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Realized at: 30th, April 2016
 

"I believe religion is the most pervasive weakening force in the world next to the government. ..."

 

1. SAKRILEJIST was founded on 2014, however you are sort of veterans on the scene, could you please talk to us about your participation on previous bands?

"Well, we've been in and out of bands for years, so it's a little tough to name them all.  But Brian and I met in 2002 when I was in Carnivean and he was in Funeral Mask.  I met Mark after he split with Lesch Nyhan and talked to him about forming this band.. As it turned out, Brian was available to play bass and that's how it all fell together."

2. “One who is guilty of sacrilege", That´s the summarized concept on the meaning of the band-name?  Who came up with this name for the band?

"I did.  A sacrilegist is simply a fancy name for a heretic or iconoclast.  I think extreme music could use one of those right now because the scene is so conformist.  The underground is traditionally where the new and exciting movements incubate.  Nowadays it's just like a moose lodge where people just go to have a sense of belonging.  That's not going to help metal evolve for the next generation.  People have no idea how close to death the metal scene is now.  It's worse now than it was in the nineties.  The internet wasn't around for most part back then, so the bands weren't available at your fingertips like they are now, but there were better and fresher sounding bands back then.  Now theyre just rehashing old ideas and in some cases old bands thanks to the "reunion" trend thats happening now.  That's gotta change or metal will go the way of the Big Band era."

3. Is it hard to play as a trio? Was this intended or it just happened to not find more members for the band? And how do you guys get along with each other?

"Both.  Originally, I wanted to look for a frontman while I played guitar by myself, because I was sick of being in 2 guitar bands and not getting my ideas used.  But the frontman search was a waste of time.  They were either old heads that had 3 jobs and a mortgage to take care of or they were these PC trendcore fags with tight pants and Luke Skywalker haircuts who just wanted scream.  There was no way I was going to let someone like that be the face of Sakrilejist.  So I just decided to do it myself.  As for it being difficult, my answer is a resounding 'Hell no'!  Matter of fact, with this rhythm section, I'd say this is the best sounding band I ever had."

4. Philadelphia is on the rise when it comes to brutal death metal, and there are lots of bands gaining the attention of the underground. What is the state of the PA extreme metal scene now?

"There are some good bands here, but the problem is nobody goes to see them because there are no good venues here compared to some other places in the country.  They dont even have clubs, just these run down bars which only cater to the 21+ crowd.  The 'all ages' scene is long gone and that's hurt the bands around here big time because most people in their 20s and 30s have their music tastes set in stone by then.  When I started playing in the 90's, there were places high school age fans could go to see underground and up and coming bands, which is hwo most of them got their early fanbases.  That's gotta come back or else we'll never see a new wave of bands pick up where Slayer and all these other bands leave off when they finally call it quits."   

5. Being a black metal oriented band, most of your songtitles and imagery deal with Satanism and religion, would it be possible to tell us more about your personal views on religions? 

"I believe religion is the most pervasive weakening force in the world next to the government.  I was raised Christian as a child and to this day I have yet to hear anything in any organized religion that truly empowers human beings to reach their fullest potential.  Religion elevates anything life affirming and anything that encourages independent thought as sinful.  Our music is a flamethrower against that way of thinking.  Hence the name Sakrilejist." 

6. Black metal as a genre has been considered a philosophy by some, while some others consider it an avenue to express their anti-religious sentiments. What are your views on black metal as a whole?

"I got into black metal in the early mid 90s because the when I first heard it, it just sounded unlike anything that was happening in metal at that time.  Nothing else had that intense, dark quality that made me feel the way I did when I saw movies like 'Angel Heart' and 'Prince of Darkness'.  And the anti religious sentiments and controversy around it fascinated me as well.  Everyone here in America thought Snoop Dog and Tupac were the ultimate in rebellion and here were these bands in Norway that would have made these white wankstas cringe with their subject matter alone.  But after the 90s, the genre lost its danger factor after the metal media and big metal labels blew it out of proportion and a lot of bands got recognized for all the wrong reasons, and still are.  That's why I never wanted to come off like a cartoon cutout with my own band or present myself with this 'I'm so evil' attitude.  I just wanted the music to do the talking.  In fact, I think Glenn Danzig's entire back catalog is far more Satanic than any black metal band." 

7. How does the band manage to bring forth such feeling of chaos and despair? What are some of the band’s influences when writing the music and lyrics in "Malum In Se"?

"I wanted to create music that had killer riffs and musicanship with memorable songs that stick in your head after you hear them, but with a dark undercurrent that leaves you feeling morbid.  Much of the lyrical content deals with dark concepts and/or are incantations to release dark impulses that would destroy someone if left unexpressed.  I remember reading an interview with Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel where he talked about how other bands always write about rituals, but he wanted his music to BE the ritual.  That's how i approach what I do.  So lyrically I drew from various occult writings and borrowed inspiration from a few horror movies like 'The Beyond' and 'Angel Heart'.  Of course, the music has to fit the lyrics, so I'd say there's influence from everything from Morbid Angel, Slayer, and Mayhem to horror movie soundtracks to dark ambient artists like Lustmord." 

8. Where is your favorite place to write your songs? And from what symbols, feelings, stories or environments do you get inspiration? 

