Interview With Sacred Crucifix
Interview By Luxi Lahtinen
From the North from Finland, Kuusamo, came a totally relentless and evil sounding
´Deathrash´ metal band that was known for its Criminal Assault moniker at first, but
which was soon baptized by its unholy current name, Sacred Crucifix.
The year 1989 could be considered as one of the turning points for Sacred Crucifix.
That year saw the first real demo release of the band; a 4-song demo titled REALMS OF
DARKNESS was unleashed by - practically speaking, a zero-budget, but it was very well
circulated through the tape trading scene and gained much attention and flattering
comments amongst metalheads in every corner of the globe. It became a true underground
classic demo in no time, and everything looked really promising and ready for them until
the band split up sometimes around in the end of ´90, due to band´s former member and
carrying force Miku Mertanen´s move to Sweden for some years (amongst other things!)
Some of the old members from the original line-up tried to breathe some vital air into
Sacred Crucifix in 1993 again, but unfortunately that attempt was a relatively
short-lived, even if the guys managed to record some real killer Sacred Crucifix tunes
(Inseparable Dream, Caelum Sperare, Unsound World,
etc.) with their new line-up; introducing a more technical and modern-sounding Sacred
I honestly thought it was all over for Sacred Crucifix then and yet another talented
metal band had ceased to exist without leaving any commercially valuable products behind
their back. But how wrong I was with them. The beginning of the new millennium was also a
real head-start for Sacred Crucifix´s new coming, having the original frontman back in
the line-up, more determined and motivated to return Sacred Crucifix back to those
original footsteps that meant a whole world for the guys musically since they started the
band. Evil, twisted, and sinister old-school Death/Thrash Metal into the true ´80s
fashion is where they get their true fuel and venom from, but let the guys enlighten us by
themselves more about the band´s past, present and the future as well.
As a side note: I also had a pleasure to inquire a few things from one of the owners of
a brand-new studio called Tonebox Studio, located in Oulu, named Janne T., about the
recording process of Sacred Crucifix´s new promo and basically things that are related to
the future activities of this particular studio.
Sacred Crucifix lineup, 2003
So, would you enlighten all of us as for starters who are Sacred Crucifix from a
historical perspective, as people seem not to be aware of your band too much these days.
Now take your time with this introduction of the band, will ya?
OK, in 1987 Janne on drums, Tommi on guitar, Sami on guitar, Miku on bass and Hannu on
vocals started the band under a name Criminal Assault which released a four-track tape
including three songs. In the beginning it was kind of a fun project, but in 1988 it
turned more serious. At the same year we changed the name to Sacred Crucifix. During -´88
we made a decision to say goodbye to Hannu because he was not capable of singing these
REALMS OF DARKNESS songs, so Miku and Tomppa took over the vocal duties. In the summer of
-89 we jumped to studio to make R.O.D -demo. We started distributing R.O.D and
surprisingly it became quite a success in the underground scene. Then in 1990 we went to
Soundmix -studio, Oulu, to record a promo-tape. A few labels were interested in us, but we
had some bad luck and things did not work out. Then Tommi and Janne went to army and Miku
moved to Sweden.
In 1993 Sacred Crucifix was reformed again. Janne on drums, Tommi on guitar, Jarkko on
guitar, Essi on bass and Tommo on vocals. Style was more technical than before. In 1994
Sacred Crucifix went to Tico-Tico studio, Kemi, and made another promo-tape which did not
meet the expectations at that time. In 1996 Jarkko moved to Jyväskylä and eventually
joined Trio Niskalaukaus (Hyvä Petosalmi!).
After a few years Miku started to plan a reformation. Finally Janne moved also to Oulu
and the band was back on the right track once again. In October 2002 we started rehearsing
with Janne on drums, Tommi on guitar, Miku on bass and vocals, Jukka Kyrö on guitar (also
in both Burning Point and N.N.S). Jukka didn`t have enough time for us, so we decided to
go our own way. After that we found a new guitar player Tero Kemppainen. From October 2002
to this point we have 13 brand new songs. We also have 4 old songs on our play-list as
well. The day when we started making this interview was 5th of May and we will enter
Tonebox Studio on 7th of May. We have a week booked for us to record 3 songs for promotion
and we all are very excited. Our style is an old-school Death Metal as we had it as our
main musical style within the period from 1988 to 1991.
