Interview with Silent Saga
SPR (VIMH): Hi guys, congrats on your new EP FIRE. What is the significance of naming it FIRE?
RENATO: We are releasing a series of 4 EPs containing 3 songs each, and they are named after Empedocles 4 classical elements of nature. Fire, the first one, contains 3 explosive, intense, provoking songs that match the EP's name: Fire Alarm, FireStar and Ashes. The first song, Fire Alarm, is a fast paced tune full of energy, that talks about being trapped in a situation that you know it's toxic, but you cannot break out of. The second song, Fire Star, is about finding hope again and breaking through. This is a very interesting song, as it was written by our good friend and very skilled songwriter Peter Förg. The last one, Ashes, is the darkest one on the EP, and is about reinventing ourselves.
SPR (VIMH): What do the lyrics talk about? Which are your major lyrics’ influences?
SS: We basically write about how questioning your own views of the world can allow you to grow as an individual, how everyone can influence their own lives and change the path they're heading. We do not try to point people to a specific line of thought or to a certain ideology. We try to show people that there's a different way to look at themselves, and to feed the desire to reach what they aim for through our music and texts. It's about having that "aha" moment. We are all about the inner revolution. It's hard to pinpoint musical influences to our lyrics. We read a lot, so I suppose most of our text influences come from books.
SPR (VIMH): Which are those elements that separate your new album from your previous albums?
SS: These are darker, heavier, faster songs. They are more aggressive, yet more introspective. They're written to exorcise those ghosts that live deep in the listener's soul, and show that all development and improvement happens inside out.
SPR (VIMH): How’s the fans’ reactions been to the new songs on your live shows so far?
SS: We didn't have many chances to play them live so far, but the times we did, it was great! Our audience seems very into the new songs and the brutality they offer, both in terms of music and lyrics.
SPR (VIMH): Do you prefer to be on the road or on the studio writing and recording?
SS: I am personally a studio person, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy being on stage. I think both offer a different set of small pleasures for all musicians. Creating new music is great, testing, experimenting, watching these little scattered ideas turn into the beast that metal music is always very rewarding. But being with the other band members and the audience is priceless. So there's times for both of them.
SPR (VIMH): How did you come up with the name Silent Saga initially?
SS: When rebranding - the name "Amazon" was kinda "taken" in Europe and we are not in the toilet paper delivery business (yet) :P - we came up with several different and very good options, but we thought that Silent Saga relates so well to one's life, especially in current times where social media strangles real life in ways that humankind never experienced before, and everyone has to deal with their own loneliness when they look away from their screens. We think this applies to musicians even further, as no one else knows how much blood and sweat there is behind an artist's work. It's beautiful and amazing when done, but every artist, when not performing, lives their very own Silent Saga to create the work before putting it out there to the world.
SPR (VIMH): How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
SS: It's female fronted metal with very strong and catchy melodies, symphonic elements, thrash and modern metal guts. It's heavy metal on the edge!
SPR (VIMH): Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in metal history?
SS: Naming one of each would be very unfair to the others. There's a lot of good musicians out there and this is not a competition. To name a few: Andre Matos, Jorn Lande, Russel Allen, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Vescera, Geoff Tate... and Tarja Turunen, Simone Simons and Elize Ryd (she might not be as technical as the other two, but she rocks and kicks ass with her soul and simplicity).
SPR (VIMH): Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
Angra: Holy Land. That thing is a masterpiece and pure beauty from start to end.
SPR (VIMH): Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
SS: Same as above. I seriously doubt another album can gather as many elements and fit them together so perfectly.
SPR (VIMH): If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
SS: Definitely to the future! I wanna see where we're heading! :)
Going beyond the Symphonic Metal genre, Silent Saga combines intense vocal melodies with traditional and power metal elements. The lyrics make stand out as well, addressing the listener directly to discuss current themes and challenges that we all face on a daily basis.
The band’s debut material, RISE!, was produced by Sander Gommans (After Forever/HDK/Phantom Elite), Ivo Van Dijk (Xystus, Karmaflow) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kiske/Somerville) at the Rock Station in the Netherlands. It consists of 10 tracks and was released in 2018. It’s available in both CD and download versions for purchase on the official website.
The band also released videos for the tracks Ball of Vanities, Immortal, Suicide Note and The Path. The videos are available on the band’s YouTube Channel.
Silent Saga's latest EP "FIRE", released in the beginning 2020, is available for streaming on their website.