The story of Heimdall started in 1994 when Fabio Calluori (guitars) and Nicolas Calluori (drums) decided to form a heavy metal band. After some changes of line-up, the bass player Giovanni Canu, the guitarist Carmelo Claps and the singer Claudio Gallo joined Heimdall which started an intense live activity.
With this line-up, the band recorded the homonymous demo in 1997 that received great reviews by the specialized press and gave it the opportunity to sign a record-deal with Elevate Records.
In May 1998 “Lord of the Sky”, the first cd of the band, was released. It is a concept-album based on the story of the Nordic god Heimdall, Lord of the sky and Guardian of the mighty bridge Bifrost which links the world of the mortals with the one of the gods.
“Lord of the Sky” had immediately a great success from the public and from the press – it was Top-album on many magazines. Besides, it was licensed and published by Dreamchaser in Japan. In the meanwhile, Sergio Duccilli (keyboards) joined the band, giving a more symphonic and majestic aspect to Heimdall sound.
The great success of “Lord of the Sky” took Heimdall to start an intense live activity, playing many gigs and taking part in many festivals with bands like Sentenced, Labyrinth, 69 Eyes, Domine, Athena and so on. At the beginning of ’99, Nicolas left the band for personal problems and Ottavio Amato became the new drummer. With him, Heimdall went on tour together with Labyrinth, having a great success.
After the acclaimed debut album “Lord of the Sky”, Heimdall recorded the follow-up “The Temple of Theil”, published by Elevate Records in September 1999.
The Japanese edition, released always by Dreamchaser on August 25, 1999, contains two bonus tracks: “Breaking the Law”, cover of the classic-song of Judas Priest and the unplugged version of “The Challenge” from the debut cd.
The album shows a great improvement in the song writing and, although still based on flashy guitars, epic tunes, glorious vocals and choruses, presents a really more personal and ‘rich’ touch than on the debut album. The cover is painted by Eric Philippe already known for his artworks for Riot, Stratovarious and Rhapsody.
“The Temple of Theil” received very good responses but after four months from its publication Claudio Gallo left the band. So the band began searching for a new singer and, in 2001, they met Giacomo Mercaldo. With him, the band completed the composition of the songs for the new album.
After three years from “The Temple of Theil”, HEIMDALL was out with the 3rd album, titled ‘The Almighty’, with a new record deal (with SCARLET) and a new, vital & inspired song-writing. ‘The Almighty’ shows once more the great potential of this band that is able to catch the true power of metal-guitar riffs and mix it with refined keyboards arrangements, epic choirs and intense vocal lines. Recorded at the beginning of 2002, “The Almighty” sees the return of Nicolas on drums and was published in July in Japan and in September in Europe.
After an Italian tour and some concert with bands like Shaman, Heimdall started the composition of the new tracks. Before entering the studio to give life the fourth album, Nicolas left and Enrico, Giovanni’s brother, joined the band. Between December and February, Heimdall recorded the new album. The title chosen for it was “Hard As Iron”. Heimdall style with this new album turns to be even more compact and new songs are more aggressive if compared with previous ones, with lots of heavy riffs added to the classic epic surrounding. “Hard As Iron” was out on 10 May 04 for Scarlet Records and in April 04 in Japan for Soundholic Records.
After the publication of ‘Hard as Iron’ and many live gigs to support it, Heimdall started the composition of new songs but in 2006 Giacomo left the band for personal problems. In the meanwhile the band began the recording of the fifth album in the Sonic Temple Studio. Due to different personal reasons and to the diffculty to find the right singer, in 2007 the band decided to take a break.
In the summer of 2011, Fabio, Nicolas and Carmelo decided that the time was right to start the story again! Umberto Parisi (Guitars) and Gandolfo Ferro (Vocals) joined the band. The first live gig after the reunion was in January 2012 in Salerno and the band was greatly acclaimed. So after some other live shows, the band entered the Sonic Temple Studio to complete the recordings of the fifth album, ‘Aeneid’, a concept inspired by the masterpiece of Virgil, where the tracks take the listener on a journey through the 12 books of the epic poem from the fall of Troy to the birth of the state that later became Rome. In the meanwhile, Daniele Pastore became the new bass player and in October 2012, Heimdall signed a new record deal with Scarlet Records.
Produced by the guitarist of the band Fabio Calluori (Sonic Temple Studio) and mastered by Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Sinner), Aeneid was published on 26.02.13 and it’s an involving mixture of heavy metal, power, speed with symphonic-orchestral passages and majestic epic choir. Glory and honor to you… The Lord Is Back!