So, now that you have recorded and mixed the songs, could you tell to the readers of
Metal-Rules.com how these 3 new songs turned out both music - and sound-wise? I´m also
dying to hear about your studio adventure a bit more as this obviously was Sacred
Crucifix´s first studio visit for many, many years, correct?
Everything went very smoothly at the studio and we recorded 4 songs all in all for this
promo. Let me introduce these four new songs one by one:
Aeon of Chaos
We had a song called Period of Chaos with the old line-up Sacred Crucifix
back in 91, so the idea for the song is the same. Now, years after, we took up the idea
and Janne and Miku re-wrote the same song again and it is same elements in it as it was
back then, but it is definitely a new song after all. Miku also did new lyrics for it
based on the same idea, so that´s pretty much about it.
Three Times the 12th Letter
This song has our ex-guitarist Jukka Kyrö´s signature. We just added our own ideas
and elements into it and here is the result. We call it as a Morbid Angel
Janne, our drummer, made this song a few months ago. Miku did lyrics to it and it has a
story about a ghost house, near Janne´s homevillage. We actually shot a video in that
place in 1990, (Vlad Dracul that is) but we never finished it.
This song has Miku´s signature. It´s is a brutal song and it is story about a madman
who was interested in bondage, playing with chains and stuff. As a matter of fact, these
songs mainly are made by Janne, Miku and Tommi (except Three Times
Most often it´s like someone of us comes to rehearsals with a new song and the others
usually have some ideas to add for parts of a song. That is how we work with our new stuff
basically. As for the studio -session, it was an adventure for us because it´s been such
a long time ago when we were at the studio together. Miku and Janne arrived to the studio
late when we were supposed to record drums for the songs first. But when the guys came
eventually to the studio, Janne played everything practically with the first take. That
was one of the reasons for that why we decided to record 4 songs instead of 3. Then we
started to record bass tracks at the same day, but that particular bass was awful to play,
so we ended up recording guitars instead.
Next day Tommi played all guitar tracks and Miku started with a much better bass. The
final day of the sessions was to record 2 bass tracks and the vocals. We were done pretty
early at that day. Then the mixing for those four songs was done in two days. As a single
note, our new promo was mixed by Janne Tauriainen and Ari Koskenkorva at the
Tonebox-studio in Oulu.
Tonebox Studio, control room, Janne T, Ari K
How did this particular studio experience differ from the one when you recorded your
3-song promo in 1990 by your own words? There´s a cap of 13 years, so I bet you could
tell quite easily actually what the main differencies were to get this new promo both
recorded and mixed at a very pro-studio compared to the times when you did those 3
(semi-legendary) songs back in the day?
Everything was done analogically back then. These days there is Pro-Tools and stuff. In
that -90 promo tape we recorded it live to the tape. Drums, bass and one guitar straight
to the tape Then Tommi and Sami played 2 guitar-tracks in and vocals at last. We had one
day for recording and mixing. It took only 12 hours.
Are you happy with everything how the things worked out with these two masters of
sounds for those four songs? Or is there still something on those four songs either
structure - or sound-wise you would like to change afterwards if you got another
opportunity for that?
Of course, there is always a little things to change better. It takes a few days after
recording sessions and you start to criticize it. It is the same thing always. We are
quite pleased with the production on the new 2003 promo. It was very easy to work with the
guys, so all credit for the S.C. -boys also. They understood what kind of sound we wanted
for it and that´s basically it.
Could you say that both Janne and Ari had a full understanding toward your kind of
music, like the guys knew precisely what kind of sound you were looking for your new
Yes, they had a full understanding. They are professionals.
Now when you have surely been listening to these songs on the new promo over and
over again, can you already tell which is your very favorite song out of them all and what
kind of things make it so ´special´ particularly for you guys?
Miku: Aeon of Chaos. I can not explain why, but I like it most.
Janne: The Painhour. It is every time fucking nice to play that song.
Tommi: Still Here for me. I´m always get some great vibes when I play that
particular song. It´s got a really nice chorus, too.
Tero: The Painhour for me. It is very angry.
A couple of questions for both Janne and Ari
As you guys seem to be relatively
experienced studio musicians already, would you tell from your own point of view what kind
of experience it was to work with the guys in Sacred Crucifix? Were they some of the
easiest guys to work with for you if your past experiences with some other band members
can be any indicator for you, and how demanded guys they were actually when talking about
the whole recording process as wholeness?
