|Interview by Thane Ahrens with guitarist Alexandre Emerson of SANCTIFIER.
|HOW OR WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE BAND TITLE SANCTIFIER?
We choose this name coz we wanna destroy the Christianity & their beliefs with description & using their side of
the coin. I can speak inside their circle & scream in their name of Cthulhu without being noticed.
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN METAL MUSIC?
I was interested in Metal music when I was 11 years old, my brother listened to OZZY, IRON MAIDEN,
SAXON...& always listened while in our room. He used to listen over & over every day & this kind of music
really enraptured me. The guitars sound always kept me hypnotized. Heavy Metal always had a connection with
loud music & guitar punching in your face, this is the way I like Metal.
WHAT GOT SANCTIFIER INTERESTED IN WRITING MUSIC THAT WAS INSPIRED BY
LOVECRAFT? IT IS DEFINITELY A UNIQUE TWIST IN THE THINGS BANDS OF THIS CALIBER
HAVE BEEN WRITING ABOUT & A GOOD ONE AT THAT!
I listen to a lot of MORBID ANGEL & I saw their records names such as Cthulhu, Ia Saka...& these names
really freak me out. I tried to search for these names & I found Necronomicon & Sumerian Culture. After this
search I discovered Al Azif & so many Lovecraft tales & the world that he created is awesome & full of unique
creatures that I believe myself & inspire me to talk about.
WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS YOU RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE SHOULD READ THAT YOU LIKE A
LOT & ALSO NAME SOME BOOKS FOR THOSE TO READ WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE
CTHULHU MYTHOS IS.
I recommend The Call Of Cthulhu to really understand what the hell the Cthulhu is, but Lovecraft had so many
interesting stories such as The Unameless City, Dagon, At The Mountains Of madness, The Cats Of Ulthar...etc.
(Reviewers Note: these are actually short stories often found as a collection in books.) Check the Miskatonic
University web site: http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/dmetaphysics/dmetaphysics.htm.
There you will find such amazing stuff about Lovecraft including a dictionary of mythos.
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FIRST LEARNED HOW TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT & WHICH
INSTRUMENT IS THAT? IF NOT GUITAR, WHAT AGE DID YOU LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR? WHAT
ABOUT THE REST OF THE BAND?
My first guitar I owned was when I was 15 years old. I played in my room with loaned instruments from a
friend of mine. When my mom saw that I really liked that type of instrument, she saved money & bought one for
me...hahahahahaha!!! Hey I was just a little boy!!! The other members had this same situation, the drummer
owned at the same time coz we rehearsed together & were named DEATHLY SKINNER...hahahaha!!! Our first
Metal band, what a name, but that's ok. The other guys of the band are from another time, more recent from
middle of 90's. This is a bit different than that of me that started in the middle of 80's.
WHAT OTHER INSTRUMENTS CAN YOU PLAY BESIDES GUITAR OR IS THIS IT?
I play my guitar so flat man!!! And do you want that I play something more? Damn!!! Maybe flute??
WHO ALL HELPS WRITE THE MUSIC SANCTIFIER PLAYS?
I write all the parts by myself, mount the soul of the music & give to the rest of the band for their parts. We
rehearse together & did the rest, that's all!!! If I was to wait, theses lazy bastards would never release a new
song, you know what I mean??? I do not wait for nobody, I work hard to tune the band's ideas & always will be
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BAND
CALLED YOU PLAYED IN (I KNOW
THIS WAS JUST COVERED,
BUT...)? WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER
Well it is a ugly name but...was
DEATHLY SKINNER. The bass player
was in LORD BLASPHEMATE. The
drummer & second guitarist
NIGHTBREATH. I think that the ugliest
WHAT ARE SOME MOVIES THAT
YOU LIKE MOST?
Horror movies of course,
RE-ANIMATOR, EVIL DEAD, THE
NAME 10 BANDS FROM SOUTH AMERICA THAT YOU PREFER MOST TO LISTEN TO & WHY YOU
MYSTIFIER, HEADHUNTER DC, MORTEM, MASSACRA, HECATE, SARCOFAGO (old), DISGRACE
& TERROR, BESTIAL...etc. Those bands had a unique way of playing. You don't see so many bands with this
feeling now a days here in Brazil. Every band named here has peculiarities, what turns them into real cult Metal
bands...hail Brazil warriors!!!
