Fall 2016 Tour Dates

10 Bardic Years Tour!

It was 2006 when Daniele and Martino first started forming a band to play Daniele’s songs. I joined them a year later.
Being asked to join Ancient Bards is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to me because all the best things I treasure in my life derive from accepting their offer.

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into at that time: I had never sung power metal before (nor any other kinds metal, to be fair), I didn’t know anything about the underground music business and I most certainly didn’t expect to be able to release an album worldwide. I had to grow as a person and as an artist. Sure, there is still a long way to go, but I enjoy my journey so much because it constantly gives me huge satisfactions, it takes me to beautiful places and gets me to meet wonderful people.

Everything I am now I owe it to music, so I’m utterly grateful to Daniele for choosing me, giving me the chance to do what I love with some AMAZINGLY TALENTED musicians that also happen to be great human beings, beautiful friends that I love and consider as Family.

If Ancient Bards, through their music, can bring even half the joy they brought to me, I’ll call myself the happiest person on earth.

This premise serves to give you a picture of how excited I am to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the foudation of Ancient Bards this fall around Europe and in Japan!

We will perform a special show, a new set especially designed for this celebration and we can’t wait to party with you! Come and see us!

Here’s where you can find us:

Sept 23rd – Dusseldorf DE – Pitcher
Sept 24th – Roeselare BE – De Verlichte Geest
Sept 25th – Eindhoven NL – FemME Festival
Oct 21st – Heerhugowaard NL – Kompleks
Oct 22nd – Zaandam NL – De Flux
Oct 23rd – Arnhem NL – Wilemeen
Nov 5th – Tokyo JP – Japanese Assault Fest
Nov 6th – Tokyo JP – Japanese Assault Fest

I’m looking forward to meeting you all, see you on the road!

Hugs,
Sara

Advertisements

TBCSS: S03E02 – A Greater Purpose

agreaterheader

Sendor and Daltor are now face to face, the battle begins so cruel and ruthless that even the castle seems to suffer the evil influence of the Black Crystal Sword. Daltor, after fighting with Black Dragon, feels that his exhausted and wounded body won’t resist much longer to further fight; his only hope is to make the most of his wit and so he tries to focus, but a disturbing thought distracts him: he is a fierce and proud person, but he realizes now that this is the first time he has an actual responsibility towards all of the world, everything depends on him and he gets tense. Feeling uneasy, he starts thinking about his past behavior and realizes how shallow and vain he used to be, he was so full of himself that now he’s confused and no longer sure he’s actually able to make it.
“What if I’m not good enough? What if my vanity has deceived me making me feel stronger than I am?”
This scary thought gets more and more insistent and as its intensity grows so does the weight of his Silver Sword, to which the destiny of all the people of the world is tied.
But Daltor is very smart and he knows that there’s a way to take advantage even from a bad situation. This new awareness makes him feel like he’s finally a man, he embraces his growth and decides that those skills he developed doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons, he will use now to fulfill his call, to finally achieve his purpose.

2.  A GREATER PURPOSE

[Storyteller]
Thick, dark voracious clouds
wolfing down the tops of the highest towers
bleed unforgiving gloom
that drips down carving stones like knives of terror

[Daltor]
I was always so narcissistic,
superficial and arrogant,
slaying dragons to satisfy
nothing but my vanity.
All the glory and adoration
made me feel like some kind of god,
I was sure that my valiant deeds
would go down in history.

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

Seeing things from this new perspective
all my past seems so trivial,
I was only a fatuous boy
living out his own deceit.
I am filled by this new awareness,
for my sins I will make amend,
I will cherish the wisdom born
from my strange epiphany.

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.
Smack down the fiend!

[The group]
See the mortal dance
Left right left right up down up down
One hops forward one steps back
dodges blows bending to the side
Left right left right up down up down
One hops forward one steps back
Cold blades cut the air seeking flesh hungry for bones

[Daltor]
Though this day of grand disillusion
might as well be my very last
I am grateful for I received
the great gift of clarity
The result of my past behavior
wasn’t meaningless after all
If there’s something I’ve ever learned
is to spear cold-bloodedly

Here on my shoulders I bear the weight
of so many faultless lives,
my sword’s so much heavier now
that I know they all depend on me.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.

[Storyteller]
He is face to face with Sendor,
with his cruelest enemy,
while he’s waging the battle
with the demons inside of him!

[Daltor]
Embrace my evolution,
‘cause I sense I was brought to this life
for a greater purpose.
Smack down the fiend!

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.
– Photo credit: Ross Castle via photopin (license)
All Rights reserved.

