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by Salvo Russo
In October 2011 the Greek SadDoLLs finished their new album called "Happy Deathday", released 2012 by the Italian Record label "Lunatic Asylum Records". Their promotion & management in Germany will be handled by Silke Yli Sirnio (Ex-manager of the Finnish band HIM & P.R at Nuclear Blast Records). The official biography says: "Concerning the new album,"Happy Deathday" we can say that the new record has a big variety of influences and styles combined with an agressive-heavy sound along with electronic elements.To describe it better,it sounds like Killswitch Engage playing HIM's Razorblade Romance Album.". All this was reason enough to catch the attention of our Italian editor and Gothic Metal expert Salvo Russo who has organized this interview with SadDoLLs ' vocalist George Downloved.
Downloved - Vocals
Label: Lunatic Asylum Records (Italy) k http://www.lunaticasylumrecords.org
Love Metal never existed
Have you heard many goth influenced bands with metalcore break – downs and scream vocals?
Hy George!!! It’s a pleasure for me
to have this interview; I ask you…tell me shortly the story of SadDoLLs….
Hello it’s great to be here with you J SadDoLLs was formed in 2006 by our guitarist Paul
Miltos as a HIM tribute,for one show only,but after that show gaining
positive reviews we started compising our own music and the result was our
first E.P. Dead in the dollhouse back in 2007.In april of 2008 we opened
for Lacrimas Profundrere in Athens and after that show we started
recording our first album About Darkness that would define our music and
sound : Electro Gothic Metal.
The album was released in 2009
by Greek Emotion Art music and came along with two single –videos (Watch
me crawl behind (2009) and Misery (2010).
Also in October of 2009 we had
the opportunity to open for Paradise Lost in Gagarin 205 in Athens,and in
2010 we opened for Xandria’s show also in Athens..After
revibing our lineup we started composing songs for our second full length
album.The new album Happy Deathday was released by Italian label Lunatic
Asylum in January 2012,and came along with the first video “Bloodred”.
are currently managed by SIlke Yli Sirnio (HIM) in Gemany,
and our first single was
included in Sonic Seducer’s compilation album for February’s issue
“Cold Hands Seduction Vol.128”
April the 7th we opened again for Lacrimas Profundere in
Athens,and we have scheduled appearences for the two Moonspell shows in
Greece in September 2012.
I notice a very important difference
between the first and the second album for what concerns the soul of the
songs; moreover I see a very evident Finnish mark…isn’t it?
from Finland was always part of our influences. In our first album About
Darkness you can notice those influences too,but on Happy Deathday are
sure more hearable :)
wanted to mainstreamize our sound so more people would get to know about
Also read a couple of reviews about Happy Deathday claiming that our songs
and sound was
Have you heard many goth
influenced bands with metalcore break – downs and scream vocals? ;)
There are a couple of different
atmosphere ; “Psychedelic Love” and “Be Darkness”. Do they
represent the dark soul of SadDoLLs? How do they burn?
We always liked bands like Deathstars or Rammstein,so those two songs are
our tribute to them,
they represent the darkest and
most fucked up things that we have in our minds,
so they are played and presented
to you by our point of view.
Psychedelic Love burns like Hell
and Be Darkness burns in the hearts of sweet young girls :P
The production of this latest album
is very good and I want to underline the good use of electronic stuff in
order to put in evidence some important parts…are u really satisfied
Yes we are actually pretty impressed with the outcome,our producers John
Mcris and Nick Papadopoulos did a great job with the production of the
album as they mixed and mastered it but all the synths loops and
electronic sounds were written and programmed by our formed keyboardist
He also wrote many songs for the
Deep dreaming atmosphere and darkness...how can you define your
music? Is it right (in your opinion) to look for an exact musical
As I mentioned before we call our music Electro Gothic Metal and this
title does not define our sound perfectly,
but it comes close. Some people
call our music “Love Metal”.
This genre never existed and
never will be,
it’s just a title from a HIM
and a HIM “inside” joke.
Don’t think HIM ever used synths and darkwave keyboards or double
beats and screams,
am I right?
we are influenced by HIM,
but they do not define what we
do or how we sound like,
people need to be more open
minded and just listen to the music,
not tagging it.
I see that in your latest album there are important guests (Jape Peratalo e da Juska Salminen); two icons for Finnish Gothic…how did you get in touch with
and Jape are friends of us from 2006,we were always in touch with them,
so when we finished the
pre-production of Happy Deathday we send two songs to each of them and
kindly asked them to do some parts in one of those songs.
They chose the song they liked
best,and they just did it.We are happy with the outcome,
and we would love to do a tour
with To/Die/For to promote our new album.
How much is important (for you) Ville Valo & Him for new gothic
HIM are the masters of new age goth.
They started this 80’s glam
goth rock in 1997 and they are the only band from Finland that managed to
gain international career
(at least they did it first).We started this band because of HIM as I
we just modernized their music
using our own point of view and minds.
You come from Greece, and I have to admit there are very good bands
like you, Bare Infinity,
Alucard…is it more difficult to find space for a band coming from South
As I know of Alucard are Romanian or something,
and sadly Bare Infinity are
disbanded now :(. We used to be in the same label back in 2009-2010. Europe
bands from Greece are treated sometimes like they are
bands from Pakistan or something :P Even though the metal scene has many
big names coming from Greece (Rotting Christ,
Septic Flesh or Firewind).
that guy from Firewind (Gus.G) is the new guitarist of Ozzy Ozbourne, but
even though these bands have great success abroad, Europe keeps on
treating bands from Greece like nobodies.
know what to say about that, why don’t u ask Merkel? :P
SadDoLLs and tour…tell me about
this new experience with Lacrimas Profundere…How many new things are you
developing through this
had the opportunity as I said to open for Lacrimas in Athens for a couple
of times and we had great time with them.We
are friends with the guys since
and when they visited Greece
again this month,
they chose us to open for them.
The last question is our usual and classic Game of the Tower…You’re
on a very high tower and with you there are 3 bands; You have to push down
two of them, saving the third one….with you there are: (it’s a real
“evil” question) J
DIE FOR HIM
George: Im afraid I have to save HIM. They owe us a great new album :D
interview by Salvo Russo www.facebook.com/nightofdreams
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