UK melodic metal quintet Control The Storm return with a powerful cover of the Bonnie Tyler classic ‘Holding Out For A Hero‘, released ahead of their performance at Download Festival 2022, where they open the second stage on the Sunday.
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Bassist / backing vocalist Paul O’Shea comments on the single: “We decided to focus on and record ‘Holding Out for a Hero‘ because it transferred so amazingly well into our own musical style – it almost feels like one of our own songs.”
On opening the Download second stage, guitarist Matt Smith comments: “Download is without a doubt a dream come true gig for us. Being able to share the stage with artists that we grew up listening to; artists that helped form who we are as musicians. Now it’s our turn to take to that stage, put on one a hell of a show, and prove that’s where we belong. ”
Cited as one of the UK’s most exciting live acts, Control the Storm have emerged from the chaos of 2020 into a new era with a new stage production, new music and a pledge to rouse their fans old and new with their signature electrifying and grand performances both on stage and in the studio.
With touring and festival plans turned upside down and new album delayed due to the pandemic, the band still persevered and released their single ‘Desire‘ in 2021 The single has proven to be the bands most popular release to date with support from over 600 radio stations worldwide and tens of thousands of online streams within the first month.
Matt Smith comments: “Managing to record and release ‘Desire‘ was a miracle for us. It was this beautiful thing we managed to create whilst the world imploded around us. Music has always been important to us but never more so than now. This single was as much for us as it was for our listeners. It was our way of putting that year behind us, starting anew: It was us taking back control. It was our way of saying, “You can take everything from us, but we’ll only come back stronger.””
Download Festival will mark Control the Storm‘s triumphant return to the stage, and with their long-awaited third album and soon to be announced tour plans for the autumn, this is a band who are set to make a big impact on the metal world in 2022.
Firouzeh Razavi – Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keys/Backing vocals
Matt Smith – Guitar
Paul O’Shea – Bass/Backing vocals
Marc Jackson – Drums