Shadowside – Singer Dani Nolden and guitarist Raphael Mattos

Singer Dani Nolden and
guitarist Raphael Mattos

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Sérgio Dias Assessoria at Furia Music Produções for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Furia Music Produções for the promo pictures of the band.

Promo pictures taken by: Bryan Burch
Additional live pictures taken by: Cristiano Albano and Costabile Salzano

Shadowside is a female fronted Brazilian Metal band established in 2001. Last year (2017) they relased their 4th album, SHADES OF HUMANITY. Since the album is jammed with some pretty amazing heavy metal songs and the fact that the band now includes the Swedish genius bass player Magnus Rosén (ex- Hammerfall), I felt I had to learn a little bit more about the band. Besides just Rosén, the band has more ties to Sweden because of their recordings in Studio Fredman as well as working with well known Swedish producers Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd. I had the great pleasure to talk with singer Dani Nolden and guitarist Raphael Mattos regarding the past, present and the future of Shadowside. We also spoke about the brand new release of metal opera Soulspell – THE SECOND BIG BANG by Heleno Vallo on which Dani lends her voice.

Hi, Dani and Raphael nice to talk with you today, how are you? Are you ready to kick off the interview?

Dani Nolden: Let’s go for it! Thanks for having us today!

Who was it that formed Shadowside and when did it happen?

Dani Nolden: It was back in 2001. I started the band, however our drummer Fabio Buitvidas has recorded all of our albums. He wasn’t a full time band member for the first album, but he recorded it and joined the band shortly after that.

When you started the band you had two guitarists but both later left the band, what happened?

Raphael Mattos: I think the band was still searching for its own identity at that time. Even before I joined the group, Dani and Fabio already had in mind that Shadowside should have just one guitar.

Dani Nolden: That’s true. We were slowly pursuing the sound we had in mind, and Fabio and I realized two guitarists would be too much for our music. We asked Raphael to join because we knew he’d be able to adapt the old songs to be played with only one guitar; we knew he could handle it perfectly.

I saw that you have been support act to Iron Maiden, Helloween and W.A.S.P, was that on tour or at single shows?

Dani Nolden: It was a single show with Iron Maiden, and tours with both Helloween and W.A.S.P.

How was it to open for such legendary acts?

Raphael Mattos: Personally, I’m a big fan of those bands. I think Helloween was one of the first influences not only for me, but also for Dani. I’ve listened a lot to W.A.S.P. when we were close to going on tour with them; at that time I remember that I was finishing my W.A.S.P. albums collection and sharing the stage with Blackie was a great honor and dream come true. Also, that was our first big European tour that took almost 3 months to complete, so we gained a lot of experience that we bring with us nowadays.

In 2011 the world saw the release of INNER MONSTER OUT, what respond from fans and media did you get on the album?

Dani Nolden: The response was impressive, we had no idea what to expect because that was the first time we were going to do something completely spontaneous, and it was the first time we’d worked on an album totally as a group, with everybody changing everybody’s songs until we would all agree that it sounded great.

For us, it worked perfectly because we were able to finally feel like we were a band. We could all feel a part of the songwriting and we all loved everything about the result, but we couldn’t imagine the fans and media would love the album just as much as we did.
On “Inner Monster Out”, we found our identity and the sound we are all passionate about, and I think that passion showed on both the album and on stage, so we ended up getting lots of new fans while still pleasing the old ones so we decided to keep working that way, and it resulted in what I feel is our best album up to date, our recently released SHADES OF HUMANITY.

That album was recorded in my country of Sweden in Gothenburg by the famous Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. How was it to work with those guys and what did you think of Sweden?

Raphael Mattos: They are brilliant. I think that we can consider Fredrik a genius in what he does. He also helped create a new way of sounding in metal, that most producers copy nowadays. You can listen to his albums form the beginning of the 2000’s and they are still modern. Henrik is going to that same status as Frederik; his work with Architects is a blast.
So they turned Sweden into a special place for us. Now we’ve got a Swedish guy in our band, and that’s something that I couldn’t imagine happening before we met them.

