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25 YEARS LIVING WITH A HEART OF WOLF AND WINGS OF RAVENS
- A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY -

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WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS is the resumption of RAVENLAND saga started by the vocalist Dewindson Wolfheart on the far winter of 1996. Dewindson Wolfheart is considered in Brazilian Metal scene one of the first artist's agents and representatives in the National Gothic Metal style. Once as RAVENLAND or WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS their music mixes the Metal heavy/energy on guitars to cold elements of Industrial dark music, forming a Gothic atmosphear inside a pulsant groove.

The first official RAVENLAND line up was formed by Dewindson Wolfheart (vocals), André Cardoso (guitars) and Clécio Christian (bass guitar), latter in 1997 Alexandre Brito (before he joined ANDRALLS) joined RAVENLAND as drummer. This line up recorded the first Demo Tape in 1998.

 

As a frontman in RAVENLAND band, Dewindson Wolfheart leaded the group to conquer many achievements. they were the first Brazilian Gothic Metal band to being cover and poster on Rock and Metal Magazines and popular regional newspapers in Brazil, getting full pages about them, they are the first Brazilian Gothic Metal band which had their video clip (End of Light) aired on MTV and other opened TV channels such as TV Multishow, Play TV, Record TV, Rede TV, Cultura TV, All TV and also many web TVs…
He took the band to conquer the foreign media as Japanese, American and European radios, fanzines, blogs, websites and a large audience through their music, always representing our flag abroad. Dewindson Wolfheart established a great partnership with important musicians and producers around the world of heavy music as Waldemar Sorychta (Woodhouse Studios - Germany) and Mika Jussila (Finvox Studios - Finland). This way he disseminated their music and conquered much respect from their fans and press Metal media.

Besides contracts with Brazilian indepedent labels like, Moonshadow Productions, Armadilo Records, Freemind Records, Dewindson got some international partnerships for distributing their music like, Ravenheart Music (UK), GS Productions (Russia) and Amerta (Asia).

Dewindson has acquired so much experience playing together with the greatest names of worldwide Gothic Metal scene as THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, MOONSPELL, TIAMAT, NIGHTWISH, PAIN, ANNEKE (ex-THE GATHERING), Danny Cavanagh (ANATHEMA), THEATRES DES VAMPIRES, SIRENIA, besides acted as tour manager for SAMAEL, CATHEDRAL, GRAVE DIGGER, URIAH HEEP, DIARY OF DREAMS, WASP, ACCEPT and many others …

Despite numerous achievements, RAVENLAND lineup suffered some changes along the years, as the most of the bands. Besides some great musicians had participated in the band, like Ricardo Confessori (SHAMAN/ex-ANGRA) as drummer on the second album, the Nowregian guitarrist Tommy Lindal (ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), both participated in the same album "...and a crow brings me back" (2009), but, maintain a fixed formation was very difficult.

The last RAVENLAND official line up was formed by D. Wolfheart (vocal), Rafaela Villela (Vocal) Timmo Karkoski (guitar), Rafael Agostino ( Keyboards/guitars), Fábio Carito (Bass guitars) Renato Reggini (guitars) and Fernando Tropesso (Drums).

 

After two albums, seven EPs and numerous shared compilations/Tributes CDs around the world, on the winter of 2015, Dewindson Wolfheart got another invitation from an independent Germany label company to participate of a double vinyl Tribute to BATHORY, at that moment each RAVENLAND member was envolved in their own projects, then, he decided makes by himself with some special guest friends as Fábio Jhasko (ex-SARCÓFAGO) and Cielinszka Wieliwiski (HELLLIGHT), few months latter, after the "The last Waltz" video clip releasing, Rafael Agostino (left RAVENLAND together with Timmo Karkoski to make part of ARMORED DAWN) and also Renato Reggini left the band, after that, D. Wolfheart decided to start a new project, only with special guests friends, Dewindson accepted the tip of Fábio Jhasko for use his own artistic name WOLFHEART for the project, but as already there was another band called WOLFHEART (Finland), Dewindson added “AND THE RAVENS ” which would be the name for all musicians and special friends who play or record with him. This way he started this new musical jorney changing the RAVENLAND name into WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS.

 

Then, Dewindson debuted WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS first single on the same day of his birthday, February 5th of 2016, releasing on Europe “From ashes” also called “Ravphenix”. The song was aired on the most respectable European Metal broadcast SOS METAL RADIO SHOW broadcasted by Antenna Minho, 106.0 FM for all Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Canada, also over the worldwide web as streaming, beside the song Dewindson did an open statement for the European audience about his new phase.

"From ashes" had as guitarrist Rafael Agostino (RAVENLAND / ARMORED DAWN) and as female backing vocals Roberta Phantoms (THE PHANTOMS OF THE MIDNIGHT). This EP "From ashes" had several partners, Thiago Anducias (NERVOCHAOS), Maycon Phantoms (THE PHANTONS OF THE MIDNIGHT and Marcelo Varge (NEOPLAZIA) as compousers.

After the first EP released, came up some invitations for being headliner in some Brazilian Festivals, as INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL FESTIVALL winter edition, 15º MOTOFEST, 33º INTERNATIONAL EXPOMUSIC, PLIS ROCK Festival and others...

