Ancient Bards is a Symphonic metal band from Rimini, Italy that I came across around a month ago while browsing YouTube videos, as soon I saw The Birth Of Evil video clip, out of their first album The Alliance Of The Kings I was hooked to their music, and the beautiful and powerful voice of their singer Sara Squadrani. Currently they just released their second album Soulless Child, the second part of the Black Crystal Sword saga which is the core around Ancient Bards music and concept.
Soulless Child is a more epic album than The Alliance Of The Kings, with strong keyboards and guitar layers, the album presents different melodic moments that are sync quite well with the mood of the story behind the music. Tracks like Gates Of Nolan, To The Master Of Darkness, and Valiant Ride are packed of speed and action that would take you to the realm of Lastworld, the land where the saga takes place.
The album has also its soft and dramatic parts, which makes the experience of the album a bit more epic than your regular symphonic metal experience. Songs like Hope Dies Last, Struggle for Life and Dinazi Al Flagello present dramatic and sad moments into the album. But one of the most powerful and engaging tracks is Soulless Child the title track, not only because of its melodic riffs and faster beats, but also because if you put attention, a big deal on the story lies on those lyrics.
No doubt Ancient Bards is one of the bands that found the formula to continue a path already forged by bands like Blind Guardian and Rhapsody of Fire. But with more passion and fresh ideas than their predecessors. We had the pleasure to chat with them about the album, the saga, and the future plans of the band. and this is what they told us:
For those who don’t know. What is Ancient Bards?, and what is the idea behind the band?
Rhapsody Of Fire did all their discography on sagas, in the case of Ancient Bards. from where comes the inspiration to write a saga?
What can you tell us about the Black Cristal Sword Saga?
You just released a new album titled Soulless Child, which is the second part of the Black Cristal Sword Saga, What can you tell us about the album?
The album was produced by Simone Mularoni guitarist of DGM & Empyrios. How was the experience of working with him?
Many symphonic metal bands these days came out from the conservatory, what is Ancient Bards musical background? Or are you guys self-teach?
Ancient Bards recently released a new video for the track “To The Master Of Darkness”, what can you tell us about the video and the concept for it?
The cover art for the new album looks amazing, what is the meaning behind it? And who did it?
Are there any plans to tour after the album is released?, and by any chance is the United States included on those plans?
What is the next step on Ancient Bards career?