CD released: Jun 28, 2024

1. Skies Of Strife
2. Nothing Is Eternal
3. The Otherwordly Sin
4. Hour Of Glory
5. Crestfallen Hunter's Tale
6. The Fight Beyond The Sleep
7. A Requiem For Fools
8. Doomsayer
9. The Story So Far
Cat No: DVP294CD
Barcode: 198391381270
Packaging: CD Jewel Case

Hailing from the trad-metal hotbed of Italy, HEXTAR were formed in November 2018 by the
hands of Marco Scattolin (guitar), Emiliano Zinà (bass, then also backing vocals), and Andrea
Feltrin (drums). Shortly after, Edoardo Loreggian joined and sang on the self-titled debut EP,
released in April 2020 amidst the first Covid Lockdowns. Edoardo left during the summer of
2020 due to stylistic differences, and with Emiliano now on vocals, the band released the
single 'Keep Our Flame Alive' during February of 2021. The title would prove prescient, as
HEXTAR the band kept working on writing their first full-length, the then-to-be-titled
Doomsayer, which would begin production during September 2022. Shortly after the drum
recordings, the band had to part ways with Andrea due to personal issues. They then
decided to keep working on the album behind the scenes while looking for a replacement,
which came in the form of Amedeo Paolini, who joined in March 2023. The production of the
album finally came to a close in October 2023, when HEXTAR were also joined by a longsought
second guitarist, Niccolò Giacometti.
At last here, Doomsayer is a big & boisterous blast of classic metal heroism. Ever since their
inception, HEXTAR aimed at writing a style of power metal reminiscent of the genre’s early
days. From early Helloween to likewise-early Blind Guardian, the inspirations can be heard
aplenty across Doomsayer, but HEXTAR are nothing if not true heavy metal maniacs, and
thus will one find plenty more traditional metal-oriented elements across the album. For
those whose hearts similarly beat true, this debut album will tread some familiar territory,
but territory that’s explored with power and personality, charisma and catchiness. Influences
aside, which can’t be cataloged as easily as naming a couple foundational names of the
genre, HEXTAR’s ultimate goal is to craft songs which can be simultaneously anthemic and
laced with just enough complexity, pushing and pounding forward to song structures that
are unexpected and varied but never nonsensical. Similarly, Zinà’s vocals display a wide
range of note choices and timbres whilst remaining focused on heavy metal heroism;
indeed, a great deal of the magic and machismo of Doomsayer comes down to his goingfor-
it throat. Nevertheless, HEXTAR are truly a full unit here, playing their hearts out together
like a band of brothers, a brigade of warriors who wield fantastical guitar solos like dread
A veritable blast from the past that’s thankfully set to slay the present, HEXTAR arrive on a
plume of dragon fire with Doomsayer!

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