The Silent Wedding

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The Silent Wedding
The Silent Wedding logo by Travis Smith
The Silent Wedding logo by Travis Smith
Background information
OriginGreece
GenresHeavy metal, progressive metal, power metal, melodic heavy metal
Years active2006–present
LabelsFYB Records
Websitewww.thesilentwedding.com
MembersMarios Karanastasis
Jim Katsaros
Johnny Thermos
Stavros Karlis
Renos Lialioutis
Past membersLou Tobi
Alex Gisginis
Jiota
Stelios Soussanidis
George Rhodes
Chris Mavrides
Il James
Tony Nakos

The Silent Wedding is a heavy metal band which was formed in Athens, Greece in 2006. The band is currently signed to FYB Records (Belgium). To date, they have released an EP (2008), a single (2009) and a full-length album (2013). They have played live concerts supporting various bands such as Firewind, Fates Warning,[1][2] Visions of Atlantis[3] and Maiden uniteD.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

The early years (2006–2007)[edit]

For almost ten years the band was a Greek-speaking heavy rock band with a discography. The band was called "Pyr kai Mania" (English: Fire and Fury).[7] The same members decided to form a metal band with English verse, so in 2006, Jim (Guitars) and Mario (Vocals) formed The Silent Wedding. The band's name means a "Secret Agreement", combining all the diverse music influences of the band members.

The band started playing live gigs performing their own songs and various covers, sharing the stage with many well-known metal bands and participating in many heavy metal festivals around Greece.

The Silent Wedding EP (2008–2009)[edit]

"The Silent Wedding" EP cover

In 2007 they entered Underground Music Studios in order to arrange record their first songs. In 2008 The Silent Wedding recorded their first EP including four compositions and a live cover of the song "Sleeping in the Fire" by W.A.S.P.. The band released the EP in 2008 and received positive feedback from magazines (Metal Hammer Greece, Rock Hard Greece etc.), radio stations and international webzines. The reviewers described The Silent Wedding as a "Melodic Heavy Metal band with Prog & Power influences".

In 2009 their new song "General Autopsy" was included in the compilation of Rock Hard Magazine "Greek Power Vol.1". The song was also included in the second release of "The Silent Wedding" EP one year later.[8]

Debut album and live gigs (2010–2012)[edit]

The band started working on its debut album which was completed in 2012. The album entitled "Livin' Experiments" was recorded and mixed at Underground Music Studios (Greece) and mastered at Gate Studios (Germany) by Michael Rodenberg (Kamelot, Edguy, Rhapsody of Fire etc.). For the album cover, the band worked with Travis Smith (Nevermore, Iced Earth, Opeth etc.).

Meanwhile, the band kept promoting its work through live shows around Greece in metal festivals (Hellenic Heavy Metal bands fest, Golden Apple Fest, Ayia Napa Youth Fest), sharing the stage with bands like Fates Warning, Firewind, Maiden uniteD, Visions of Atlantis and many more, aiming to gain experience and a stronger fan base. In December 2012, the band supported Maiden uniteD on their mini tour[6] in The Netherlands with Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) as a special guest.

Livin' Experiments (2013–2014)[edit]

"Livin' Experiments" album cover by Travis Smith

The Silent Wedding signed a record deal with FYB Records (Belgium) and released their debut album "Livin Experiments" on 6 April 2013. The album was reviewed by numerous magazines and webzines receiving positive feedback and scoring 8/10 in Metal Hammer Greece. The band's headlining release show in Athens was sold out and Livin' Experiments made it to the "Best Seller Metal CD" list in Public Stores (CD Store chain in Greece and Cyprus).

In September 2013, a second mini tour with Maiden uniteD took place, followed by a "Livin' Experiments" release show in Tilburg, Netherlands.[9] In the same year, Jimmy (Guitars) and Johnny (Keyboards) joined the band of Eve's Apple (featuring vocalists of Delain, Tristania, Sirenia and many more) for a headlining show at Metal Female Voices Festival in October 2013.[10] The Silent Wedding supported Fates Warning in Athens, Saxon in Thessaloniki, joined Voodoo Six in their European mini tour in 2014 and supported Threshold in their "European Journey" tour for 19 shows.[11]

Radio and TV appearances[edit]

Date Network / Station Details
28 April 2012 Atlantis FM 105.2 First radio presentation of "Livin' Experiments" and unplugged live
29 April 2013 MAD TV Interview and video clip presentation at TV War
31 March 2013 Atlantis FM 105.2 Rock Hard magazine show
8 July 2013 MAD TV Interview and TV concert at TV WAR
22 July 2013 Sto Kokkino FM 105.5 Metal Hammer Greece show

Discography[edit]

  • "The Silent Wedding" EP (2008)
  • "General Autopsy" (track #11) in the compilation "Greek Power Vol 1" of Rock Hard magazine (2009)[12]
  • "Livin' Experiments" (2013)

"The Silent Wedding" EP (2008)[edit]

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Underground Music Studios (Athens, Greece) by Jim Katsaros.

