On Life & Death
Sweet sorrow was formed in fall of 1996 by Uros Kejzar (guitar), Aljosa Us (bass) and Sebastijan Pregelj (vocals). After a long search and multiple changes the band was joined by Mitja Radic (ex Weeping Willow) on drums. In March of 1997 the band entered a studio for the first time and recorded a demo tape for their own need (practice and developement) that contained five tracks. Soon after that recording they began a search for a second guitarist and for a short time the band was joined by Helmut Franges. In summer 1997 singer Sebastijan and bass player Aljosa decided to find a new guitarist because Uros and Helmut showed a lack of interest due to their other interests in life. The band was preparing to start recording their debut album, with working title '12', in spring of 1997, but due to problems with guitarists the plan did not come to life until winter 1997/98. So instead of two existing guitarists band joined Ziga Hodnik (ex Helpless). In winter 1997 the band joined by the new guitar force Ziga, signed the recording contract with studio 'Gong' for their project still named '12'. In November 1997 first recordings took place. By this time Sweet Sorrow was joined by Ursa Kavsek who with her high and clear voice upgraded Sebastijan's singing and so added new dimensions to their music. February 1998 they completed first part (four songs) of the recording. During April Sweet Sorrow continued with the second part of their album, which was finished by the end of the year. When the album was finished in November '98, the guys decided to call it Breaking The Silence instead of '12' as it was supposed to be entitled. Soon after the recording was done, the band decided to continue without Ursa who asked to be only on the CD because she has no time for the band, but is prepared to join them on the next recording, which is already in sight. At the same time when the band lost Ursa they gained Pero Caric (ex Helpless, Scaffold) on the second guitar, giving them same depth of the music as it was recorded with only one guitar. At the beginning of winter in 1999 the band parted ways with their long time drummer Mico because of the musical differences. Fortunately they found a replacement in a couple of days in Ales Berlot, who proved to be excelent drummer and a great replacement. After a few concerts and songwriting with Ales on drums, the guys entered the Chinatown Studio on July 16th to record the second CD, that will probably be called 'When Life And Death Are One'. When the CD was done it was named 'On Life and Death'. In spring 2002 the guys reentered the studio - this time to record a song for Slovenian metal compilation. The song recorded is entitled Do Pekla. In summer 2002 they shot a video for the song Sanjam with Hans the Landlord and Klemen the Landlord jr. in main roles. In the end of 2002 Sebastijan, Ziga and Ales left the bend on friendly terms due to lack of time and interest. In the end of 2002 after Sebastijan, Ziga and Ales left the band Pero and Us searched for new members. Firt recruted member was a fenomenal drummer Peter Gale and just few weeks later came a singer from Nova Gorica Valentin Bufolin. Only a month after the member replacements took place the band embarked on a Slovenian tour called Slovenian Sudden Strike tour. In October 2003 the line up was filled with the second guitarist Sims. In April 2004 the band entered the studio to record their third album with 15 songs prepared. Few months later the recording was finally done and they started to search for the mixing studio. In that time Sims announced that he will cease all the musical participation due to lack of time and other goals in life, for which the band wishes him all the best. Only a couple of weeks later Sweet Sorrow found a session guitarist Jey who is originaly a guitar player for a great Slovenian thrash band Negligence. In November 2004 the line up was finalized with the addition of second guitarist Rok Marolt (ex-Magus Noctum, Chernozyom,...). After few concerts with Marolt, he realized that the studies and working take too much of his time, to be so commited to the band as the rest of us. He surprised us with the sad news, but was completely profesional about it, and he played all the concerts that were already scheduled. He also volunteered to teach our new guitarst all the songs, for the transition to be as painless as possible. Few months later in March we got a candidate named Blaz Kavcic who showed enough enthusiasm and skill for us to take him to our full-time line-up. Just one month after his joining with us, we hit the first gig to present him to the fans. He endured the work in Sweet Sorrow for few months and left the band in October 2005. Only after a month the guys were joined by the new guitarist Jernej Vrecar - Joco and he actually fitted in perfectly with the fastest learning of the songs and adding his own style in the music.