My HeadBangers please welcome from Reims, France the Melodic Death Metal Band:


“Of Passion and Pain”

“Sons of Deadwood”

Let’s look at some bio given to me by founder Alexandre Hoerner:

Founded in 2010 by Alexandre Hoerner who is the guitarist.  Alexandre said his influences were bands such as Children of Bodem, Norther and Wintersun.

In 2020, the project finally materialized with the introduction of Simon Cousin’s brutal and rhythmic vocals, and the shared ambition of making music that was powerful, efficient and strewn with classical, bluesy and pagan touches.

A fun fact:  Alexandre and Simon met on a bus in Finland after the last Children of Bodom concert.  Simon was originally meant to participate in the first EP only, but he joined the project as the official vocalist.

Finland it is said, is the capitol of the metal world.  I would have to agree on that.  There is always a gig going on and Helsinki is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to and I have been to a lot.  

Why does Finland have the most metal bands?

One of the main reasons is that they sing in English, which helps them reach a much wider audience than the bands singing only in Finnish. Finland now has some 70 metal bands per 100,000 people, outnumbering all other European nations.  This was as of  September 22, 2019, that’s when I was there.  I can only see it growing more since then.

Let’s meet these 2 Frenchmen who have this melodic death metal going strong:


The guy with the guitar is of course Alexandre Hoerner.  He plays guitar, bass, drum and keyboard programming, and lyrics.

And picture number 3 with the Riff T-shirt is Simon Cousin the vocalist.  I have to say that he really has the growl vocals down.  Also, I’ve been to the Riff and if you ever get to Helsinki you have to go there.  It is owned by 69 Eyes drummer Jussi 69 as he is know.

The first EP entitled “Of Passion and Pain” has been available since April 17, 2022, as a Digipak containing a 4-page booklet.  It features 5 tracks, I’ve heard them all and it is really great.  You can hear them at:


“Dead Or Dying”

My thoughts:

For a 2 man band I have to say you would never know it.  They have the sound of a full 4-5 man band.  It’s amazing what they can do today with the technology that’s out here.  Then again there is nothing like watching a band live, hopefully they will come out with some music videos that they appear in, I think that would be awesome.  Hopefully we will hear more from them soon.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Please feel free to leave me a comment or question, I appreciate it HeadBangers:

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