interview with Sacrifice Theory

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Have any of you played in other bands?Yes, Kalle played in an Alternative Rock Band called el'Omo and Martin made Death Metal with Kaliira before. Q is also playing Drums for Sightless View at the moment.

How is it that you started playing music?Just out of love for music...or was it lust for metal? Creative energy that needed to be canalized, also all the cool guys in the movies have a band, ya know? ;-)

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Martin (24) spits the lovely lyrical hatred themes of Sacrifice Theory to the people

Kalle (26) swings the axe of devastation, also background hatred

Kevin (26) is the hard pounding 4-string-artillery, additional background hatred

Q (25) does the high-speed double bass machine gun precision incision, baby!

Have you had other previous members? There has been a singer before Martin joined. His name is Kai.

Where are you from?

We are all from the Ruhr-Area in Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The heart of the german Thrash Metal Scene. The place where Kreator and

Sodom come from...lots of history here!

What year did the band form?2012 was the magical year Kalle and Q started messing around. Soon they've found Kevin to play the magic four strings that every Band needs, but nobody notices and Kai joined soon. After Kai left in 2014 Martin was picked up by Q, 'cause they've needed somebody to scream at the audience

What's your style of genre?We call it Heavy Thrash (Oh yeah!). We've got a lot of influences in our music.Let's call it a bastard of Thrash, Death, Heavy Metal and Punk.

What inspires you?In short: Life itself. All that good and bad, funny and silly, sad and disgusting sh*t happening around us needs to be put into words and chords. Maximize the funny stuff on our little blue space ball!

How often and where do you rehearse? Usually once a week for a couple of hours. When we have a gig we also do additional rehearsing for maximum tightness.

How have you developed since you started with the music?When we take a look at our Songs chronologically the music got harder and faster over the time. Soon it will be exhausting enough to replace the gym, if that trend continues!          

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?We are not looking actively for a booking agency, but that would be an interesting option for us. We are best served as a live beverage and a booking agency would help serve more people some ice-cold old-fashioned metal cocktail. If we should receive an offer, we would consider it.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Same as the booking agency, no active search, but offers would be lovely. We've got a lot of music in our backpacks! We've just released our first EP "Urban Jungle" but we've already got enough Songs to put out another record. Also we are always working on new material, extracting best out of our minds and fingers.

What made you decide to make this music?That's the music we like to hear ourselves and that we are quite good making at. No deep thoughts here

What are your songs about?Some are critizing society or about the bad habits of humans, like greed and selfishness.Also we sing about mental disorders, sickness, bad stuff in general...And last but not least, we've got songs about metal, witches, wargods, tanks and machine guns, metal b*tches!

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Composing is a part where everyone is involved. Usually we decide democratically about certain parts of a song, that works best and leads to less barfights inside our band. The Lyrics are written by Kalle and Martin. Some are just by Kalle, Some by Martin and some of them they’ve done together. So everyone brings his personal influence into a song, there is no real Bandleader or Songwriter on whom it all depends,

Do you start with the music or the lyrics?Usually with the music, because it’s easier this way round. But we are starting to work on some Songs that are based on the lyrics, just to see what a little musical brat we can produce if we use another writing technique.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment?We write our songs together in our rehearsal room. At home everyone writes down his riffs or lyrics of course. Then we show them each other via internet, decide what could be nice, learn it and try it in the rehearsal room. We play with the parts, look what unused part would be nice or jam an entirely new one.While the music is written, the lyrics come from themselves. From the atmosphere of a Song it’s pretty intuitive what words need to top that.

Have you done any covers live? We once did the Wachturm by Sodom live. But we would do a cover again, it’s a fun thing to do.The audiences usually like to hear a classic 

What language do you sing in?All our Songs are in English. It’s just the common language and you can write good lyrics in it. German is a difficult language for lyrics. If they aren’t good you start to sound stupid really fast. Although we would like to do a Song in German That’ll be a long process, but we’ve got some words that sound very harsh and brutal, should fit perfectly in a song…if the proper rhymes pop up in our brains that doesn’t sound like a children’s song.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least people were about 20 in a very shabby bar that has fortunately closed. Biggest crowd yet were 250, that was in Cologne.

What ages are most of your concert attendants?We guess from 18 ‘til 40 years of age. The usual metal crowd.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?We vary our sets almost every gig. Some Songs are played on nearly every show of course, but there are always one or two (or three depending on our stage time) we like to switch around. Sometimes we just alternate the order of our set, to experiment how that works live and with a crowd. Theory and praxis aren’t always the same.