How did you first get in touch with Nordström and Udd?

Raphael Mattos: Back in the 2000’s I’d listen to a lot of bands that Frederik produced such as In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork and Hammerfall. I was always fascinated by that sound, and I always wanted to work with someone like him. When we finished the “Dare To Dream” tour and started to worked on the new songs for INNER MONSTER OUT, Fredrik was the first name that we thought about.

Prominent Swedish metal singers like Björn Speed Strid from Soilwork, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquility and Niklas Isfeldt from Dream Evil make appearances on the new album, how did they end up singing with you?

Dani Nolden: I wrote the lyrics for the song “Inner Monster Out” with different characters in mind, it’s a story a little bit inspired by Nietzsche, with the abyss looking back at you, and the Hannibal Lecter movies, when he tells detective Graham that they think alike… basically, it’s about how you must be able to think like a serial killer in order to find a serial killer, which makes you wonder if you’re not capable of being just as evil. So, I wrote a dialogue between the criminal and the detective, with the criminal constantly taunting, and the detective wondering if she’s not in fact evil. However, the dialogue also involves a third point of view: the detective’s other side. So I sing one side of the detective, Niklas sings the other side, Björn sings the criminal and Mikael growled the lyrics that tell the moral of the story.

Mikael’s appearance was an awesome surprise, because he was actually visiting us in the studio since we ended up becoming friends with Anders, the drummer from Dark Tranquility, and he brought Mikael to the studio to meet us. So he started speaking to Fredrik in Swedish, I had no idea what they were saying, I was just standing there, and suddenly they turn to me and say “Is it ok if Mikael sings this?” and I went like “HELL YES!!!” (laughs). I really like Mikael’s voice, I only wish I knew he’d be willing to be a part of this as well, because I’d add more parts for him to sing, but what he did was brilliant either way. The most interesting of all of this is that even though I gave them basic guidelines for the melodies they were supposed to sing, they had complete freedom to sing the way they felt they sound, and Björn created his own melodies on the slow part of the song. It was awesome team work. So, basically, the lyrics needed guest singers, and if we didn’t have them with us, I’d have to change the story completely, because it wouldn’t make sense to sing the same story as only one person. Working on that song was incredibly fun.

How does it feel that the video for “Angel With Horns” has been viewed 246,000 times on YouTube?

Dani Nolden: Feels great! It just shows how well accepted that song was. Our new video “Alive” is about to hit 65k as we speak, so I think it will probably surpass that mark eventually. We’re really grateful for all of that. Our channel on YouTube, as a whole, was viewed over 700k times, so we are really happy with the interaction fans have with our material.

Angel with Horns video

Dani, today are you the only remaining original member left in the band, how does that feel? Have the member changes had any effect on your music?

Dani Nolden: Yes, of course. Like I said before, I feel Fabio is an original member as well since he recorded all of our albums, but member changes have definitely had an effect on the music, and I feel it was definitely a change for the better. They were positive effects. Basically, Fabio and I would always look for band members that would help move the music in the direction we hoped to achieve, and that would add personality of their own as well. We didn’t want people who would just execute our plans, we wanted people to voice their ideas, and I feel that’s exactly what we have in the current lineup.

According to the bio the band has been touring in 30 countries, has that been as support act or as headline act?

Dani Nolden: Both. We played some countries both as a support act and as a headline act, like Spain. Other countries, we have only played as a headline act or in festivals, Bosnia and Herzegovina and USA. In other countries, we have only played as a support act, like France, Germany, Finland, Sweden and many others. Both situations are a lot of fun, and very challenging.

I read that nowadays Shadowside is one of the biggest names in Brazilian heavy metal, how does that feel?

Raphael Mattos: Well, this is odd, because this kind of thing never went to our heads. To be honest I never thought about that. We are just simply people that want to make our music, trying to bring that to our audience.

