HEDDA's "The Calm Before..." is the four song EP precursor to their upcoming full-length album entitled "The Storm", which is scheduled for release in late 2010. The Calm Before... is just a sample of the intense and amazing audio images that HEDDA has created; it introduces some of the unique characters and offers a glimpse of the enthralling story that listeners will experience in its entirety upon the release of The Storm.
HEDDA will appeal to fans of many different genres; theirs is a uniquely stylish blend of powerful rhythms, strong vocals and eclectic segues. They are influenced by numerous bands from hard rock and progressive bands of the 70's to heavy metal and progressive metal bands of the present. Specifically, HEDDA sites QUEENSRYCHE, RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, KANSAS, SAGA, DREAM THEATER, ASIA, KAMELOT, MASTERPLAN, STYX, FIREWIND, NOCTURNAL RITES, FATES WARNING and DOKKEN among their many influences.
The philosophy of “The Storm”: Some would argue that the definitive lines of separation that we (mankind) have idealized since the beginning of time have never truly existed. Some would say that we have merely embraced the IDEAS of the struggle between “good and evil”. They would go on to state that neither good nor evil actually exists in pure form. I fervently disagree. I am a firm believer that, in practice, absolutism is folly. However, I also believe that absolute evil, pure good, and undeniable truth do, in fact, exist in this world and beyond it.
They most certainly exist in our story.
My friends, it is critical to note that most of this tale and its players come to life in the gray in-betweens of reality, where people and beings are made up of various combinations of positive and negative qualities, the “good and bad”, that make them unique. In this grey area, the lines that separate right and wrong are blurry for all but those with enormous strength of will, clarity of vision, and immense self confidence. On occasion, someone or something may attempt to obscure those lines even further in order to attain a given end. As you journey with HEDDA, you may find yourself despising a character, at the same time you envy the weight and truth of his convictions. Our story is compelled by and strewn with these contradictions of humanity and each pulls us into the story a little further because, on some level, they seem so familiar: our hero is a morally troubled, our villains have angelic visions of purity, those whom we think we should trust the least are perhaps the most honorable of characters and our nemeses believe with conviction that their cause is just and they will sacrifice as much, or perhaps even more, than those we believe to be righteous. You may discover that one’s flaws create the backdrop that later emphasizes his or her strengths and triumph or fall.
A good story aligns forces of similar strengths - and weaknesses - against one another. This balance, in which the villain has admirable qualities and the hero is imperfect, allows us a glimpse of reality and to realize that only circumstances, individual experiences, and the decisions one makes distinguish a hero from a villain.
A good story is built upon the character of its characters. The easily travelled path is often times not the right one. At the end of the road, it’s all about the choices. Remember this above all as you journey through this tale…and through life.…
"The character of the villain defines that of the hero". Jamie Mac - HEDDA
THE STORM IS COMING.