In Profile: Vhäldemar

Vhaldemar is a Spanish heavy metal band, which was founded in 1999 by singer and guitarist, Carlos Escudero and guitarist Pedro Monge. They later added a drummer, Eduardo Martinez and bassist Oscar Cuadrado. They sent in their first demo to Arise Records in June 2001, who then helped them make and release their first album, Fight to the End in 2002. Fight to the End was followed by I Made My Own Hell. Both were recorded in The Rock Studio via Arise Records in Bilbao. The albums have been released in Japan, the U.S., South America, and Europe. In Brazil, Vhaldemar was voted the best international album upon the release of their first album. The following year, Brigade Magazine voted I Made My Own Hell the top heavy metal band.

In 2007, Vhaldemar performed at the Bilbao BBK Life Festival, which was followed by the release of Metal of the World. Their fourth album, Shadows of Combat followed in 2013. Earlier in 2017, they signed a contract with Fighter Records to release several new albums. First, they re-released their first two albums, Fight to the End and I Made My Own Hell, containing five extra tracks as a double CD pack in April 2017. In May they released yet another album, Old King a Visions, which include five extra tracks as an introduction to their next album, Against All Kings.

In August 2014, Vhaldemar performed in the Legends of Rock Festival with several other heavy metal bands. Among these bands were Arch Enemy, Megadoth, and Amon Amarath.

Vhaldemar plays only traditional heavy metal. Their music has been compared to Manowar due to both having aggressive tempos and melodies. Even though Oscar Cuadrado left his position as their drummer in 2014, he still works with them behind the scenes as their full-time manager. Gontzal has since replaced Cuardrado as their drummer. They have also since added keyboardist Jonkol Tera and bassist Adolfo WB. As a result, it could be said that the future still looks very strong for Vhaldemar. With one of their instrumentalists-turned-manager knowing the band from the inside out, the band definitely has one solid platform.