Following the release of Sarke’s excellent new album Bogefod (our review of which can be read here), we caught up with band mastermind Sarke for a chat – see what happened below.
Thanks for the interview! So, we were really impressed with the new album Bogefod, can you describe the writing and recording process?
We usually write the riffs and idea for songs at home. Then we try it out at rehearsals. We make the riffs and song structure work together as a band. Then we sometimes add or change some riffs. Sometimes when a song doesnt work it goes in the trash. In the studio we record the drums first, then guitar, bass, keys and vocal. No trigging and we dont copy guitar riffs and so on. We use acoustic drums.
Did you do anything different this time round, compared to your last album Aruagint?
We have a new drummer. We also have two guitarist playing on the album. But mainly we work in the same way as before. I will say it went even more smoothly this time.
One of my favourite tracks on the album is Blood Of Men, what’s the story behind that one?
A basic groovey track. We had some people in the studio that also made some great comment on this track. This track is inspired by several bands I have listen to for a long time. Bands like King Diamond, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Kreator to mention a few.
Which song is your favourite/the one you’re most proud of?
Thats very difficult for me to answer. Depends because they have different moods. I like to listen to the first track Taken because of the cool guitar solo and also the vocal. I also like Dawning, very nice atmosphere and a great soundtrack.
Were there any tracks that were more of a struggle to perfect?
The track that took some time to finish was The Wickeds Transient Sleep but it turned out great in the end.
Are there any plans to tour right now?
No, plans for a tour yet. We are working on gigs here and there first.
What’s the best show that Sarke has ever played?
Difficult, but maybe Wacken with Tom Warrior, John Dee, Maryland Deathfest and last years Brutal Assault.
And what about the strangest or weirdest?
I’m not sure about that but the most boring show was Hove Festival.
If you could play a show with any artist in the world, who would you choose?
I guess Metallica.
And finally what’s in store for Sarke for the rest of 2016?
Some gigs, lots of interviews and make new songs.