SARCASM

SARCASM is close to a classic Swedish death metal band. If you haven’t checked them out yet then do so after you’ve read this interview answered by Heval – Vocals. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Yeah I know, It’s a weird name. Sarcasm was the first thing that came to my mind when we started out, and we just kept it. We didn’t talk about it, or analyzed it or suggested other names. I just said “Sarcasm?” and the guys said Ok. I thought it sounded short and cool enough, and if you know the origin of the word it’s pretty sinister. But when you first hear it, it’s strange. I know some people haven’t checked us out because of the name who later (when they accidently heard us) felt regret not checking us out in the first place. Also worth mentioning that we were the only band with that name that were active back then

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We started out 3 decades ago as a primitive caveman death metal band and evolved into a more metaphysical cosmic death metal, the music is multi-dimensional, it’s extremely fast, advanced and melodic sometimes and heavy and brutal sometimes. We’re not afraid of blending different styles of metal, and the most important thing is that the songs are catchy.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Physical life and its many levels of extreme contrast that cause great expansion in our vibrating universe.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There are plenty of bands in the area of Uppsala, but sadly very few places to perform. I think local scenes were more important in the past before internet, but since we live in a digital age bands can reach out to everyone in the world and get more recognition outside of their local scene. There are bands in my area that I at some point never heard of before that are very well-known in some parts of the world.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Well, we are part of a scene or a movement whether we want it or not and at the same time we try to do our own thing. And it feels great to reach people who are into this thing. I don’t know if that’s “part of something bigger” or not, but we do what we do and will stop doing it if inspiration stops flowing.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Birds and bees can be very malicious creatures so perhaps we’d add them in the future, you never know haha. I like almost all kinds of album covers, I really love those crazy artworks from the 70s, also those cartoonish looking artwork from the 80s. And of course the death metal album covers from the early 90s. There are too many to mention. I really hate band photos as album covers though, they just look pointless, unprofessional and lazy, with some very few exception.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-No absolutely not, on the contrary, it helps the music to be spread much wider. I don’t mind if people download and stream our stuff, I’m more glad when they buy it of course but we wouldn’t have reached this far without the digital realm.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-There are death metal concerts and festivals everywhere in the world it seems so it’s alive and well I suppose.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-A bit of both I suppose. But the real party starts after the gig.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We have written a new album which will be recorded the end of this year and will be released on Hammerheart Records next year, I can’t see anything beyond that at the moment.

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