We recently caught up with Thomas Bergli, aka Sarke, to ask him a few questions following the release of his band’s new album Aruagint. This is what happened…
You recently released your new album Aruagint. Could you tell us a little bit about the writing/recording process?
I write the songs at home. I makes some riffs and write a lyric, then I put a song together. Sometimes I do some changes in the studio before the song is complete. In the studio we record drums, guitars, bass, keys and then vocal.
Which track is your favourite on the album?
Depend on my mood. Maybe Jodau Aura.
Which track was the biggest challenge of the album to record?
I’m not sure. Maybe Icon Usurper.
The artwork for Aruagint is incredible – Maxime Taccardi did a really great job. How did it all come about? Did you have a particular idea for the artwork or did you let him decide exactly what to do?
It was Asgeir that worked with him, so I am not sure. I also think the artwork is great. He did a very good job and Asgeir also with the layout.
Where did you get the idea for the band’s sound? It’s wonderfully original.
I just know how I want the band to sound. I choose to work with Lars Erik Westby in the studio because he understand how I want things. We record our album the old fashion way. No trigging, and copying riffs. Acoustic drums and real playing. We also use old equipment. We use old stuff, but I want the sound to be powerful, dirty and clear.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Sissel Kyrkjebø, John Tardy, Geddy Lee, Mikkey Dee.
And who is your biggest musical influence?
Black Sabbath, Death, Slayer, Motorhead.
Do you have any interesting stories or anecdotes about the band?
Not many no, but I can say one thing. When I did the first album, Nocturno came in the studio to record the vocal. He did one take on the first song and I asked if he should do another take and he said why? And after that I know how he works in the studio. He just do one take. He is the vocal god.
What are your hopes for the future?
To get the 15 kilo + pike. To get a great tour with Sarke.
Aruagint is out now. You can read our review of it here.