we are grateful to be able to work with someone like him.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We’ve received a lot of support and found the scene to be very busy. We have a track coming out on a compilation put together by a Malaysian label called Diabolicurst Productions. They seem supportive and excited about it. And as you know, this Depraved Sacraments record is being co-released between an American and a German label. So the world is not divided geographically or politically when it comes to this music. It is another world of itself when you see the all the different people who are into this kind of stuff..
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Darker places. Our focus will always be on the songwriting itself and everything else you hear is just an extension of us as musicians. The sound will always reflect itself as a true form of disturbing hatred.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also that are you listening to nowadays?
We are into bands such as Possessed, Autopsy, Profanatica, Sarcofago, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Blasphemy, Black Witchery, and many more who choose atmosphere over glossy production values and subject matter.
12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Through our music. The darkest places tend to reveal the unearthly secrets that hide in the light. It’s a powerful thing and very convoluted when being actively sought after, but I don’t think it’s that complicated, spirituality and such, when the bigger picture presents itself.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hails to all supporters of true underground black/death metal. Fuck off to all overproduced, overplayed, glossy, triggered, modern bullshit. We’ll be looking to put out more twisted music and definitely look forward to hearing more from Manticore and more from Tridroid and Bleak Bone. Thank you for the interview.