ROD SACRED sounds like the name of some cheesy soap actor but it is in fact an Italian band that has been around since the dawn of time, or at least the early 80s. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Anders, thanks you for the interview. I’ve founded the Rod Sacred in 1983 and first we recorded a few demotapes; then comes the first LP ‘in 1990 and it was a great success in Italy. We played on tour a lot around Italy and Europe. Follow other various Promo Tape and then comes out Soul Sucker’s in 1997, but after that we toured promoting the new material the band stops. Because I really like to play music, I have formed various groups: “Doctor Jack”, “Rolling Gangsters”; With them I played a lot in Italy and Europe in 2013 … then comes back the urge to reform the Sacred Rod, and after several adjustments to the Line Up we recorded the new album “Submission”. We signed for “Pure Steel Records”. The current lineup includes me (Onnis Franco) on bass, Tonio Deriu on vocals, on drums Andrea Atzeni and Peppo Eriu and Luca Mameli on guitars.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-it was 1983; me and Fabrizio Podda (the first singer of the Rod Sacred) were looking for a cool name for the band, we listened very sacred metal and the name … sometimes resorted in the titles or in the lyrics of the songs. One evening we arrived in the studio with this name! “ROD SACRED” …. I liked … had many meanings … the sacred and profane together! It comes out in this way!

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Van Halen 1 was the first LP of heavy metal I’ve heard, that’s the LP that changed my life! Before I listened almost exclusively English prog, Genesis, Yes! But today, really, I listen every kind of music from Mozart to Rammstain! but like especially projects such as The Winery dogs’ cause they are fantastic musicians!

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Yea, right, we’re on digital era, but I really don’t like it. I find it a convenient and easy way to listen music, but it doesn’t have the charm and the respect that requires some music! For me, enjoy an LP, it means to sit down on the couch, holding the cover and the lyrics … and read it all while listening … I try to imagine the band that records and plays for me! The cannot ‘download fully replace the vinyl or cd!

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I find the digital dowloading practical and fast, but it have no comparison with sitting on a sofà in front of a good sound system, with the cover in hand and reading the lyrics and some about the band! I like to hear my favorite music and imagine the musicians who wrote and played! I do not think that the downloading can replace the CD or vinyl, although unfortunately it took away the young guys the pleasure to listening quality ‘!

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-An LP that makes you feel the emotions and ‘a work of art! With our music we just want to give emotions to our fans, and a clear message, translate into music my daily feelings!

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Today the promotion of one band goes completely through the social media, including TV! But I don’t think you can eliminate the concerts, because only playing live one Bands can really prove its worth! I personally prefer to be on tour in the stage than to be on studio!

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-By signing up for the Pure Steel Records I feel to be part of the international scene, anyway we always played in Europe, especially on the north, and we have a little ‘fans scattered between Germany and Russia!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Absolutely yes. I always want to stay on tour, I hope that “Submission” help us in this goal! I am totally convinced that a band that play live help his succeed!

What will the future bring?
-I would like to know me too! Fans will decide if the Sacred Rod will be successful or not! Whatever happens I always did what I wanted in my life! Play Heavy Metal!

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