No.TitleLength
1."I am You"5:52
2."Haley's Eve"7:16
3."A Cry from Within"6:04
4."Shattered Dreams"9:49
5."General Autopsy"5:48
Total length:34:47

"Livin' Experiments" (2013)[edit]

It was produced by The Silent Wedding & John Nikolakopoulos, recorded & mixed at Underground Music Studios (Athens, Greece) by Jim Katsaros & Lazaros Karagiannis and mastered at Gate Studios (Germany), by Michael Rodenberg.

No.TitleLength
1."The Return (To Ithaca)"4:12
2."To Them"5:05
3."When Witches Dance"4:40
4."A Cry From Within"5:05
5."The Tale of Strahd"4:30
6."I Am You"5:49
7."Real Temptations"4:18
8."General Autopsy"5:17
9."In Vitro"6:33
Total length:45:24

Reviews[edit]

Date Source Editor Rating
10 April 2013 Rock Overdose[13] Panos Bougalis 90/100
June 2013 (#342) Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal[14] Maria Vassiliou 8/10
8 August 2013 Rocking.gr[15] Theodoris Xouridas
13 September 2013 Metal Kaoz[16] Dimitris Kontogeorgakos 7/10
October 2013 Metal Rules[17] Ilias Pap 4.0/5
12 October 2013 Sea of Tranquility[18] Scott Jessup 4/5
16 October 2013 The Forgotten Scroll[19] Leon Sgourdas
21 October 2013 Metal Crypt[20] Mike Baird 3/5
2013 SawBiz[21] Kostas Lyros
2013 Rock Hard[22] Fragkiskos Samoilis 7/10

Videography[edit]

  • To Them (2013)

Members[edit]

The Silent Wedding[edit]

  • Marios Karanastasis – Vocals (2006–present)
  • Jim Katsaros – Guitars (2006–present)
  • Johnny Thermos – Keyboards (2009–present)
  • Stavros Karlis – Bass (2014–present)
  • Renos Lialioutis – Drums (2010–present)

Past members[edit]

  • Lou Tobi – Bass (2013)
  • Alex Gisginis – Bass (2010–2013)
  • Tony Nakos – Guitar (2007–2009)
  • Il James – Bass (2006–2010)
  • Chris Mavrides – Drums (2006–2010)
  • Jiota – Keyboards, Cello (2008–2009)
  • George Rodis – Keyboards (2006–2007)
  • Stelios Soussan – Drums (2008–2009)

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fates Warning, The Silent Wedding, Parthian Shot, Live@Fuzz Club, Athens – October 20, 2013". After Noiz. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Fates Warning, The Silent Wedding, Parthian Shot Fuzz". Rock Pages. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Visions of Atlantis, Meden Agan, The Silent Wedding, Scars of Tears live @ Kyttaro, 9/11/2012". After Noiz. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Maiden United, Meden Agan, The Silent Wedding @ AN Club, 20/01/12". Rocking.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  5. ^ Sakis Nikas; Nikos Siglidis. "Maiden United, Meden Agan, Silent Wedding An Club". Rockpages.gr. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b Michel Stiakakis (10 January 2013). "The Silent Wedding: Dutch Tour,21-22-23/12/2012". Rock Overdose (in Greek). Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  7. ^ "The Silent Wedding". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "The Silent Wedding Biography". Last.fm. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  9. ^ "The Silent Wedding: Band Profile". Rock Overdose. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  10. ^ "About The Silent Wedding". Reverbnation. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Threshold – "For The Journey" Tour 2014". Hypothalamus (in German). 14 November 2014. Archived from the original on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Greek Power Vol 1". Rock Hard (July 2009): 84. 2009.
  13. ^ "The Silent Wedding – "Livin experiments" – Review". Rock Overdose (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  14. ^ "The Silent Wedding "Livin experiments"". Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal, #342. June 2013. p. 89.
  15. ^ "The Silent Wedding – Livin Experiments | Rocking.gr". Rocking.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  16. ^ "The Silent Wedding – Livin Experiments". Metal Kaoz. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  17. ^ "The Silent Wedding Livin' Experiments". Metal rules. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Review: "The Silent Wedding: Livin Experiments" – Sea of Tranquility – The Web Destination for Progressive Music!". Sea of tranquility. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  19. ^ "The Forgotten Scroll: The Silent Wedding – Livin Experiments (F.Y.B. Records)". The Forgotten Scroll. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  20. ^ "The Metal Crypt – The Silent Wedding – Livin Experiments Review". Metal Crypt. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  21. ^ "The Silent Wedding: Livin Experiments (FYB Records 2013)". SawBiz (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  22. ^ "Rockhard – The Silent Wedding – "Livin' experiments" (FYB Records)". Rock Hard (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2014.

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