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10 MP3 Songs in this album (64:28) !
Related styles: METAL/PUNK: Heavy Metal, METAL/PUNK: 80's Metal
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HELLISH WAR â 21st CENTURY CLASSIC METAL
Since your birth in the end of the seventies, heavy metal was one of the most changing types of music. From your classical form made by bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, the style turned heavier and faster with bands such as Metallica, Slayer and Venom. During the nineties, bands like Morbid Angel and Entombed took those characteristics to the extreme and created death metal. At the same time, some Norwegian musicians where putting some satanic elements on it and the rest of the history everybody knows.
All these new elements where relevant and meant new horizons to the style, although, nobody can deny that the most creative and important period for metal music where during the eights when all the artists where playing the true and original classic metal. And back then, during this âmagic eraâ, that HELLISH WAR got your inspiration to make your own kind of classic metal.
The guitar player Vulcano, that started playing in 1986 with other local bands from Campinas (São Paulo), formed HELLISH WAR in 1995. Initially, his idea was to settle the band as a power-trio. The drummer Jayr Costa and the bass player/vocalist Marcos completed the group and soon they where performing the first gigs.
With this line-up they recorded the bandâs first demo-tape in 1996. Named The Sign, this effort was a big success and got very enthusiastic reviews on press. Everybody was impressed about the band back then: how a new group formed during the grunge movement could make authentic music and at the same time keep it true to the original formula of classic metal? Soon, the title track âThe Signâ turned the hymn of that Brazilian heavy metal generation.
In 1997 the band saw the first line-up change. Marcos quit the band and the power-trio turned to be a quintet with Roger Hammer (vocals), Gabriel Gostautas (bass) and Daniel Job (guitars) joining. With these additional experienced musicians, HELLISH WAR got stronger. This was proved during the first gigs with the new line-up: Vulcanoâs typical guitar playing got extra force with Danielâs virtuosity. Roger Hammer also contributed with an impressive vocal range.
THE FIRST ALBUM
The good results on stages impressed the directors of the Brazilian record label Megahard Records. Back then, Megahard was one of the most emerging labels in rock and metal scene. With a contract offering, they went to the studio and started recording this first album.
Defender of Metal was released in 2001 under a high expectative. The album was very well received by public and press, getting very high rates on the most important magazines. Outside Brazil, the album was also going well, mainly in Portugal, Germany and Japan. The people from these countries where very impressed with HELLISH WARâS peculiar style when playing pure and classic metal.
They toured all the Brazilian country promoting Defender Of Metal playing in 50 different cities. Two gigs in special deserve to be mentioned: HELLISH WAR got the opportunity to play with the German metal legend UDO Dirkschneider in São Paulo and with the NWOBHM heroes Saxon in Curitiba, capital of Paraná state.
At the end of the tour, new line-up changes: the drummer Jayr Costa left and Daniel Person came in. JR was the new bass player in substitution to Gabriel Gostautas. HELLISH WAR was gaining even more technique ability.
PROBLEMS WITH THE RECORD LABEL
Musicianâs biographies are full of problems with record labels. This is not different for HELLISH WAR. The band was emerging to higher levels of musical quality and popularity and they needed more business support from the label. They could not get what they want and decided to leave the label, once there were proposals from other companies. Feeling that they were up to loose a very promising artist, Megahard started to put some extra difficulties to avoid the contractual dissolution.
Besides, the new HELLISH WAR album was taking form and Megahard decided to make a new offer to them and try to carry on with the partnership. Now the band had a very professional studio to record the new album in São Paulo and all the other conditions to do it.
In fact, the recordings were going well when they faced new problems with the label. That was the final point. There was no way to keep the deal with Megahard Records. The result? All the recorded material was lost!
HEROES OF TOMORROW
Finally free from contractual obligations, HELLISH WAR got locked in Sincopa Studios â one of the best Brazilian recording studios â to record again the entire second album.
With a better approach and a real smooth production, the band decided to release the album by themselves and follow the market tendencies.
Heroes of Tomorrow is finally on the CDs Stores and it brings 10 new tracks composed by the entire band and that keeps the essence and energy of their early days plus a surprising technical evolution.
You can get even more into Heroes Of Tomorrow by reading bellow the track-by-track written by the drummer Daniel Person.
HEROES OF TOMORROW â TRACK-BY-TRACK
(By Daniel Person)
Straight From Hell - Hellish Warâs second album starts with this fast song, which was the last one to be composed for the album. This one reminds in some way - specially on the guitar riffs and vocal lines - the 80âs heavy metal from the great Grave Digger.
Die for Glory (Guillis the Brave) - This mid tempo song is probably known by many of the headbangers that have gone to any Hellish War concert in the last year! The intense drums that we have on this song were even praised by Manowarâs ex-drummer Rhino, at Hellish Warâs MySpace website.
Metal Forever - This one is also surely known by any headbanger who have gone to a Hellish concert in the last couple of years, and we may even say that this one is already a classic song from the band! Great guitar solos duets and a chorus that we hope you donât forget after listening to it!
