Skull Fist getting fisted in studio for second album
“We’re in the studio this week, doing like twelve hour days. It’s exhausting man.”
Who could blame them when they’ve set out to record the entire new album in studio within a week’s time, rocking twelve hour days – if nothing goes wrong that is. I caught up with Slaughter over the phone from the studio Friday night after the first five days.
“It’s been a crazy week, but we’re really excited to just get this out there so we can keep doing what we love, we just want to play our shit live.”
A highly anticipated follow up release to their first full-length from 2011 Head of the Pack, the guys from Skull Fist, and the fans alike, are both aching for this album to be out. Without a title in mind, the album should be coming out either in December, or just into the New Year.
“We were going to record this album a while back, and the songs have been written for a while, but between playing all the time and booking studio time, we’re just getting it done now. WE don’t care to make it sound perfect, or overproduced, we just want it to sound like us. We’re seriously unserious dudes.”
The problem is that the guys from Skull Fist never stop touring. In their short tenure on the metal market, these guys have traveled the world, from Berlin, Germany, through an entire South American tour. Their following worldwide is on par with some of the largest metal bands out there.
Martyr recently had the chance to see the band at Spread the Metal festival, we were there to cover Kittie and Crimson Shadows, and after seeing Skull Fist, I had to seek out Slaughter to get an inside perspective on the band. After all, I saw them piggy-back guitar solo. Enough said.
During the interview, he mentioned that last year skateboarding, he broke his neck, badly. It’s all on YouTube for your viewing pleasure, of course, but to see the progress this guy has made since, and that he’s carrying Jonny Nesta on his back again and shredding like no other, is amazing to say the least.“Yeah man, I broke my bad pretty hard, and I was out for a while. The worst part was that it set us back, and I was out of commission for a few months.”
Slaughter said that they’re beyond belief excited for the new album to be out, simply so that they can get back on the road and doing shows because quite simply put, that’s what they live for.
“When we made this band, all we wanted to do was just rip it on stage, and we’ve gotten to play some wicked stages, just want to keep doing it.”
They live by two simple mantras, which prominently appear on their shirts and banners. One, “No False Metal,” pretty straight forward statement – these guys keep it real when it comes to metal roots, and second, “Ride the Beast.” What said “beast” is exactly, Slaughter couldn’t answer, he just knows that they have to keep riding it.
These guys are not only serious shredders, but Slaughter’s vocals are three octaves above those of Bruce Dickinson. He joked about the other guys not being able to do harmonies with him because they can’t get their voices high enough to match his, or go higher. Most importantly though, their attitude towards the metal music machine is nothing short of righteous, and they won’t let anything get between them and the stages that fans desperately await to see them on.
“Ride the beast man, that’s it, there’s nothing else to it, and we’re going to keep doing it.”
And yes ladies, Slaughter is still single, Nesta is the only monogamous one tied down, which he never lives down from the other guys in the band.
“We always tell him he’s holding us back with his girlfriend,” laughed Slaughter.