Band of the Day: Silent Saga

Relocation, rebranding and band members passing out are just part of Silent Saga’s story.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Sabrina and myself (Renato) are from São Paulo, Brazil; Daniel is from Romania and Carsten is German. We are currently based in Hamburg.

How did you meet?

Sabrina and myself have very musical backgrounds. We started getting involved with music when we were kids, so it was kind of natural that we ended up writing music together. The first idea was to have a studio project only, but the music started spreading and we received some invitations to perform, and then we were like – why not? And here we are.

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 bands, like Nightwish and Epica.

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How long have you been playing as a band?

We go all the way back to 2002, when we started playing in Brazil under the name of Amazon. The current lineup under the current name was settled in 2017.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

When rebranding – the name “Amazon” was kinda “taken” in Europe – 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.

What are your influences?

That’s a hard question. 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.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We are awesome! What’s not to like about a female-fronted metal band, with symphonic and melodic elements, thrash metal guts and an old school vibe? Also, have you checked out our artwork? I’m sure everyone looks great in our t-shirts!

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

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.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Heavy, loud and spontaneous. We are not the kind of band that creates a choreography and rehearses every single step we are going to take on stage. Don’t expect pre-written speeches. We get on stage, make a lot of noise and talk to the people who are watching us. We have played a few hundreds of shows so far.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

The wildest thing was definitely Sabrina literally singing her heart and lungs out for a whole concert and then 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. But that was totally badass from her.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I currently play a Dean Blackbolt most of the time, although I have quite a few at home, maybe 10 or so. I have a hand-made Phil, and a Squier Stratocaster that I absolutely love. It was my first guitar and has been my loyal companion for 25 years.

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What are your plans for the next 12 months?

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 keeping making music. So l stay tuned to our latest news on our Facebook page and our website, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get a free download and stay always up to date with SIlent Saga’s releases!

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

I really like Amaranthe nowadays. It would be great to be the support act for them! As for a support act, we have played with some great bands in Germany like Snow White Blood and Oversense. Totally worth listening and great on stage!

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