"I write my best stuff when I'm alone and half asleep in a dimly lit room and my mind is just clear.  It's easy to see why so many artists turn to drugs, because that's an easy way to reproduce that feeling.  With this album I just wrote incantations or curses to vent out any negative energy I had and redirect it against people and things that got under my skin and held me back from living my life the way I saw fit.  There of course are a few songs that address other concepts like "Lamb of God, Goat of Satan", which is about uniting polar opposites to strengthen oneself.  I also write about war and death quite a bit.  I actually had a couple songs about war that didnt make it onto this album.  I also take inspiration from dark periods in history like the Third Reich.  That was a time when occultism, war and triumph of the will came together in an explosive time in history.  I guarantee you'll hear some songs about that in the future." 

9. In general: What fascinates you about metal music? Is it the possibility to express aggression? Is it the energy which is usually conveyed in this music? Or is it something entirely different?

"All of the above and then some.  Like we said in our bio, Metal is music for the natural born outsider or pariah.  Unfortunately it's being watered down by this PC/social justice warrior bullshit that's running through the scene like piss in a latrine instead of being a confrontational art form.  Metal was never about being egalitarian and having a 'safe space' from 'offensive' speech, it was about getting in the pit and kicking ass and having a good time while the high brow snobs sneer and listen to whatever mainstream garbage is flavor of the month." 

10. Counting with such names as MAYHEM, VENOM, MOTORHEAD; BEHEMOTH as your influences, If you were to choose one album that had a huge impact in you, which album would that be and why? 

"I cant speak for Mark or Brian or what their tastes are, but it'd be tough to narrow down one album for me.  The first album I bought when I was a kid was 'Appetite for Destruction' and the artists that got me into wanting to play music were Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai and shit like that.  But the overall approach we took on this album was to just make an album that sounded like 3 guys actually playing their instruments onstage instead of relying on tons of studio tricks and needing backing tapes to play it onstage.  There's too many bands like that today and they dont sound real.  And for the most part, the only bands that we could think of that sounded like that were bands like Motorhead and Venom and bands from the early punk era like Discharge, GBH, and the Exploited.  Even when you look at the debut albums from some of the more iconic bands in metal and hard rock like Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Slayer, etc. they just plugged in and played.  That's the way we wanted to do it." 

11. You seem pretty mature and experienced persons, how do you see the scene nowadays in comparison to what happened a decade and even two decades ago? 

"It's more fragmented now.  Everyone's got their own little scene but nobody's shaking anything up.  They just go to concerts like old people going to play Bingo in their local church.  Nobody's making any statements anymore, or if they are theyre not getting noticed anymore because nobody's buying albums from bands they dont recognize.  The fans and a lot more bands have to start taking chances and they need to tell these SJW types to get fucked, too.  You cant be a rebel if you're worried about what's deemed acceptable. That's another problem that wasn't as widespread 15 or 20 years ago.  Bands weren't as concerned about being labeled sexist, racist, etc.  They were unafraid to do whatever they wanted even if it pissed people off.  Now, they shy away from it because they actually think they need these lattee and veggie burger types to 'broaden the tent'.  It's time to change that." 

12. "Apocalypse Dawn" and “Samael” are two of my favorite songs in the new album. It’s very aggressive, crushing, fullfilled with a beautiful guitar riffing and they brings me back to the old school days. Could you share some words about that songs?

"Those are two songs I wrote as curses against all the weak, superfluous bullshit I see gaining more traction nowadays not because people actually support it, but because it has a lot of money behind it to force feed on people.  It could be in regards to music, society, politics, whatever the listener wants.  It was just my way of silencing the chumps and weakeners." 

13. We live in a globalized world where there are no borders to be crossed thanks to the internet. How do you best utilize this to gain the outmost for you band? What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?

"It's easier for bands on a shoestring budget because now you can reach a lot more people with the touch of a button, but everyone else has the same idea and since there's no monetary incentive for labels to sign new bands like they used to, most of the promising bands get lost in the shuffle because literally ANYBODY can start a band now.  That's why if I I had my way, I'd unplug the internet for music purposes and go back to the way it was when you actually had to get off your ass and look for bands to listen to and actually go to shows.  It was that searching for the music - and yes, PAYING for it too - that made it all worthwhile and made the fans more passionate about the music and the bands be it pro or con.  Kind of like how people were more passionate about the their food and the environment when they had to hunt for it and live off of it more, people now look at music as a ringtone rather than the soundtrack of their lives.  That's as un-metal as it gets.  If you're gonna use the internet to find your favorite bands, remember to buy their music and go to their shows.  Better yet, go the shows and ball a chick afterward while you're at it." 

14. Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the future plans for SAKRILEJIST and your personal goals?  

"We've got a few gigs lined up and we might release a couple more songs that we didnt get to put on the album as an online only bonus track or something.  Kind of like how bands used to release singles or EPs in between albums.  It's an updated version of that concept.  Hey, the internet's there, right?  Might as well use it for something productive."  

15. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…

"Hails n' horns, brother!  Thanks for the interview.  Any metal heads that are tired of what's passsing for extreme music now hit us up on Facebook.com/sakrilejist or check us out on reverbnation.  Website is www.sakrilejist.com."

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