Floating state of mind
The Heretic's Dream project was born in 2010 when guitarist Andrej Surace and singer Francesca Di Ventura came to live in the UK.
Due to their different musical influences, ranging from various forms of Death Metal & hardcore to more melodic mainstream sounds found within pop rock/metal, the music they began writing was not pinned down to any one genre and held itself well within its diversity, also with the added help of English bass player Rick Sivier, who provided a classic groove bass approach and assisted in the early stages of the song writing process.
The band has gone through numerous line ups during the last 2 years, counting on musicians coming from the UK and from Italy, despite the band’s busy activity in the UK, especially in 2012. The band has performed more than 120 gigs over 3 years.
The debut album, "The unexpected move", recorded in February 2012, is available for digital download through recommended online stores such as Amazon, iTunes etc, under the Videoradio Edizioni Musicali & Discografiche recording label (associated with Italian National Television), which the band signed with in April 2012.
The album has obtained numerous good reviews, both in Italy and the UK, and has been on air in different radio stations in Italy, the UK and Canada.
The two official videos released for that album were awarded as Best Recommended Videos on UnoTv in October 2012.
The band has supported Blues/rock artist RICHIE KOTZEN in Rome in November 2012, and was the official support act for CRUCIFIED BARBARA on all their Italian tour in December 2012. In November 2013 Heretic’s Dream supported gothic band GODYVA for their show in Rome, and in January 2014 they supported ELDRITCH for their show in Florence. In 27th, April 2015, the band supported SECRET SPHERE during their live in Rome.
In 2015 the band has supported Italian rock metal DESTRAGE, Norwegian alternative metal FREAK KITCHEN and Italian symphonic metal TEMPERANCE.
In 2013 the band release “Walk the time”, recorded at the Kick Recording Studio in Rome throughout June, under Videoradio label. Two of the 11 tracks have been produced by Gabriele Bellini, who featured as a guest star in the band’s single, “Chains of blood”, which was released in March: Further guest stars appearing on the new album: Terence Holler (Eldritch singer), Steve Volta (Pino Scotto), Pier Gonella, Gabriele Caselli, Marco Pastorino.
The band released a new video in November 2013. Directed by Adriano Giotti, the video symbolically represents the pain of feeling tighten by social constrains and judgements and the will to get free and express ourselves and be accepted for what we really are, following the message of “Outcasted”, the band’s new single.
Outcasted, together with "The broken silence", are also part of The Underworld Collection II, produced by Gabriele Bellini. The album enlightens the evolution of the band’s sound, though still keeping the tendency for exploration into different genres which is a characteristic of the band. The track “Believing in you” is an example of the many and varied skills of the band, with a flute solo from the drummer Maurilio Di Stefano and a bossanova/swing performance by the guitarist Andrej, while the track “Behind the mirror” demonstrates Francesca‘s skills into the goth/dark.
The album sound is totally unique, and perfectly figures the band’s ability to sweep into trash metal, goth, progressive, pop metal.
Walk the time exposes some of the experiences we face through our existence, the intricacy of human relationships, between father and daughter or a betrayed partner or a lifetime friend, the disguised place into a society that so often forces us to wear a mask.
“Take your time to listen to your soul, identify your talents, and let your passion grow. Live your life to the full, explore your possibilities, seek opportunities and overcome your limits. Walk the time of your existence.”
In July 2014 the band start working with producer Gianmarco Bellumori, for the preproduction of the new album, “Floating state of mind”.
The album marks a real change in sound and arrangements, into a progressive metal with a rock vocal approach, for multiple layers of vocal melodies. The video “A new season” has been released on March 2015 as the album preview, still directed by Adriano Giotti. About it, Francesca said:
“It comes a time when you need a change, of perspective, of state of mind, and sound. But to get the sun of summer you need to go through the cold of winter, ‘cause only through a real consciousness of yourself, you achieve a new season of your life. The song talks about the path we need to walk to achieve a deep consciousness of ourselves, a journey that implies going through all the seasons of a lifetime. The passing of time is represented in the video by the changing of daylights, from dawn to sunset. The listener is walked through the journey by the music, whose dynamic and continuous changing are the journey itself. The windy autumn, the icing nostalgic winter, the shy mild spring and the bright shimmering summer are all steps we need to face to meet our deep nature and regenerate our spirit. “All the season passing on me, recreating me”.
In May 2015 the band signed a deal with Sliptrick Records. The new album FLOATING STATE OF MIND will be out in February 2016, announced by a video out in January 2016.
The band supported ELEUVETIE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE,APOCALYPTICA (ATLAS fest) and KATATONIA (ARTMANIA fest) in their tour in eastern europe gigs
Heretic’s Dream are:
Francesca Di Ventura: lead vocal
Andrej Surace: guitar
Alex Alberti: keyboards
Alfonso Mocerino: drums
Federico Colaizzi: bass
Face The Agony
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A New Season