20 July 2012 sees a 1000 units only Limited Edition digipack reissue of the 2005 critically acclaimed second album "Hordes Of The Brave" from neo-classical metal act Iron Mask.



Led by the prestigious guitar and song writing skills of Dushan Petrossi, ‘Hordes Of The Brave’ built upon the solid foundations laid by the bands debut ‘Revenge Is My Name’ and saw an album combine majestic arrangements with mind blowing power throughout the 11 tracks on offer.

Vocalist Goetz ‘Valhalla Jr’ Mohre contributes incredible vocals reminiscent of Graham Bonnet or David Coverdale with Bruce Dickinson-esque touches. This unique voice combines the finest melodic qualities with an aggressive delivery. Guest vocalist Oliver Hartmann (ex-At Vance) adds vocals to 3 tracks: The Invisible Empire, Crystal Tears and Iced Wind Of The North (a duet with Mohre).

After a successful collaboration on the 2nd Magic Kingdom album (Metallic Tragedy), Dushan just had to work with Hartmann again due to their similar influences. The recording of the lead and backing vocals as well as the epic choir arrangements were done at Hartmann’s ‘Alive Studio’ in Germany. The music was recorded in Brussels throughout 2003 and the first half of 2004 (in ‘Iron Kingdom’ studio, and ‘Galasse’ studio). On the performances of Mohre and Hartmann Petrossi comments, “These two great metal singers contributed the right feeling and performances for these melodies, which are the best and catchiest I have wrote to date - destined to become live anthems”.

One of the metal scene’s hottest keyboardists Richard Andersson (Majestic, Time Requiem, Space Odyssey) is responsible for all the keyboards solos on ‘Hordes Of The Brave’. Andersson immediately accepted the job after hearing the material and contributed speedy, symphonic, classy yet melodic neo-classically-inspired work. The matching of Petrossi and Andersson has produced one of the finest pairings in neo-classical history, along with some of the most awesome fast, furious yet melodic soloing duels heard in recent years.

For the rhythm section Petrossi relied upon the rock solid rhythm section of Magic Kingdom. Vassili Moltchanov (one of the most respected bassists in Belgium) and Russian drummer Anton Arkhipov (Exhumator) deliver breathtaking technique and energy.

The title ‘Hordes Of The Brave’ is a tribute to Alexander The Great, one of the greatest conquerors and warriors of all time. Despite being an arrogant and ambitious character he was full of respect for the lands he invaded and their people’s rights and races. As with ‘The Man In The Iron Mask’ an epic story has influenced Petrossi’s lyrics and music.

Didier Chesneau at ‘Melody Studios’ in Paris mixed ‘Hordes Of The Brave’ during August 2004 delivering a sound that is both loud and clear. Mika Jussila mastered the album at the famous ‘Finnvox’ studio in Finland.

‘Hordes Of The Brave’ is a marked contrast to Dushan’s other releases in that there are no instrumental tracks - only good old epic hard rock with excellent singers. Music fans can expect a lot of melody, baroque and a few progressive influences. Simply ‘Hordes Of The Brave’ is great song writing and 6 exceptional musicians – nothing more, nothing less.

Now after being sold out in its original format Lion Music are pleased to present this limited edition digipack re-release of 1000 copies on 20th July 2012.


01. Holy War
02. Freedom's Blood - The Patriot
03. Time
04. The Invisible Empire
05. Demon's Child
06. High In The Sky
07. Alexander The Great
08. Crystal Tears
09. Iced Wind of the North
10. My Eternal Flame
11. Troops of Avalon

Dushan Petrossi - all guitars
Goetz "Valhalla jr" Mohr - lead vocals
Oliver Hartmann - lead vocals on "Crystal Tears", "The Invisible Empire", and a duet with Goetz on "Iced Wind Of the North"
Richard Andersson - all lead keyboards
Vassili Moltchanov - bass
Anton Arkhipov - drums



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