Dani Nolden: Yeah, I don’t think any of us feel like “one of the biggest”, you know? If we are, that is awesome and wonderful, but the only thing that matters is being able to keep playing our music.

Which band do you think is the biggest one in Brazil at the moment (except Shadowside:)?

Raphael Mattos: We have lot of bands that have great representativeness in Brazil. Of course, we have the real big ones that already wrote their history, not only in our country but in the whole world as well, like Sepultura and Angra.

Dani Nolden: There are lots of great bands here that are doing really well, like Soulspell, Noturnall, Hibria. There’s a lot of awesome bands here.

Are all of the bands friends with each other?

Raphael Mattos: We’ve got a good relationship with each other most of the time. Nowadays with the social media is easier to have contact with other bands.

In 2015 the Swedish bass genius Magnus Rosén joined forces with you, how did he end up in the band? Were you friends before he teamed up with you?

Raphael Mattos: We met at a gig we did in Gothenburg during the “Inner Monster Out” Tour, he attended the show. So, when we were thinking about the recordings of SHADES OF HUMANITY, we thought of asking him to record the album.

At first, we thought about an European guy just to record the album, and since Magnus is from Gothenburg and we had already scheduled to work there, we made the invitation, he accepted and both the songwriting and the conversations went so well that we decided to invite him to be a member of the band!

What is Rosén’s contribution to the band?

Dani Nolden: Experience, amazing bass playing skills, songwriting and a very positive attitude every time we work on songs, video shoots or band plans. He wrote two songs that are on the album, both in partnership with Andy La Rocque, from King Diamond. They are friends and had these songs written, and Magnus felt they would fit Shadowside, and indeed they do! Magnus is a great band member, I feel he was the missing piece of the puzzle.

Do you see any problems in the fact that he lives around the world in Sweden?

Dani Nolden: No, not at all. It used to be a problem a few years ago, we actually had to part ways with a bass player a while back because he was moving to another country, and back then we still didn’t have the possibility to rely on long tours or concert sequences, but nowadays we are structured enough to work with band members in different locations.


Why has it taken the band 5 years to get out the new album?

Raphael Mattos: During these 5 years we have been working in SHADES OF HUMANITY. Of course, the album was delayed because we had personal, health and family problems, which resulted in a hiatus at work for a while.

Who in the band writes the material? What are the lyrics about this time?

Raphael Mattos: As in previous works, we got together to improve the songs, and this time it was the first time that we could have compositions of all members of the band, not just focusing on songs written by me or Dani.

Dani Nolden: Yeah, people always had the freedom to do it, it just never happened that way. On this album, 6 songs started with ideas from Raphael, 3 from me, 2 from Magnus and 1 from Fabio, and then we all changed everything together. We changed arrangements, structures and worked on the songs in order to get to how they sound like right now. It’s very interesting because none of finished ideas sound like the original ones, because everyone adds their own touch, and in the end, it becomes a song written by everyone in the band. The lyrics are about deep and controversial subjects such as depression, abortion, the Mariana dam disaster in Brazil and mankind’s moral values. Basically, all the different ‘shades’ that make human nature, thus the album title SHADES OF HUMANITY.

Rosén and Andy La Rocque have written two of the songs, “Unreality” and the Japanese bonus track “Haunted”; what do you think of the songs?

Dani Nolden: We love the songs! They aren’t on the album just because they were written by Magnus and Andy, they are on the album because we all thought the songs were great. And “Haunted” is a bonus track not because it’s our least favorite or something like that, it’s quite the opposite – the Japan fans have been so amazing since we had a chance to release an album there, and their version of the album is more expensive than their import, which is why albums there need a bonus track. For that reason, we felt that they deserved a ‘real’ bonus since they’ll have to pay so much more for just one song, so we chose as a bonus track one of our favorite tracks of the album.

Shades of Humanity (Full Album Sample)

Do you think fans of your older work are going to like the new songs?

