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
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.