Split Heaven has just released their brand new video for the song “Speed of the Hawk” from forthcoming album, DEATH RIDER (details here).
SPLIT HEAVEN – DEATH RIDER – Release Date: March 25th 2016
Here’s a really quick Q&A with Split Heaven’s drummer, Tomas!
Tell us about the new video – how the concept came about, where it was filmed, etc.
It was filmed in our hometown, Querétaro, at Sonic Attack studio during the recording process of the new album “Death Rider”. We had to be quick or dead because Jason had only 17 days to sing the whole album, shoot the video, make the photo session, drink beer & tequila and partying like hell haha. The concept was easy: to shoot a classic heavy metal video, raw and direct as the recording was, having fun and enjoying our life as metalheads.
Why did you choose the song “Speed of the Hawk”? Is it representative of the music on the rest of the album?
Well, Speed Of The Hawk has everything that a good heavy metal song needs, speed, a sticky chorus and twin guitars haha, so it was easy to choose it. You know, is the classic concept: party, beer, tequila, Jack Daniel’s, studio, good vinyls, good friends and playing live! The other songs on the album have more meaning and some express our non-conformity with the shit happening in our country, so it was more difficult to shoot a video, we had no time to produce something bigger.
What do you think is different about the new album (DEATH RIDER) from your previous material?
Every album is different, but honestly with Death Rider we’re back to the roots and its much more professional in every way. First of all we decided to make the things we as a band like and that is speed; second, Jason on vocals makes our music reach the top levels, we understand each other very easily. Third point is the sound, old as hell and finally the songwriting, we are all participating in the composition with the main objective in our heads: have fun and playing traditional heavy metal.
Do you plan to do any other videos from the album or is it too soon to say?
It is too soon to say, maybe a lyric video but we need to wait a little bit more.
What other plans for 2016 do you have that you’d like to let people know about?
Not too much to be honest, maybe some festivals outside Mexico and some special gigs in our country, we had to cancel two summer festivals in Germany due to economic reasons. But wait for the next year! cuz we’re hitting the road on Europe again! Fuck yeah.
SPLIT HEAVEN – DEATH RIDER – Release Date: March 25th 2016
The wait is almost over, after more than two years since SPLIT HEAVEN’s last release, Mexico’s speed metal demons return. Their last effort, ”The Devil’s Bandit”, was released on our sub label Pure Legend, but this new album is coming back through Pure Steel Records, like we did with “Street Law“ in 2011.
Now in 2016, Split Heaven is back with a vengeance with their new album “Death Rider”. They have formed an alliance with their new singer Jason Conde-Houston, from Seattle, the frontman of US Metal band Skelator. He is strongly influenced by high pitched legends like Helstar’s James Rivera and Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers.
As always, Split Heaven is keeping it true, this time with “Painkiller” style double bass drumming, “Thundersteel” style guitar melodies, and glorious NWoBHM style solos. This album features an uptempo smasher “Speed Of The Hawk”, the spanish fistpumper “Descarga Letal” as well as the striking opener “Death Rider”. The explosive, crushing, “Death Rider” will take the hearts of many Metal maniacs by storm! Split Heaven returns stronger than ever!
01. ‘Death Rider’
02. ‘Awaken The Tyrant’
03. ‘Battle Axe’
04. ‘To The Fallen’
05. ‘Speed Of The Hawk’
06. ‘Ghost Of Desire’
08. ‘Talking With The Devil’
09. ‘Descarga Letal’
Split Heaven is:
Jason Conde-Houston (vocals)
Carlo “Taii” Hernández (guitar)
Armand “Hank” Ramos (guitar)
Tomás Roitman (drums)
Speed of The Hawk video & single will be released in the last days of January along with the band’s brand new website.
We’re delighted to announce Jason Conde-Houston as our new singer and front man!!
As soon as Jason told us he was interested on being part of Split Heaven, we knew it was him. Of course, we have heard him with his band Skelator before, but when he sent the audition an we listened what he did with “Danger Zone”, immediately stopped hearing other vocalists.
We want to thank all singers who sent their demos, we got auditions from México, Spain and U.S.A and now, finally, we decided to have Jason as a part of the Split Heaven dynasty.
Jason says: “It is an honor to announce that I am joining Split Heaven as their new singer. I have been a fan since 2010 when I heard their first album “Psycho Samurai”. This does not mean the end of Skelator, I think this will make me a better musician and give both bands more connections around the globe.”