Janne T: First of all, we did the whole promo in just five days. We used three days to
record all the instruments and two days for mixing. All the guys were here basically all
the time during the recordings. With the experiences from the past, we wanted to have some
privacy during the editing and mixdown (it can be very painful to work in the control room
with four musicians, who all wants to be producers as well), so we mixed everything ready
and then guys came up and we did some slight changes if there were any to make. I think
that the whole process was just very easy for both of the parties. The main reason for
that being that we all are old friends with each other and have known each other for years
Did these guys tell you very accurately what kind of sound they were after for their
new 4-song promo actually? And were these goals reached eventually?
Janne T: Yes, the main goal was to have kind of an old-school Death Metal sound.
That´s why the guys brought Death´s HUMAN and Sepultura´s ARISE albums with them to the
studio for a reference. If you keep in mind that we spend just five days for the whole
process, I think we reached the goal.
Did you face any technical problems during all these recording sessions when the
recording/mixing process for their four songs was going on and how you solved / fixed
those problems if there were any?
Janne T: No, there were no problems at all.
I was just wondering whether you would like to tell something about the studio
itself, what kind of technical equipments you actually have there and what kind of reasons
made you choosing all those equipments for your own studio?
Janne T: First of all, this particular studio is designed by the leading
Finnish Acoustic Engineering company called Akukon Oy. The studio has a control room which
is designed for both stereo and 5.1 surround sound applications. We have two live rooms,
live room one for more acoustic instruments and live room two for over dubbing. The main
equipment in the studio are Yamaha DM2000 Production console with ProTools HD with two 192
I/O´s. This gives us freedom to work with stereo and Surround sound productions as well
as sound for picture productions. We have various models of microphones from the
manufacturers such as Neumann, Akg, Sennheiser, Shure and Audio Technica with several
Tonebox Studio, live room
How booked is your studio already for the rest of the year? Your studio isn´t that
known yet, but I still assume a word about it has been spred quite successful around
already by mouth-to-mouth -basis, am I right?
Janne T: Well, as I mentioned above we do sound for many applications, we have some
promo recordings coming in during the summer along side with sound for picture projects,
but the first pure album recording starts in mid August and will continue at least three
or four weeks. There are few bands coming in at the moment, but hopefully these promos
that we did for Sacred Crucifix and N.N.S. will help us to get even more bands to come in.
It has taken six months to build this studio and we have been open for just two weeks so
everything is quite open, but we´ll see what happens. You also have to keep in mind that
we as engineers have studied and worked both in England and Finland for past five years.
Would you tell me next what kind of other services do you have available there for
your both present - and future customers?
We do music recordings both in stereo and 5.1 surround sound formats and also sound for
picture. Also there will be a 100 square meters social area for the clients in the future.
There will an English homepage during the summer but in the meantime you can at least
check pictures from our studio at www.tonebox.net.
Back to the reformed Sacred Crucifix next, what kind of reasons made to reform the
band again and how much there´s old classic Sacred Crucifix sound involved in this new
coming of the band? Have your both attitude and motivation, to be a part of the band,
remained the same over the years or would you let us know how these years have been
changing you guys both as individuals as well as musicians somehow or some way?
Miku: The reason to reform Sacred Crucifix was obvious for me. I have felt all this
time that there is so much for me to give to the band. I played in a few bands in Sweden,
but those bands felt so wrong for me. All that time I thought about Sacred Crucifix. The
feeling I get when playing with Tommi and Janne is different from playing with anybody
else. I think that everyone who plays in a band should have the same feeling. That is the
reason I started to call from Sweden to both Janne and Tommi. Like we said in the first
question, it is the old Sacred Crucifix style what you are going to hear. When we play and
are together it is the same feeling of same kind of guys as it was back then. But now we
do not want anything to ruin this group. We want to show you who we are and what Sacred
Crucifix is all about. Everyone have their personal lives, but we do things together at
weekends (like drinking, -heh!). Musicians, hmm... well hope so.
Janne: I felt something was missing in my life cause I have always played drums
(most of the time in S.C.) and made music. There is still so much to do in that section.
So I had the call from Miku and I fixed my life to make it possible to play in S.C. again
(moving to Oulu, etc.) Nowadays my role writing songs in this band, is more important than
before which is increasing my enthusiastic attitude toward it all the time and that way
things are getting more mature (i.e. getting old, -ha!).