PLEASE LIST WHERE THE MASSES OUT THERE CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH
OF THOSE BANDS?
Man!!! Internet is more practical & faster way to find those bands. All those bands have websites, less HECATE
that is a cult Black Metal band that sang in Portuguese, but people can contact me that I pick up the band contact.
WHY DID SANCTIFIER CHOOSE TO DO THE ACHERON SONG "THOU ART LORD"? WAS IT JUST
A SONG THE BAND LIKED A LOT OR IS THERE MORE TO IT THAN JUST THAT?
Well, if you get the pieces & solve the puzzle you will see that ACHERON is the only band that has kept the real
Metal music alive...they don't sell their music to the majors. ACHERON does Metal music with their hearts &
that is their ideology. They are not playing of "play" Death Metal & I grew up listening to RITES OF THE
BLACK MASS. ACHERON for us is one of the best Death Metal bands for sure.
WHAT WILL THE NEXT RELEASE BE CALLED & CAN YOU GIVE AN APPROXIMATE TIME FOR
THE FANS TO EXPECT IT TO ARRIVE?
Well, I'm planning to do the next CD all based in the Call Of Cthulhu tale. I have 2 songs ready, but it is a hard
long way still till the end of the album. I think that with this new one, we will get better financial support, I mean
from our local label. We can spend a good time in studio with this support. I think that total time will be 40
minutes of disgrace. This CD will be recorded in the end of 2005 & in 2006 will be in stores.
ANY DETAILS (OR FURTHER DETAILS) YOU WISH TO GIVE ON THIS RELEASE?
Will be a brutal old school Death Metal as AWAKED BY IMPURITY RITES, but more morbid & satanic... The
first one was AWAKED BY IMPURITY RITES & the new one will be THE AWAKENING OF CTHULHU after
this impure rite. Wait & see!!!
HOW DOES THE GOVERNMENT & THE GENERAL POPULATION OF BRAZIL FEEL ABOUT THIS
TYPE OF MUSIC BEING DONE IN THEIR COUNTRY?
Here is a bit difficult to the people to understand & accept Metal as a normal musical style, only to mention: when
Dimebag died, an asshole of TV NEWS, Arnaldo Jabor, said to the press that he died coz Metal shows a violent
side of the music & when you speak about violence your public is violent...& said that the fault was of heavy
music. Do I need to speak more?
WHAT DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME COMMON
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LIFE IN BRAZIL?
The main misconception is about the idea of people
imagining all Brazilian territory as a amazonic
forest...that all Brazil has jungles, that we build our
houses inside trees & our pets are monkeys & we
are Indians, you know? Brazil has a strong
economy & cities like: Sao Paulo, Curitiba,
Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte are cities bigger than
small European countries you know? My side of
the Brazilian map is Northeast, the area that grows
more every month. We export fruits, cow meat,
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?
I don't believe in hierarchy inside some religion to believe in myself. I'm god, you can be your own god...Jesus
doesn't buy our food, we do... I believe in my strength & my work... I don't get a selfish point about organized
evil...you choose your side I choose mine.
IF SANCTIFIER COULD CHOOSE A TOUR OF MIGHT, WHAT OTHER TWO BANDS WOULD YOU
LIKE MOST TO TOUR WITH & NAME A THIRD BAND YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE THE OPENING
FOR SUCH A TOUR AS THIS?
Two bands????? Could be MORBID ANGEL & SUFFOCATION. And opening for ACHERON in my dreams.
ARE THERE ANY PLANS OF SANCTIFIER DOING ANY SHOWS OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AMERICA IN
No way, when you see a small band touring, they did it with money from their own pockets. We do not have
enough to do this, sorry!!!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO THE SANCTIFIER DISCIPLES AROUND THE WORLD?
Keep the Death Metal alive in your heart, don't waste your time & money buying CDs of fashion bands like
CRADLE OF $HIT or DIMMU $HIT, Death Metal was born for everyone, but everyone was not born to Death
LASTLY, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE
NOT FANS OF SANCTIFIER?
Metal is the best musical style in the world, Death Metal is a morbid style played since Metal was created.
SANCTIFIER are into this world & will stay forever...hahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Buy our CDs from Thane
Ahrens (SANCTIFIERfirstname.lastname@example.org). Visit our website & get some samples of "AWAKED BY