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Heralds of the Sword / Press

“Il était une fois... six ménestrels californiens fans de Rhapsody (of Fire), Fairyland, Ancient Bards, Dark Moor, etc. Faisant fi des menaces draconiques, des elfes maléfiques, des trolls massacreurs, et des casse-couilles de tous bords (parce qu'il yen a partout), ils décidèrent de monter leur propre groupe. Et le résultat fut : Heralds of the Sword ! Le premier opus de la formation se nomme "Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sword Sworn" et vient tout juste de sortir. Toute ressemblance graphique ou auditive avec des références connues seraient purement... fortuites ? Once upon a time ... six minstrels California fans Rhapsody (of Fire), Fairyland, Ancient Bards, Dark Moor, etc.. Ignoring threats dragon, evil elves, trolls murderers, and pain in the ass from all sides (because yen everywhere), they decided to start their own group. And the result was: Heralds of the Sword! The first installment of the training is called "Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sworn Sword" and has just come out.”

“Fantasy power metal fans should pay close attention. Bakersfield band Heralds of the Sword are about to unleash their new CD, “Chronicles of Tyrinthia: Sword Sworn,” at an all-ages headbanging extravaganza sure to rattle the bones of the ancient ones. With onstage character names like Warlord Khadgar of Valineth and Vincenzo of Castle Durnhaus, their costumes make this group of mad metallers a band to watch. Also appearing: Nerve Shocker and Spirit Descending. Check out the band at heraldsofthesword.com.”

“‘Metal’ musicians return to hometown: The band offers a unique blend of metal, old-world storytelling, and intricate characters in its performances. The musicians combine keyboard driven power metal a medieval Tolkien-isc world filled with magic, mystical beings, and clashes between good and evil. Wolfgang Shudduck, rhythm guitar, wrote the founding lore surrounding the world of Tyrinthia. Adam Wojack, drums, is the main storywriter and produces the background histories and character biographies. The narratives are then passed on to Sam Carrasco, keyboard, who writes the lyrics and composes each song. Tyler DiRocco strums the bass. Caleb Hairston plays the lead guitar. Kenny Montejano is the voice. Jeff Anderson is the narrator, beginning each show with fantastic tales. ”

“When the Heralds of the Sword take the stage, it is truly a sight and sound to behold. The air is filled with intense music and the sounds of stories of old. The crowd is immersed in an epic fusion of narration and keys, followed by ear-piercing metal riffs. There were some this night who claim this was the best Heralds performance yet. Check their website link below for information on when you might see them best this night’s performance. Enjoy.”

“Empezarán a trabajar en estudio apartir del próximo agosto,por ahora descansan. Se formaron en el 2009,con Saelion, Torvak, Vincenzo, y Lerador. Durante esta reunión, el deseo de crear y mandar sobre la Fantasia del Power Metal se entendió rápidamente y así, se formaron los heraldos. Su música y su manera de entender la vida estan basadas en el Rey de Tyrinthia,el Rey Kanthar. Para mí es algo muy complejo...me quedo con su música,que por cierto en su myspace,no tienen nada que se escuche bien y los vídeos "en directo" son una kk. El artwork que tienen para presentarse en el myspace es una mezcla de "Dragones y Mazmorras" con "La guerra de las galaxias". ”

“I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, fantasy power metal band Heralds of the Sword is epic. From the time I said “go”, everyone was in character, swords drawn (swords freshly polished, I might add) and they stayed in character until the last frame was fired. A lot of preparation went into this shoot; planning the location, coordinating particular shots, hiring an assistant to help lug around the gear which included a ladder, an ice chest full of waters and light stands, all to make sure this rag-tag crew of Tyrinthians was well-managed. Needless to say it was well-worth all efforts and the most fun shoot I have ever done. Between laying in the dirt, swords being swung near my head, my photo backpack becoming infested with ants, one of the band members receiving a minor slice from their axe, a shower and a good night’s sleep was in order. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed being able to work with the Heralds and create these photos. Please feel free to share.”

“Heralds of the Sword, perform at the famous Whiskey A Go Go. They commanded the stage, and recruited the audience to join them on their quest to save Tyrinthia. The atmosphere, costumes and sheer excitement the Heralds of the Sword created was inspiring. They performed with a passion I hadn’t yet seen that evening. The music was complete. The solos were full and defined and the vocals rallied the troops. They held the crowd captive with their on stage presence and the lead vocalist’s venture into the crowd. I have seen some big acts, and each time they try to engage the audience by wandering into the crowd it becomes just that–wandering. This time, however, the Herald’s lead vocalist did not wander, but purposefully marched calling on all present to heed his cry for battle and follow the Heralds on their fantastical quest.”

“Excellent!! Front man GREAT Crowd Control!! Very entertaining show, love the theme!”

“You can't find metal lead singers like that anymore!”

“Hailswebzine.com founder Leja Siv Harju visited Southern California Fantasy/Power Metal outfit HERALDS OF THE SWORD during their last day working on their forthcoming album at Black Static Recording Studios on October 16th, 2011. Song Playing is "Kingdom of Old". HERALDS OF THE SWORD ARE: Khadgar of Valineth - Vocals (upper right) Fedelis of Darglund Castle - Lead Guitar (not interviewed) Saelion of the Dhar'Raan - Keys (lower left) Lerador of Eldoria - Drums (upper middle) Vincenzo of Castle Durnhaus - Bass (not interviewed) Torvak of Kaldolmarr - Rhythm Guitar (upper left) Fore more info on the band's history and mythology, please visit: WWW.HERALDSOFTHESWORD.COM http://www.facebook.com/#!/heraldsofthesword?sk=info”

“The Dissenter Magazine - Winter 2011”