Hällas: "We started with the plot and then made riffs that would fit the narrative. It was more of a soundtrack approach"

(Image credit: Hällas)

“Story-telling is exactly what we’re trying to do,” explains Hällas guitarist Marcus Pettersson, talking to Guitar World with co-guitarist Alexander Moraitis. If you’ve seen the Swedish progressive rock quintet’s video for recent single Tears Of A Traitor, you’ll definitely know what he means - with neon colors, astral projections and a medieval knight brandishing a giant sword that’s also able to communicate with lightning.

“It spans over three albums,” he continues. “It’s about the ninth Hällas who is on a quest for answers. Basically, he wants to find out the meaning to life. He needs to find an all-knowing seer who can control the universe, the future and the past, just by using stars. That’s the main story. It’s set in the lands of Semyra…”

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).