PD: What type of artist are you?
LR: Lilith’s Revenge are a music band, that floats between the genders of rock and metal, and seek to fight oppression and gender inequality, and also to create a source of power to those who are struggling and only have the music to keep them up and fighting.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LR: The project started back in 2020, when the lead singer Paula Teles invited her then singing student, Paulo Silva (rhythm guitarist) to participate in the new project she had in mind called “Lilith’s Revenge”. At the time, Paulo was the frontman of a small local band called “Strings In Veins” whose elements moved to this new project with Paulo to fill the missing roles. The lead guitar position was taken by Bruno Sousa, Edu Silva became the bassist, and Joe Sousa the drummer. The band released three singles, “Hand On Heart”, “Revenge feat. Bjorn Strid” and “Queendom” and later on released the first studio album called “Children From Eden” which was released on the 21th of May, simultaneously with the band’s live performance debut at the Metalpoint in the city of Porto.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LR: The singer, Paula, is a long time fan of the Tarja Turunen, Björn Strid, Axl Rose, Joey Tempest, Erik Grönwall. She started singing classes at a very young age while she was also taking piano lessons, so Paula grew up with a bit of a classical background, and later at her early adult life, she started to shift more towards Rock, due to bands like Guns & Roses, Europe, Bon Jovi and Fleetwood Mac.
On the rhythm guitar, Paulo, has been known to be a long time fan of Metallica. Paulo never took classes on lessons professionally for his duties as guitar player or singer, so he would shape himself in the image of James Hetfield. He’d copy a lot of his stage mannerisms, essentially after 2008. Over the time, with Metallica serving as the doorway into the rock and metal world, Paulo fell in love with bands like Alter Bridge, and specially on a more classic rock level, Paulo is a huge fan and takes a lot of influence from Foreigner, Shadow King, Journey, Rainbow and Bob Seger.
The band’s soloist, Bruno has also been a huge Metallica fan for a long time, and that’s one of the main reasons Paulo and Bruno became friends and started their first project together nearly 10 years ago, it was their common shared love with Metallica. Aside from it, Bruno takes a lot of influences of those darker melodies from bands like Insomnium and Draconian, and also a lot of country and southern rock with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Staind and Aaron Lewis.
The bassist Edu, got into the rock/metal world when he first became a fan of System Of A Down back while he was in the 8th grade. That was the doorway to becoming a fan of bands like Slipknot and Korn. On a more classical metal approach, Edu is also a huge fan of Steve Harris, and consequently and Iron Maiden fan, and lately has been getting more into the classic rock scene, due to the music Paulo always puts on in the car trips, with iconic basslines that inspire him.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LR: As a band Lilith’s biggest goal right now is to play as many concerts as possible, specially outside of Portugal. We also want our album to be heard in every country possible. We dream of playing big venues and touring Europe for starters to be able to share our positive message through our songs, and help as many people as we can along the way.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LR: The songs are written by the band. Every element works on every song, and has at least a demo of his own in the album which then everyone got to put their influence on. The credit to every song is “Lilith’s Revenge”. Our songs usually address different types of issues that people can go through in life, may it be heartbreaks, depression, physical or mental abuse. Every song has the purpose of making the life of those who struggle a little better and give them the strength to keep fighting.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LR: We try to explore our social media as much as we can, essentially our Facebook and Instagram pages. We tend to post a lot about our next shows to create some anticipation. We promote our band by sharing our music with newspapers, blogs and radios.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LR: Downloading music online has been a known issue for artists ever since the internet became so accessible to everyone. People can download full discographies without the artists getting a dime for it. Of course, that on an ethical level that’s wrong, because it stops the CDs sales, and consequently means less money for the artists to keep on with their expensive craft. But it’s the world we live in, so we made sure our album was available on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, and every similar platform, and we also released our album freely on YouTube. As of now, younger bands can only rely on the payment from shows and the money from the fans who want to buy the physical CD versions, and merchandise. Our physical CDs contain a specially made lyric book, and are autographed by the band, so those who try to support the band financially get rewarded in some way, and get a collectible out of their purchase.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LR: Every member has a different take on this question. Bruno would probably say “The Last Rebel” from Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Paulo would mention something like “Turn The Page” from Bob Seger, which was also actually the song Metallica said they wished they had written during their “Quebec Magnetic” concert.
Edu often mentions he would love to have written “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica, or “Stargazer” from Rainbow.
Paula would probably say something like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, because on a trip to the show TondelaRocks, Paulo tried to skip the song, and Paula made him put it back playing in the car, and sang the whole song in the backseat.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LR: Well, usually the guys spend the car trips discussing videogames and cars, which by the looks on the rear-view mirror seems to bore Paula a lot. There’s also the overuse of the words “literally” and “epic”, and also Edu hates to take phone calls, which goes against Paulo’s constant urge for quick answers and phone calls.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LR: Releasing the first album was probably the proudest moment for all the elements. But Paulo also shared lately, that one of his proudest moments in his short music career, was to see a young girl, who is a huge fan of the band, and has a medical issue in her spine that causes her to need crutches to walk, attend the band’s debut. Paulo shared that it’s a beautiful feeling to know that we get to bring joy to people with struggles, and somehow make their world a little bit better.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LR: As of now, we’re working on the next demos for the next album, but it’s not on a serious level. We’re still working on promoting the first release, and we’re looking into releasing the third videoclip from the album.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LR: All of our songs are available for free in our Youtube channel, and on most of the music platforms like Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music, etc
You can get a physical album copy by direct messaging the band on the social networks, or you can find still a couple of copies in a record store in Porto called PiranhaRecords.