So Dewindson Wolfheart formed a line up for these festivals, he invited some friends, the German guitarrist Andreas Karl Dehn (ex-KAMALA / SOULRIVER) and Rafaela Redbass (bass guitar).

The female vocal character "Ravenna" still was the old partner Rafaela Vilella and the drummer also still was Fernando Tropesso, both RAVENLAND members, one year latter Fernando Tropz left the band, so Ricardo Menezes (PETTALOM) participated in some special concerts in 2017, but in 2018 Dan Werneck Joined the WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS as official drummer and musical producer.

2016 was a great restarting after 19 years as RAVENLAND, now as WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS, in one year they released a new EP "From Ashes" and stabilished a great line up participating in nice festivals around Brazil, some of them as headliner, on the late 2016, they released a video clip for "Ravphenix - From ashes" contenting live footage from these concerts. besides to release a tribute to KING DIAMOND in partnership with Rafael Agostino (ex-RAVENLAND) recording a version for "The Eye of the Witch", the song was released in a special HALLOWEEN night in Europe promoted by the SOS METAL RADIO SHOW again.

In 2017 WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS were indicated as open act band by the Portuguese vocalist Fernando Ribeiro for the Brazilian 25th Anniversary Tour of MOONSPELL, honored by the invintation, for enjoying this highlight moment with the band, D. Wolfheart invited the Norwegian guitarrist Tommy Lindal (ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY) who already had recorded with RAVENLAND on the second album "and a crow brings me back".

At the same year, the Norwegian project WARDRUNA (responsible for the VIKINGS soundtrack HBO series), came to South America for an only one concert at INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL FEST in Brazilia and WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS were invited once again, this time as open act band for WARDRUNA,

In 2018, WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS were invited by GS PRODUCTIONS from Russia, to participate in a Metal Tribute to the Pop Rock band ROXETTE, recording "The sweet hello, the sad good bye", D.Wolfheart invited his dear friend as special guests Jacqui Taylor (ASRAI / RAZORBLADE KISS) from UK for additional guitars. The CD was released in double format digipack in Europe.

At the same year Dan Werneck joined the band as official member, soon the band was invited by the Russian Label GS PRODUCTION to another CD tribute, a Metal Tribute to DEAD CAN DANCE, in 2019, Marcos Brito (Aquila) joined the band as guitarrist, now WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS has two guitar players, Andreas Dehn and Marcos Brito,

After some concerts, few interviews and special participations along 2019 in compiltions, as soon they started working in a new album in early 2020, Rafaela Villela left the band, after 7 years as Ravenna singer character, she left the band for dedadicating to her own career as painter and tattooer. As soon the band releases "Gimme your Blood", the world was affected by the epidemic Covid, so, a promissor year was postponed, the recording sessions for a new album were postponed, the few and main concerts which WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS would play beside LACRIMAS PRODUNDERE and another with VISIONS OF ATLANTIS were canceled, even this hard times, they participated on ONLINE FESTIVALS and released new videos along 2020, "Gimme your blood (Isolation video session)" in ROADIE CREW magazine online Festival, "Wolf Moon" A tribute to Peter Steele TYPE O NEGATIVE in partnership with METAL HEART (Anastasia Shalik) piano covers from Belarussia, which was released in HEAVY METAL ONLINE, "Opium" (official video clip) released in HORROR EXPO and "Poisoned" (official video clip).

WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS also participated on MY DYING BRIDE Brazilian Tribute XXX, on this ocasion they recorded "Bring me victory" released on the year which the British band completed 30 years of career.

 

Even in 2020 the band participated in HORROR EXPO II, the biggest genre horror event in South America, besides they released "Opium" video clip tribute to DEAD CAN DANCE, D.Wolfheart was interviewed with other great artists like EPICA, MY DYING BRIDE, FLESHGOD APOCALIPSE, CADAVER.

2021 is being another 2020 continuation duty the pandemic, but WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS got together with SOS METAL RADIO SHOW in Europe realising the RAVEN FEST - INTERNATIONAL DARK EDITION bringing a nice line-up for the festival having ASRAI and HEAVENWOOD as headliner and another great bands from several different countries, from Africa to Russia, passing through Norway, Sweeden and US bands, besides some special guest friends as presenters, like Skinny Kangus DEATHSTARS, Aaron Stainthorpe MY DYING BRIDE, Fernando Ribeiro and Don Aires MOONSPELL, Lindsay Schoolcraft ex-CRADLE OF FILTH /ANTIQVA and Tommy Lindal ex-THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, the main goal of the festival was maintain the Gothic Metal and Dark music flame alive, it was released on March 20th and is available on WOLFHEART AND THE RAVENS youtube channel.

At the current moment, the band is composing and recording new songs for a full album, bringing some special guest friends, besides to participate in other online Festivals, like STRENGHT METAL FEST and IMAGO FEST, also they are participating in a Brazilian movie soundtrack from the movie director and writer Marcos Debrito which will be released this year througthout Brazilian cinema screens , besides participating in some online chats and international interviews.

 

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