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Heavatar

Formed: 2012
From: Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Heavatar News

Below is our complete Heavatar news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Best Metal Newcomers Of 2013 Explored: Part 3

For our 2013 year-end awards we included a category for best “newcomers” – those bands that released debut albums worth hearing.

To help get you acquainted with the best new talent releasing albums you may have missed, we’ll be looking at each of the bands nominated for the “best newcomer” category by our staff. Today, writer/reviewer CROMCarl covers Avatarium, Bane of Winterstorm, Artlantica, Heavatar, and the previously mentioned Gloryhammer. Here's what he had to say:

Avatarium

Just when you thought Leif Edling was done making Candlemass albums - relegating the epic doom pioneers to live duty only - the man goes and reinvents the genre again with the creation of Avatarium. Backed by powerhouse guitarist Marcus Jidell (Evergrey), drummer Lars Skold (Tiamat), and keyboarist Carl Westholm (Krux/ex-Candlemass), the band was bursting with talent and vast doom pedigrees.

All initial trepidation of how vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith would fare was cast aside on the album's first spin. Her haunting and gorgeous vocals showed as much immense power as it did frail honesty. The band laid waste to all doom that came before them with one of the best debut albums since Candlemass' "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus." The band was not only my top newcomer of the year, but came in second in my overall Top Albums of 2013 (see the review here).

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Heavatar Posts New Music Video

German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt and Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jorg Michael, posted a new music video for the track "Replica." The song appears on the debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms," which is scheduled for release on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.

The track listing for "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" is:

1. Replica
2. Abracadabra
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal

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Heavatar Posts Debut LP Track-By-Track Preview

German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt and Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jorg Michael, posted a track-by-track trailer video for the band's debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records. In the video, Schmidt discusses each song on the release.

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Heavatar Set To Release Debut LP

German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt, is set to release the debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.

With Heavatar, Schmidt exchanges the "A Cappella" style, manning the rhythm guitar as well as lead vocals. Supporting him is Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael, David Vogt and Ex-Fading Starlight guitarist Sebastian Scharf.

According to the press release: "[e]ach song borrows – some more, some less – a motif from classical composers – ranging from Bach to Paganini and Beethoven. The epic songs are filled with mighty choirs, which are performed by members of the "Blind Guarding" choir-team and of course, Stefan’s friends in Van Canto. The artwork was created by the renowned fantasy artist Kerem Beyit. 'All My Kingdoms' is a celebration for Power Metal fans, who love catchy refrains, epic choirs, classic tunes, heavy riffs and thundering double-bass. The debut will also take supports of different genres by storm – to the Metal!"

The track listing for "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" is:

1. Replica
2. Abracadabra
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal More...

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