The Eternal Fire
SAURON is one of the first Polish bands which introduced pagan black metal art to their local Polish scene in 1991 when they were established. Their first release was a demo in 1993, entitled Hellish Requiem. Having gone through active and inactive periods, the band has been recently resurrected. Their latest studio offering is Wara! which saw the day of light in September 2016 through Witching Hour Productions. 2016 also saw the band re-release The Baltic Fog on tape through Witches Sabbath Records and The Land of Dead Sun on vinyl through Wheelwright Productions which was originally recorded in 1997. Earlier this month (January 2017), the band has also announced the re-release and remaster of The Baltic Fog through Wheelwright Productions on 3 March 2017.
Thanks for reaching out! Recently we’ve released two materials: ‘WARA!’ is our newest album recorded last year via Witching Hour Productions as digipak, LP and MC. It contains five Sauron tracks + Bathory cover ‘Enter the Eternal Fire’. It’s quite a special album for us, because we’ve recorded it with the same line-up we had over 20 years ago. ‘The Baltic Fog’ we’ve recorded with the same line-up but 22 years ago. It will be released on the 3rd March via Wheelwright Productions on LP limited to 200 copies and via Witches Sabbath Records on MC limited to 100 copies.
Since we are spread geographically (I live in Norway while P.W. and Rzeczy are in Poland) we don’t have regular rehearsals. Usually I make the draft of the track with some basic drums suggestion and that’s what I send over to the other guys. We discuss the changes and once it’s ready – Rzeczy records the drums. Having this I can record proper guitar/ bass tracks and prepare raw mix for P.W. to lay down vocals. The last step is adding some solos here and there, background keyboards, etc.
The artwork was very important to me. It contributes greatly to the overall experience of having the album and listening to the music. The album covers were always extremely appealing. Especially those which you could see on metal albums. My first great love was Iron Maiden and of course their covers are among the best ever. Right now I’m trying to pay as much attention to our covers as I can.
Drawings for both albums were made by Robert A. von Ritter. The ‘Wara!’ front cover is his. I’ve spent some time trying to find a good title for that album. “Wara” is an old Polish word for “keep off” or “stay away” and it is used in one of our lyrics. When I eventually ‘heard’ it – that was it! I just had to make sure that no one used that as an album title. I could not find any other albums titled “Wara”, but I’ve found this old, Polish propaganda-poster from 1939 with a Polish soldier defending the Polish industry against a huge, greedy hand with a swastika. I knew that it was exactly something I want to have on my cover – but I needed a mashup to match our pagan, anti-Catholic lyrics. I’ve explained the concept to Robert and what he’s done is simply jaw-dropping! I love that cover – it’s one of the best covers I’ve seen recently.
For “The Baltic Fog” cover we used the “Svantevit” drawing made by Magdalena Jędrzejczak-Nalazek. I’ve found it on deviant-art and Magda agreed to give it for our cover. I like its line and space and this kind of iconic, direct character. Additionally – there are two more graphics made exclusively for this release. One is “The Baltic Fog” made again by Robert. We’ve decided to use the same warrior you can see on “Wara!” but this time he’s standing watching the Baltic shore. This drawing is also used on the cover of the MC release. Second drawing is “In the Shadow of Svantevit” made by Krzysztof “Sirkis” Grzywacz. He’s already made drawings used on “The Land of Dead Sun” LP released last year and I love his style so I asked him again to make another drawing for “The Baltic Fog”. And again – he made great job! Both drawings are excellent and will be included as two-sided A2 poster to the LP.
Lyrics on both records were inspired by Slavic, pre-Christian beliefs and are focused against Christianity in general. Music is mostly very simple, upbeat riffs inspired by bands like Bathory, Hades Almighty and similar, with quite strong focus on melody (remember what I told you above about my affection to Iron Maiden?
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