Let me tell you the truth

I always go on about how hard it is to tour as an emerging band, how we spend hours in a tiny van and sleep in dirty places with very few showers and zero bidets.
LIES! Those are lies, buhauhuahauhahaha!!! The truth is we are actually very rich. Music is bringing us so much money we can even buy a house in every country we play in! It’s so awesome to be rich.

Last time, it wasn’t our intention, but we had to buy a place in Belgium. It was quite a bargain, we didn’t splurge, but a TV show offered us more money than we had spent for the purchase just to take a tour of our house! It goes without saying that we accepted. Yes, we decided to show everyone our mansion and come clean about our true way of life, because hiding and playing poor wasn’t fun anymore. You’ll find the video here below:

So, what do you think of the house? Did you enjoy the video?
To all English speakers: I’m sorry! I’m aware my English is very bad here, but that’s the best I could do. We recorded this in just one quick take the morning after FemME, before leaving to come back to Italy. We didn’t have much time, we had to pass the Gotthard Tunnel before 9PM or it would have been closed and driving up the pass is something you don’t wanna do when the journey is already 17 hours long as it is.

As stated in the final disclaimer, that obviously wasn’t our house. We were lucky to find a very good deal on AirBnB, the house was amazing and the owner was super nice. This was definitely a step up in comparison to our average abodes.

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Where will we end up next? I’ll keep you posted!

Take care,
Sara

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Ancient Bards at Wacken Open Air 2015 video!

Ah the excitement! We’ve been waiting for you to see this for a long time and now it’s finally here! The end of our set at Wacken Open Air 2015 is up on YouTube and as I watch it I can still feel the adrenaline rushing through my… body (yeah, enough with the veins puns 😀 )!
What do you think of the video? Were any of you guys there? Do you have pics of the show?
Ok, I ran out of questions 😛
Enjoy my friends, I hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,

Sara

These are a few of my favorite things – August

Hello folks! Summer’s almost over, how have you been doing? I hope you got to do a lot of fun stuff, see loads of concerts and took time to relax deeply. I had a very nice summer, I enjoyed some time with my loved ones and chilled to fully recharge my batteries in preparation for the next exciting winter!

A DAY AT RIDRACOLI LAKE

On a fantastic, sunny, and very hot day I went hiking along the Ridracoli Lake, a beautiful place in the Apennines not far from where I live. This lake is actually artificial, as there’s a big dyke you can walk onto that creates a barrier that holds all the water that is then abducted and put into the water main. It’s basically the same water that comes out of my faucet every day and it’s delicious (although we receive water from the Marecchia River too, but what do you care?). In the summer there’s a huge demand of water and since it almost never rained the lake is going down by one centimeter per hour, you can see from the picture the actual level it’s supposed to be in the winter, where the vegetation starts. We took a short walk in the woods around the lake and we saw a lot of really cute fallow deers running around with their babies, adorable! We arrived at a little mountain shelter that can only be reached on foot where we had booked a table and we had some really good tagliatelle there. We chilled laying on the grass, enjoying the fauna and the clean air, then we got back to the dyke with a slooow boat ride on the lake. Such a nice day!

A CONCERT IN THE WOODS

Davide dreaming on the piano. Photo Credit: Max Foglia

I pride myself on having an incredibly talented friend, a person with great sensitivity and an exceptional feel for communicating feelings and emotion through his playing, Maestro Davide Tura. I attended a special concert this summer, Davide played at a camping in the woods and it was just magical. The fresh air, the dark, the notes, everything was perfect and relaxing, the atmosphere Davide created was unique and I’ll never thank him enough for making me feel that good. He is a classical pianist and performs everything from Bach to Chopin, but he also has his own take on modern music and is an excellent composer. Talent is a beautiful thing, I’m so grateful that I get to experience it in different ways: the beauty of music and the majesty of nature all in one night. Precious.