Through the following statement we want to thank Giancarlo Farjat (vocals) and Pablo Ollervides (bass) for their dedication and professionalism during the time they were part of Split Heaven. Without you, among other things, the release of the third album “The Devil’s Bandit” and the third successful European Tour would not have been possible; certainly, you guys are part of our history. Carlo, Armand and Tomas, are composing the 4th Split Heaven album and we keep the door open for new members who want to be part of the tough but always gratifying, road of heavy metal. From this moment we are receiving demos for bassists and vocalists who might be interested on joining us, please send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomas Roitman from long-running Mexico metal band Split Heaven was kind enough to give us a few moments of his thoughts on being caught up in heavy metal genre, how the band is received in their homeland. His answers may surprise many.Read the rest of this entry »
“In these last few weeks Split Heaven and guitarist Pedro Zelbohr had to separate due to his personal reasons to carry out other goals in life. This was a big blow for us, but just that the flames of our heavy metal are becoming stronger and make us be more alive than ever.
Because of this, a new alignment has been formed and we want to announce and welcome our friend Pablo Ollervides as new bassist of the band, leaving the position of guitarist for Carlo “Taii” Hernández who acted as bassist since the beginning of Split Heaven. Tomas Roitman will continue destroying the battery, Armand “Hank” Ramos bleeding our ears with his guitar and Giancarlo Farjat riffs will never cease to gritaaaar!
So let us rock and shake our heads because: the heavy metal will never die!”
Dear Chicago fans: Due to reasons beyond our control and circumstances of the organization, we announce that we will not be playing this year at Ragnarokkr festival on May 4th. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to those who already have a ticket to see us, but we want to clarify that it is a situation that is not in our hands. For any queries regarding this, please contact the organization. Also we want to show our support to the promoters, we hope the situation improves, hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Split Heaven.
Heavy metal band Split Heaven is glad to announce the addition of Gian Carlo Farjat as their new singer, following the split between the band and former vocalist, Eli Valenzuela.
“We think Gian Carlo´s voice is perfect for the new things we are doing; he has an amazing vocal range so he doesn´t have problems with the songs we did with Eli and for the new stuff of Split Heaven he is doing those aggressive heavy metal vocals we were looking for. Although we have only played a bunch of times with him, we are very excited with the sound we are getting in the rehearsal room. Thanks to everybody who supported us in this time of change and wait for our new album. It´s coming soon, We promise.”
The band have started working on the follow-up to their 2011 album, Street Law, with the new album due to be released in 2013.
Dear Split Heaven fans, today ends a stage in our long journey.
One of our pillars left the band, from today, Eli Valenzuela is no longer a member of Split Heaven. It’s a cycle that closes to open new doors and explore unknown territories.
We want to thank Eli all shared moments and unforgettable experiences that we lived for more than six years, is a stage in which no longer we’ll work together, but it does not mean that our friendship will break.
For our part, we want to inform you that we will continue working on the composition of our third album, which will be released by Pure Steel Records in 2013.
Mexican heavy metal band , Split Heaven, announce the release of their long awaited video: “Vuelo Nocturno“ ( Spanish and English version) and a live streaming to show it for the first time. The streaming is going to be the 25 of May at 8pm(Mexico City) and you can see it through a link that will be posted the same day on Split Heaven`s official pages.
For the video the 5 bandmates had to train over a month to fight against a Mexican professional wrestler called “Vuelo Nocturno“ and it was delayed from its original release date due to the production of a series of webisodes taking advantage of the great quality and quantity of takes /shoots that didn’t make it to the end. The webisodes show the work and the actual training the five rockers had to pass through to do the shooting of “Vuelo Nocturno“. You can see the trailer of the webisodes here:
Split Heaven also will be touring Europe in mid September, starting in the legendary old school festival Swordbrothers in Andernach in Germany.
Heavy Metal band, Split Heaven, is currently ding post production of their new video “Vuelo Nocturno”. The video is going to be available in two versions, English and Spanish. It shows the band playing in a ring crowded by fans and doing Lucha libre (Mexican Wrestling) against “Vuelo Nocturno”, a Mexican wrestler who turns from maintenance guy of a gym to a hero at the end of the story. The band had to train and take lessons of Lucha Librefor two months in order to not get hurt or hurt somebody during the scenes. The video will be ready in January but you can check a 40 seconds Make Off trailer here:
Split Heaven will start shooting their next video at the end of July. The elected song is Road To Nowhere from their latest album Street Law. This video clip is directed and produced by Manuel Hernández Stumpfhauser for OXES Multimedia. More info at: http://www.oxes.tv/
Split Heaven´s new album Street Law was released on April 29th and you can order it through their official website: www.splitheaven.net
Due to delays on the VISA process, Split Heaven with shame announce that is impossible for the band to make the planned tour on the US in June. We thank all the promoters who have been involved, but this is just out of our control, it doesn’t depend on us and we feel very frustrated for not receiving an answer on time. We are very sorry with you guys and with the fans, hope we can make this on the future.
Our participation on WOM Festival isn’t cancelled but also is very, very difficult, it depends again if we get the VISA, hopefully we will receive an answer within these days/month.
Keep it metal, sincerely,