Shadowside vocalist Dani Nolden has perhaps the most powerful and indelible female metal voice in Brazil, and one of the best in the world. The fact that she is amazingly charismatic and stunningly beautiful is merely a bonus for fans. On Halloween night, Nolden reached out to Metalholic to talk about the band’s newest album; Inner Monster Out; the origins of Shadowside; Halloween in Brazil; her inspirations and influences; passion for tattoos and martial arts; as well as the band’s concerts with Iron Maiden.
“Inner Monster Out” marks the band’s third album, but as I told Nolden, it really sounds like it should be their first, as Shadowside seems to have found its signature style on this record.
“I have to agree,” confides Nolden. “This album is what we have been after for the longest time. This is what I’ve been after my whole career. This was really the turning point for me kind of the beginning of the band as well. Not just for me but the guys in the band: We are really happy with the results on this album.”
While Shadowside is not well-known here in America yet, they are known in Europe, and are a major player on the surprisingly massive Brazilian metal scene. A scene far bigger than most are aware of.
“It’s really big nowadays, “concurs Nolden. “Especially now that it’s gotten so easy to start a band. There’s so many new, great bands going on, not just the old ones that people might now like Angra and stuff like that but we have some really cool new talent here. And we’ve had the opportunity to tour with those bands. So we get to experience a lot of interactions with new musicians with new ideas. And we end up getting inspired with that as well. It’s really hard to find a weekend in Sao Paulo with no shows. So it’s really alive here in Brazil”
Shadowside has toured the world extensively, hitting some 21 countries, yet it would be at home in Brazil where the band would get to open for Iron Maiden: A band that thoroughly impressed Nolden with their professionalism and integrity. The singer lights up as she talks about the experience of playing with them:
“It was insane. It was very much like a dream, because we had the opportunity in 2009 but we ended up getting cancelled from that show half an hour after we were supposed to be playing. We had a huge storm that day and it was an open air concert so it ruined some of the equipment which ended up delaying the whole show. They tried to figure something out to make us play but we got cancelled. They even apologized to us and that’s something I would never expect from a band that huge. So I was very honored that they picked us and they took the time to explain everything to us. I never thought we would get the chance again. I never thought they would remember us and invite us again. So it did happen in 2011. We got asked like three days before the show. When we got on stage it was just surreal. Being onstage with Iron Maiden, a band that influenced us, that inspired us–they’ve been around for longer than I’ve been alive. It’s really insane, you get on that stage and see that stage-set and the crowd actually chanting for you. Because we would never expect that. They’ve been on the line waiting for Iron Maiden to come on, they paid a huge price for the ticket and they end up enjoying your band as well. It was like the show of a lifetime.”
Listen to our complete 30-minute interview with Dani below, and got your hands and ears on their new album, “Inner Monster Out”.
Dani Nolden – Vocals/Keyboards
Raphael Mattos – Guitar
Ricardo Piccoli – Bass
Fabio Buitvidas – Drums