SARCASTIC was formed in the middle of September 1992, which is by now they are a forefather of extreme metal in Kedah, known in ancient time as the capital kingdom of Malay land called ‘Nagara Kedah’. The band in the old days was heavily influenced by ROTTING CHRIST, VARATHRON, NECROMANTIA and MOONSPELL without forgetting the old masters like SODOM, MORBID ANGEL, SORCOFAGO and BATHORY. They recorded a debut demo “Gather For Last” in April 1994 which contains 3 tracks but only available for friends.
This interview was done in 1998 and its seem the band has been laid down to rest today. Anyway, you might get an interesting info here...
Anything to say before we started this interview?
Hi there, I’m Evilheart here which will answer this interview and hopefully you’ll enjoy to read this.
How’s the “Demo 1998” going on? Tell us about the recording, selling and your satisfactory?
“No Mercy at All” was recorded at Kris Studio, Alor Setar and we took in about 2 days to finish all of it. So far, the selling is quite good for us. Untill this interviews were answered, almost 100 copies were sold... I guess and it mostly spreaded around the north region. We also satisfied with this demo compared to the previous one (Gather For Last) which can’t reach our satisfaction.
How do you describe in the demo? I means the lyrics? Tell something about all the bewitching hymns?
Our lyrics is mainly discussing about something like ancient wars, mystical tales/art, vengeance, violence, life, killing, history, etc.. which we thought suit to perform it within metal music. Yes! We believe that metal needs something hard, violence, full of cruelty, etc.. and so on with the lyrics.
How about your sound, people said Sarcastic’s sound similiar to Greek’s sound. Do you agree?
Frankly, I don’t agree with that but in the same time I accept what they want to say about it. Maybe “Into Ritual” have alot of similiarities within Greece sound, but for me not all those songs in “No Mercy At All” influenced by Greece’s bands. The other songs like “ The Hour Of The Battlefield”, “Devilkiss” may be different compared to Greece’s sound. Anyway it’s up to you to decide...
Oh, I almost forget to ask you about the band’s history? Why do you form this band?
About our band history I think you better see it in our bio. And the reason why we forming this band is simply to show our expression/taste/feeling, etc in metal and also to give to the U/G scene what we’ve got and of course we want to share it with them. We did this scene we start and still do it untill now...
What do you think about Malaysian Death Metal scene? And what do you think about old-school metal which became fashion lately?
Death metal scene actually is still alive but no as the same as ever because nowadays our scene is highly recovered by black, gothic, atmospheric, ambient, etc.. . We still have a death metal band untill today such as Silent Death, Braindead, etc and lately Tandus, Mandatory, etc. As I’ve told you above the situation is never the same as before coz now it seems like the subject above rules not only our scene but almost everywhere now. I’m glad if some band start to play back the 80’s metal influences because the old –school stuffs have a lot of originalities and quite unique too. But the band should do it honestly, not just follow the trend. That’s all I think.
When we looks to eastern band now, many of them begin to talk about Malay Magic, Malay epic and poetry and other patriotic stuffs. Would Sarcastic follows them? What do you think about traditional Malay Magic?
What can I say about that, I’m glad to see this thing going on. We should be proud to talk about our own stuffs because it also can buil-up our own identity. Yes! Eastern image. It’s wasting if we still talk about Viking, snow, etc which quite not related with our scene. But for Sarcastic we are not 100% into that stuffs. This not means we disagree with that matter. Since we start, our lyrics is mainly about something violence especially about war, revenge, etc. So we just want to keep that thing moving and that was our identity I guess...
To every darksouls the forest holds something special, unique, mysterious and powerful. Do you agree?
I’m not sure about this. It’s depends on how they feel and of course forest have alots of mysterious thing inside. The story about ‘bunian’, ‘penunggu’, ‘pontianak’, etc. Is highly related within the forest and maybe this all things gave them the inspiration to feel the forest hold something horror, mystic and tons of mysterious thing inside. But don’t forget that forest also hide a lt of wild-life especially the dangerous one like snake, tiger, lion, etc. Ha! Ha! Ha!
At this time, any serious record labels interested to release your material?
We actually just have a deal with North Poem Records ( a new label risen up from Kedah ) recently. They agreed to distribute our demo. So for now, everybody who want to try our stuffs, you can get it through North Poem Records.
Our future plans is to record another material but not in this current moment. From now we just want to concentrate on “No Mercy At All”.
Some epiloque for this interview?
Thanks Remmy for this interview and for those outside there who supported us, we appreciate it and thanks a lot.