Son of the King - Traditional guitar riffs, in the same line that we had on Hellish Warâs debut album, Defender of Metal! Son of the King shows the band playing the traditional 80âs heavy metal with a lot of punch and energy.
Reasons - After a great intro, this song goes on through inspired âpiratesâ guitar riffs influenced by the great Rock n´Rolf and his Running Wild.
My Freedom - This slow tempo heavy song brings to the album great vocal lines, and a great chorus sang by the whole Hellish War crew.
Destroyer - The fastest song on the album shows Hellish Warâs technique at their best, and watch out with the chorus that may blow your speakers!
Awaken - Another 80âs traditional heavy metal song, several nuances and great NWOBHM oriented riffs, we hope you bang your head with this one!
Beyond - This instrumental song brings up again the atmosphere from Defender of Metal album, great solos and also worked really well as an intro song from some Hellish concerts.
Heroes of Tomorrow - This epic heavy metal song closes the album with powerful vocal lines and also an orchestra intervention, inspired by the majestic soundtracks from Basil Poledouris (Conan). Heroes of Tomorrow shows Hellish War at their best, for sure one of the best compositions the band ever wrote.
HEROES OF TOMORROW â PRESS QUOTES
I mean it from the bottom of my heart that "Heroes Of Tomorrow" stole my heart right from the start. Best possible sound quality - Metal played by a bunch of skilled to the bone musicians... this album has a lot of potential - Metal To Infinity (Belgium)
Where bands like PRIMAL FEAR, MANOWAR etc. really show weaknesses, bands such as these heroes jump in and hold the banner of glorious times high.- Metal Observer (Canada)
...Europe-centered Metal music ready for boarding in your CD player. ..."Heroes Of Tomorrow" is an effort many Euro Metal bands would like to have written... - Metal Temple (Greece)
This band does not sound up to date, it sounds archaic and utterly orthodox, but orthodox magical - Metal District (Germany)
Excellent compositions and lots of riffs with enough ability - Merlin Prog (Norway)
A rare experience of the Power Metal! - Metal 2 Metal (Germany)
A very experienced old school Metal, the highly demanding U.S. Metal of the eighties influenced, but also a few quotes neoclassical supplies. Doing it with such dedication and expertise that the result is simply terrific. - Metal Glory (Germany)
Masterfully combines melody and heaviness! - Power Metal (Germany)
Their music is authentic, delivered with passion and energy. This is a great effort and in my opinion we owe Hellish War our support. They have earned it with the honest and heartfelt music they deliver. - Marios Metal Mania (Germany)
Heroes of Tomorrow insurance is to spend some quality time from beginning to end, the group has found the beginning of an interesting balance between the Heavy Metal "Old School" and "current" - Metal Integral (France)
The songs are mature and the chorus sounds likes good hymns - Rock Hard (Germany)
HEROES OF TOMORROW â THE MUSICIANS
Roger Hammer (vocals) started playing with 15 years old with no professional goals. After listening from many people about his talent, he decided to join a cover band. When recording some cover songs he first met Vulcano, HELLISH WARâs guitar man. Vulcano got impressed with Hammerâs vocal skills and invited him to make an audition, once HELLISH WAR was looking for a new frontman. After just a few notes, Roger Hammer got the job. This did happen 10 years ago an since then Roger Hammer not just grew up as a singer but as a songwriter as well.
Vulcano (guitars) HELLISH WARâS founding member has more than 20 years of experience in the musical industry playing guitar. He has a very unique kind of playing, very much influenced by guitar heroes such as Dave Murray, Cris Oliva and Chris Holmes. Vulcano does not try to copy your heroes, but he creates his own style to play guitar and this gives identity to HELLISH WARâs music at the same time it makes possible for the listener to travel to the middle of the eighties magic era. Vulcano also has a catchy presence on the stage and a peculiar sense of humor. Chat with him for five minutes and youâll understand what Iâm saying.
Daniel Job (guitars) started to play with 10 years old. Influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen and Marty Friedman, he formed your first band with 15. Playing in the same circuit than HELLISH WAR, both destinies got crossed and though his friendship with HELLISH WARâs former drummer, Daniel ended up playing bass in the band during some gigs. It didnât take long till he join the band officially as the second guitar player. With his contribution, HELLISH WAR not gained additional strength and technique, but a very rich melodic spectrum due to the guitar duets. Daniel Job also plays on Iron Fist (Motörhead Tribute) and on Sacred Heart (Dio Tribute).
JR (bass) is above all a technical musician, influenced by the jazzist Marcus Miller. But he shows all your versatility with a heavy catch when playing metal, what makes him a complete musician. He is the newest member of the band, but no less important. In fact, he did contribute with lots of ideas when the guys were writing Heroes Of Tomorrow.
Daniel Person (drums) started to play with 12 years old influenced by his fatherâs musical preferences. He joined HELLISH WAR in may/2001, right after the release of Defender Of Metal. He took part of other local bands such as Sagrez (heavy metal) and Mighty Athena (hard rock), and had a huge experience like session drummer playing with such respected Brazilian musicians. Nowadays he also plays drums on Iron Fist (Motörhead Cover) and on The Flanders (rock).
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