Tommi: Along with these years we have definitely changed for the better, in music and
as persons we are more mature and more patient. My personal improvement as a composer and
guitar player gives lot more to the guys and the band, yet, we still need to improve as
musicians and humans.
Left to right: Tommi, Tero. Down from left to right: Miku, Janne
As we speak, if you compare overall the feeling and spirit you had in the band
activities back in the day to your feelings and such toward the band nowadays, what kind
of things you could say, have changed over the years - and what kind of things have
somewhat remained the same if you stare things from this particular point of view?
Well, our attitude has remained the same through all these years. It hasn´t changed a
bit. We stand behind our music as much as before and that is the main thing what we are
doing. The thing which has changed is only the time itself
Sacred Crucifix has
remained and will remain the same!
When you started this band back in 1987 or -88 under Criminal Assault -moniker, I
guess you simply wanted to spread your name around a little bit and basically make some
noise just like many other friends of your obviously did at your age. But what was the
real turning point fro Sacred Crucifix from your own point of view when things started to
get a bit more serious and goal-orientated inside the band? Was it your REALMS OF DARKNESS
demo which you released in 1989 and brought a lot of positive attention to you from all
over the world? As far as I know it was your 3-song promo tape which you recorded in 1990
is the one that almost made you signed a deal with one unnamed Mexican label; what
A real turning point for Sacred Crucifix, from our point of view, was the REALMS OF
DARKNESS demo-tape. We figured out that Tommi and I can make some noise together. A few
months before making R.O.D. we felt that we should take this band more seriously. Saying
goodbye to Hannu was one step ahead for a serious band. The success of R.O.D. was really a
surprise. At that point we realized a true value of our music and with it brought more
both serious attitude and dedication to the band. We had no idea how the music was spred
to Brazil, Japan etc. The underground tape trading scene was a very powerful distributor
and supporter for us at that time. We really don´t not know which tape they received from
us back then and what went wrong with that Mexican label.
As I´m told, you actually signed a recording contract with them and returned it
back to them, but then you never heard from them again for some strange reason. I was
having this feeling in the back of my mind that they tried to rip you guys off somehow;
does that correct?
We really don`t know what their real intentions were; possibly only to rip us off?
Well, we will never know that for sure what his main intention was with us.
With this brand-new promo of yours, you will most probably start hunting the most
ideal record label for yourselves; and as we have been communicating lately and according
to that thing, Spinefarm Records is on the very top of that ´most wanted´ list. Can you
tell us what makes them so superior or at least the best alternative for your band? Do you
have a feeling that to get a recording contract with a domestic label, is always the best
possible alternative for any band - and absolutely the main and most important goal which
Sacred Crucifix will be after for more than anything; trying to sign a contract with
Spinefarm Records? Or do you still keep other options open as well?
Having a deal with a Finnish record company will make things a bit easier for us,
that´s for sure. Thinking of the best and most ideal record label in Finland for a Death
Metal band, it sure is Spinefarm Records in our opinion. That`s what we think. But of
course all other options are open as well. The main thing is to sign a contract with a
decent label that we know for sure won´t rip us off and let us do musically what we want
to in the first place.
But what happens if they don´t have guts to sign you for some strange reason? Is
there a masterplan n:o 2. existing somewhere, well, let´s say ´just in case
Of course, we are still gonna work with new stuff all the time, no matter if no label
would sign us right away. We do not have ´a masterplan n:o 2.´; instead of that we
surely have ´a masterplan n:o 100´. We will absolutely do our best and hope that
everything will go smoothly and painlessly for us as far as these kinds of things are
concerned. You can count on us that we are gonna work our asses off for this band. We are
not gonna give up, that`s for sure!!
You also have some sort an album cover drawn by Petagno (the artist for Motörhead,
Angel Corpse, Thorium, Afterworld, Diabolical and many others. How did you get in touch
with him in the first place?
Jukka (our ex-guitarist; now in both Burning Point and N.N.S. - Luxi notes!) knows him,
so that way.
Would you reveal something about that particular cover for the readers of
Metal-Rules.com, how does it look like exactly? What kind of elements has he used in it?
The cover looks like chaos in which all religion symbols have been crushed down in it.
That´s it kind of in a nutshell
1987 line-up: Hannu, Miku, Sami, Janne, Tommi
You also seem to have quite a few different versions for the Sacred Crucifix -logo.
