With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SACRILEGE . Anders Ekdahl ©2019
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-It’s very important as it tells people immediately what type of band we are, it’s also a strong shirt and to the point name just by definition.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
-I am a massive Black sabbath Fan and when Ozzy left I was thinking no more sabbath, no more crunching heavy Riffs? So I bought a guitar and amp and wondered if I could right music similar to the Sabbath style, people seemed to like what I wrote now 7 albums later I’m still writing.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-That’s for others to decide, I’ve always thought we were a heavy rock/metal band and that’s it. We have been called doom when I wrote six6six and nwobhm cause of the time we were formed in the early 80s, I never write the same album so each one has the Sacrilege sound but is different as well.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
– With the early albums I always wanted a powerful opener or a song that was the title of the album like an introduction but later albums have been slightly different, the wraith was a soundtrack album, sacrosanct has no title track and has a keyboard opened and six6six was a dark heavy album with a good Lacey opener in Welcome to the dragons Den. With The Court Of The Insane I’ve gone for a powerful intro connecting the previous album then put the tracks in an order that you could read as a story or message.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-That’s a good question and sometimes no matter how hard I try to write it just doesn’t happen and other times I write a great riff but can’t put a vocal to it but once I do get those to components together then the song often flows, also the first lyric/line that comes into my head when I play the song is often what I build the whole lyric and song around.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-Lots, I mean the last album we want the whole insanity of a mad courthouse with jesters then Neil our Drummer suggested my head being either a jester or hangman and finally we put all our ideas to Andy Pilkington and he worked his magic and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-We have had some great comments about our albums but one comment always sticks in my head by Metal Journalist Mark Taylor who said Sacrilege don’t do fillers, every track is a potential single or album track, there’s nothing on Sacrilege albums where they are just added to make up the numbers so hopefully every time someone hears one Sacrilege track they then want more.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-We can only keep writing tracks and putting on shows where people want more it’s a shame the way music is going with people going to see tributes or cover bands and not so much originals, we have had some lovely comments which range from why aren’t you playing big festivals or shows toe where have you been all my life which is great to hear, we just need to ge5 on the Wacken, bloodstock or Keep it true type festivals and I’m sure people will be enjoying Sacrilege even more.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We have such an array of songs we can adapt to many shows, classic rock, doom metal, heavy metal etc we put on a show full of pyros, strobes, flame machines and even the devil appears so when you see a Sacrilege show you don’t forget it.
What does the future hold?
-We are always positive about how we are progressing and are always looking at ways of adding to the show and writing better music, as I always say, give us a show full of people and they will go home happy with what they have seen and heard, we played the Malta metal festival and that’s what happened, a room full of people again asking where have we been all these years? With this new album I very hopefully we will be invited to play many top shows so our ambition remains the same and that’s to keep progressing and make the best music possible.