Her Chariot Awaits is a new hard rock/metal group featuring the highly regarded Spanish singer Ailyn(ex-Sirenia) and the awesome American guitarist and producer Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob). Having signed to Frontiers last autumn, the band’s self-titled debut album will be released on 10th April.
Of its first single, ‘Dead & Gone’, Ailyn states that “it tells a story in the first person of how it feels to have been neglected and abandoned by somebody, in this case a biological father. It’s about the words the character, a woman, wants to express to make him realise how he made her feel, and in a way put an end to that chapter in her life and be able to move on.”
On the writing of the song, Orlando adds: “it came together musically starting with the verse guitar parts and the heavy bridge/solo section. From that point everything fell into place as I wanted the chorus to drop more into a slower half time groove. Lyrically, it started as a letter from my girlfriend Dana regarding her biological father. I then turned the basis of what she was trying to say into a more streamlined story and added a chorus and some key sections. A true story brought to life in a song and a powerful message that Ailyn has delivered wonderfully.”
He continues: “We had a great time shooting the video over the course of a few days. It takes place in multiple locations, which included an old Victorian style home and a beautiful modern farmhouse style home. Ailyn plays the part of a daughter who feels neglected and abandoned by her father. The video ends up outside with the band performing around a raging fire pit in an attempt to rid herself of all the memories and pain and move on. The final moment being encompassed by her tossing dirt on the flame, putting an end to the story and walking away.”
This exciting new musical alliance came about through the vision of Frontiers, who put the two artists – each eager to create a new and exciting project – in touch. The pair gelled well, creating an album that will excite lovers of technical, aggressive, modern and catchy heavy music. Melding the well defined metal approach of Adrenaline Mob with more melodic hooks, Her Chariot Awaits showcases the incredible vocal talents of Ailyn. Here, she moves in a heavier and more straightahead direction when compared to her previous band.
Says Ailyn: “After a two year break from the scene, I am pleased to announce my new collaboration with Mike. I’m very honoured and thankful to be part of it. I’m looking forward to everyone learning about this new adventure, which has allowed me to experiment and explore a new side to my singing, working together with a great musician. Her Chariot Awaits is a new step forward in my music career and I can’t wait to share the beginning of this journey with you.”
Orlando adds: “It was a pleasure to write and perform an album with a singer like Ailyn with music that is geared more towards the commercial side of rock. Ailyn has a beautiful voice and was great to work with in and out of the studio, as was Jeff Thal on drums! I’m very happy with how the album is coming out. It’s a great collection of hard hitting yet melodic commercial rock tracks, which I hope you will all enjoy.”
The album is a remarkable union of two great artists who still have a lot to prove, and is going to leave listeners breathless!
HER CHARIOT AWAITS
2 Dead & Gone
3 Screaming Misfire
4 Stolen Heart
5 Constant Craving
6 Say No
7 Line Of Fire
8 Turning The Page
9 Take Me Higher
10 Just Remember
11 Forgive Me Dear
Written, produced & mixed by Mike Orlando