Have you already decided which one of them you will take on use f.ex. for the album cover
of your debut album?
Yes. The logo was made by Juha Vuorma, the oldest logo that was ever used for Sacred
Since you reformed the band, you guys have been very active song writing-wise. You
have already material ready for more than a full-length album, so you tell us politely a
bit more detailed way about all your new stuff that you have got ready by now?
Miku: Our songs are coming from different things, (just as before) for example: From
movies, wicked personalities, things that are happening around us currently and from our
hate and aggression. Things are getting easier to provide these days because we have
become more mature and less cynical.
Janne: In my opinion the new stuff is based on the same elements as the R.O.D. and the
promo -90, but in a modern way. That makes our music very interesting for those listeners
who are comparing our old and the new stuff to each other.
I bet you must already have some kind of expectations as far as your 1st ever album
goes, so how would you like it be as wholeness if you think of the whole package both
music - as well as layout-wise? Are there some specific things that you are going to pay
an extra load of attention to when you start working with it eventually?
Music-wise, people can expect to hear the sound of old Sacred Crucifix; we haven´t
changed or modernized our sound at all even if we will definitely pay attention to a
powerful and heavy production very much. As for the artwork for our debut album, all I can
say it will support our music perfectly.
1989 line up: Sami, Miku, Tommi, Janne
So if I can read you guys correctly enough, you felt like you should try to stay
loyal to your original roots and not modernize your sound too drastically so that once
people get a chance to hear from you after a long period of silence, they will be able to
notice right away from your sound that: Hey, this sounds really familiar
must be Sacred Crucifix!!. Was that one of your main goals with this ´latest
coming´; to maintain basically the classic Sacred Crucifix -sound more than anything else
really? What songs out of your new stuff sound closest to your old material if your ´90
promo could be some sort of standard point of comparison?
Yeah, you could say so. A few fellows of mine have already heard our promo and they
have all said: When the very first rhythms of your new promo were blown out of the
speakers, we recognized immediately that this band can be only one band: Sacred
Crucifix!!. We really want to sound like our own band; good´n´old Sacred Crucifix
because that is our thing, that is who we are. All our new songs sound like we could have
done them in the early ´90s already. However, all of our songs have their own identity;
they do not repeat the same thing all over again. You will be able to make comparisons
between each of these new songs to our old songs - of course depending on your past
experiences with our earlier stuff. If you have heard us before, then you already know
what to expect from our new stuff. Otherwise it will be a bit too difficult for those for
a pretty obvious reason who have missed our band in the past.
How is the song writing process being shared inside the Sacred Crucifix -camp
nowadays? Have some of you taken the major roles in that particular department and how do
the rest of the guys contribute it on their own way? In the past it pretty much used to be
both Mike and Janne who were mainly responsible for that thing for the band?
It is about same thing now. The main song writers of Sacred Crucifix are Janne, Miku
and Tommi. All three of us have mainly been and will be responsible for the song writing.
Also, Miku is responsible for the band´s lyrics because it´s easier to let him write
them as he´s the band´s vocalist. It is actually quite a natural thing for him to come
up with the lyrics for this band.
Miku: Sometimes, however, some other guys in the band may come up with some idea for
the lyrics and they basically leave them to me to be worked on.
1989 Realms of Darkness demo-cover
Does this ´freak´ named ´a little perfectionist´ ever occur in you when you are
actually in the middle of the most hectic song composing process? I mean, when you have
actually lifted a new song on the table, does some ´inner demon´ always in you try to
chant to your ears: This song has to be better than the last song I did
- and that´s the thing that is always driving you toward sort of perfectionism as far as
your new stuff is concerned?
Miku: It does not work that way from my point of view. Riffs and stuff come
spontaneously for us indeed. We really don´t analyze songs while a composing process is
going on. For example Aeon of Chaos took only 15 minutes to compose. Miku and
Janne did it at Janne´s place. When some of us gets an idea, we usually start building up
from the root level of an idea and the whole thing just starts rolling very smoothly and
naturally. It´s the same thing with the lyrics. We do not sit down and try to make new
riffs. They just come when they come.
Can you tell what´s actually the most challenging yet time-consuming thing to you
to get a song done from start to finish?
Miku: Janne and I have had one song called Elona Sharek, under process a
few months now. The song is taken from a horror movie called Superstition.
