at: 30th, April 2016
believe religion is the most pervasive
weakening force in the world next to the
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?
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
“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?
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
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?
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."
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
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
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
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
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?
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."
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
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."
Where is your favorite place to write your songs? And from
what symbols, feelings, stories or environments do you get
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
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
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."
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?
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."
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?
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."
"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?
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."
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?
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."
Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the
future plans for SAKRILEJIST and your personal goals?
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
No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and
good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…
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."