Dani Nolden: Yes, absolutely. I feel SHADES OF HUMANITY is the natural evolution of our previous album, INNER MONSTER OUT, bringing out our heavier and most intense side, but it also features some stuff that will remind fans of our older material, that kind of goes back to what we used to do, but in a more modern and heavier way, the way we are playing and writing now.

What was the thought behind the cover art work made by Douglas Jen?

Dani Nolden: It’s the idea that everyone is imperfect, all human beings are flawed and “unfinished” in a way, as we are constantly improving, or at least should be. It reflects the chaos that makes human nature. And we are the ones drawn on the cover because we are also part of that. No one is perfect, mankind needs a lot of work, but we are not pointing fingers – we are including ourselves in that.

Was he given free hands to create a cover?

Dani Nolden: He was given the concept and we wanted the faces drawn like an abstract painting, but other than that, he was completely free to create, and honestly, he blew our minds! I had a rough idea of what I wanted with the paintings, but he did something much, much better than I could ever imagine. He captured the essence of the album’s message perfectly. He loves surrealistic art, so that album cover was right up his alley!

All of the songs clock in between 3,5 minutes and 5, was it your intention of writing shorter songs?

Raphael Mattos: No, this happened naturally. Even during the pre-production of the new album we realized that this was happening, that the songs were getting to 3:40 minutes when completed. And of course this turned into a joke, and them we started calling the Demos, 340.

Dani Nolden: That actually almost ended up being the album title. I ‘ruined’ the idea when I brought them a song that was 4:14 long… (laughs)

What are the longest song “Alive” and the shortest one “Parade of Sacrifice” about?

Dani Nolden: “Alive” is about depression. The lyrics to that song are a bit personal to me, as it’s a report of what I went through during the making of the album. I lost interest in everything I loved. I was completely numb and felt nothing, no sadness, no happiness, no excitement, absolutely nothing. Nothing was fun, and I felt like I was just existing, and not really living. I didn’t get to the point of becoming suicidal, but I did start contemplating weird and dark thoughts. And I just had no interest in listening to music, singing or writing songs, but after I started getting the medical help I needed, I started finding a little bit of strength to try getting my life back together, and I started “forcing” myself to write, especially during a while I spent with my grandmother at the hospital, she was hospitalized for 19 days and my family and I were taking turns taking care of her.

I’m a night owl, so I got the “night shift”, and the hospital was completely silent. All I had was my computer, darkness and silence, and I wrote all the lyrics during those 19 nights while I would sit there and she was asleep. And that brings us to “Parade the Sacrifice”. It’s about being proud of what you went through, and the physical or emotional scars life has inflicted upon you. What I mean by “Parade the Sacrifice” is showing all your pain, your sacrifices in a parade, like a carnival parade, you know? Proudly show it. They are your medals, your victories, and no one should have to feel they need to pretend they have a perfect life.

How would you like to describe what kind of music the band play?

Raphael Mattos: It’s Heavy Metal. We’ve got heavy guitar riffs, double kick bass drums and screaming vocals. But everything with our influences. Every member of the band likes a different kind of music.

Particularly I like Classic Heavy Rock from the 80’s and Fabio prefers Thrash Metal from the Bay Area, for example.
This kind of mixture makes us create our own identity, make us sound just like ourselves.

Do you think fans are going to wait another 5 years for the next album?

Raphael Mattos: Hope not, I am already thinking about new songs for the successor of SHADES OF HUMANITY.

I’d say the album is brilliant with some great songs, well executed music and some really powerful vocals, are you happy with the outcome of the new disc?

Dani Nolden: Thank you! Yes, we’re very happy because we explored musically everything we wanted. We don’t stop working on the songs until we are all very happy with the results, but that means nothing if people don’t like it as much as we do, so I’m very grateful with the response this album is getting.

Studio and production

How come you wanted to return to Studio Fredman and once again work with Nordström and Udd? What are their strongest features as producers?

