Heartbanger is a musical project led by the musician/guitarist/songwriter Xavi Méndez.
"Through The Dark" is the first album of this new melodic adventure and to consolidate it, Xavi has been accompanied by some friends and popular names of the national and international AOR scene. The debut includes collaborations from people like Tony Mills (SHY, TNT), Gabrielle De Val (The Val), Manu Esteve (Hardreams), Alberto Fernandez (Tokio) among many others...
The Heartbanger stylistic line is the classic 80s AOR (Survivor, Journey, Strangeways, Loverboy, FM, Foreigner and the like) with great presence of keyboards, great vocal harmonies and catchy choruses. It even offers some melodic metal on the only song on Spanish "Tierras De La Libertad" (featuring Angel Rubin on lead vocals).
XAVI MÉNDEZ – GUITAR
ALBERTO FERNÁNDEZ – KEYBOARDS
PACO MUÑOZ – DRUMS
LUÍS ÁLVAREZ – BASS (*Except where indicated)
TONY MILLS: Vocals on 1 & 4
MANU ESTEVE: Vocals on 2, 6 & 8
GABRIELLE DE VAL: Vocals on 3
ANGEL RUBIN: Vocals on 7
RICARD FLORES: Bass on 2
MARC LLADÓ: Bass on 6
Songs 3, 4 & 5 written by Xavi Mendez
Songs 2, 6 & 8 written by Xavi Mendez/Manu Esteve
Song 7 written by Xavi Mendez/Angel Rubin
Song 9 written by Paco Muñoz
Keyboards recorded at SDA Studios by Miguel Ángel Ugidos
Gabrielle De Val vocals recorded at Estudio Goya by Raúl Bustillo
PRODUCED BY JAVI FÉLEZ & XAVI MENDEZ
ENGINEERED & MIXED BY JAVI FÉLEZ AT MOONTOWER STUDIOS
MASTERED BY JOSEP ROIG AT TEMPS RECORD
ARTWORK: FERNANDO NANDERAS