When we’re talking about what truly is Black Metal, I think for starters that the lyrical concept must contain Satan, Satanism or some kind of Satanic aspects one way or another. Singing about dark forests isn’t enough.
I like to support cool bands because you always win new fans and reach a bigger audience. Sometimes it is also important to make a headlining tour because you can play much longer, you have a much better sound and for fans it’s important to see us on a headlining tour occasionally.
I wasn’t scared to step out of my comfort zone, but just experimented more with different things.
Success for me is survival, to be able to do another record.
Antzaat is an old Dutch word. To be an antzaat is to be hostile and hateful, to be “against”.
Ik zit al tien jaar thuis een beetje Game of Thrones te kijken, snap je? Beetje de hond uitlaten, beetje joggen. En natuurlijk krijg je mails en weet je dat het leeft, maar dan ineens sta je daar en dan is het onwerkelijk.
Cavalera is a bit like brothers playing metal to the core. But there is also lot of metal in our soul. Like industrial metal and noise metal. It is a classical mix between death metal and thrash metal.
I think people might think that we almost broke up, but we were here all the time, doing our music in the background due to circumstances.
For me music has always been a very personal thing. While creating music you get to know yourself better and you find out that a lot of your personality lies within your music.
Back in the days in our teenage years Stratovarius were like gods to us and we thought it would be cool to have a name like this.
Gaming and reading grants me a place to flee from the world and I hope that our music does the same for our fans.
The future's looking bright!
I feel like I’m now more technically able to write more complex songs, with more breaks and things happening at the same time… I hope the listener is now able to “clearly” hear what happens, because sometimes there’s a lot of samples and sounds at the same time.
I don’t know how to cheat with music, so you better play your things right from the beginning.
The songs are about people that were family of the band members, so the songs hold intense meaning for us.
It’s a unique record in the sense that it covers a variety of genres in the speed and thrash metal realm.
The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series provided a lot of influence on our songwriting.
Of course we are influenced by the gods from Birmingham!
Sometimes I really think that I have to work harder because I’m not so well known, so I don’t have many opportunities to catch the ears of the listeners, but when I do I have to make it count.
I have always been a sucker for taking Jazz elements to the rock stage.
With this catastrophic earthquake in Lisbon in 1755, we also want to warn people these days, because it can happen everywhere and again.
We are definitely a band that achieves more when we all work together.
I try not to ever think we need to do something to sound current because that is temporary. I’m usually thinking of what fans will think of our music in ten, fifteen, twenty years. I still listen to ‘Appetite For Destruction’ by GNR almost every day.
The new album is darker and has less emphasis on melody, even though those typical Ophis-melodies are still present. But they are a bit less obvious.
That is what I think is lacking in many new heavy metal bands, as most of them are concerned about the surface and wants to make simple “hits” like their childhood heroes. To me such bands aren’t needed, and if I want some music fitting to drink beer to it is always better to put on Accept, Manowar, AC/DC etc.
You can play a heavy riff, and a heavy riff before it. But if you play a smooth sounding acoustic piece just before the heavy riff, the riff will sound twice as heavy!
…that is the exact reason why I wanted to change my name.
All the titles for the Sarke albums are self-made words. I just wanted to do something different when I started Sarke. I created my own words and the meaning of it.
We have always liked the bands who perform in masks, uniforms etc, because it allows the musician to become the one with his/her music and the world which it represents.
It’s good to hear we influenced people and our music still matters.
I remember the moment when I wrote the ‘Breezed & Blue’ lyrics, that was a long and psychedelic trip through my memories and the words came like a ten years psychotherapy result…
I am very conscious when making songs, keeping an eye out for dynamics, how crowded it feels, etc.
We like to give you a smile on your face!
I burn a lots of riffs during the songwriting, I mean a shit lot of riffs. I don´t save them, even if they are pretty good ones. If I would work like that, I would probably use them for other songs and these songs would be just a compilation of riffs which actually don´t belong together.
We had the bulk of music ready when the current line-up was realised but we changed a lot for the recording.
That’s not for me as I want to stay authentic and be able to deliver on stage what we’ve created in the studio without additional tools or tapes.
I move as often as I change the colour of my hair. Is
The new record is going to piss some people off.
When I listen to the new record I feel the energy of this home, of this cedar forest. It sits in everything to me.