LUSH’S DORIAN GREY SHAMPOO

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Can we even go on any longer without talking about hair? We can’t. So my next favorite thing is actually been my favorite shampoo for quite some time now, it’s Dorian Grey by Lush Cosmetics. The thing that I like the most about it is the smell, lemon and violet….God, it makes me go nuts, it’s like a drug. Dorian Grey is purple shampoo that it’s supposed to be used by blondes to get rid of coppery-yellowy reflexes which aren’t nice. It is made of all natural ingredients like all of Lush’s products, but the lemon contained in this shampoo makes it very drying so you need to be careful and use it once in a while, maybe mixed with another hydrating shampoo, you’ll still be able to smell the sent in your hair afterwards. The toning effect is nice, if your hair tends to turn yellow give it a try and if you’re following the latest trend “granny hair” and you have silver locks, this must be good for you too! Being all natural it doesn’t make almost any foam, so please note that you only need a tiny amount, don’t use a bottle at a time only because you don’t see foam. Don’t forget to use a good conditioner too, who wants perfectly smelling hair that looks and feels like straw?

IKEA’S BEHÅLLARE BOTTLE

I love a good glass of ice cold sparkly water. I drink a lot during the day and when I’m not home I always try to carry a little bottle with me. I would typically use normal plastic bottles, but they get messed up pretty quickly when carried inside a bag and always getting new ones doesn’t feel very ecologic, so for some time I’ve been meaning to buy one of those nice glass portable bottles, but I always feared they could break into a million pieces in my full bag. I was very pleased when, strolling around the shelves of Ikea, I spotted this bottle, just what I needed! As Ikea says: “You don’t risk any spillage, as the bottle is leakproof. Can be refilled and used time after time, making it kind to the environment.”. Perfect!

WAYWARD PINES

As I’m sure I told you before, I’m a crazy Tv show junkie and I’m always looking for new stuff to watch, even if I’m busy I make time to watch an episode or two before sleep. This month I watched Wayward Pines. I had heard all sorts of different opinions about it and I was hooked by the adds, so I decided I had to watch it and I have to say that I enjoyed it. The plot has a few inconsistencies but it’s overall well orchestrated, making you wonder what everything is all about from start to end. Will there be a season two? I don’t know, but I could think of a couple of things that could happen.. we’ll see!

GIFLAB APP

This app is the bomb! It makes creating gifs so easy that you won’t be able to resist. You can see I’ve used it above in the Dorian Gray part of the post, and I would have never done it if it meant to use photoshop to unite a bunch of photos, but with this app it’s quick and fun! For example you can turn your videos into gifs which you can use as funny “emoticons” on Facebook Messenger, I couldn’t stop laughing with some of them! Try it and let me know if it isn’t fun, you can also post your creations here, so I can see them 🙂

That’s all for August my friends, I’ll see you soon!
Take care,

Sara.

ANDE Tour in pictures

Hello there! So, we’re black from the A New Dawn Ending Tour, we’re very tired but we had so much fun! I thought I would share with you some photos, though they’re not too many because, you know, we were so busy living the moment to the fullest that we rarely remembered to take pictures! The ones you’ll see below are a bunch of them and they were taken by me, Claudio, Federico, Matteo Ermeti (www.matteoermeti.com) and Giacomo Astorri (www.giacomoastorri.it). Thank you guys!


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@claudiopietronik , Brandeburger Tor #Berlin #AncientBards

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Happiness in Berlin

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You can't do epic shit with basic people ❤️ #ANDEtour #AncientBards #band

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Also, this happened:

I hope you enjoyed, take care!