Raphael Mattos: We get along very well with FREDRIK NORDSTRÖM and HENRIK UDD, they worked with us on the production of “Inner Monster Out”. Both Fredrik and Henrik knew exactly how to reach our limits. They are sincere, they tell us in the face when something is not cool and that was fundamental for us.

On INNER MONSTER OUT, we felt that the recording went very well with them and when we started writing SHADES OF HUMANITY, we felt that this partnership had everything to work well again. They are very competent, understand us as musicians and as people and they really enjoyed our songs. Also, the sound they achieve is simply fantastic, bringing their own personality to our songs as well.

Is it correct you did a 20 day marathon session in the studio?

Raphael Mattos: Yes, we prefer it that way. Without outside interference, we spent 20 days completely focused on our music, working on every detail of each song. During the INNER MONSTER OUT sessions it was the same thing, I think we took even longer, and the result was so good that we knew this kind of experience would do us good again.

Did you have time to see anything of Gothenburg when you were there?

Dani Nolden: Yeah, we finished the recordings sooner than expected, so I had a lot of time to do sight-seeing. I went to all the main tourist locations, and then I just started randomly walking around to see places no one talks about. My father went with me, and we found lots of cool places. I love Gothenburg.

Raphael Mattos: We know Gothenburg so well that I already consider it my main city outside of Brazil. We get along very well, with the weather, with the people and with the local culture.

Rosén comes from Gothenburg did he show you anything of his city?

Dani Nolden: He didn’t show us the city because we already knew it pretty well, but he did put together a very nice dinner for us with some really nice and welcoming friends of his. People always say Brazilians are welcoming, but I can tell you Swedish people have been wonderful to us.

Did the producers also do the mixing during the 20 days?

Dani Nolden: A little bit, yes! They already started working on the mix while we were there. They did a bit more mixing after we were gone, but it was mostly details. Most of it was done by the time we were flying back to Brazil.

Label and management

How come you signed on with EMP Label Group (USA; Europe) and Furia Music Records (Brazil)? Are you happy with the work the labels have put into the band and the album so far?

Dani Nolden: We’re also signed with Spiritual Beast in Asia, so it’s three labels working on the worldwide release. EMP Label Group has an awesome distribution in Europe, Spiritual Beast is working with us for the second time and we reached the top 15 best selling Metal albums of 2017 in Brazil, among bands like Sepultura and Deep Purple, even though our album was released in September, so I really can’t complain!

Are there any differences in how the labels work with you compared to how the previous two labels did?

Dani Nolden: Yes, but all previous labels we have worked with in the past have also done very good jobs. Methods are sometimes different, and the choices we made with SHADES OF HUMANITY were purely about what they had in mind for the album, but we had very positive experiences with everyone we’ve worked with so far.

What are your thoughts about record labels in general?

Dani Nolden: I think they’re not the bad guys people want to make they seem like. People think all bands can do everything on their own and be independent, and while that’s partially true, it’s not fair portraying labels as companies that make money off the artists.
Labels invest money, so they should make money. It’s a mutual benefit. While there are obviously bad labels out there that do exploit their artists, there are MANY excellent labels that work together with the artists to make things work.
Shadowside did a lot of work independently, and much of our success is because of our own effort, of course, but it would be very ungrateful of me if I said it was ALL our effort. A good part of the success we are enjoying nowadays also came from a lot of work done by labels that believed in our music. Labels are not the enemy. Good labels are helping keeping Metal music alive.

Who own the legal rights to your old albums today?

Dani Nolden: We do.

Are there any plans on re-releasing them?

Dani Nolden: No, not at the moment. But we do plan on re-recording some old material, like the songs we like best, and that we feel deserve a better production and the current arrangements we’re doing now.

Is the the new album going to be released on vinyl?

Dani Nolden: There are no plans for it at the moment, but it would be very cool!

Is it possible to listen to Shadowside on iTunes, Spotify etc?

Dani Nolden: Yes! We are on all digital platforms: iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Google Music. We’re strong believers of this new digital music market.

What are your opinions regarding downloading music and artists looses money selling less albums?

