"The Storm" cd is available in our Shop section. You may purchase a physical copy or download it. It is also available on CDBaby.com. For those around Milwaukee, copies are being sold at The Exclusive Company in Greendale and Rush-Mor Records.
The CD Release Party was a success! An enormous "Thank You" to Milwaukee's Firehouse Pub and all of the people who came to see the band. Please click on the "HEDDA-Lines" tab for more details.
ANOTHER HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Reviews of the cd are available at: AngelicWarlord.com and DangerDog Music Reviews. Below are a few excerpts from the reviews:
"...Hedda proves expert at weaving its material with the type of melodies and catchy choruses certain to have you returning time and again"... "So take "The Storm" for what it is: An interesting story backed by every bit as interesting music." - AngelicWarlord.com
"...Hedda returns with The Storm, a tour-de-force of classic American melodic heavy and power metal worthy of your immediate attention."... "Listening to the strength of the band's performance, this was a labor of love and perseverance."..."The Storm is solid melodic heavy metal and easily recommended." "4.5/5.0" - DangerDog.com
The Storm Lyrics and Artwork
(View The Storm's prologue, lyrics, credits and thanks, band photos and artwork not available on the cd. CD layout credit goes to the band's multi-talented Jef Jaeger & Jamie Mac.)
Welcome to the official website of, for and about the band HEDDA.
HEDDA is a four-piece band comprised of veteran musicians based in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, U.S.A. Influenced by hard rock, progressive rock / metal and metal artist
from several decades, HEDDA describes their music as “Provocative Metal”.
HEDDA came into being in 2007, when guitarist,
Kent Herman, knew that his departure from the progressive metal band, DIMENSION X, was imminent. Kent contacted Jamie Mac, his long-time friend and original co-founder of DX – Mac left DX in 2001 - saying that he was interested in a writing partnership that would create music that was straight forward while maintaining a heavy, melodic direction. During their time in DX, Kent and Jamie had written numerous songs together and were
aware of their complimentary writing chemistry. Though they shared many musical similarities,
they were also aware that each had numerous and various musical influences that he would draw upon to create a unique blend of power, progression and melody.
Jamie Mac and Kent Herman began writing music that would exemplify and utilize the influences and strengths of both. Originally, the name of the band was to be HEDDA STEAM, meaning
“a head of steam”, however the name was shortened very early on, when the concept of an
extremely powerful (and supernaturally beautiful) female angel began to inspire the writing.
Her name: HEDDA.
Simultaneously with their writing, Mac and Kent began the search for the members that would complete the band. Finding the right drummer turned out to be a more difficult task than either had imagined. Drummer
Jef Jaeger, also a long-time friend of Kent’s and also a former member of DX was
contacted early on, but stated that he was in the midst of other projects and could not commit
himself to another at that time. A year long quest that spanned three states for the right
drummer ensued. Numerous auditions were held, but to no avail, the right drummer was not to
be found. During this frustrating search, Mac and Kent completed 10 of the 11 tracks that
would become the “The Storm”.
Though Jamie Mac had been a lead vocalist in several bands, he knew that a superior
lead singer was required for this project. Mac contacted his long-time friend and former band acquaintance, singer extraordinaire,
John Swenson. At the end of a brief conversation, John was the
lead vocalist of HEDDA. Almost exactly a year to the day that drummer Jef Jaeger declined the offer to join the band, he was contacted again to see if anything had changed. Apparently, good things come to those who wait and by the end of that conversation, Jef was in the band. HEDDA was finally complete.
HEDDA entered the studio in January of 2009 and recorded four tracks that appeared on the band’s 2009 EP “The Calm Before…” which received very good reviews from publications and fans, but clearly something was missing. In 2010 the band changed studios and engineers with the intention of
improving production quality of any future recordings. Over the following 18 months, HEDDA appeared on the ProgPower USA 2010 CD compilation with "The Gates"; disc 2, track 10 and seven
additional tracks were recorded at The Exchange Music Studios with engineers Jeffro Lachsheid
and Lyle Brotkowski. HEDDA feels that the music now speaks for itself. HEDDA sequentially appeared on ProgPower USA's CD compilation in 2011; this time on disc 1, track 1. The original 4 songs
from the EP were completely remixed by Jeffro in late 2011 and all 11 tracks that appear on
HEDDA’s full-length concept album, “The Storm”, were mastered by Jacob Hansen.