Following the announcement that they’ll be supporting ETHEREAL at Northern Symphony Festival in Selby, German symphonic metallers HYDRA have confirmed an exclusive show to take place the night before Northern Symphony at Rock Zombie in Dudley on Friday 3rd April. The band will be supported by Apparition and Methodemic.
Hydra’s UK dates for 2015 are as follow:
3rd April – ROCK ZOMBIE, DUDLEY w/Apparition & Methodemic
4th April – NORTHERN SYMPHONY FESTIVAL, SELBY w/Ethereal & more
Hydra was formed by Chris Diefenbach and Lisa Rieger in October 2013. The first ten songs, which primarily fall into the category of melodic metal, took shape within a matter of months. One thing was clear to both Lisa and Chris: this was song material with potential that simply had to be released. Both of the Regensburg musicians are old hands in the scene: Chris was a live guitarist for the band Burden on their 2011 Germany tour (to name one example) and Lisa has also seen many different corners of Germany with the symphonic metal band Terrateya and other musical projects.
The songs on the debut ‘Malachite Skies’ are characterised by deliberate contrasts: raw metal meets soft, orchestral arrangements evocative of fairy tales and enchanting melodies. In contrast to the majority of bands in the genre the focus is not a classically trained voice. Instead, Lisa integrates her lighter, ethereal soprano into the musical tapestry, giving the band its characteristic catchy melodies.
Thematically, ‘Malachite Skies’ betakes itself to diverse realms. The band moves between historical content such as the life of Cleopatra and the psychological context of the Milgram experiment, and even ventures into the realm of fantasy to visit the Palace of Tears. Added to this, the lyrics deliberately leave the listener the freedom to interpret and immerse themselves in the music in their own way.
Preparations for live shows have been going full throttle since summer 2014. The live set is ready and aspiring musicians have been found to perform HYDRA’s ‘Malachite Skies’ onstage. First dates for the ‘Malachite Skies’ tour have already been confirmed and can be found at www.hydraofficial.com under ‘live’.