Dani Nolden: It’s hard for me to say because when Shadowside started activities, we were already in the middle of this digital era, so I can’t tell you if sales would have been different. What I can say is that illegal downloading hasn’t helped us in any way.
Legal downloading and streaming services, on the other hand, are extremely helpful, and even though they generate less money than the actual CD sales, they give us insights on where our fan base is and it helps us plans tours. Illegal downloading doesn’t give us that kind of stats, so it basically does nothing for us.

I used to understand the illegal download argument when people used to say they would download a band’s album to find out if they liked it first, but nowadays, with all the legal download and streaming services, that allow you to listen to a band’s full album for free as many times as you want, I don’t think illegal downloading is a valid excuse anymore. You have legal alternatives to enjoy music for free now.

Do you currently work with any booking agency?

Dani Nolden: Yes, we work with Furia Music in Brazil, and we’re currently negotiating with booking agencies in Europe and North America.

Personal with Dani Nolden

For how long have you been singing? Are you classically trained or self taught?

Dani Nolden: I’m a bit of both. I have been singing since I was a child, but I was self-taught for most part of my singing life, until I decided to start taking lessons because I feel there is always room for improvement. So, I started studying at Berklee, I took a course that specialized in vocal styles, mainly rock and pop. It was very helpful, it allowed me to expand my abilities, while doing everything more effortlessly. I learned how not to strain my voice singing daily shows, using the most extreme possibilities of my voice. Natural talent is important, but one should never ignore the benefits of formal training.

Besides keyboard do you play any other instrument?

Dani Nolden: No, I have a little fun with the guitar, but I’m really bad at it. Besides, I haven’t played the piano or the keyboards in many years due to tendonitis. For some reason, people think I recorded the keyboards on both INNER MONSTER OUT and SHADES OF HUMANITY, but I haven’t played any instruments on Shadowside since 2009. We had like 6 different people play keyboards or program synths on SHADES OF HUMANITY, and I wasn’t one of them (laughs). I worked on arrangements with the guys, but I haven’t actually played anything.

When did you know you wanted to sing?

Dani Nolden: I’ve always loved singing, ever since I was a child, but I didn’t realize how important it was to me until I was about 17. I was already singing in bands at that time, but my plan was to become a professional soccer player, and I had played for the Santos FC youth team for a while. I ended up getting injured during pre-season trainings, and while it was nothing major, it did force me to stay away from sports for about two weeks, and that gave me free time to dedicate to music. That’s when I noticed that I missed and enjoyed music more than I’d miss and enjoy sports, so I quit soccer and decided to focus on my music career.

Do you have any idols or influences when it comes to singing?

Dani Nolden: I have lots of influences, like Sebastian Bach, Paul Stanley, Dio. There are many singers I admire, but these three are probably the ones that influenced me the most.

Is it true that you performed live with Soulspell back in 2012? How did you get in touch with band leader Heleno Vale?

Dani Nolden: Yes, that’s true. Heleno and I have always admired and respected each other as musicians, and we had been talking for a while about me singing on a Soulspell album, so we ended up becoming friends and he invited me to sing at that show.

You also participated on the new Soulspell album THE SECOND BIG BANG, how was the recordings?

Dani Nolden: Great! Like I mentioned, we had been talking about me singing on a Soulspell album for many years, but something would always get in the way, but fortunately we could finally make it happen! It was an honor for me, the whole album is awesome!

Did you meet any other of the participants on that album?

Dani Nolden: I didn’t get to meet the other guests, but I am friends with other Soulspell members, like the lead singer, Daísa Munhoz.

You also feature in the video to the Soulspell song “Horus’s Eye” how was it to shot the video?

Dani Nolden: It was fun, I thought it was great how they turned the studio filming into such a cool video, especially since I filmed my part in Brazil and Ralf Scheepers probably filmed his in Germany. When I recorded “Horus’s Eye”, Ralf Scheepers had already recorded his parts, so he didn’t know who was going to be the other singer. I guess he didn’t find out who it was until the video was released and I announced I had sang a duet with him on Soulspell’s album, because he messaged me saying “I didn’t know we had sang a duet – cool!” (laughs).

