SARIOLA have an image that struck a chord in me. So much that I had to interview them. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Loreley von Rhein: Our name reflects itself in our lyrics, stage image,and music. We created our own mythic empire, based on the legend from Kalevala. It is loosely based on the actual mythology, but it inspired us and represents our dark, cold musical style very well.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
Anagnorisis: We’ve been making music since we were kids. I began to take piano lessons at the age of6, Loreley absolved a music school on classic guitar and was singing in choirs and child bands from the age of 7. It was just a question of time, until we began to play in bands, it really couldn’t turn out any other way.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
Sturm: We’re pretty sick and tired of people trying to put us in to a certain category. The thing is: we play simply what we like, not orienting towards any certain style or such. To describe what we’re
actually playing we always say: extreme dark metal. This is not a genre, but a short description of our music’s “color” if you like…
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Sturm: The order of the tracks is the last thing we do before sending the master away. We always discuss this together, just as we discuss a set-list for an upcoming show. It’s always a creative process with a concept behind it. It’s a fun thing too.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Anagnorisis: Inspiration is something that comes on its own and isn’t an easy thing to ‘find’, I think. Emotional stress or a really impressive event sometimes inspires me. I also favor to write music in the night, preferably winter.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Loreley: Graphic design plays a great role in the whole concept. It helps us to underline and amplify the atmosphere of our music. So we’re very picky when it comes to a decision of the graphic artist. Tomasz Górnicki, who desgined our logo and the artworks to the “From the dismal
Sariola” EP and “Sariola” EP had a really hard job to accomplish, but he caught the right vibe and thatis why we stay with him all the time. He made like 200 versions of our logo before we did the right one. He probably hated us for it, but at the end we’ve got the best band logo in the world! Agnieszka Osipa, on the other hand designs and makes all of our stage outfits. She’s genius and has a vast impacton our live show and band image. We’re happy to have the luxury to work with such talented people.
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
Anagnorisis: Digital technologies made many things a lot easier and quicker to achieve, but when it comes to the actual performance nothing digital can really replace your hands or voice. You still need
to achieve that perfect take, that perfect sound and this is something that really didn’t change. Many
say that you can “fix it in the mix” and edit the part so it’s dead on the grid and many modern
musicians do this, either because they’re not able to play tight or because the engineer is
a moron. But you will only get mediocre results at the best if you raw material isn’t great before the
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
Anagnorisis: Digital solutions are very comfortable and deliver many things that you even couldn’t
think of with real hardware and with the progress, the quality of digital solutions get’s better and better and there is virtually no limits. However, I could’ve come up with a silly spiderman quote here, but
you probably get the clue.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Loreley: This is not an easy question to answer. We have fans all over the globe and receive a lot of positive feedback, not only from fans but from the press too. However many bookers and labels do not want to work with us, because our music “isn’t compatible” with what they want, or “what’s in” right now. But we still have some great people to cooperate with and we find our ways, despite of all the “industry experts” who tend to ignore us. We find a lot of support in the Eastern Europe, South
America & Japan, we also have a good booking contract, so we will be performing a lot in the near future. There aren’t many bands that play music similar to ours, but back in the day it was something that made a band stand out and become successful and our goal was never to sound like someone. Maybe we’re missing the Zeitgeist here? We don’t really care.
What does the future hold?
Sturm: we plan to release our new album in physical form (cd) and we’re going on tour again, we’ll do a 2 week headliner tour in Russia (see cities and clubs on our homepage). We also have a new drummer, Erhan Karaca, from Turkey, who is certificated one of the fastest drummers in the world. He’s not just fast but great as well, we’re very excited about this new cooperation.