Updated: Nov 1, 2021
"High noon oh I'd sell my soul for water Nine years worth of breaking my back There's no sun in the shadow of the wizard See how he glides why he's lighter than air"
Such poetry. Such a poet.
Hardly is there a song that better defines a time in terms of heavy metal, than "Stargazer" by Rainbow. I remember perfectly well where I was when I first heard it. I can still smell the room actually. A room in a small New England town just outside of Boston. Aside from the Hadder project, I spent the better part of 2 or 3 years in LA working on a full record with a band called "TOR" only to see the release held up due to personal conflicts unrelated to the music. But, we did record a cover of Rainbows "Stargazer" with the intention of releasing it as a B Side. Behold, for the powers that be seem to have aligned enough for us to shoot a video for it and release it. Under what banner? I'm not sure it matters just yet. We all know where it came from. I can only guess that some of this "TOR" record will find it's way out into the world in due time in some shape and some form. It's a great body of work. For now, it was a great video shoot. The Stargazer is almost ready. So much work from so many people to create this personal rendition of a classic song. It was done for great unselfish reasons and with simple intentions, to honor the past and to show appreciation for such a time and such a piece of music. A piece of music that helped shape a sound and certainly shaped me as a singer at a very young age. I'm so grateful for the members of "TOR" and for the time we spent together fighting the odds and gathering in dark places each week for so long and for such true reasons... and to see this song being so close to a release, well, lets just say the Warmoths are singing loudly and feverishly.
I'll be editing the video the next few weeks while Hadder auditions are taking place. Aside from tying up some loose ends on the first Hadder tracks, I really hope to have another Diamonds Hadder record recorded by the end of the year with some shorter songs. You see.. after 8 hours of 9 minute video takes on "Stargazer", I'm realizing that a good 5 or 6 minute song can be a damn good thing.
For now here is a little laser clip from one of the vocal takes. Should be an interesting video. Thank you for your lights and magic Lord Robert, you are the armored saint and spell caster... I am ever grateful.