INTERVIEW WITH NUNSLAUGHTER
Nunslaughter was formed in 1987 by Don of the Dead (bass) with Jer the Butcher (guitar), Gregoroth (vocals) and Behemoth Bill (drums). NunSlaughter began spewing forth the sonic vomit known as death metal. Taking lessons from the learning experience of their earlier bands Death Sentence and Bird of Prey, they shunned the confines of a studio in favor of the oppressive darkness of a basement tomb to record their first demo in 1987. Christened Ritual Of Darkness, its raw sound established Nunslaughter as purveyors of true death metal.
HMA: Welcome NunSlaughter to our site.
NunSlaughter: Greetings. Thank you for the interview.
HMA: According to Discogs.com you have 120 releases. Are you intentionally making life hard for us collectors?
NunSlaughter: That sounds about right. We are always looking to make more and more releases. I am a collector of rare and obscure records as well so I know the feeling of searching down a piece of vinyl that you need.
HMA: Having so many releases does give the opportunity to experiment and try new ideas of course with the music and with the artwork. What are you tops 5 most memorable covers and releases?
NunSlaughter: It was a great honor to have Drew Elliot do the cover for the NunSlaughter / Goatsodomy. We were also fortunate that we had an artist in our band. Deserter did artwork for the NunSlaughter / Gravewurm and the NunSlaughter/ Brodys Militia 7”s. I also do believe that the Hells Unholy Fire is an eerie cover even though it is only a photograph. Our “An evening at war” release has 100 different covers all hand drawn. That is a wicked release.
HMA: How do you work out who is going to end up on the other side of split record?
NunSlaughter: Usually we are in touch with a few different bands and when we have something finished I contact then to see if they have material ready to go. Occasionally people make suggestions like NS/Sabbat or NS/Unholy grave but mainly it is just timing.
HMA: To my knowledge you only made three full-length albums, last one released in 2007. Any plans to release another?
NunSlaughter: We do only have 3 studio full length albums but we have released about 12 or more full length live or rehearsal albums and in my opinion that counts. We do have plans to release another full length studio but there is no time frame. We have all the music written and the music is recorded we just need to write the lyrics?
HMA: Top NunSlaughter graphic artist?
NunSlaughter: Mark Riddick or Matt Putrid. Both are excellent and I think their artwork goes well with NunSlaughter.
HMA: In terms of style most of your work has maintained a true monochromatic DIY approach. Are you also hands on the artwork?
NunSlaughter: I enjoy having the artist do their take on the artwork. Sometimes I have an idea or suggestions but mainly I allow the artist to take liberties. It is just more natural that way.
HMA: In the USA especially the Christian cults are becoming more hostile and ready to retaliate. Has NunSlaughter experienced any attacks during concerts from these Christian fiends?
NunSlaughter: We have not had any problems at shows yet but I think that is because we fly under the radar of most religious types. We have had hostile things written about us in local papers but that is about it.
HMA: Quoting Bill Maher “religion it ridicules itself”. Would you say that Christianity is kind of an easy target and are deliberately asking for it?
NunSlaughter: Yes Christians in this country are just a pain in the ass. They deserve to be attacked. They live in a glass house and throw stones.
HMA: Do you have any particular religious group that you have a pet hate and why?
NunSlaughter: Westboro Baptist church. These are terrible people.
HMA: Would you describe yourself as a proud Atheist or a very upset and disappointed Christian?
NunSlaughter: A proud Atheist. Even though I was taught Christianity I never related to it.
HMA: Do you think one day Christianty would be considered the same as any other myths. And finally Jesus will end up on the same myth graveyard with Zeus and Apollo?
NunSlaughter: YES. It seems the Atheist movement has been gaining ground and the “sides” are becoming more polarized and both are digging in their heels. Eventually something has to give and religious peoples stance is based on faith and the Atheist stance is based on fact.
HMA: Thanks for the interview and keep it blasphemous!!!
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