Metal band with Progressive and Symphonic influences.
founded in Turin, Italy, with the former moniker Avatar
1997, and the first line up was composed by Stefano
on guitars, Alessandro
on keyboards, Fabio
on drums, Enrico
bass guitar and vocalist Roberto
the latter also doubling front man duties with Secret
Within a few months Grande
the band and Diego
De Vita joined
in to record the first, self-titled demo.
demo-tape led the band to a deal with the label Underground
signed them to record a debut album in 1998. Changes were afoot,
though, and not only would the band change its moniker
but it also substituted Messina
the new front man Lorenzo
In the midst of these tribulations the label and group also severed
took the band in its roster, and the debut album 'Heir
Of Power' was
eventually recorded in Torino's
Musical Box recording
studio. This initial Symphonic Speed Metal outing fared well and
provided the catalyst for a string of gigs across Italy with such
acts as Domine,
After this round of live activity Savella
in May 2000, and Luca
July 2001 opus 'When
The Aurora Falls...'
was recorded at the renowned New
and the Japanese version would feature two bonus tracks, namely 'The
Of A King'.
Extra exposure to the album was given by the inclusion of some songs
on the soundtrack of two horror movies: 'The
Of The Werewolf'.
quit the band in 2001, andthe power act’s Desdemona
the band for the recording of the third album for Northwind
which was released in May 2001. The Japanese version, once again
licensed by Soundholic
featured the metal version of the anime song 'Pegasus
contributed to Steelborn
- The Triumph of… Tribute to Manowar',
with the song 'Thor',
from the album 'Sign
of the Hammer',
July 2002 Highlord
took part in
the second issue of 'Keepers
a tribute to Helloween
released by the Spanish label Arise
performing the song 'Power',
the album 'The
time of the Oath'.
fourth album 'Medusa's
also recorded at New
was released in May 2004 by Arise
Japanese variants added the customary extra track, 'Tough
cover of the famous anime 'Hokuto
with a karaoke version of the same. The band recorded their version
The Wind' for
a 2004 tribute album, entitled 'Within
Infinity - Tribute to Stratovarius'.
self-produced fifth album, entitled 'Instant
was recorded at Labyrinth's
Stancioiu Elnor Studios,
and it was released in April 2006 in Japan via Soundholic
these version including the bonus track 'Cha
La Head Cha La'
from the anime 'Dragon
Silence Records released
the album in the USA in June.
2007, the keyboard player and founding member Alessandro
decided to quit the band for personal reasons, and the band found a
temporary substitute in Giacomo
who played live throughout
2007-2008, but was eventually substituted by Emanuele
“Mr. Triton” Salsa
in the late 2009.
group re-entered New
Sin Studios in
May 2009 to record the tracks for the sixth album 'The
Death Of The Artists'.
Bonus tracks included the cover versions of Billy
from the anime 'Neon
2009 and 2010 Highlord
played many live shows, such as Steel
bikers’ fest in Sardinia and Rock
Inn Somma2010 open
air with Thunderstorm
the release of this album, bass player Diego
De Vita left, and his place was taken
by Dying Awkward Angel‘s
bassist Daniele Veronese.
May 2012, the band recorded their seventh album, 'The
Warning After' at New
Sin Studios; the album was released in
2013 by Punishment 18 Records,
and licensed in North America through End
of the Light Records. This album
displays a beautiful cover by the famous artist Felipe
Machado, and it also features Primal
Fear’s singer Ralf
Scheepers as a guest on the vocals of
the song 'Arcade Warriors'.
The bonus tracks for the American market are the main theme of 'Power
Rangers''Go Go! Power Rangers' and
'Bloody Tears Castlevania',
instrumental theme from the popular arcade game 'Castlevania'.
after the record was released, bass player Daniele
Veronese had to left the band for
health reasons; his place was taken by Sound
Storm’s bassist Massimiliano
played gigs and open air festivals like Rock
Inn Somma 2013, and it also shared the
stage with important Italian and international bands, such as Zak
Steven’s Circle II Circle, Dark
Seventh Wonder and more.
June 2014, founding member Stefano
Droetto quit the band for personal
found his replacement in Francesco Lombardo, young axeman of Myriad
the beginning of 2016, though, after taking active part in the
recording of the new album, Francesco
Lombardo decided to quit the band, and
was replaced by Marco Malacarne,
former guitarist and founder of the Power Metal band Soul
Malacarne contributed to the new cd as
well, with the recording of all the lead guitar solos.
band has finished the production of their eighth album, which will be
released on 24th
June 2016 by Massacre Records.
Important lineup changes have lead to an innovation of the sound,
which will always be Heavy-Power Metal, but with heavier and more
Symphonic influences that will add many interesting facets to the
sound. The album has been recorded, mixed and produced by bass player
at MF Music Art Studio (Italy),
and mastered by Tony Lindgren at
Fascination Street Studios
(Sweden). The new cd also features two special guests on vocals, such
as former Firewind’s
and presently Spiritual Beggar’s
contributing to two different songs with their performances.
are also booking some gigs (both in clubs and festivals) to promote
the release of their new cd; the dates will be soon communicated
through the band’s website and social networks.