INTERVIEW WITH SAILS OF SERENITY ON NEW ALBUM THE CROSSING:
THE DARK JOURNEY OF LIFE.
“It reflects our ups and downs. We felt hopeless at that time; we felt like we were sailors in a stormy sea and tried to decide our fate during the writing of the album.” Sails Of Serenity on The Crossing.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with SAILS OF SERENITY metalcore outfit hailing from Instanbul, Turkey.
We are catching up with the band as regards the release of THE CROSSING, their first full-length out via Famined Records on August 17th, 2018. We got a chance to chat with the band and get to know more about them. We are offering a wider overview of this bashing outfit and exploring in depth their new record. For the review we edited for THE CROSSING please check out: www.sickandsound.it/sails-of-serenity-e-il-concept-album-the-crossing-la-materializzazione-del-desiderio-recondito-del-viaggio
- Hello guys and very welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s start by talking about how SAILS OF SERENITY was born and what music influences have impacted your band.
Hello SICK AND SOUND! Thanks for having us. Sails of Serenity actually started in 2011, but it started without a name and line-up wasn’t complete until 2013. In 2013, we took our final form and started writing our own songs, which led to our debut EP “Gold to Rust”, released in early 2016.
We were mainly influenced by groove metal/deathcore/metalcore sounds back then, like Lamb of God, As Blood Runs Black, Caliban etc. That was the component of “Gold to Rust”. But as a nature of things, our influences have changed in time. During the writing of our new album, we’ve gotten into more progressive, melodic, post-metalcore stuff like Architects, Tesseract, While She Sleeps, Periphery and so on. We’re planning to change the way we look at things (our influences) in our future products.
- It’s a pleasure to come across a European metalcore band. So it seems this is not a prerogative of AUS and US only. How do you see this soundscape in terms of how hard it is to emerge? What are your stronger assets to achieve this goal?
In the last couple of years, Turkey has been wellspring of metalcore bands actually. There are very good bands striving to produce something and we are one of them. Our strongest asset at this point is our persistence. We put music ahead of everything and practice. We keep producing come what may. Most importantly, we try to create a new sound and keep the quality of everything we do at the top level, again as much our socio-cultural and economic environment allows us.
- Let’s discuss more about the sound that you have crafted. If you could describe its main features with a few words which ones would you pick and why?
The first word would be “modern”. We try to update our sound as we discover new things. The other one would probably be “heavy”. Because as much as we try new things in our music, we keep the element of heavy metal in it. The last one would be “progressive”. Our music may not be too progressive, but we generally try to use everything in moderation in our mixture. In this case, the lyrical concept and the tension of the songs can quite easily be called progressive.
- THE CROSSING is your brand new record out on August 17th, 2018 via Famined Records This is following up Gold To Rust EP dating back to 2016. How did your sound actually progress or change since then?
We almost completely changed the music we were listening to back when we recorded “Gold to Rust”. We still wanted to be heavy of course, but this time we wanted to reflect ourselves in our music and put the new things that influenced us into the mixture. We wanted to create a more sophisticated sound, so to speak.
- I was very fascinated by the idea of a journey starting with a wanderlust and ending up with a shipwreck. This is a concept album on the journey idea and its progression. So I would to discuss more on this concept and how it was related to the human sphere.
First of all, thanks for being one of the first ones to notice that! 🙂 The Crossing is a concept album and we can easily say it is a dark one. It’s meant to reflect our own lives as parts of Sails of Serenity. Actually, it starts with a hopeful one named “Wanderlust”, symbolizing our passion to go places (whether that be another part of the world or a part of yourself that you’ve never been to before). After that, it’s the “Departure” time. We are finally going to that place but it’s unpredictable. Anything can happen; you can sink or swim; you can survive or die. Right after that, we go on with the story of what happens during the “Journey” but it all goes downhill from there. We are close to discovering something but we are facing relentless storms (our unspoken past and unpredictable future). The ending part is called the “Arrival” but you don’t always arrive home after a journey like that. In this case, as you have stated, we end up as a shipwreck. It is up to the listener to decide if they have come home as a shipwreck; or they have never arrived at home, in fact they are at the bottom of the ocean. To sum up, it reflects our ups and downs. We felt hopeless at that time; we felt like we were sailors in a stormy sea and tried to decide our fate during the writing of the album. This will all make better sense once the album is out and you guys give it all a listen from head to toe. 🙂
- What specific lyrical themes related or not related to the journey were chosen for THE CROSSING and its tracks?
Actually, all the lyrical themes are related to a journey on a sea, or at least it seems that way at the first glance. But they all symbolize our inner issues between the lines. The song named “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” for example, will talk about waters roaring and smothering the traveler, but it will actually reflect a man’s state of mind, who is feeling like he’s being drowned in the undertow.
- Track LEFT BEHIND. This is one of my favorites off THE CROSSING. This is such a great track diluting heaviness, catchiness and melodic also hosting a guest appearance from Başer Çelebi of Furtherial. I would love to go deeper into its inspiration, main topic and the songwriting process behind it.
The songwriting process of Left Behind is actually the same as all the other songs of the album. It just came out of master composer Sercan (guitars) in a lonely, hopeless state of mind. The inspiration behind the lyrics is the book Moby Dick. As the lyrics writer of the band and an American Literature graduate, I (Selim) am deeply inspired by Herman Melville’s greatest novel. The lyrics talk about a guy whose greed leads the way to self-destruction. He is lost in his convictions; a man left behind in a sense. This is symbolized in the music video as a man, left alone in a deserted island, facing the consequences of his actions; as we all do in some parts of our lives. When Sercan sent me what he wrote for me to listen, I immediately knew that was the concept I would like to tell in this song, so I came up with the lyrics.
- I would also love to discuss track THE GHOST SHIP, my second favorite of the album as for being a metalcore mastodon. Blast and heaviness on full cylinders with an extra texture of haunting elements. Would love to know more about the song itself.
The Ghost Ship is inspired by the legend of the Flying Dutchman. From the Davy Jones’ point of view, we are questioning when we will be washed ashore. The composition is heavy, the theme is dark and haunting, so the lyrics had to be the same way!
- What were the most challenging aspects working on THE CROSSING?
Getting the theme and the lyrical concept together may have been the hardest part. The tension of the compositions had to match with the vocal melodies and also the theme of the lyrics. On top of those, we had to get an artwork done that matches all of those! Not only it needed to match all of those, it also needed to summarize all of those in only one image!
- Let’s give our readers a touch on any goals in mind, forthcoming projects, live shows or any revelations you wish to share with them.
Right now, we are filling our calendars with the shows for the upcoming “The Crossing” Tour. We want to go to as many parts of the world as possible. While we have people working for us on those, we would like to request from readers to get in touch with their local promoters if they wish to see us in their cities! As for the projects, after the Crossing, we will have plenty of surprises, so they better follow us on every social media platform!
Thank you for your time and all the best for your record. We are thrilled for more music to be dropped by Sails Of Serenity and fully support you into Europe and USA!
We thank SICK AND SOUND for their support! We really hope to meet you guys face to face one day.
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