Here is a new interview with the U.S blackend thrash band Sangus.The band has released a 7 inch through the great U.S label "Eternal Death Rec." and is working on a new E.P to be released soon check out the interview for more information and keep checking the bands sites for updates.
Interview with Vovk vocalist for Sangus done by Patrick
1.Hails Vovk when did you first get into metal music? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?
For me, my interest in metal was a natural progression from hardcore punk and grind. In my teenage years (1993-1998) I began listening to Slayer, Marduk, Impaled Nazarene, Kreator, Destruction, etc. I always gravitated towards extreme, aggressive music. I didn’t appreciate other styles of metal such as NWOBHM until more recently.
2.When did you first meet the other members of Sangus?How did you choose the Sangus for the name of the band?
All the members of Sangus have been friends since that time in the 90’s when we were all teenagers. Our writing and playing together has a great amount of chemistry due to these long-standing personal relationships. “Sangus” became the name of the band from my fascination with ancient Roma and the Latin language. “Sangus” is a vernacular Latin for “blood”.
3.What is the current line-up for the band?For the readers who have never heard Sangus music how would you best describe it?
The current lineup of the band is myself, performing as the vocalist, Executioner: drums, Barbarian: guitar, Vamakara: guitar, and Czarnobòg: bass guitar. I think the best description of our music is BLACK DTÅKT DEATH THRASH. Musically, we are a hybrid of bands like: Kuro, Shitlickers, Slayer, Deicide, etc. If you enjoy both Blasphemy and Driller Killer, you may like Sangus.
4.Sangus recently released their new 7 inch Saevitia through Eternal Death how did you all come in contact with this great label?
This label is operated by our friend Valder Lord of the band One Master, a fantastically devastating black metal band from our Northeast region of the United States.
5.How has the response been for the 7 inch release?
The response for the first EP has been great. We have generated contact from throughout the United States and from Europe, South American, and Australia as well. There is also a bonus track to the EP available in the digital format. This track is a white noise piece prepared by an associated ambient project called Ossos. It is not a metal song, but rather intended for introspective meditation.
6.Has Sangus begun working on their next mcd or will you all try to release a full length?Have you all talked with Eternal Death or will you work with another label?
We will soon release a second EP titled “Pedicabo Mundi”. It will be available as digital and a CD including the first EP with 2 bonus tracks from studio outtakes. This will be a limited run without repress. Pedicablo Mundi will also be released as a 7” record in early 2016. We are currently writing a full length album to be recorded during 2016, intended for release by the end of that year. We continue our relationship with Eternal Death records though it is undetermined what label will release the full length album.
7.When working on a new song does the whole band write the music or does one member usually write everything?
The music that the band produces is only the product of the sum contributions of all members. We prefer to expose the writing process simply as thus: SANGUS È SANGUS.
8.Who usually takes care of the lyrics for the band?What are some subjects/topics you all write about?
As the vocalist, I author all of the lyrics. They are written discriminately in english, italian, and latin. The lyrics are written meant to allow for some subjective interpretation by the listener. Thus, what I right about may be something for me and something else for any listener. Generally speaking, Sangus addresses subject matter with only extreme aggressive passionate emotion. Both the vocal performance and music is meant to capture and create an atmosphere of emotional violence.
9.In your opinion Vovk what are the best and worst thing about the underground scene today? And what does the term Underground metal mean to you?
I have participated in underground music since the early nineties; playing in bands, recording, and touring. I am of the generation that has lived the transition from mail tape trading and letter writing, glueing stamps and sending them back and forth to foreign countries, etc. Because of this perspective I have no opinion of what is the best thing about today’s scene. There is good music, but there is so much overwhelming garbage and bullshit that I can only see the worst things about the scene. The mainstream pop culture in the United States has permeated everyone’s lives through mass media communication. Underground bands make parody shirts of mainstream pop acts. The cross cultural association in disgusting to me. The counter-culture and separatist exclusivity of underground music is lost in America. That is perhaps the worst part summarized. To me, “underground” means anti-corporatist music. Music that isn’t on the internet. Sadly, by this definition, Sangus and most all bands that exist now are not underground.
10.Vovk are you or any of the members of Sangus currently working with other bands or solo projects? If yes please let the readers know a little about them.
Memebrs of Sangus currently participate in the following bands: Churchburn, Haxen, I-Destroyer, Rampant Decay.
11.Vovk you handle the vocals for the band when did you first start singing /screaming? Do you do anything special to keep your throat healthy
I first started screaming, whilst playing guitar, for the thrash/crust band Paindriver in 1995. At this point in my life, I strive to maintain a high standard of health and fitness which includes caring for my voice as an instrument. Tea and honey are part of that regiment.
12.Who are some of your influnces/favor vocalist? Besides the vocals do you play any other instruments?
My inspiration as a vocalist has been to find my own vocal tone that I am comfortable with and work to develop that to its fullest potential. Considering this, I don’t have vocalist I try to sound like at all. I try to sound like myself. Some of my favorite vocalist however, are: Mika (Impaled Nazarene), Ishiya (Deathside), Sakevi (GISM), Legion (Marduk).
13.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final words for the readers?
Live for yourself and accept no compromise. Fuck the world to dust.Molto Grazie Winter Torment!!
Morituri te salutant,