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!


PicsANDETOUR

@claudiopietronik , Brandeburger Tor #Berlin #AncientBards

A post shared by Sara Squadrani (@sarasquadrani) on

Happiness in Berlin

A post shared by Sara Squadrani (@sarasquadrani) on

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

A post shared by Sara Squadrani (@sarasquadrani) on

Also, this happened:

I hope you enjoyed, take care!

Sara

TBCSS: S02E07 – Dinanzi al Flagello

DAF

Sendor’s island is swallowed by the dark and everything is wrapped in a shiny and mystical frost, which, like a shield, protects the spirits of the forest from the horrors of the night, while they sing their dreaded prophecy.

Full moon in the night
Our fate will come
Ideals of a past
that now is forgotten
Nothing will meet death
Full moon in the night
Our fate will come

Ideals of a past
that now is forgotten
Life – of ours
And terror thounders
persistingly in the mind
Now – it’ll change
He – is going to die

We’re before the scourge
destiny preserved for us
And terror thounders
persistingly in the mind
Ideals of a past
that now is forgotten

7.DINANZI AL FLAGELLO

Luna piena nella notte,
giungerà la nostra sorte.
Ideali di un passato
ch’è ormai dimenticato.
Nulla incontrerà la morte.
Luna piena nella notte,
giungerà la nostra sorte.

Ideali di un passato
Vita – nostra
E risuona incalzante
il terrore nella mente
Ora – cambierà
Lui – morirà

Siam dinanzi al flagello
che il destino ha in serbo
E risuona incalzante
il terrore nella mente
Ideali di un passato
che ormai è dimenticato

 

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.
photo credit: Sky Noir via photopin cc

TBCSS: S02E06 – Valiant Ride

TPIH

It’s time to shed light on this story, the kings and Dorus penetrate deeper and deeper into Noland, a place so enigmatic and inaccessible that seems to belong to another dimension. The wound of Daltor’s loss is still open and their sense of duty has now formed a bond with a profound thirst for revenge, theys are determined to get quickly to the castle where it is said Sendor lives, on an island at the center of the Dead Sea. Alron, as the successor of Sendor, knows the story of a mad old soothsayer who, for some reason, was exiled from by the dark wizard himself many years ago; he lives as a hermit in a hut and for sure will have some clue on how to reach the island.

The kings run down the gentle slope of a hill and spot a cabin under a huge redwood tree. There’s no need to knock on the door because, as soon as the reach it, it opens and out comes an old, thin and curved man, with silver hair and a long rod skillfully inlaid, who says to the group: “I know what you came her to ask, I know what you wanna do. But I’m not sure I wanna help you. ”
Dorus, impatient and irritated answers : “What? If you really knew the reason why we’re here you wouldn’t give us such a stupid answer. Speak up, you fool!”
“I’ve been alive for a long time, I serve my sentence in solitude and perhaps it would be better to vanish with all of creation, rather than fail and cause again the anger of the dark lord.”
And Shena, with her eyes full of sympathy says: “Please, my good man, I understand your fears but don’t be blind, think about all the wonderful things that will cease to exist, think about all those innocent people who don’t know that these could be their last hours of peace, think about the children … ”
Rahed interrupts her: “When everything is done you will be reinstated in our society”
Old man: “No, I don’t care, my life is here” – he pauses, stares at his feet and then says: “Ok I will help you, but be aware that you won’t succeed. Bring me good and hearty food and I’ll give you the instructions to get to the island.”
Dorus and Rahed go hunting while the old man rips up a strand of fabric from his robes and draws a map on it: “Here, you will find a jetty with a small raft, paddle straight toward the west and soon you will see the island on the horizon.”

As soon as the hunters return and hand two tasty preys to the man, the kings immediately march towards the jetty, they lost enough precious time. The map is correct, they get to a pier where there’s a raft as expected; the water is sticky and black, rain is pouring down and there’s a nauseating smell, as if air itself is suggesting our heroes to give up, to go away and never look back, but they keep rowing.
Landing on the island, the kings find themselves in front of a creepy scene, a distorted nature, the very breath of the plants screams pain while the sap flows in like a gasp. On the shore there is a mountain thrown on the sand: it’s White Dragon, the proud guardian of the Dark Cave, another victim probably guilty of fulfilling his duty as a sentinel.
The kings are upset and can’t understand how a human being could ever voluntarily choose to live in this hellish place, it is an unjustifiable self-inflicted punishment, too strict even for the most disgusting sinner. But the heroes must banish these thoughts from their head quickly, because their mission is important and as long as they have their weapons in their hands they will be able to face any danger, whatever it may be.

