at: 10th, April 2017
is the bringer of light... he who offers
you the flame. But to receive it you have
to be in absence of the mundane light, the
false light which imprisons you. (...)"
are almost eight years on the scene. What are you most proud
of achieving as a band, and what is your opinion on the
underground nowadays than it was before?
it's much more then 8 years. Sacrilegious Rite is a follow
up of Capitis Damnare which has already existed since 1999.
That's a while.
I am proud of the line up and the perfection and harmony it
brings with it. When we stopped Capitis Damnare we started
at zero again. We have found our way and that's because we
have never give in and we have never compromised. There have
been some difficult and serious decisions to make and we
have always made it the right way. Each member gave a lot of
blood and devotion and we all agree with the fact that the
band is our higher instrument of expression. We speak though
it and it serves an ideal. We have formed that circle and
brotherhood by experience and natural selection. Not
everybody is supposed to be a member of Sacrilegious Rite.
If you're not willing to bleed, you are at the wrong place.
scene... from my personal point of view ...contrary to
earlier times there is quiet too much of everything today
.... too many bands, too many labels, too much of all. There
is a great loss of quality and of exclusive, outstanding
material. Everything is fast and simple produced and in most
cases even at homes. To say it in a not so polite way:
everyone has the opportunity to throw his garbage into the
scene and this weighs heavy on the market.
to say is that vinyl got a rebirth when everyone believed it
to be dead and rare. It has become normality... releases
getting pressed on CD and vinyl.
positive to say is that a lot of individuals who are active
since the 90s still do good jobs and are good supporters. In
my opinion they form the fundament of the scene no matter
what positive or negative happened after.
know you are quite proactive on the Internet promoting the
band (that's how I found Sacrilegious Rite). Besides
Internet, is the band using other promotion resources?
wouldn't say that we'd put all our promotional potential on
the internet. Not as much as others, even less. We have
gained the attention we needed through good old tape trading
and fanzines, reviews and interviews. For sure you have to
know some people, too. But it's a game of balance. You get
respect from what you respect. People feel when you are
upright and true to your cause, when your art is pure.
have gained attention of your local fans, but how have been
the feedback from outside Germany?
more attention from outside Germany, even from outside of
Europe. For some reasons South American supporters are mad
for our music. We are considered to be influenced by South
American legends as Sarcofago, Mortem and great acts like
that. We wouldn't say that it's not true but but we are
influenced by a lot of stuff.
shows we played outside of Germany we have always gained
good feedbacks. Actually we are satisfied with our
situation. All is the way it should be for us.
Your music is described as black-death. What death metal
bands influenced you? Did you have any other influences,
including non-musical ones?
comes to Death Metal we've definitely been influenced by
Swedish bands, say Cemetery, Necrophobic, Unanimated,
Grotesque for sure. But we don't like to think in labels. We
just do what we feel is right for us. Some bands play only
this or only that style. We mix the complexity of Death
Metal with the dark essence of Black Metal. We even got some
Thrash Metal flairs but as I said, we hate to think in
follows a black and morbid aura which is our very self. It's
magick in audial form.
Christopher Lee had always been a great influence for me for
he represented the macabre of the 21. century as no other.
The man was gifted with all aspects an artist should have.
He showed off the nightside of existence and even had
various knowledge of the occult.
with Lee there are for sure actors as Peter Cushing, Vincent
Price and Ingrid Pitt influenced me.
Italian filmmakers as Mario Bava, Dario Argento or Lucio
Fulci had a great effect. But this is to see from an
aesthetic point of view for this individuals have created
pure art in my opinion.
Generally, your lyrical themes are about religion, death,
dark feelings, aren’t they? But what are your interests in
“Sacrilegious Rite” exactly? What is your opinion about
all these topics?
which dwells beyond the mundane life attracts us and serves
as lyrical essence. But most of all spiritual and physical
death is the absolute in my lyrics. From my point of view,
typical life which doesn't cross the borders to the next and
extreme level, isn't of any potential and worth. To rise
upon the mundane you must die spiritually to be able to step
into the void and taste the forbidden fruits. Only beyond
existence you are truly free.... free of your prison of
flesh and blood. You have to cross the magickal gate to the
beyond. Life isn't the absolute and death is not the end.
It's exactly the contrary of what one should declare as
is the bringer of light... he who offers you the flame. But
to receive it you have to be in absence of the mundane
light, the false light which imprisons you.
your music and lyrics have any comprehensive ideological
background, or it rather reflects your immediate moods and
ideas when it comes to composing music?
are based on ritual experience.... you can say that they are
reports of my journeys through the abyss...
I've used one historical kind of topic... the title is
called "Strigoicia" and as you would guess, it
deals with vampirism and consumption of the
"living". But on the other hand it fits into the
concept because vampirism at that time was about mass
hysteria, about the dead coming back to life and feed upon
the blood of the living. It was another effect which the
fear of death and the unknown had on the population. From a
magickal point of view vampirism is another thing. It's
consumption of the soul, body and mind.... it's the use of a
victim to one's own purpose. Also blood magick can be of
some vampiric nature. Blood is and has always been a
powerful, magickal medium. We use blood on the stage to
underline that fact and use it for our purpose for sure.
