Sacred Steel is a Power metal band from Germany, I’m sure that die-hard fans know them, but I also know there some headbangers who even never heard of them. So, Sacred Steel’ vocalist Gerrit answered some of my questions here!
Hi, Sacred Steel. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi Sick and Destroy! It´s Gerrit (vocals) answering your questions.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
Oh, come on, whoever is interested in the history of a band that is around for more than 20 years can easily find that out by himself!
Yes it is, but you know, sometimes lazy metalheads looking for all possible info from interview, to not searching some already existed information, that’s why I asked 😉 Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
In 1996. We wanted to help to keep real metal alive and that´s what we did over the past 2 decades.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I started playing guitar in 1984. And I started singing in 1990 because nobody else wanted to do it. I am into metal since 1979/1980. Can´t speak for the other guys.
Sacred Steel recently released album “Heavy Metal Sacrifice”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
Well, it´s out since last year and everybody interested can easily listen to it on YouTube or maybe even buy it. It´s Heavy Metal. Nothing else. The lyrics are not complicated at all and easy to understand if you give it a listen. I see no reason to walk anybody through all the lyrics. Everybody is clever enough to go through them by himself.
How has been the response so far by the listeners?
The response was awesome! I guess it was our most accepted album since 1998´s „Wargods Of Metal“. It´s a wonder we didn´t get a Grammy yesterday J.
Have you started working on new songs already?
No. Last year was mostly dedicated to all things concerning this band so this year all the members have at least to partly concentrate on other things. We will start writing whenever we feel inspired.
When and where did you play your first gig?
If I remember correctly it was in 1996 in Bietigheim, here in Southern Germany.
How was the experience of going live for the first time?
Full of energy and love for the music we play. Hasn´t changed at all up to now. Still feels the same.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
I wouldn´t really call it a real „success“. Otherwise I would earn money with it J. But the reason why we´ve managed to stay together for so long is friendship and the sheer love for metal. You can´t play underground metal for money anyway. You´ll be disappointed.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Lots of! One of the worst memories is when we recorded our live DVD in 2004 and I ran on stage for the first song and fell over something very badly. Was quite hilarious and surely funny for the audience. Not for me. It hurt.
If asked to differentiate Sacred Steel from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
You can only compare us to bands like Paragon or Wizard maybe, because they´re been around even longer and proved that they mean it. I would say that the difference is that we draw our main influences from UK/US bands while other german bands pretty much also rely on german influences.
The band has seen not so many change in line up since the formation of the band. Is it because, everyone in the band is doing his job perfectly?
We are good friends but we don´t hang around daily. This means that we can´t get on each others nerves easily and this keeps the band going, I guess. I think that we all do a pretty good job indeed.
How compatible are band members with each other?
We all are very different. And the combination of these differences makes up for a quite explosive mixture that kinda works out well.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from?
Too many to mention. Would be a list of 100-200 bands, at least. The most important bands that all 5 of us like would maybe be Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Savage Grace, Omen and King Diamond.
Which are your favorite local bands?
Naevus, Dawn Of Winter, The Thirteenth Of November, Chapel Of Gore, Doomshine, Mirror Of Deception, VoidCrew.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs?
Well, we all have families and day jobs. Of course. So it´s a tough thing to sometimes keep the band going without sacrificing too much of the regular daily routine stuff. But we are pretty experienced with that by now. We concentrate on doing only reasonable stuff with the band, not e.g. gigs that make no sense at all and only kill time and money.
Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
Only when we meet at festivals like Headbangers Open Air, Keep It True, Bang Your Head or others. We don´t live close to each other so we nearly never meet for just hanging out.
Sacred Steel is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Exactly where we are now. Still trying to keep things going. Still down to earth and fighting for real metal to survive.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thanks for everyone who has supported us or will support us. It´s much appreciated! Thank YOU for this interview.
I hope some answers haven´t been too harsh for you guys but I try to keep it honest and I hate talking bullshit.
Cheers & metal on,
Gerrit, on behalf of SACRED STEEL