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13 Questions to Viva Sartago (Ritual Reaper, Malaise, Viva Sartago)

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What was the very first record you bought?

I remember sitting at the music class lesson in 4th grade. The last ten minutes of each lesson the students could choose any song they wanted and a classmate chose “Love Bites”. That changed me totally! I got a crazy feeling inside. That moment changed my life. The first record I bought was Judas Priest’s “ Defenders Of The Faith”.

What is the most expensive record you have bought?

Well i don’t own the “Yellow Goat” (Bathory’s first album, the original) yet…so It has to be the reissue of the soundtrack for Nosferatu by Popol Vuh on vinyl. It cost me like 400 kr (around 40 euro) It is expensive these days to order vinyl albums. Expensive shipping…

What are your 5 very favorite bands ever?

Oh let’s see…, Dokken, Goblin, The Cult, Wasp, Ratt, Ennio Morricone, Bathory even early Blind Guardian… ohh 5 bands isn’t enough. But my favorite gothic bands would be:

Fields Of The Nephilim
Sisters Of Mercy
The Mission UK
Rosetta Stone
Love Like Blood

Name 5 bands that have changed your life?

Fields Of The Nephilim
Sisters Of Mercy
Judas Priest
Heroes Del Silencio

Name your 3 favorite Gothic Fests?

Not really a gothic festival visitor. I’ve been to a few gothic festivals but only as a musician.

Name your 3 favorite gigs as a musician and as fan?

As a musician I would say:

Lumous festival in Tampere 2014, probably the best show we did as a band. Carnival Of Souls 1997 Derby.  Crazy festival with Garden of Delight, Diary Of Dreams to name a few. Did I mention Athens, Greece? Death Disco Club in Athens 2014. Oh man the Greeks are the real deal. 

As a fan:

I would say any of the Fields Of The Nephilim gigs I’ve seen. I saw Slowdive when they were touring the “Just For A Day” album back in the 90s; oh man! And Dee Snider in Uppsala -98 hahaha, crazy guy. A real front man. He has the gift of speech. He can talk blind guys to start see and deaf guys getting back their hearing abilities.

Name the most 3 influential albums for you as an artist

Bathory Under – The Sign Of The Black Mark
Sisters Of Mercy  – First And Last And Always
Fields Of The Nephilim – Elizium

Describe yourself with 3 adjectives

Determined  – snowed in – loyal

What is the most overrated gothic band?

Is there any overrated gothic bands?

What is the most underrated gothic band?

Beats me? All gothic bands? Hahaha

In which band would you have liked to play live?

Dreamt I was a bass player in Depeche Mode, sounded awesome. Hahaha Actually no other bands than my own.

Name 3 new gothic bands that have caught your attention lately?

Red Sun Revival, Angels Of Liberty, Sweet Ermengarde

Gothic Rock or Post Punk and why?

Both actually. Most of the time is gothic, but sometimes the mood changes or when you’re on a party feel then the best medicine is some dirty post punk stuff.



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