That is the most challenging song so far. Otherwise lyrics take most of the time during
the composing process.
Do you have any intentions to re-record some songs off your older material sometimes
again, let´s say, something off your at least semi-legendary REALMS OF DARKNESS demo or
even older songs from the nearly forgotten times of Criminal Assault possibly?
First we need to work with new material in order to get a good enough set of songs for
our debut album. The new stuff, like I have mentioned earlier, is not actually that
different from the old stuff. But we still play 4 old songs out of our past material we
have done. One song off the R.O.D. demo and the whole promo recorded back in 1990,
containing 3 songs.
I know there´s a big bunch of people that just have never got a chance to hear your
band, so how would you describe Sacred Crucifix sound to them? And remember, an extensive
use of superlatives is recommended here now, he-he!!
Miku: Old-school Death Metal with a known trademark Sacred Crucifix -style. Heavy
parts, fast parts, brutal singing
all that in the very same package. I want to
create horror, terror and dark visions for you.
Janne: I agree with what Miku said and besides that death is the meaning of life.
Realms of Darkness studio sessions 1989, Janne
Do you have any intentions to play any gigs, and even go on tour some day? I know
some of you surely have your family life and so on, so some extensive tours may be out of
question for some of you nowadays. How is it guys?
Of fucking course!!! Gigs are what keep the band alive and rolling. We are actually
ready for any kind of tour. Long or short - it does not matter that much at all. Both Miku
and Janne have kids, but our families are supporting these particular two ´dads´ and the
band for 100 %. That´s of course really cool, I think.
Janne: I´d like to play gigs with Katatonia sometimes. I can only imagine how much I
could be sweating when playing through all the songs on this setlist already
Why would you like to play specifically with these Swedish melancholic
´gloomsters´ if I inquired this from you
? What´s so special in them that you
would like to play with them? Musically they are very different sounding compared to
Sacred Crucifix, so that kind of makes me wonder this a bit
Janne: This is my personal opinion cause beside Death Metal I have my melancholic side
in my personality. Greetings to the guys of Shape of Despair, by the way...!! Miku: That
is only Janne´s opinion, heh...
Realms of Darkness studio sessions 1989, Miku
Are there some specific bands that you´d like to play gigs with - and what songs
would your set list consist of if you should decide the songs now for this interview?
Miku: Sure there is. Bands like Morbid Angel, Dark Angel, Hypocrisy, etc. - to name a
few. As for our setlist, it probably would contain the following songs: Aeon of
Chaos, To Wallachia (Vlad), Three Times the 12th Letter,
Requiem, Single-Handedly, Low Nobility, Chosen
One, Still Here, The House, The Pain Hour,
Halls of Hell!, 13
, A Creature from the North
and Watch Them Die, Then we play occasionally a Hobb´s Angel of Death song
titled Crucifixion as our cover song.
!! You seem to have lots of new tunes. Now I´m of course damn curious to
know how are the rest of your new songs; into same vein with this new 4-song promo with
even some ´unexpected twists & turns´ possibly
They are very much like taken from the same mould. Three Times the 12th
Letter is the slowest one we have. The rest of our new songs have about the same
line as the other promo tape songs. A Creature from the North is a quite
spectacular song. And the one I just mentioned Elona Sharek. Also, I just
noticed that I forgot one song from our play list; it´s titled Gone.
Realms of Darkness studio sessions 1989, Tommi
Band websites are also important channels for people to get known with new bands
through the metal scene, so I was just wondering when Sacred Crucifix is going to launch
one soon, too?
First off, we must find out that who has that much interest and passion to start doing
a Sacred Crucifix site. We want to find someone who is really willing to work with the
pages and update them whenever is needed. Anyone who´s determined and motivated enough to
do what we require from him/her as far as these pages are concerned. Hey
anyone who is interested to do pages for us? Let us hear from you all
The metal scene has been changing rather drastically over the years both here in
Finland and abroad; many trends have come and gone; many bands have been formed and many
of them have been disbanded by now and some of the known names unfortunately have jumped
on the bandwagons and ruined everything what they used to be in the past (Sepultura and
Metallica come to my mind
). What do you think of Heavy Metal music´s current state
in general nowadays? Are we heading toward better times as far as metal bands´ music is
concerned from your point of view or did we already reached the ultimate peak in the ´80s
quality-wise that many metalheads overall consider the very best era for the evolution of
metal? Do you feel any sorry for all these bands that kind of not have sold their souls
for Heavy Metal, but instead of that for commercialism?
