|Interview by Burt Wolf with Graeme Flynn, vocalist for SLAVE ZERO.
Interview done March 1st, 2007.
I AM NEW TO SLAVE ZERO, SO CAN YOU GIVE SOME OF THE BANDS HISTORY UP TO THIS
POINT? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS WERE IN BEFORE?
We are a Hardcore/Death Metal band from Ireland that has been together since 2001. We are united through our
passion for extreme heavy music. Our fight like many of our predecessors is to work as hard as we can in order
levels both in terms of musical creativity & professionalism. This is our third release & one which we consider
our most accomplished to date.
WHY WAS THE NAME SLAVE ZERO CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE BAND?
SLAVE ZERO is a name that we've had for the past 6 years & for us, it represents the constant struggles that
we have gone through as a band since we started, with line up changes, difficult personalities & uncompromising
ignorant people. It symbolises our efforts & developments & it reminds us not to take anything for granted. In
addition to this, there is an element of non-conformism attached to the name - we are slaves to nothing but
WHO OR WHAT HAS
HELPED INFLUENCE YOU
IN LIFE & IN MUSIC?
I am influenced by everything
around me in different aspects
of my life. Lyrically I drew
influence from experiences or
lessons that life has taught me.
Our main influence as a band
would range from Death Metal
to Hardcore to Sludge to Black
Metal to Grindcore. We have a
huge range of including but
limited to CARCASS,
PANTERA, DYING FETUS,
SANATORIUM, SEPULTURA, SUFFOCATION to name a few... We try to avoid letting ourselves be
developing & adding to each others musical & creative ideas.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF SLAVE ZERO TO SOMEONE WHO
HAS YET TO HEAR YOU?
We play an aggressive mix of Hardcore / Death / Grind & Thrash Metal. It is very heavy & the tempo of the
music ranges from very fast to very melodic to very slow & very chunky. We don't like to pigeonhole our sound
& we definitely don't feel obliged to slot into specific genres.
YOUR NEWEST RELEASE "THE PAIN REMITS" HAS BEEN OUT FOR A WHILE NOW. HOW WELL
HAS THE UNDERGROUNDS RESPONSE BEEN TO IT SO FAR?
The response to the CD has been exceptional! We have gotten some very good feedback from some very
distinguished & recognized sources. We were short listed for the BWBK demo/indie record of the year & we
have gotten exposure from media all over the world. The reviews & messages on our website & myspace have
been very empowering & we sincerely thank everyone who has made the effort to contact us & review our CD.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE COVER ART WORK MEANING & WHO DID IT?
The artwork on "THE PAIN REMITS" took three months to complete as we were constantly revising &
improving upon imagery that represented & symbolized the themes of the CD. We worked closely with Paul
McCarroll from UNHINGED ART to come up with the final concept of a faceless person that is controlled by
two puppets. These two puppets represent to two sides of the human mind, which can often make decisions that
go against the heart. This is shown by one of the puppets dragging on an artery with a hook. Each of the puppets
has a sewn on face, which further enforces the front that people contrive on the surface in everyday life, yet this
often contradicts the morals & beliefs on which they have built their lives. We chose shades of rad & black to
allude to the dark side of human nature that can poison & contort even the strongest people. On the other hand,
the blood red is also suggestive of rebirth.
WHICH SONG OFF THIS RELEASE DO YOU FEEL BEST REPRESENTS SLAVE ZERO & WHY?
That's a hard one Burt. I personally think that each song stands out on it's own. We tried to give each track an
identity, essentially attempting to give that piece of music it's own individual feel. In saying that, 'SOUL OF
RUIN" would certainly be one of the more intricate tracks of the record, due to the innovative & off beat drum
patterns, groove laden rhythms, plus the riffs are more technically minded when compared to the title track of
the EP. The use of harmonies adds an additional dimension to the overall feel of the track & the lyrical input is
given from a narrative perspective. Vocally, I think it differs from the rest of the record due to the wider vocal
HAVE ANY LABELS SHOWN
INTEREST IN SLAVE ZERO?
IF SO, WHO?
We have had some interest from
labels since the release of our
latest EP, but at this point we are
keeping our cards close to our
chest! We are constantly
working very hard in what we do
& are confident that the right
label will notice us if we persist
with our musical passion.
IS THERE A NEW ALBUM IN
THE WORKS YET?
