Heidra is a new shooting star in the Danish metal sky. So much was established on a windy night in March, where Heidra swept away all competition at the fourth edition of Mighty Fight Night. Along with the victory came a record deal with Mighty Music and an appearance at this year’s Copenhell Festival alongside bands such as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister and many more.
Copenhagen-based Heidra play a melodic mix of black metal, power metal and folk music. With their music they have created a name for themselves in the folk metal scene, which continues to grow steadily these days.
Heidra have just completed their debut album, “Awaiting Dawn”, in Andy La Rocque’s (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios. The album was engineered by Olof Berggren and mixed and mastered by Andy La Rocque.
“We try to always challenge ourselves and we’re inspired by many different genres when we write music. Our sound has many different aspects, but the most important thing for us is to write good songs with memorable melodies – I think we succeeded in doing that with Awaiting Dawn,” says lead singer Morten Bryld. “Genre-wise there are quite a few different tracks on the record, but I think we’ve managed to make a consistent album that we can be proud of. At the same time it is the first chapter of a fantasy story about war and betrayal and I think the fact that the album tells a story contributes to making it a more complete record.”
The band have previously released the self-financed and critically acclaimed EP “Sworn to Vengeance”, that really put the band on the map and got them support gigs for internationally acclaimed acts such as Korpiklaani, Thyrfing and Hate, as well as the victory at Mighty Fight Night.
“Awaiting Dawn” will be released in Denmark on June 16 via Mighty Music/Target Group and in the rest of the world on July 28.
“With so many new Metal releases being out each month, it’s easy to miss some real highlights. Hopefully people won’t miss HEIDRA, as their debut album not only includes perfect combination of Epic, Folk, Black and Power Metal, proves that it’s still possible to say something new in the genre, but first of all has this factor that is most important: really good songs. As the album’s mix and mastering were made by the one and only Andy La Rocque (Grammy nominated KING DIAMOND guitarist) – you can be sure you will be dealing with the top class production. “Awaiting Dawn” can be described in many ways, but to keep it short, it could be simply labeled as “high quality Metal”!” – Bart Gabriel from Gabriel Management
Morten Bryld – Vocals
Martin W. Jensen – Guitars
Carlos G.R. – Guitars
Danny Svendsen – Keyboards
Morten Kristiansen – Bass
Mikkel Køster – Drums
HEIDRA – Awaiting Dawn
CD – 2014
Danish release: 16.06.2014
Worldwide release: 28.08.2014