Miku: I can not speak for someone else. If they like what they do, it is fine by me.
Everyone has the power to decide what they like or not. No one can jump into other bands´
boots and show them how it should be done. All bands have their own chemistry, evolution
and things what happens around them. I do not think that some serious band decides to do
this or that kind of record, it surely comes naturally for them the way they want it to
sound like in the first place. I still wanna point out that we have stayed loyal to our
original Sacred Crucifix sound through all these years - maybe because of the fact Sacred
Crucifix did not give everything out of themselves back in the´90s due to some
unfortunate reasons. In my opinion we still have tons to give to our fans musically.
1994 line-up: Jarkko, Tommi, Essi, Janne, Tommo
What do you think of the current boom for Gothic - and Power Metal bands here in
Finland that are doing somewhat well by selling thousands of albums worldwide and being in
the tabloids constantly? Do you find bands like H.I.M., Stratovarius, To/Die/For, Sonata
Arctica and the likes any appealing to you?
Miku: Those bands have opened new doors for the Finnish metal music worldwide and that
is a great thing, of course!! I never listen to those bands, tho, but I still am happy for
them that they have made an impact on people around the world. Maybe their success helps
less known bands like us to become more recognized globally and get some gigs outside of
Finland a bit easier in the future as well. We shall see
What Finnish metal bands have made a relatively big impact on you musically as of
lately if we talk about some ´newcomers´ to the Finnish metal scene? If you could give
some band names and tell us a bit more detailed way what kind of musical things (or some
other matters overall related to these certain bands) have made you to dig them even quite
Miku: If we speak about Finnish metal bands, I have been listening such bands lately as
Sinergy (especially TO HELL AND BACK album!), The Black League, Diablo, Perfect Chaos,
Pain Confessor and Demigod - to name a few. I just happen to like them a lot musically.
Janne: Demigod, Reverend Bizarre, Diablo, Thy Serpent and Shape of Despair. I just like
them, that´s all... (heh!)
Tommi: Diablo, Perfect Chaos and Grinister. I just like them...
Tero: Trio Niskalaukaus, Children of Bodom, Sinergy... I just like them, he-he!!
How about the past Finnish (underground) metal scene? Do you think the Finnish metal
bands were musically better in the late half of the ´80s and the first half of the ´90s
when every band really was driving to their own, well recognizable sound more than bands
do nowadays here in Finland? Do you think most of the Finnish metal bands sort of lack of
originality and uniqueness these days - and many of them are just copycats from some other
bands around them, unfortunately
Miku: Then was then and now is now. I can only stand behind our own music, I dont
want to criticize other bands. Thank You.
Janne: Nowadays there are less bands which have clearly their own identity than before.
2003 line-up: Tero, Miku, Janne, Tommi
Every band has its goals and dreams for the future, so what kind of things you
possibly try to achieve with Sacred Crucifix´s new coming; besides this most obvious
´fame & fortune´ thing, he-he!!
Miku: To play gigs here in Finland; to tour in Europe, U.S.A, Japan, etc. - you got a
picture, didn´t ya?!
Janne: I would like to play a gig in Belgium
Why would you like to a gig in that particular country if I can be this curious with
Janne: Our REALMS OF DARKNESS demo was number one on a demo chart in Belgium back in
the day; thats why...
Tommi: I simply would like to play in those different countries. Therefore, I need to
go on tour with these guys, goddammit!!
How about some warm milk and just baked cookies in this part of the interview
Do any of you desire some?
Miku: I want a beer... I´m thirsty and my throat is dry as Beduin´s
Janne: I want Carelia white wine...
Tommi: I want a 12-pack of beer and some Ettan, please...
Tero: I don’t want to drink... a bit... for now, heh!
Thanks a lot guys for sharing some of your time with me and good luck to each of you
with Sacred Crucifix in the future, too. Now may the closing words be yours
Miku: Tulleeko sitä kalijaa...!?
Janne: Thank You for the questions and greetings to all the people who helped and
supported us. I speak for the whole band. The story continues, see ya...
Tero: I like to be a gardener. Greetings to Piritta
!! (Who drove a lawnmower a
long drink bottle between her tits!)
Tommi: I don`t know
The guys know. (Hello to Juha Vuorma!)
Band Website: www.sacredcrucifix.com