Do you have a regular place you play live often?Not really. The Ruhr-Area has a lot of locations for metal bands to perform. Of course we’ve already played two or three shows in one location, but most of the time you hop from town to town.

What was your first gig like?Smelly, Damp, Mouldy, Bad Sound, Bad Beer, Almost no light. The grime on the walls looked at us with infernal demon eyes, licked our instruments with it’s tongues of sickness. The floor was a swamp of dying dreams, the crowd a horde of hungry zombies lurking in shadows to gnaw at our flesh….a nightmare, but a funny experience, yep.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Unfortunately yes. Nobody is save from catching a sickness. That sucks really hard, but sometimes it’s the only way. The people deserve a good performance and when you could not deliver one, you should better make a pause and strike even harder on your next gig.

Where have you played live this year? Around the Ruhr Area in cities like Mülheim, Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen, Witten and in the Rhine-land in Cologne.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We’ve got one Gig planned in Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony, but no other gigs yet. We would really love to play abroad, because the Netherlands, Belgium or France aren’t far from here and that would be an interesting and great experience! If someone from over there reads this, contact us! We play f*cking metal!

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started to sell merchandise in 2013. We’ve got T-Shirts, Stickers, Picks, the CD and we plan to make some nice old-school patches soon!

Where can people buy your merchandise? At www.http://sektor12shop.de or directly from us at our gigs.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Legal downloads can be a nice thing, if you find a Band from another continent and can buy their music with a few clicks it’s a nice thing, in a record store you wouldn’t have crossed their path. But illegal downloads are a two sided. It’s the best advertisement you can get. People hear you whom you would normally don’t reach and there is the opportunity that they attend your concerts and buy something there (remember kids, you can’t download a t-shirt!). On the other hand it is very expensive to make music. Recording and production of music and cd’s costs a lot of money. Money we worked hard for and for us it’s some sort of hobby. We are no enterprise that’s only interested in profit, we just want to get at zero or earn enough to invest it in new records or merchandise…something that is, again, for the fans.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?That is a large thematic complex, hard to overlook. In general we think, that getting known has become harder for small bands.

What do you think of my work? we appreciate your interest in underground bands. It is a lot of work to come in contact with all those bands and manage a website with all those interviews. We hope that people are interested in reading all those interviews, and not just interviews with bigger bands.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? we really hope to take a first step with this. A step to get known not only in our region, but maybe                     international. But we don't expect to become the big hit with it ;)

Do you have any role models or idols?No not really. Why should we want to be someone else? We’ve got enough to do with our own fortunes and misfortunes.

Why do you think that they exist? Because there is so much insecurity in this world and many people want to look up to someone who has achieved something. What they miss is, that you can only work on yourself and your own success when you live in the present. In your present and not in some scary future or future of somebody you are not.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Definitely from older Bands. Why is hard to tell. There are for sure Bands today and also in our local scene that are really great musicians, but Metal is a strange and somehow conservative scene and you always end looking and listening to the Bands that formed the Music of today. The question is: “Are the bands from today, the bands that are considered the old inspirational ones of tomorrow?”

What have been your biggest obstacles? to found the band and to take our first steps on stage together. You know, it's hard to find locations to play in when you have no big name yet. People don't know you? Then they don't want you to play in their place. But you only get known by playing live.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Play the music you would want to hear yourself. Try to be the Band that you would like to see on stage. Rehearse a lot! Be in a band with people you like and enjoy. Don’t be in a band just for “being in a band”, that won’t make you happy.

How do you get psyched for a gig? That don’t really needs an extra thing. It is so much fun and excitement to play your music for other people that we don’t really need anything (except the usual warm up) to get the right psyche. We just try to relax, drink a beer and enjoy the other bands before it is our turn to thrash the venue.

Do you have any new material? Yes! We’ve just released our first EP “Urban Jungle” and we are working on new material all the time. If we had the money, we could release another EP or whole Album in Months. No Joke.

What are your web sites?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacrificeTheoryOfficial

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SacrificeTheoryMusic

How can people reach you? They can PM us via Facebook or write an e-mail to: sacrificetheory@web.de

What are your plans for the future? Play tons of gigs. Major record label deal. Get rich. After that we give good advice to newbies that want to make future metal. Fin.

Do you have something to add? Live long and prosper.

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