Sara

TBCSS: S02E08 – Soulless Child

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The kings follow a narrow, disconnected path and reach the entrance of the castle: there are no doors and there are no guards, because no one wants to enter here. The strong wind whistles between the stones as a lament accompanying the heroes with its terror towards the main hall, where they imagine Sendor should be, intent to plan his moves. They are so determined to put an end to this nightmare and avenge Daltor that they’re not intimidated by the horror that surrounds them, advancing solid steps, they run through long corridors full of paintings with disturbing figures, creaky chandeliers and burned out candles that cove all the ornaments with their wax, in an embrace that started hundreds of years of ago. Penetrated now in the heart of the castle they find themselves in front of a door: Alron, busts it open with a portentous kick and they all run inside: on the opposite wall, at the back, there is the throne, but no one is sitting on it and, at the center of the room, there is the casket of  the Black Crystal Sword, open, empty. Is it already too late?
Just as they turn around to keep on searching, they are greeted by Sendor. He was behind them all the time, he was waiting for them! He welcomes them and lets the kings know he admires their courage, then he calls to himself the stranger, Dorus, calling him son.

Now that thought, that feeling that has been troubling the frozen mind of  Shena becomes certainty: that young man, that guy who seemed so strange and familiar is actually her son! Confused, Shena asks Sendor for and explanation: why is her son’s body here? He was just a baby when he died, for how long has he been walking around? Shena looks at the guy and thinks she wasn’t ready to re-open the wound, though she never stopped imagining how happy she would now be now if he never passed, she resists the urge to hug him, because she knows that he is not in there, that body is just a box. Sendor, walking slowly and sitting on the throne, accuses the woman of not being a good mother, he says he hates her and that she let Surod die on purpose so she wouldn’t risk anyone finding out she had disobeyed the law. With her Ring she could have reversed the fate, she could have brought back their child. But now it’s all right because he finally managed to get hold of the most powerful sword of all, that surely will attract the soul of their son. Shena explains that what he’s saying is pure madness, nothing has power over death, not her Ring nor the Black Crystal Sword, there is no magic that can knot pure spirits to the matter.

The kings are upset, they didn’t know about the love affair between the sorcerer and the queen, they weren’t aware they had a son. They understand now that what drove Sendor to steal the sword was only the despair of a grieving father, his intentions may not be evil but the sword is, and soon it will take control of the wizard, clouding his mind and transforming him into evil itself, so they invite him to give up his plan.

Sendor is too determined, he spent 16 years preparing this plan in detail and he will not give up right now. When a man loses everything he holds most dear, his heart annihilates and writhes in perpetual pain, there is nothing that can replace the love of his family so, a week after his death, he went to the cemetery, he knelt on Surod’s grave and, through an ancient spell, he brought him back to life. The rite however did not worke, Surod was just a puppet, a body without any will. Sendor, though heartened to at least be able to see the face of his son, was destroyed and disappointed so he retired to his bunk and began to look for a solution: if he really had to give up Shena he at least wanted to be the father of her child.
He came up with a perfect plan: he started calling the boy Dorus and learnt to control his body with magic as if he were a puppet and, when he reached a suitable age, he sent him by the king to warn them about him stealing the sword, drawing them to his castle.

At this point the kings understand that somehow they had been drawn to a trap and, failing to understand Sendor’s intentions, the rail on him to capture him and get back the sword. As soon as they approach, however, they are permeated by an intense glare: the dark wizard had hidden the real casket containing the sword behind the throne, so the weapons, finally together, unlock the magical device and Sendor can now  really grab the Black Crystal Sword!

8. SOULLESS CHILD

[Sendor]
Welcome my guests, Iʼve been waiting
for so long for this fine day to come
itʼs a pleasure to finally meet you
Come here Dorus and join me my son

Woman Iʼm talking to you now
I guess you never told ʻem the truth
there was something so slightly familiar
in the boy that was walking with you
[Shena]
Of course no I never told ʻem
my liʼl boy had died in my arms
as much as i hate to say it
he will never come back

[Sendor]
Shena youʼre wrong you couldʼve saved him
oh if only you werenʼt so blind
with your magic you couldʼve resurrected him
and by now weʼd be living just fine
[Shena]
It was pointless using my magic
you know it canʼt bring back the soul
thereʼs nothing able to do that
not even that crystal sword

[The Kings]
Now we can see youʼre devoured by sorrow
and your intentions were good somehow
but you donʼt know the power of that sword
youʼll soon be overwhelmed

