Fortaleza-based heavy metal attack unit Heavy Smasher has just released the music video for the track Sunrise Rebel. This is the first track revealed of the band’s debut full-length, which is in its final stage of production and is set to be released in the first quarter of 2021. This album is actually the first recording made by the current line-up, composed by Nildo Gomes (vocals, Steel Hands), Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico (guitars), Luís Paulo (bass) and Bruno Rocha (drums). You can watch the video below!
The video was recorded in VTM Studio, in Fortaleza, where Heavy Smasher is recording and producing the album under the direction of Taumaturgo Moura, one of the most recognised music producers in Fortaleza. The video captures were made by the film-maker Fábio Nogueira and the post production was handled by Nando Smasher himself. The band did not have any plans to record a music video while the album was in production, but an opportunity to take part on an online festival required the band to fit the recordings of a video among the plans, as drummer Rocha explains: “Heavy Smasher was invited to take part on the second edition of Caio Indica Fest, an online festival that gathers many important bands of the Brazilian rock/metal scene. Instead of simply recording ourselves playing our instruments sitting in the studio or in our houses, we realized that we had to produce a more professional video. We had the support of our long-time friend Fábio Nogueira and also of Taumaturgo, owner of the studio and the producer of our new album, to make possible the video recordings. Due to the very short time we had available to produce the video, the final result was not so good as we wanted to achieve in our debut in the audiovisual field; even so, we became very satisfied with what we could manage to do with such diminished time.”
Sunrise Rebel, the chosen track to be favoured with a music video, is one of the oldest compositions by Heavy Smasher, and will be recognised by fans thanks to its presence on Smasher and Loud debut EP (2018). The new version of the song, which can be heard on the video, is the one that will be present on the new album, only missing a final mastering. The fact that the band members are performing blindfolded on some parts of the video can be understood with the lyrics’ concept, as the composer Nando Smasher explains: “Sunrise Rebel tells the story of a modern man who carries on his shoulders the weight of the obligation to achieve success in life prior to being socially accepted. For him to reach his goals as soon as he wanted, he blindly left behind everything and everyone. Obsessed by his objectives, this man passes through a daily battle looking for success and social acceptance. After many, many years waking up to face the wilderness of the urban life, he finally realizes the harm he has caused to himself and to his nearest and dearest, being himself the weapon that destroys their love. On the last sunrise of his life, he takes off the strip that blinded him, looks back and discovers a blood river, the blood of those that were hurt by his absence, impatience and lack of sensibility. A rebel sunrise brings to the man the hell of solitude and desolation.”
Heavy Smasher was founded around 2013 in Fortaleza by the guitarists Nando Smasher and Diego Quântico (ex-Dose Lethal), with the idea of playing classic heavy metal with some hard rock influences but, as the time passed, the music of the band turned into something more intricate, complex and heavy. The actual line-up was established in May of 2019 with the recruitment of Nildo Gomes, singer and also guitarist for the power/prog metal band Steel Hands. Heavy Smasher songs revolve around classic heavy metal as performed by Dio, Judas Priest and Accept, but elements from speed, groove, prog, doom and hard rock are also aggregated depending on the influences of each band member. Despite this salad of influences, the main objective of Heavy Smasher is the search for a music with strong personality and easy assimilation.