Interview with Saidian (September 11th 2006)

First off all I just want to congratulate you on your new album "Phoenix". Are you satisfied with it?
Saidian -
Well, difficult question First of all: Yes! We are satisfied with the new album, but of course there's never a song or an album which satisfies us completely. I think if you're completely satisfied with the things you do, you're on the best way to stagnation.

Where do you see the main difference between your debut album "...For Those Who Walk the Path Forlorn"   and your new album?
Saidian -
We cut off the progressive parts to reach a more catchy style of music. We just want to play the music which we like best, because that's the only way to be honest with yourself, the audience and with your music itself. (Ok, that sounds extremely kitschy) And we add some hard guitars to compensate the keyboards. So the new album contains a bit more rock and metal (which is the kind of music that I like best he, he, he).  

How did you get your name Saidian?
Saidian -
After several weeks and meetings we were completely assured, that we never will find a band name...we just couldn't agree on it. One day we met in the practicing room and one came up with obsidian (that's the black volcano-stone) But we thought, that the "ob" in the beginning of the word sounds like a burp, so we cut it off and get Saidian. With this few letters we juggled and played and finally we got Saidian which everybody likes. So, there is no meaning in this word. It just sounds good!

Are there any songs on the new album that are special to you?
Saidian -
Well, I've wrote four of the songs and of course, these are special to me! But the very special song for me is "See the Light" (I've wrote it for my girlfriend!) And naturally the song "Crown of Creation" because of Jon Olivas fabulous guest vocals.

In what words would you describe the music and moods of Saidian for someone that has not heard you yet?
Saidian -
For us it is full of energy and power. That's the reason why we choose the phoenix as a symbol for the new record. It stands for never ending energy and a burning flame. So you see, we're a bit overambitious!

Any plans to go on tour? If so, when and where?
Saidian -
Yes, we will play on a festival in Switzerland in December (end of 2006 dayz) with Sodom, Destruction, Finntroll, Unrest and many other bands (over all 32 Bands). Next year we're planning a tour in early spring. But that's not fixed. We're in touch with a great band, so maybe we will support this band on their tour! We'll see *g*.  

Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
Saidian -
Mmmmh, well... I think one of these bands could be a good choice:
Stratovarious, HammerFall, Edguy, Primal Fear/Sinner or Sonata Arctica! Maybe Blind Guardian, too??? My favourite choice is Britney Spears :)

What are you doing besides Saidian, job wise as well as hobbies?
Saidian -
I'm studying to be a teacher (music and German) my hobbies: cinema with my girl, reading and music, music, music. My band mate’s work as piano teacher (keyboards), electrician (base), mechanist (drums) and seller in a music store (guitar).

What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact on the history of Metal?
Saidian -
Bands: Black Sabbath, Queen, Manowar, Savatage, Dio, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Helloween (and hundreds of other bands!) But I think there are several modern bands which influenced the metal-scene like Nightwish or something like that! Albums are too many to numerate!

What albums have you been listening to lately? Any recent releases catching your ear?
Saidian -
I liked the new Edguy album ("Rocket Ride") and the new Primal Fear ("Seven Seals") but in my opinion there are very few good releases up to now in 2006!  

Thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us! So, finally - any words of wisdom or funny facts about the nearest future you want to share with the readers?
Saidian -
If you want to receive our newsletter send an e-mail to so you can find free-porns with our guitar player and me, our base-player in girl underwear or other extremely important stuff :) See you on stage!!!

Interviewed by Peter Laursen

Saidian - Phoenix

Album available on Metal Heaven.