Thrash metal from Ltvia, sounds pretty interesting! Let’s read what Saintorment can told us!
Hi! Tell me about Saintorment. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello! Saintorment is a Thrash/Speed/Heavy Metal band from a Latvian industrial city called Daugavpils. In our days it is quite difficult to give a name to your band, as lots of names are already taken. Our ex-bass player came up with “Saintorment” while he “studied” in the university; he just fingered all the “thrashy” words he knew and combined two of them – Saint and Torment.
Our ideas are simple: catchy guitar riffs, furious drum blasts, true lyrics and real drive on stage. Saintorment really does shine on stage, because we want to share all the infinite energy we have with our audience, to make them feel much better, to inspire every single person to do what he or she wants to do. So it is basically a music to unite, music to fight and music to live on with!
“WellOfSins” album was released last year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wished to change something now?
Well Of Sins was our first big work, and, personally, I feel that it was my very first step, the beginning, the starting point to the further discoveries in music. It is like a statement: “Yes, I managed to make it, so now let’s continue!”
When we were creating and recording the Well Of Sins album, I did what I could. Working hard every day we get more experienced in what we do, so yes, now I would like to change some things. I will not say what these things are though, because all those things and even more will be expressed in upcoming new works of Saintorment.
Tell me more about “WellOfSins”? Album ideas etc…
Overall, Well Of Sins is the work of 3 people: Max (guitar), Dan (bass) and I. Generally we created it all together. One of us wrote the music and then Dan or I could start working on lyrics. In Saintorment we do not stick to one exact idea (however we stick to classic thrash), our ideas for songs are quite different and they are connected with a lot of particular topics.
“Freaks” is about my view on governmental and administrative system and the biggest part of the lyrics describes a real situation that happened with my family.
“Son Of The Wasteland” is about a man who is able to stand alone against everyone.
“Empty Sign” is about human life and its priorities, about some kind of uselessness, hollowness and misconceptions of social life.
“Witch’s Promise” is a tribute to King Diamond and his tunes.
“In Denial” is about a lost soul, a soul which is addicted to drugs and tries to deny it.
“Bulldozing Metal” is a pure old school Speed/Thrash metal song, about the mighty Thrash.
“Move In Time Of Groove” is about love and, of course, about sex!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
From everywhere! From life; from the bands that we love; from our fails and triumphs; from struggles between ourselves and from cosmos!
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Saintorment’s sound?
I would definitely say that our first sound ally is energy. We combine aggression and fun, separately and together.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
After releasing the album we did not write any new material for about 4-5 months, but now… The work is already in full swing!
There’s a video on our FB-page and YouTube page that shows some of the new drafts for new songs. I can not say how soon they will be released, but these songs are definitely a step up in every possible way and direction, comparing to the ones from the first album.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound? Also, are you into thrash metal tunes only?
The main musical influence is no doubt old school thrash metal, with such favorite bands as Pantera, Kreator, Exodus, early Metallica, early Sepultura, Slayer, Megadeth, Annihilator, Overkill, Testament, Anthrax, Anacrusis, Coroner, Demolition Hammer, Flotsam and Jetsam and many many others. The influence is huge, that’s why we play what we play.
We love almost all styles of rock’n’roll and heavy metal music. Starting from The Beatles, Creedence, The Doors, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dio, Kiss, Iron Maiden… to Buckethead, Carcass, Vader, Havok, Children Of Bodom, DevilDriver, Ghost B.C., Hellyeah, Legion Of The Damned, Lost Society, Suicidal Angels… we can never end this list – this list can go on pretty much forever!
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
I never actually thought about this, but if it was possible I would like to cooperate with such musicians as Alexi Laiho, Buckethead, Vinnie Paul and if I could resurrect the dead, it would definitely be Dimebag Darell.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Our strategy is to make good and memorable music and to perform it live, as often and as much as possible. Of course using social media is also a big advantage and possibility to promote the band and enlarge our audience, but still, the real contact with people is worth much more than any computer technology.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Well, some of us work and study besides music. You know, making music nowadays is not just about making it. If you want to promote your band and show it to the masses, you have to communicate with people and gigs organizers, work with social media to promote the band… Our audience is pretty diverse with many cultural differences and pecularities, e.g. we have our local Latvian-speaking audience and then there is English speaking audience and Russian audience as well… so you have to be able to speak in every of the mentioned languages! Besides, in order to be able to create gig posters and make videos, you have to be familiar with Photoshop and Video-editors. So it is an endless list of what we have to know and do apart from writing songs!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
I do not know for sure, but I hope they do! But in Latvia it is not so simple because of the economic situation in our country. For example, when we had just started our band, our drummer bought his first drum kit and he told about it to his family. Well, his family surre was not as happy as he was. They just said “What do you need a drum kit for? What, are you stupid?”
My mother bought me my first acoustic guitar when I studied in primary school. I tried to learn how to play it, but it was kind of difficult for me… so I didn’t play it for a long period of time. My mother would then scream at me “I spent my money on it and you won’t even play this damn guitar!” When I finallygot into it, I played it almost everyday, making my mother upset again: “You’re bothering me with that damn guitar of yours every day!”
How’s the metal scene in Latvia right now? Is it easyto play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
I can not say anythning exactly about the whole Latvian metal scene. In my personal experience, I find that it is quite difficult to play gigs here, but still possible, especially for not-so-famous band.
As for musical records, it is pretty easy to get them in Riga, our capital, but not so easy in Daugavpils. Nevertheless, those who really want to get something can always find it in the Internet, as Online shopping becomes more and more popular here.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road! / Lukasz
Thank you to! / Roman, the leader of the band was with you!