Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Currently, our line up consists of myself (Mike Burton) and Randy Bergh on guitars, Andy Sidloski on bass, and Adam Kallstrom on drums. As with any band that has been around for years, there have been several member changes; most recently I took over main vocals after the departure of our vocalist since we decided to keep the band a tight knit group of friends instead of finding another vocalist. We all went to the same highschool in Bonnyville, Alberta and began to learn Metallica and In Flames covers to play at our school's “Rock Jams” which were like a talent show but focused on musical performances. Eventually we started writing our own songs and played shows around Bonnyville, setting up our own smaller festivals called “Rise of the Wicked” and “Pedal to the Metal” which were the only real shows we could get in such a small town. We all ended up moving to Edmonton after the release of our first album One Body Blade in 2010 and started working with Ryan Walraven of Raised Fist Productions. We were lucky enough to start playing venues such as Avenue Theatre, Starlite Room, and The Pawn Shop among others to really get our feet wet in the scene. We setup our own basement studio that tracked many of the new bands who needed a quality EP/LP but didn't have thousands and thousands of dollars and it was here that we recorded our second album Born of a Dying Star in 2012. Since then, we've had several career dreams come true, such as opening for Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, 3 Inches of Blood, and Goatwhore. Our new album Shattered Shores comes out on October 30th and was recorded and mixed in our new studio and mastered by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We're what could be called a melodic death metal band along the lines of In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, and Wintersun. We all listened to In Flames growing up, and we even played a full set of In Flames covers a few times when we were in highschool, their style has always resonated with us. That's not to say we sound like them, but that style of palm muted staccato notes with a harmony running through it and harmonized guitar melodies and solos is what comes out naturally after listening to them so much. Recently we began to include blastbeats and large amounts of orchestrations, sometimes called the “wall of sound” type of music along the lines of the Devon Townsend Project and Wintersun; that huge sound is so intriguing to listen to especially at live shows where they add another dimension to the show.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Besides supporting the local scene, we believe that our new album straight up kicks ass. If someone buys our new CD at a show, we'll throw in the older ones as well! But really, we just want to put out the best music we can, and I think that this album speaks for itself.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We released our first album in 2010 called One Body Blade, and for being our first attempt at any sort of recording, I think it was quite well-done. We sold out of our 500 copies that year, and we played many shows around Bonnyville and some in Edmonton in support of it. We didn't have much press at the time, but it was enough to get us shows in Edmonton and on board with the promoter Raised Fist Productions. We all moved there afterwards.
Our second album was release in 2012 entitled Born of a Dying Star and was quite a departure from the first album
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes we do, but recently we have been concentrating on getting our latest album out and practicing it in its entirety, so we have only played a few shows this year, but they have been amazing. We opened up for Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium on their Edmonton date, and it was a life changing experience to be playing the same show as a band we have looked up to for years. We're planning our release show for after the release of Shattered Shores, and we want to get our fellow Edmonton bands in on the action to make it a night to remember. After that, we'll be back to our usual amount of live shows, as much as we can play!
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We try to make the best music we possibly can, music that we would want to listen to ourselves – and our new album represents the best songs we've written to date. We wanted to take it to “the next level” so we hired a professional artist for the album art, and Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy) to master it; we didn't want to compromise on anything.
Live, we have a setup that includes wireless in-ear monitors, backing tracks, and automated channel changes programmed to the metronome. This means we can play exact set times night after night and never cut in to another band's set as well as having the backing tracks adding another dimension to our live performances. We take our shows very seriously and we always treat the venues and promoters with the utmost respect.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Besides the release of our new album, we are currently planning our big release show for sometime in November with our fellow Edmonton bands, it's going to be one hell of a show! We're also planning on a music video to follow one of our singles.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
We have a SoundCloud where we will be releasing the singles over the next few weeks – and eventually the full album stream: https://soundcloud.com/silentlineofficial
Our merch is not currently available online, but we are going to be setting up an online merch store very soon. The album will be available as a digital download on October 30th, 2015. Watch our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information: https://www.facebook.com/silentlinemetal