HIGHER: Brazilian Metal Band Formed By Jazz Musicians Announces Launch Of Debut Album

Cezar Girardi (vocal) and Gustavo Scaranelo (guitar) are two very experienced and respected professional musicians […]
June 10, 2014

Cezar Girardi (vocal) and Gustavo Scaranelo (guitar) are two very experienced and respected professional musicians in the Brazilian music scene, especially in the fields of jazz and instrumental music. However, both nourish another feature in common: a passion for heavy metal.

In 1995 they founded the band Second Heaven, that unfortunately did not leave any recordings before split up two years later. The musicians then began to devote to academic studies of music, which eventually led them to other segments where they made career. But the passion for metal remained pulsating throughout this time. After a telephone conversation, they decided to meet to play and compose heavy metal again. The result? A new band: Higher!

Higher brings some rooted unique features: it was formed exclusively by the passion of musicians for heavy metal, in other words, the work is free from any commercial or marketing claim that could possibly interfere on the artistic aspect; this experience in other styles naturally gave them a truly unique musicality, full of identity, as never heard before!

Unfinished will be the task of the music critic who dares to label the band within any preexisting subsegment in heavy metal.

"When we met again, we had some difficulty to understand what would be the aesthetic result of the resumption of this metal work", says guitarist Gustavo Scaranelo. "We had assimilated many influences and would not be possible to recapture the same line of the previous project. But anyway, we were quite convinced of the work we had done almost twenty years before. So this was our starting point, recapture the old compositions, but now with a new look, as well as composing new material. I was extremely captivated by a more aggressive form of metal, while completely immersed in the harmonic world of jazz; Cezar always had a predilection for melodious compositions of various genres of well-crafted music. We put our differences and similarities in a large sum, in which the music would have to benefit.

In other words, Higher was born of our sincere desire to produce something with a heart for and inspired by the joys that music had already given us. Associated with this, we defined an ideological line for work that dialogues about the elevation of man through their daily choices, seeking a higher condition. The result is a mix of aggression and musical subtleties".

To complete the band's line up, it was necessary other musicians of proven experience, such as the Chilean bassist Andres Zuniga (music teacher and columnist of Bass Player Magazine) and the drummer Pedro Rezende (that studied with Virgil Donati in Australia).

That's why Higher's debut album is awaited with the same expectation of a big Brazilian heavy metal name, although it is a newly formed band.
Recorded in Sao Paulo at Fusao Studios and produced by Thiago Bianchi (Shaman, Noturnall), the self titled album will bring the tracks "Lie", "Illusion", "Keep me High", "Climb the Hill", "Like the Wind", "Break the Wall", "Time to Change", "Make It Worth" and "The Sign".

The band launched the 'lyric vídeo' of "Climb the Hill" on Youtube:

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