Horus’s Eye (Official Video)

Was it a fun experience to be a part of the Soulspell project/band?

Dani Nolden: Yes, very much. They’re all great people and excellent musicians.

You won the prize as best metal female singer in Brazil at three years in a row between 2011-2013 how was that?

Dani Nolden: I felt very grateful, I think there’s no real competition in music and there’s no such thing as “the best”, it’s all a matter of taste, but of course I was very happy that people like my voice to the point of voting for me as the best female singer for three years in a row. It just makes me want to improve even more as a singer in order to give people everything my voice has to offer on every album.

Past present and future

The album’s been out for a while now, are you happy with the response it’s received from fans and media?

Dani Nolden: Yes, we couldn’t be happier! People really understood what we wanted to achieve with the music, and I noticed that, for the first time, there are lots of people focusing on the lyrics as well. I tackled some pretty deep issues on the lyrics, but I thought people would pay more attention to the song itself, but it looks like the fans are enjoying both the sound and the words. It’s awesome how people noticed how connected the lyrics and the songs are on this album.

Are there any differences in how the band is treated by foreign and native press?

Dani Nolden: No, not really. Both have been really good to us so far.

The video to “Alive” has got 46,000 hits on YouTube, congratulations, are you going to shoot more videos to the songs on any of the other songs?

Dani Nolden: Thanks! It’s getting to 65k as we speak now. We may release a lyric video, but we don’t have plans for more videos right now, at least not like “Alive”, since that one is not just a video, but a short movie produced by Daniel Stilling, who is known for working as a director of photography on “The Martian” film and “Criminal Minds” TV series.

Alive video

Do you get a lot of mail from fans? What are the most common question?

Dani Nolden: I think what I’ve heard the most isn’t really a question, but actually an affirmation: “I can’t believe such a deep, rough voice is coming from a small woman like you” (laughs).

What are the plans for the band in the near future?

Dani Nolden: Getting on the road! That’s our main focus right now, and we’re already working on tour plans. Hopefully we’ll be able to announce more details soon.

Rosén is a very busy man juggling many things in the air at the same time, is he going to be available for live shows?

Dani Nolden: Yes, he is. He’s a full time band member and we do plan on playing all shows with him unless an emergency comes up. We’re all kinda juggling lots of things at once, so we just have to coordinate everything carefully.

Any plans on heading over to Europe and Scandinavia and perform?

Dani Nolden: Yes, we definitely want to go back there! We don’t have anything concrete yet, but we’re absolutely working on it and will do everything in our power to make it happen.

What would you like to say to the ones that haven’t heard the music of Shadowside yet?

Dani Nolden: Don’t judge the book by its “female fronted cover”, please! (laughs)
People usually think we’re either a symphonic metal band or a death metal band, but we’re neither, although we do draw some influences of both… and of some other things as well. If you listen to us expecting a pure Symphonic Metal act or a pure Death Metal act, you’ll surely be disappointed. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it nonetheless. I feel we’re the type of band that fits well with fans of lots of different metal subgenres, since we have some very heavy riffs, fast and slow paced songs, some groove, rough vocals mixed with catchy and beautiful melodies. Just come listen to it prepared to bang your head! (laughs)

Could you give them three reasons why they should buy SHADOWS OF HUMANITY?

Dani Nolden: It’s heavy, it’s intense, and you’ll sing along AND headbang at the same time. What else can us metalheads want? ?

Well, that was all for me and this time. I wish you all the best in the future and thanks a lot for taking time answer the questions, finally do you have any words of wisdom to share with fans and readers?

Dani Nolden: Thank you so much for having us! I hope everyone who has a chance to read this has fun while reading our chat and listening to the album, come visit us at our official website and hopefully we’ll see you at a show real soon!
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