Silent Saga talks to Loud-Stuff about Symphonic metal, the radio star and their new release.
How would you describe your music?
RENATO: well, that’s always a hard question. We play metal with symphonic metal elements, so we normally say it’s symphonic metal. But some of our songs have more of an old school feel, heavy thrash metal riffs. At the end of the day, we are a female fronted metal band. 🙂
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We go all the way back to 2002, when we started playing in Brazil under the name of Amazon. After we relocated to Hamburg, Daniel and Carsten joined the band in 2017. They had been playing in the local scene for decades and were the perfect fit to the band’s music and style.
We are now working on our second full length album under the current brand, and the 4th since we started in 2002. Back in Brazil, we had the chance to play with some of the greatest metal names in the country, like Shaman and Dr. Sin, and also as a support act for some of the world’s biggest FFM bands, like Nightwish and Epica.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We listen to a range of bands from 80s glam to symphonic and extreme metal, so it’s hard to pinpoint. I think that personally I have been very influenced by the early years of Nightwish and by Angra. Andre Matos is definitely a musician I look up to, together with Arjen Lucassen.
What inspires you?
We write about real, relevant experiences that we lived or we have seen someone go through, and that makes us question the way we think, or that we like to believe we would react to the situation.
This takes different shapes and forms in our lyrics. Sometimes it becomes a battle, sometimes a star, and sometimes, very literally a description of the situation. We try to deliver the feelings of the situation we’re describing with the song progressions, harmonies and melodies.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I personally prefer to write in the studio. I am not the “get an acoustic guitar and strum away” type of guy. Sometimes a song pops up in my head and I need to have the resources from the studio to translate it to reality.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I really enjoy playing Three Lives and Prisoners of the Sea. They are powerful, groovy, heavy! I just love them.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Currently I’d love to play with Amaranthe and Beast in Black, through South and North America and maybe Japan! 🙂
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I like how easy it is nowadays for everyone to make their own music to standards that were never possible before. If you dedicate yourself to it, you’ll reach quality that only the huge bands could 20 or more years ago. On the other hand, I really don’t like how it evolved towards image. Sometimes I feel like image has replaced the music also for the metal fans in terms of priority, which I find a bit disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong, I grew up watching video-clips, trying to press “REC” on the VCR at the right time to record whatever rock or metal song was on MTV back then. But it was still about the music. We were able to enjoy even the songs that didn’t have videos. Nowadays it has become mandatory. As they said: video killed the radio star. But as any industry, it is fast and reinvents itself, and it’s up to us to keep up with it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
The weirdest experience was definitely Sabrina literally passing out right after the last chord of the last song due to a kidney infection. She walked off stage and collapsed on the floor. Luckily she’s quite strong and recovered fast.
What are your future plans?
We are working on new songs, a new EP is on the way and soon a full album. Regarding playing live, the situation is very uncertain currently, but that won’t stop us from making music.