Fresh off the Cybernetic Terror Tour, American melodic metal band Helion Prime have announced that the recruitment of YouTube host and metal vocalist, Mary Zimmer (ex-White Empress, ex-Luna Mortis) as their full-time vocalist.
Along with the announcement, the band have released a demo featuring Zimmer on vocals:
Here’s what the band’s songwriter/guitarist, Jason Ashcraft, had to say about the lineup change:
“Anyone who follows current issues with foreign metal bands trying to get into the United States to perform will be no stranger to the struggles it brings. Sadly, Helion Prime has had no exception and this issue falls to single musicians, as well, and not just bands. After several issues with travel and visas, our previous vocalist, Sozos Michael (who currently resides in Cyprus), and the band have agreed the best hope for the future of Helion Prime was to have someone closer to home as the vocalist. We absolutely love Sozos and the album we created together and he will always be part of the Prime family. The Terror album will not be the last you hear from him with us in some manner, we promise that. I will always be proud of the album we created with Sozos. He is a phenomenal singer and musician. It’s unfortunate how difficult things are becoming for bands and artist overseas to come here and perform. We hope things will change soon and people can see situations like ours, prog-power, and many others as reasons for concern. However, this won’t be the end, I know I personally will continue to work with Sozos in some form or another and this isn’t the last of our working or personal relationship. The chemistry with Mary is great. We have known each other for a long time now and I think getting that time to really get to know each other has helped build a strong foundation. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming album, tours and more.“
Vocalist Mary Zimmer states:
“I am so stoked to join the Helion Prime team. The guys are great to work with and the new music we have been preparing in the background has been exciting. I feel like it is a great fit for my vocals. We make a great team and I hope to live up to Prime’s tradition of great vocalists.“
Helion Prime are halfway finished the recording of their next album, which is expected to be out some time in 2020 and are also busy planning tours to accompany the album’s release.
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