I am a huge fan of the record label Wormhole Death. So whenever they release a new album I am there checking it out, investigating if it is any good. As I did with SANTRUM. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We are Sanctrum from Uppsala, Sweden and we play aggressive and fast metal. We have played together for a long time now and we have released two albums and an EP. Our new album “Rot” was released earlier this year through WormHoleDeath Records.

How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-With this new album, Rot, we have focused much more on making the album faster and angrier than our previous record but also we wanted to bring in some heavier elements and try to slow things down and bring another side of our aggression in to the mix. I think that we achieved that with the help of Lawrence Mackrory.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-It’s always a little difficult to merge five different visions and ideas in to one pot but I think that we know what the Sanctrum sound is and we are helping each other towards reaching that.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Our lyrics are something that we take very seriously. Our topics are mainly focused on how the world looks today, it’s a cold and dark world with a lot of sketchy things going on. People need to open their eyes and think more for them self. We are trying to bring up topics that we think people need to hear about like racism, bullying and war. But we are human so some more easy going lyrics pass by too, just listen to Dragon Slayer from the new album.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-When we were writing the music for Rot we had discussions on what we wanted the artwork to represent. We wanted everything on the cover to represent every song on the album. We had a limited budget and we heard about a really good artist, Påhl Sundström, through our friends and it turned out to be a jackpot. He did an amazing job and he hand painted everything. We didn’t wanted the typical metal/metalcore artwork which is all done in Photoshop. We were thinking of more old school covers and we wanted to go the opposite way of the trends. The result turned out exactly how we imagined it.

Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-That one is really hard to answer since we had some troubles with our last record label and we released our EP ourselves but we have had people from all over the world reaching out to us and letting us know that they like what we do.

Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-Well, since we are from Sweden there are a lot of bands that are big internationally. But why there is not more bands that make it is hard to answer, probably because there are thousands of good bands out there and the internet has made it easier for bands from other countries to break out and make a name for themselves.

What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-The local scene is getting stronger and stronger, we have some bands that are getting more recognition and there are a ton of young bands coming up. The future looks bright. We have played in a lot of different countries, I can’t answer what status we have but I think that we are building our reputation as a killer live act and our fan base slowly but steady.

What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-I think that the opinion is slowly changing towards metal being something accepted but in the same time I don’t think that metal is something that will be accepted in to the mainstream. And I don’t think that all the metal bands want to become mainstream. Metal for me is supposed to be a little underground and a little hard to understand for the masses. I really don’t care if people think that being a metal musician is a respectable choice. I do what I like and people seem to enjoy our music and we got to go to new places and perform so it seems like we are doing something right.

What does the future hold for you?
-We have some shows booked and we are probably doing another European tour next year. There are plans to record another music video. And we are going to start planning our next record. So there are a lot of things going on.
Thank you so much for the interview and thank you for the support!
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