Upon the release of their fourth album Bogefod, Sarke have unleashed a shambling horror of an album on an unsuspecting world. Dark, sinister and mysterious, it’s an album I can’t stop listening to and keep returning to again and again. I wanted to find out a little bit more about this impressive release…
For those who are unfamiliar with your band – introduce yourself!
I am Sarke, plays bass. I am the main songwriter in Sarke.
Give us a bit of background to Sarke
Sarke started out as a solo act. After tons of band releases I wanted to release an album were I did almost everything myself. Write all the song and lyrics, play all the instruments and produce the album. The album did well and the record company wanted to release more albums. I did not feel like doing another solo album, so I got together a full line up band.
What are your influences?
My influences are Norwegian nature like forests, mountains, lakes. Paintings by Kittelsen. Music from the 70s and 80s.
What are you listening to at the moment that you would like to recommend?
I don’t listen to much these days. When we play concerts ourself I focus on our own music.
Sarke is not only a black metal band. Our music has a big range. We have a lot of different style in our music. The members of Sarke have played all kind of metal.
Give us a bit of background to Bogefod – any particular concepts or ideas you want to discuss?
Bogefod is a concept album. Its based on a 1000 year old Viking saga. Its about Torolv Bogefod, a Viking king that dies, comes back from the dead and terrorises the village as a walking dead.
Tell us about the album artwork
It’s done by Terje Johnsen. The artwork is taken from the movie SAGA, a film that Sarke is involved in and has also made a lot of the music in the film.
How do you go about writing your songs?
Its mostly written at home on acoustic guitar. We finish the song at rehearsal with the whole band. And usually add some riffs or parts together to make it work, so we get a complete song.
How did the recording process go?
It worked out great. We planned the recording process in advance. We start with drums. Acoustic drums with no trigging and so on. Then guitar, bass, keys and then Nocturno comes and do the vocals as the last thing.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Hard for me to pick one song. Maybe Taken because of the guitar solo.
What does the future hold for Sarke?
Not easy to say, but hopefully we will get some good shows and the people will check out Bogefod.