With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SICARIUS. Answers from Carnage, Grimnir, and Karcass. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
(Carnage) It didn’t take long to come up with a name. When Argyris and I started the band he had the name in mind already. The name means assassin or dagger-man. It was always important for us to have the right name because we wanted something that was straight to the point. We didn’t want to use multiple words for the name and we wanted something that represented the aggressiveness of our sound.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
(Karcass) Me personally? I’ve always been a huge fan of acts like Motorhead, GG Allin, and Gwar; bands or persons that always had a seemingly larger than life or completely chaotic persona on stage. I take a lot of inspiration of watching each band live and how they just have a totally nihilistic swagger about them and also their attitude of “you’re here to see us, this is what your gonna get so you better be ready.”
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
(Grimnir) Any song we write is shaped in accordance with what we want to portray. Nothing is created with a set template or “rulebook” so every song is looked at and created differently.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
(Grimnir) This music was born in small clubs and thrives on it. The energy of any show is always heightened by the participation of our patrons, and the interaction is never the same with ten feet of barrier and security blocking you from the crowd.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
(Carnage) For me honestly, it isn’t really what I would change about the recording, it’s that I wish we had more time before recording to spend with our at the time new guitarist. It would have been nice to sit and really work with Grimnir to further develop writing styles. I really enjoy the way he writes and maps out his work, he brings a new technicality and fresh perspective to our sound that I would have liked to delve further into with this last album.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
(Karcass) Yeah I’ll be the first to admit I’m fairly bad at the whole social media gig, but the band itself tries to maintain a good internet presence through avenues like Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp etc. in today’s world that’s definitely the way to go about it. I feel like the days of handing out flyers or street team style of networking is unfortunately dying so you need to have an online presence if you hope to be seen and heard.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
(Karcass) The artwork to an album should try and convey whatever feeling or theme that particular piece of work it’s trying to say, not simply just because it looks cool though that also helps haha. Even if it’s just a band photo the idea behind it should try and get the listener as visually involved with the album as much as sonically. Like for “God of Dead Roots” I feel our artwork fits the theme of the album perfectly and isn’t just say a random photo of a dragon or demon.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
(Karcass) I should hope so! A local scene is vitally important to any genre of music, it’s how you get your initial support and drive to do this sort of thing; with the help of like minded people.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
(Karcass) Its definitely different than it was that’s for sure. It also totally depends on what city/scene your in. Live music Is not dead by any means but I feel especially with the internet and the influx of so many different bands it let’s people get pick and choose more. It’s harder I feel for newer bands to get a foothold because of this.
What does the future hold?