SACRAL RAGE has one of these names that make you think that they are a certain kind of metal. Read on to discover what they are all about. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-Sure, it is totally because a full length album should have the best possible production, the minimum executive mistakes, a great artwork and should be worthy of expectations while a demo not.

What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-The response has been quiet enthusiastic until now. Most of the reviews that we read from around the world have found our music not only intelligent, fresh and different from nowadays’ trends, but also with classic various influences that haven’t used from any band for a long time. The weirdest response that we have got was from a review saying that we lack of melodies. It is ok if someone doesn’t dig in our music, but it is a different thing when someone just writes a review and haven’t heard our music at all. Listen to the tracks: En Cima Del Mal, Lost Chapter E. Sutratma, Lost Chapter E. Armana’s Reign etc. and you will find out that there’s a shortfall of melodies but instead they outmatch!!!

When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-It is as weird as hell but I must also say that it is a great feeling!! It is tremendously prestigious seeing the impact that our works have to the people out there!

Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-The main path that we have followed so far, at least is not going to change. On the contrary, there might be certainly some minor differences, because there is no point in doing exactly the same thing with the first album. We are of the opinion that it is good and advantageous to broaden our horizons as a group and progress.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
-On a personal level of course we do. Not only because we play in a metal band. By supporting the underground in every way, makes you a part of this whole scene. Regardless of sub-genres and countries. We get in contact almost every day with metalheads all around the world, exchanging thoughts about what’s going on these days regarding the metal scene and not only. So how cool can this be?? We are really proud being part of this.

When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with songs that fit into the sound?
-I guess it would be much harder for bands to play something much more specific. On the other hand, we have opened up excessively the boundaries of our influences and thus it is much easier to fit various elements on our music. As a result, there is no problem when this range of influences that we have to deal with is so great.

What influences/inspires you today?
-I could say many different things. As to the instrumental parts, anything interesting and weird that might come to our minds while as to the lyrical themes, we get influenced by a great variety of intriguing and provocative things or events such as the fall of a meteorite, some supernatural or unexplained circumstances, ancient Babylonian and Egyptian gods, ancient curse, evil, summoning of primeval spirits and so many compelling cult things!

We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-Definitely things have changed so far. We will live in the age of internet being under the occupation of technology. Music couldn’t be affected by this matter. This is something that embraces our band of course as record sales are steadily decreasing while downloading on the other hand is outstandingly rising even day by day. I don’t know the exact state of record industries but at least I can say that industries like Cruz del Sur which appeal to metalheads who like the traditional way (buying cd’s etc) are by far in a more satisfying way than others. What’s more, we can’t say that we personally are going to be negatively affected by this situation because we couldn’t ever earned our livings only with our sales so we do what we do only for ourselves and for those who really help, love and support the underground scene.

What lies in the future?
-We can’t predict the future and we can’t say what tomorrow brings but at least we can definitely promise to ourselves that we will always be as keen as hell in order to play our music and spread our paranoia to the masses! The best way to plan the details for the future plans is to stay as focused as you can on what you do and play like there is no tomorrow! Whatever future hides us is welcomed to taste our metal madness!

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