In 2020 the heavy metal genre celebrated its 50 years anniversary. Black Sabbath released both their ground- breaking debut album and the mighty “Paranoid” in 1970, while Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin both released highly influential hard rock albums that same year.
Norwegian band SLAVES TO FASHION celebrated this occasion in their own special way. Each month of 2020 the band released one new original song that was inspired by, payed tribute to and represented a time period or subgenre of heavy metal. These songs are now being released as the concept album “The History of Heavy Metal”.
All songs were carefully recorded, mixed and mastered in different sessions. The first tracks of the album were even recorded on old analogue tape machines to capture the right vintage feeling. Adding to the historic touch of the project, legendary producers Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica), Beau Hill (Warrant, Winger, Ratt) and Tommy Hansen (Helloween) mixed the thrash metal, glam metal and power metal song, respectively.
“The History of Heavy Metal” is a serious album recorded with the outmost respect for the masters. That said, some lyrical and musical references might hopefully evoke a smile or two.
The album will be released on CD and digital formats on February 13. A special edition vinyl with three bonus tracks will be released later in 2021.
SLAVES TO FASHION come from Haugesund, Norway. They released their first album “Crossing Over” in 2007 under the name P:O:B. As SLAVES TO FASHION the band released a critically acclaimed progressive metal album entitled “Artistic Differences” in 2011. The album was supported by tours in Norway and Germany. After changing key band members, the band then released two singles in a more modern metal style. The band went on hiatus in 2014 but have occasionally released some of their songs in Norwegian. Two of those singles charted at the local radio charts.
Today, the reformed SLAVES TO FASHION is more of a music collective than a traditional band as both the new album and the live shows feature many band friends and guest musicians. The core of the band, however, is again the line-up that recorded “Artistic Differences”: Johannes Støle (vocals), Torfinn Sirnes (guitars), John Lind (bass) and Vidar Ingvaldsen (drums), with the addition of long- time collaborator Stein Arild Grønås (guitars).
“If heavy metal bands ruled the world, we’d be a lot better off.” – Bruce Dickinson