California’s HELION PRIME will be venturing across the American Midwest from August 5th – 16th for “The Cybernetic Terror Tour” in support of their sci-fi power metal thriller “Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster”released last year via AFM Records.
Helion Prime was born from the mind of Jason Ashcraft, who approached vocalist Heather Michele (appears only on the first album) and asked if she would be interested in doing a project with him. The two had been longtime friends, and at the time intended to do nothing more than release a few songs together for fun, as both had musical commitments elsewhere. Soon, however, the two realized they had something good and quickly decided to put out a full album. That album would become the now “Self Titled” release. The two first released the album independently and quickly re-released it through Divebomb records. The band quickly gained the attention of the German label AFM Records who approached them to ink a deal.
Shortly before being approached by AFM Records, Heather Michele left the band in order to focus on her commitments to her other band. So the band found themselves in a bind, being offered a record deal but having no singer. Thankfully, AFM Records believed in them enough to sign them regardless. The band released a single “Remnants of Stars” and did a short DIY tour they called “Saibot’s Rampage Tour” with short term singer Kayla Dixon.
In 2017, the band held open auditions for a new singer – enter Sozos Michael. Many fans were thrown off by the band’s choice bringing on a male vocalist for the up until now female fronted group. At the end of the day, it’s really about who’s right for the part and there is no doubt Sozos can deliver what Helion Prime needs. With the band feeling refreshed, and once again having a strong line up, Helion Prime quickly got to work with their sophomore effort, which was released via AFM Records on August 31, 2018.
The band is excited about the future and is already brainstorming the creative process for the third follow up. There is no slowing down for Helion Prime!
Kicking off the tour in their hometown of Sacramento, CA, HELION PRIME will be joined by fellow power metallers NOVAREIGN on all show dates including the 3rd annual Mad With Power Fest being hosted in Madison, WI on August 10th with Theocracy, Lords of The Trident, Judicator, and more.
The band comments:
“Helion Prime is thrilled to announce our “The Cybernetic Terror Tour” with special guest Novareign. We have been itchy to get back on the road and we felt a great time would be as we made our way to the Mad With Power Festival in Madison, WI. We are stoked to have our friends Novareign with us and it’s no doubt going to be a great time. This tour is short, but we made the decision not to be on the road too much this year so we could put more focus into writing the third album. So we promise to come back around next year with a new album and many more dates!”
Helion Prime will once again be joined by Mary Zimmer (Luna Mortis/VoiceHacks). We know many have hoped to catch a show with Sozos, but those who saw us on the Unleash The Archers tour can confirm Mary does a wonderful job handling these songs.”
“Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster” is Helion Prime’s second album and revolves around sci-fi themes with sweeping solos and powerful vocals. The album was also mixed and mastered at LSD studio by Lasse Lammert (known for his work with bands like Alestorm and Gloryhammer). The American band is sure to impress fans of Unleash the Archers, Iron Maiden and Helloween.
The Cybernetic Terror Tour w/ Helion Prime, Novareign
August 5 – Orangevale CA – The Boardwalk
August 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
August 7 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
August 8 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
August 9 – Chippewa Falls, WI – Every Buddy’s
August 10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon – Mad With Power Festival
August 11 – Joliet, IL – The Forge (Sapphire Room)
August 12 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
August 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
August 16 – Costa Mesa, CA – Tiki Bar
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