Sacrilegious Rite the lyrics play a very important role. It
even overweighs the musical compositions. But we try to
create both as perfect as possible.
you think black metal has a spirit, or a set of values to
it? Where do you think these came from? Are there any
that it's better for black metal when it has some of it...
otherwise you can forget about it. But to answer your
question in details...the Black Metal which is supposed to
be essential in my opinion, for sure has a spirit. A dark
atmosphere and an aura which consumes your very soul. A
cloak of blackness which surrounds you and doesn't let you
free.... it's a theatrical kind of music which transports
the very essence of the things the band is all about or
let's say, the forces the individuals use and get used
towards a higher purpose. It's not only about the look to
transport this images and feelings. Some use corpse paint
and nails but this is just a look... pure black metal is
more than just the look of the musicians. When you don't
have it in your soul and don't understand black metal the
way it's meant to be, you're not able to create it by
yourself. This may sound arrogant but I think most musicians
agree with me when they have a look inside.
Metal for me is the ultimate rebellion against the mundane
and three dimensional realm. It's against everything false,
weak and pity...weak individuals who are into Black Metal
also get destroyed by it. You have to use it as it uses you
at the same time.
it's negative but it's only negative when you stand on the
wrong side. It negates the world we live in so it's
something positive for me.
Over the span of 8 years since your formation, SR have
released only one EP; however you have released a several
split CDs. What was the reason for doing so many splits, as
opposed to releasing a full length album?
felt not ready to record a full length album. We had too
many line up changes and difficulties able to go on until
the end and until the final result. Those split releases
have been a good opportunity to present our creations to the
world. And by the way... we are still honored to to have
done split releases with this great bands Ungod, Bestial
Holocaust, Dethroned and Goatblood.
important is live performance for Sacrilegious Rite? Do you
play often? If so how does your show looks like? Do you
focus also on aesthetic side of gig?
live from time to time. More or less... having 10 billion
bands on the scene doesn't make it easy to play live....
every day you can choose between 3-5 five concerts and as a
result all clubs are booked out and organizers are
busy...But we make the best of that situation. We have
played some great gigs at great festivals or clubs...
are of a ritualistic nature... we don't build a complete
altar set but the use of blood and bones are unavoidable.
You have to represent your agenda on the stage... people
must believe you that you believe yourself. Faceless artists
vanish pretty fast....even today.
besides the blood and the bones we take it natural or
simple... we are a metal band no matter we play extreme
metal or not.... the use of bullets and nails is a must for
Because the field of black metal is very wide, there is a
lot of differences in the styles, sound, approach, etc… So
which band(s)do you personally consider to be the treasure
of the black metal genre and on the other hand in which ones
do you see as the future of black metal?
always been an old fashioned individual but black metal has
been invented by Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Venom, Mayhem,
Samael, and old bands in this vein. For sure there are many
many variations but I consider the bands I listed as pure
and original. Normally I would say that I see their style as
the beginning and the future of black metal but there are
already too many mutations and variations, so the style has
been raped, used and been forgotten. There are some
individuals who try to use black metal for their own and
lesser needs. For their positive way to see the world. Black
metal shouldn't be someone positive.... it's an ugly fist in
the face of the creator and all which is linked to him.
the development of black metal. I can't tell you where the
journey goes.... more and more idiots will be attracted by
it and more and more it will mutate to something different.
luckily there are still some bands who have never betrayed
their path and their roots like Desaster, Mortem and
Vulcano. But there are also some newer bands who follow
older traditions which is truly supportable.
What do you love to do in your free time when you are not
busy with any of your music projects these days?
appreciate your interest in our private lives but there
isn't much to tell.... we hide, we suffer and we hate. We
experience what others don't and because of that we will
never fit into the mundane and the world order. To say it
simple...even our "normal lives" aren't the lives
of normal people. When you bear a burden you can never
behave like there wouldn't, you know?
What does the future hold for SR? Is it in your plans to
release any new material?
ago we had another changing in our line up or let's say
"another loss". But we decided to keep it that
way. The bass position has never been fix for long and
changed a lot. But we've never had such a great bassist as
Sumnor Amdis who is also our lead guitarist on the other
hand. Especially when it comes to studio work and
recordings, no one has ever reached his standart. Our latest
album recording threw us back for several weeks or even
months because we had some serious problems with our last
bassist who left the band after. Sitrom Rogir, Sumnor Amdis
and I, we work as a unit and we work perfectly together and
without compromise. This music is our passion, our live and
our goal... we set all the priority we can spare into it.
Until now we haven't replaced the bass position yet and it
seems that we will go on like this. Keep the circle closed
...and don't let anyone or anything affect our work in any
our assess off to create Summoned from Beyond, our first but
without question, too late released full length as
Sacrilegious Rite. The composing and producing phase took us
we wait for Summoned from Beyond to be released by
Dunkelheit Productions but we've already started to create
new material. I can only say that the path will go on but
"more advanced and experienced". There is also a
new release in the making but it would be a way too early to
say anything already. We still have to see for ourself.
Alright dude, we’ve come to an end. Do you have any final
thoughts? Thank you for your time…
a lot for your questions and the time to invest into it
work. Which you the best for your future projects. I've
always kneeled before South America for the great and
inspiring bands it brought up to life. All