6. VALIANT RIDE

[Alron]
Here we are, this little army
will defeat the evil Sendor
he lives on an island on the Dead Sea
in a castle of horror and grief

Down the hill there is a cabin
there we’ll find an old mad man
he will give us the map to where we must go
in exchange for a quail and a boar

Hurry my friends there’s no time to hesitate

Now the map is leadin’ our way
to a pier where there’s a raft
and a small piece of wood to use as an oar
oh get ready to row to the sea

We’re on board, the water’s smelly
it’s like all the fish are rotten
the waves hit the old tub making us sway
and it is also starting to rain

Hurry my friends there’s no time to hesitate

[The Group]
For as long as we know how to use our weapons
there’s nothing that can destroy our force
For as long as we know how to stay together
there’s no man or demon that can frighten us!

[Storyteller]
Approaching the shore
Thunders, bolts, raging wind and pouring rain
short earthquakes shake the ground beneath their feet

[Shena]
This place is hell
how can someone live here?
It’s a place with no soul
it’s a place of despair
I wonder how a man can cope with this loneliness
it is way too much
ever for the darkerst sinner

[The Group]
For as long as we know how to use our weapons
there’s nothing that can destroy our force
For as long as we know how to stay together
there’s no man or demon that can frighten us!

 

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.
photo credit: Michael Bolognesi via photopin cc  (Original image modified)

A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014

We are overwhelmed by the great enthusiasm you all are showing for our tour, it’s so flattering we can’t wait to live this experience and have a good time together! We are also amazed by the number of those of you who ask us to come to the Uk, the USA, South America, Australia, Indonesia, etc… Please know that we’d LOVE to come, everywhere you are, our aim is to reach as many of you as possible and we promise you that, if you stick with us and help us spread our music, one day we will ring your doorbell!

You and us are making a pretty awesome army after all 😉

Read ROCKSHOTS‘ news release here.

Thank you for your priceless support, hope to see you soon.

Cheers,

Sara

TBCSS: S02E05 – All That Is True

All that is true head

The summer night sky is wearing its best dress tonight, it’s made of a smooth and silky fabric of an intense blue color, quilted by millions of sequins of shimmering stars. The sweet moon gently reflects the sun’s rays on the land, and with them its indiscreet gaze that beholds the windows of the castle, where, in contrast to the feeble light of a candle, two figures are taking shape, two shadows, approaching in a tender embrace. It’s a rendezvous, a stolen moment of a denied happiness between two lovers, who relish each other with all their senses, who absorb the proximity of each other’s body with religious devotion and endless admiration. But there is something dark hovering over their love, a ban, a prohibition, a curse that doesn’t allow them to be happy. A question of ethics, laws, customs and ancient codes… that embrace is illegal, their feelings are illegal. The girl, responsible and compliant, tries to comply with her duty, while he, young and instinctive, refuses to suppress what he feels and doesn’t care about what might happen, he would give up anything to live that moment, to give expression to what burns inside his heart. Truth is the only sovereign he recognizes, their love is true and therefore it is not wrong for them to be together, they’ll work it out together, they will rise above those horrible laws, they will undermine those old beliefs ennobled by their feelings: “To my heart you’re all that is true and I won’t give up on you, loving you is the only thing I’m good at, let me do what I do best”.
Hearing these words, smelling the scent of him, the girl surrenders to his kissing and, cuddled by the beating of his heart she gives in to passion, which is much too strong.

Indulging in their shared desire the couple give birth to a baby boy, he’s the light of their life, a tender little creature proof of their bond. Being a family makes the lovers feel invincible, like nothing can stand in their way, as soon as the boy will be old enough they will unveil the truth and present their child to the community that will certainly acknowledge their relationship.

But happiness is a far too fragile flower, the baby boy gets sick a dies. The girl takes this death as a sign, as a warning, as a punishment for daring to defy her laws and her destiny. The man takes this unfair death as an insult, as a sick joke of the devious fate, and gets mad, anger fills his heart and finds its way up to his head, grudge eats his mind piece by piece until there’s no rags of sanity left in him. Madness, complete madness and darkness is what’s left of this young man.