We are currently writing for a new record & there is a definite progression in what we are doing. We have
aspirations to release a new record towards the end of 2007 / early 2008, but we have more immediate intentions
of touring internationally. The next record will definitely boast more technicality, groove & aggression. We are
eye on our website & myspace for updates.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GUYS PLAY OUT? WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED
THE STAGE WITH & WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED?
We aim to play a show every three to four weeks when we are not touring. It helps keep us on our toes &
remain tight as a unit. We have probably played in most of the worthy venues that support Metal through out our
home country as we did a very successful Irish tour last summer. Since then we have been playing shows every
few weeks. SLAVE ZERO has played along side a wide range of internationally recognized Metal acts including
SKINLESS, FOZZY, EXODUS & PRIMAL FEAR. We have also shared the stage with some of the best in
home grown talent that Ireland has to offer such as ABADDON, INCARNATE, OLD SEASON, COLDWAR
& SINISTER DEMISE amongst others!
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HATEBREED SUPPORT SLOT YOU HAVE COMING UP?
We are due to support HATEBREED on the Irish date of their upcoming European tour. This show takes place
in The Ambassador Theatre on April 16th in Dublin. We re planning to demo some new material at the show &
just cannot wait to hit the stage. It's going to be a crushing night!
ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING OR FUNNY BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US?
The last few gigs we have played, when we reach the end of our set if the crowd wants to hear another tune
before we wrap the night up, we insist they chant Eddie's cars namesake...Jemima! If you could imagine 150
people screaming that at the top of their voices! It's not even a proper name... We always get a great laugh out
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO HAVE YOU
CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
I personally listen to all forms of Metal from Grind to Sludge, Thrash to Black, Doom to Hardcore, Crust to
Ambients, Death to Noisecore. There are such a wide variety of bands these days that people are soiled for
choice. I think it's great that there are so many new bands springing up all over the place. My current play list
looks like this: MISERY INDEX "DISCORDIA", RWAKE "VOICES OF OMENS", NECROPHAGIST
"EPITAPH", HATEBREED "SUPREMACY", ABORTED "THE ARCHAIC ABBATTOIR", DYING FETUS
"WAR OF ATTRITION", GOATWHORE "A HAUNTING CURSE", FACEDOWNINSHIT "SHIT BLOODY
SHIT", ED GEIN "JUDAS GOAT & DIESELEATERS", DESPISED ICON "THE HEALING PROCESS",
SINISTER DEMISE "ELUDED BY ENLIGHTMENT", DORIAN GRAY "SELF TITLED".
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED
TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
Sinead O'Conner (infamous Irish singer who burnt a picture of the
pope on live TV, but later became a nun) is a blood relative of mine.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU ATTENDED?
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
The first concert I ever attended was METALLICA back in 1993.
I remember being just blown away by the whole atmosphere, not to
mention pulling an older chick!!! The first album I ever bought was
GUNS N ROSES "USE YOUR ILLUSION 2". I still love it to this
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF SLAVE ZERO DO WHEN
NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
I work in credit management. Andy works in the metal fabrication
industry. Eddie works in marketing & Bob is a media accounts
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS OF LIFE IN
One of the more stereotypical misconceptions is that we are a
nation of drunks who run around chasing leprechauns all day long.
This is quite inaccurate as it is normally drunk leprechauns chasing
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT FROM SLAVE ZERO?
The year ahead certainly promises to be an eventful one! We are in the early stages of planning some European
shows this summer & already have some Irish dates booked over the next few months. We are currently
discussing the possibility of releasing a two track split with another band sometime this summer so keep an eye
on our website/myspace page & any bands out there who are interested in being involved with the split, please
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S
Before doing this interview I was on lunch with my special lady. Now that it's done, it's time for me to head
across the city & meet the rest of the lads for rehearsal. Plenty of work to be done!!!
THANKS A LOT FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO
ADD, FEEL FREE!
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported & stuck by us through out the years.
Thanks to all the distros, magazines, webzines & bands that have helped to promote & have encouraged SLAVE
ZERO. We hope to see you all soon on the road. To anybody who has read this interview, log onto our website
or myspace for further details. Finally, thanks a lot for the interview Burt, we really appreciate you taking an
interest in SLAVE ZERO. Keep it brutal!!!