The epicness of Iron Maiden in Brazilian fashion -REVOLVER MAGAZINE
The band presented an energetic Heavy Metal, merging intensity and melody. Eduardo Parras has a unique vocal order, heavier than what we usually hear, giving the music a melancholic tone and songs with bravado… -RIO METAL
From the start of their set, the band showed solid and creative compositions, a great ability to entertain the public and a rare professionalism. by METAL REVOLUTION
A Heavy almost Manowar-like sound but a bit power metal meets a good grooving hard rock. by MOSHPIT RADIO
Eduardo Parras is one of the most successful and highly-regarded doctors in his homeland of Brazil, known nation-wide for the impact he has made on medicine in his country. But like all metal heads, Parras does not want to be defined by his work alone. Enter Armored Dawn.
"I love my day job," says Parras in a thick, Portuguese accent, "and many people in my life don't understand why I would ever choose to take on an endeavor like Armored Dawn, so complex and full of challenges... They tell me that I don't need this, but the reason I am doing it is because I do need it! When I hear people say, 'you don't need that,' it sounds like they're telling me not to have the courage to take risks - but I'm not afraid to take risks when it's something I believe in, and that's what I try and show in my lyrics and music... I want people to feel encouraged to make changes in their lives. Everyone deserves a new dawn!"
Armored Dawn is everything its name implies, a colossal force driven by heavy metal and born of one man's unwavering love for the music that drives so many of us. Parras picks his words slowly when speaking in English, as opposed to his native Portuguese tongue, but metal is a universal language that he speaks fluently. "What fascinates me about heavy metal is that it allows you to combine several musical formats, expose all kinds of feelings, and tell all of sorts of stories. You have the musical freedom to bring together many different themes and heavier sounds, blend them together, and break the barrier of imagination. To me, heavy metal is great freedom."
Like a lot of great metal before Armored Dawn, that music takes on an epic, often cinematic scope on the band's debut album, Power Of Warrior. "Armored Dawn is a journey through the Middle Ages, where there were great warriors, armor and shields, and the songs place us in the middle of the action - among the battles, alongside the warriors, and crouching behind those shields... The band is called Armored Dawn because no matter how hard the battle might be, the dawn will always be protected."
Opening track "Viking Soul" is a juggernaut, oars calmly slicing the water in the still of night as a searing line of guitars begins the assault on our senses before building into a celebration so epic, Iron Maiden would be proud and Eddie would be raising flasks of Trooper ale for all. Yes, it's a brave new world for Dr. Eduardo Parras, and with his fearless band by his side, we triumphantly conquer "Too Blind To See," scale the ragged, Dream Theater-inspired progressive cliffs and lesions of "Prison," raise our fists and sway with a melancholic fervor on "My Heart" - quite possibly the greatest metal ballad to ever be exported from under a Brazilian flag - and sharpen our swords, raise them for battle, and charge forward with "Power Of Warrior" and the Iron Maiden-paced revelry of "Someone" as our battle cries.
"'Prison' is a very special song for me, because it was conceived in a moment where I was trying to figure out whether I should go back to music or not," says Parras of one of his most personal tracks on the debut album. "Music has always been my passion, but early on I decided to follow a different path in my career and studied to become a doctor... but I got to a point where I really felt imprisoned by my conflicting feelings, and I felt in my heart I had to come back to music. I realized that I created my own prison, and I wanted to show people that we are the first person to send ourselves to prison. We need to break free from whatever is keeping us from our dreams."
As eloquent and well-meaning as that is, Parras just as quickly goes off the rails on "Mad Train," a powder-keg that lands the band somewhere between the lyrical inferno of Rammstein and musical pedigree of the Scorpions - "looking through the window, watching you in underwear, everybody fucking like a bear..." Parras sings - his train clearly looking for more than just a station. That Rammstein comparison is an important one, because despite the fact that Germany and Brazil are nearly 6,000 miles and a hemisphere apart, what both bands lack in seamless lyrical translations, they make up for with music that slams with a skilled precision and unmistakable power and force.
"I really look up to Bruce Dickinson and Ronnie James Dio," he says of his influences. "The powerful vocals, personality and musical intelligence really inspires me - they are both great landmarks in the history of music. As a band, Bon Jovi really stands out to me when it comes to business - they have nothing to do with heavy metal, but I really appreciate their flexibility and intelligence as entrepreneurs. That being said, talking about bands, I particularly enjoy Sabaton, Iron Maiden and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Despite the plurality of styles, they all share common features."
Listen to Armored Dawn with a warrior's ear, and we hear all those styles. Listen to their debut album with the right embrace, and we feel the warrior's soul rush through us.
That is the Power Of Warrior.