at: 13th, December 2016
by: Iwan Holzer
today, no one listen to music seriously,
everyone is zapping around, you have only
5 seconds to get a new fan.
Hello, If you look back at the band from the time you
started to where you are at now how would you like to
describe that journey?
it was a long way but we had much support from a lot of
people and friends, so the first steps where a little easier
as we thought. Like every band, we started with a half band,
wrote songs and played covers from Cannibal Corpse to
Kreator and gig by gig, we stopped covering and fulfilled
the set with own songs.
The great thing about SAGORAH, is our fan base, they support
us all time and we are proud of them!
2. My second essential question should be, “What is
going on in the world today?!”? What is wrong with mankind
in your opinion?
world has become a shitty ball of elites! The people
doesn’t understand, they are the might and not this little
circle of billionaires! Everyone looks at Facebook instead
of searching for real people and friendships, we’ve become
consumers and a kind of free slaves!
3. Mixing old-school values with more modern extreme
music is a way for you to tell that we need to keep up with
modernity without betraying the traditions?
course, I think, oldschool or traditional metal is the base
of our music, time passes and we change.
Every day you change your way to see things and how you feel
music, so modern and oldschool/traditional metal can be
fused, like we are doing, to get what it’s in your heart
honestly. I don’t like to much technical or traditional
ways, I found my own middle and I’m proud of what we’ve
done until today and will do in future.
4. With so many death metal bands coming up these days,
how do you manage to keep your material relevant? How
challenging is it to come up with newer material?
today, no one listen to music seriously, everyone is zapping
around, you have only 5 seconds to get a new fan. So I shit
on this and we do our best in communication and PR, but we
make music and I have only one thing to say “listen to our
music! We are a band not a Photoshop machinery”
5. What are your views on the Italian/European death
metal scene these days? Any particular alliances of Sagorah?
Sagorah are part of the South Tyrolean Metal Alliance, I am
one of the 2 heads behind the project.
Italy is a problem country, like a great part of Europe, no
one want to go outside of the house! Everyone says “yes,
I’ll have a look on YouTube” or “on YouTube they play
every day for me” – THIS IS SHIT!!! Music is a feeling,
music is a relation, so go out of your fantasy world and
feel the music live! A maximum of 10 € ticket price for 5
bands is nothing, they work the whole life for it. 1 Mojito
gives you nothing and costs about 5-10 €!!!
6. Your second album "Control And Create" has
just been released, How do you plan on promoting the album?
Has any tour or video shoot been scheduled?
we plan a video and we release it until end of the year.
The promotion we do, is live, on Facebook and on our YouTube
channel. We start a cooperation with a booking label this
days and in 2017 we will have a partnership with a PR
7. Now, I’d like to ask you on the process of composing
your tunes. Describe us, if possible, your typical procedure
when writing songs: What comes first, really? Music or
our ex-guitarist Andreas, wrote the whole song in GuitarPro,
he gave me it and I spent days to change structure and
delete or add parts. Andreas than fixed my work, I’m a
very bad guitar riff writer “haha” and we pass the song
through the band members and we play it next rehearsal day.
Normally I write lyrics the whole time, but they have to be
adapted to the songs structure.
we work together on structure, riffs and drums to create our
last but not least, if I can’t get a feeling for a song,
we don’t play this song =)
8. When you work in the studio what kind of process do
you go through? Do you come in all prepared or do you
first album “I” was a 3 day piece, we were very stressed
because we had some problems with the sound engineer and we
had to change him 2 weeks before the release and rerecorded
the whole songs.
second album “Control And Create”, is a fully live
recorded piece. Our preparation started 4 months before, we
had the studio booked and we had only 3 of the 5 full songs
new songs, so we began to work as hell.
Up to 3 days in rehearsal per week, and we wrote the song
Sleepwalker 1 week before we went to the recording studio,
so we played it for the third time there and this was the
one-take on our album.
I wrote the “We Are Cancer” the day before recording
last but not least for all musicians and bands out there,
don’t stress yourself, be prepared and stay 1000% behind
your work, you will hear all your playing problems in
studio, so be prepared and play on click every day.
Think about this, “Control And Create” is fully live
recorded, 5 musicians in 5 rooms play at the same time
without cuts! So listen to our work and feel our work. We
worked hard for this piece!
9. When you place your albums side to side, how would you
describe each album and their relation and essence as
individual releases, but compared to the grand scheme of
things as well?
of all, “I” is more thrash and oldschool influenced,
“Control And Create” is our next step in songwriting,
technical playing and interpretation of our style.
feel, we has grown from “I” to “Control And Create”,
we become better musicians, better friends and the teamwork
was the kick in your face, no compromises, well-grounded and
was written to the point with our blood.
And Create” was written with our live experience, we knew
what we are able to do and we wrote all so extremely
addicted to the live performance. This album is our
statement, that we perform our songs exactly how you hear
them on cd, so you know what you will get from us when you
are in front of the stage! Sagorah is in our blood!
10. I guess one other thing that attracted me from the
start are the imagery on the cover artworks. Could you tell
us more about the concept behind the artwork on your both
“I” I had the idea to have a masked man with the burning
world in one hand and money in the other one. Our designer
had the idea to present better the idea of money, people and
the burning world, he knew the message I thought to insert
in this cover and he have done it right. I love the cover!
“Control and Create”, we had the background fixed and
the masked man had to be there, too. He represents our
masked elites, this little group of billionaires, which rule
the world’s politic, and economics. He stand there, with
his flags, the world is burning, skeletons at his feet,
people is dying and he is speaking “whatever politics
speak about, I don’t listen to them any more”, but one
is listening him, everyone is dead. This is where we are
going today with multination corporations, banks, economics,
financial, politic and all other things ruled by this
People has to understand, we are the might, we haven’t do
die for them every day!
11. How much time do you spend on the band both
physically but also mentally each day? Is it worth all the
time and effort in the end?
think a work minimum 1 hour a day for SAGORAH, it’s my
love and it’s worth. There are days where it`s difficult
to do all by myself and I’m going to become crazy, but
there are days one fan from a country far away write a mail
and asks for a shirt and this is the coolest thing ever!
12. Italy is on the rise when it comes to brutal and
technical death metal, and there are lots of bands gaining
the attention of the underground. What is the state of the
Italian extreme metal scene now?
scene is difficult, but it still exists and there are a lot
of bands and people, they are doing it’s best to keep the
The real problem are this boring Metalheads, they won’t go
to concerts, they suck!!!
13. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your
time and good luck for your future plans. Closing
hope a lot of you readers give us a chance and you will
listen to our songs. We are Sagorah, we are like you, we are
Metalheads, we support other bands and musicians, we love
what we are doing, we do it for you. We are nothing without
you! So stay metal and go to the concerts, keep the metal