5. ALL THAT IS TRUE

[Storyteller]
Standing by the window
two shadows are getting closer
tight in a warm embrace
Swayinʼ under the moonlight
caressing each others hands
with such a peaceful grace

Gently she leans now her head on his chest
feeling his heartbeat she lets her hair down

[Woman]
My love I canʼt do this
we knew it from the start
i just canʼt be with you
Youʼre not from around here,
youʼre not one of my kind,
this loveʼs against the law

[Storyteller]
He kisses her forehead then shifts to her neck
she starts breathing faster the passionʼs too strong

[Man and Woman]
To my heart youʼre all that is true (I feel you)
and I wonʼt give up on you
loving you is all I can do (I know)
youʼre all thatʼs worth living for

[Man]
My love let me love you
for nothing can come between us
not even your cruel laws
Together we can make it
and Iʼll be yours forever,
untill death do us part

[Storyteller]
He kisses her forehead then shifts to her neck
she starts brathing faster the passionʼs too strong

[Man and Woman]
To my heart youʼre all that is true (I feel you)
and I wonʼt give up on you
loving you is all I can do (I know)
youʼre all thatʼs worth living for

To me youʼre my air
youʼre all that I see
my angel of love
loving you is all I can do (I know)
youʼre all that I need

[Man]
After this union a baby is born
weʼll secretly raise him until heʼs ready
to prove to the world our love
is true and weʼll be free

[Man and Woman]
To my heart youʼre all that is true (I feel you)
and I wonʼt give up on you
loving you is all I can do (I know)
youʼre all thatʼs worth living for

[Storyteller]
—[The new family were happy, peace reigned among them, they lived united in the hope that some day they could share their joy with the world, but sadly the baby became sick and died. They never recovered from their loss and eventually this shock led them to insanity]—

[Man and Woman]
To my heart youʼre all thatʼs true and I know I wonʼt give up on you!
loving you, oh itʼs all that I can do and I know youʼre all Iʼm living for

[Storyteller] Anger Madness

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.

PicsMOM

Special thanks to Marshall Mutch for his awesomeness!

Take care!

Sara

TBCSS: S02E04 – Broken Illusion

banner

The wearing march that brought the knights deep into Noland, finally leads them to the Dark Cave, an ancient cavern that was once used as a dungeon. It was a matter of common knowledge that the entrance to the cave was supposed to be controlled by two guardians: Black Dragon and White Dragon. Black Dragon is the one that attacked them earlier so it’s not such a surprise for them to not see it there, but the fact that there’s no trace of White Dragon worries the kings a lot, because clearly something bad has happened.
Venturing into the cave is not an easy task, it is tortuous and labyrinthine, full of danger and at risk of collapsing. Along the way the kings come across the remains of the prisoners and of the bandits who had entered through the ages to seek refuge, long before the cavern first harbored the sword.
They all still hope that this will turn out to be just a big nightmare and that Dorus was just told lies. Shena’s ring is able to detect the spot where the chest containing the sword had been placed, so they all follow her lead until they get there to find that Dorus was right, the chest is not where it’s supposed to be!  So Sendor really did take it away, he really wants to star a war!
The kings can’t understand Sendor’s plan, how did he take the chest out? Could he open it? How did he even manage to enter the cave and find the chest in the first place? And what happened to White Dragon? Our heroes are lost in confusion trying to figure out what to do next until Rahed, the most practical and decisive of them all says: “There’s no time for questions, we must act! Let’s run to the sorcerer’s castle, we must do it fast and together, because if he really has the Black Crystal Sword we will need all the power of our weapons!”

4. BROKEN ILLUSION

[Alron]
Weʼre before the cavernʼs gates
at the entrance of this dark place of loneliness
it was dug into the rock
by an ancient tribe
to imprison their outlaws
On the left side of the cave
thereʼs empty spot where the black dragon used to
be but on the other side
even the white dragon is missing

We must walk into the cave
Walking down into the heart of the mountain
The cobwebs will hide the way
pay attention
ʻcause itʼs easy to get lost
Weʼre inside a labyrinth
made of long tunnels thatʼll take you nowhere
bones here and there on the ground
oh yes, this oneʼs a risky mission

[Shena]
Down there, my ring says, follow my lead
the thing weʼre looking for is down there
soon we will solve the mystery of the sword
here we are this is the place

[The Kings]
The boy told the truth
the chestʼs not in its place
he was right the chest is no longer here
our fear has become reality
now our duty is harder than ever
The boy told the truth
the chestʼs not in its place
he was right the chest is no longer her
our fear has become reality
now our duty is harder than ever

The boy told the truth
the chestʼs not in its place
he was right the chest is no longer her
our fear has become reality
now our duty is harder than ever

[Rahed]
Letʼs go my friends we gotta go there
we must reach the dark lord before itʼs too late
we will go together to the perpetratorʼs den
and save the day!

 

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.