[Sendor]
When a man loses his love
and a disease takes his child away
there is no way to fill the void
his heart constricts in endless pain

[Storyteller]
And so he did it by himself
he tried a ritual from ancient myths
walked through the graveyard
with tears in his eyes
knelt on the tomb
and then brought him to life

Even though he had lost his love
he had his son back but with no soul
his look is empty heʼs like a toy
he hugs him and then they disappear

Sixteen years later Sendorʼs back
he has come up with a cunning plan
takes control over his marionette
and sends him to Daltor
He will say that he had found the sword
and is ready to unleash a war
the four kings will gather and prepare
to go and face the menace

[Sendor]
Woman Iʼm talking to you now
I guess you never told ʻem the truth
there was something so slightly familiar
in the boy that was walking with you
[Shena]
Of course no I never told ʻem
my liʼl boy had died in my arms
as much as i hate to say it
he will never come back

[The Kings]
Now we can see youʼre devoured by sorrow
and your intentions were good somehow
but you donʼt know the power of that sword
youʼll soon be overwhelmed

[Sendor]
When a man loses his love
and a disease takes his child away
there is no way to fill the void
his heart constricts in endless pain

[Storyteller]
And so he did it by himself
he tried a ritual from ancient myths
walked through the graveyard
with tears in his eyes
knelt on the tomb
and then, then he brought him to life
ʻcause he felt it was good
ʻcause he felt it was right
he never thought he was going off track
and decieving himself

The heroes now
are getting tired
this went too far
This has to end
the wizardʼs mad
they launch their attack

As soon as they get close
a light shines from behind him now the chest is open
he grabs the sword

 

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
All Rights reserved.

Bardic Czech shenanigans

Our gig at Made Of Metal was the very first one we ever did outside Italy and it was fantastic, the crowd was awesome and the organizers were great. I think I can talk on behalf of my fellow bards when I say that our favorite part was when we got to meet our fans and shake their hands, the line for our signing session table was way longer than we were expecting! A huge thank you to everyone who came, we hope to see you again really soon.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our trip, some of them were taken by us, some by others, hope you enjoy.

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Special thanks to Marshall Mutch for his awesomeness!

Take care!

Sara

TBCSS: S01E03 – Four Magic Elements

The situation was too dangerous and important, there was no time to send messengers to the kings to reunite the Alliance, Daltor had to go in person so the mission could begin right as soon as they got all together. He wore his armor, took his trusty Silver Sword and left Westland with Dorus, heading north. The Prince of Northdesert, Alron, was very powerful, with his Magic Rod he could interfere with fire, water, thunders and ice and use them as weapons.
After 5 days the two heroes reached the castle, Alron was dismayed by the news, he had been feeling that something wasn’t right in the universe, but he didn’t think that it was something so serious. After a brief hesitation caused by the shock, Alron put on his combat clothes, looked Daltor in the eyes and they simultaneously sayd nodding to each other: “Rahed”.

3.FOUR MAGIC ELEMENTS

(Storyteller)
The journey began
The fearless heroes left
Heading for a place
Far oh far away
They had to warn Alron
The prince of the North
Of the terrible danger
That threatened all the lands

He holds the secrets
Of the black magic
His weapon is
The magical stick
Thereʼs the power
Of all black magic
In the hands
Of the prince!

Fire, for a rain of a thousand flames
Idro, for a waterfall of cold sea
Thunder, for a roaring electrical storm
Blizzard and Hailstorm, a thousand ice thorns

He holds the secrets
Of the black magic
His weapon is
The magical stick
Thereʼs the power
Of all black magic
In the hands
Of the prince!

Fire and flames, paralyzing ice
Water and thunder the four magic elements

Credits:
– Guidelines written by Sara Squadrani
– The Black Crystal Sword Saga written by Daniele Mazza
– All Lyrics used by kind permission of Limb Music Publishing, Germany.
All Rights reserved.