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Interview with Lords of Black Guitarist Tony Hernando By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Carry the Torch

Interview with Lords of Black Guitarist Tony Hernando

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio


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Frontiers Records recording artists Lords of Black have recently released a strong recording that has elements of 1980's heavy metal but with a modern interpretation. The songs themselves could easily be interpreted or covered by musicians from other genres and stand strong.  Guitarist Tony Hernando has been there from the beginning of the band and along with vocalist Ronnie Romero, drummer Johan Nunez and bassist Dani Craiado, Lords of Black have been making waves in Europe for some time.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Mr. Tony Hernando for this exclusive interview.



Like many in the United States, we came across Lords of Black because of the Rainbow connection from around five years ago.  Please tell Boston Rock Radio readers about the new LP Alchemy Of Souls Pt 1.  Is it a concept album or have an overriding theme?

The new album Alchemy Of Souls, although is not a conceptual album as such, it has an overriding theme, yes.  This theme that is present in many of the song lyrics is in part that never-ending struggle, that inner search we all have throughout our lives in the quest of the meaning of life, and how we gravitate towards good and bad. Pretty much a fight that is happening all the time between good and evil, not only in every one of us, but in the society and in the world as a whole, the never ending struggle within.  At the end, with the choices we make we cure or poison our souls, as it does the world.  It's all about those psychology and philosophy topics on consciousness and the capacity we all have for good and evil. A very fine line separates good and evil inside our consciousness, in our very own souls so to speak.

Lords of Black:  Dying To Live Again


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What is the songwriting dynamic like within the group?  Do you share files and ideas on a regular basis when not involved with other projects?

Yeah, I send demos and melodies to discuss the arrangements with the guys, but we're still very old school kind of band and we like and enjoy actually playing and rehearsing more.  However the exceptional situation of this year has made that us and most of our peers have been working in the distance with tools like Skype or Zoom, which is great considering the situation. At least we have been working as much as we could, trying to stay busy and productive to get the most out of these times with no live performances.


Please tell us about your time in the United States when you attended Musicians Institute-GIT in Hollywood?  Was this many years ago and what was your musical focus that you improved as a player most during that time?

Yes, that was so long ago! I was about 22 or 23 at the time. Great times and memories indeed. It was a time in my life when everything was much more exciting and real.  This was pre internet, so try to imagine how to get phone numbers from guitarists that might teach privately.  So yeah, I was attending GIT, but I was spending most of my time and money on getting private lessons from some of the best guitarists.  Some of them were not even living nearby Hollywood, so I had to travel some good distances back and forth in the famous LA traffic.   This was a time when I was more into blues and fusion.  My first love is rock and classical music, but I got to love these other styles as well since that gave me a much more broad and unique knowledge that I'd ultimately incorporate into my playing and my songwriting. Out of all those great teachers I had at the time I always mention Joey Tafolla, who became a close friend to this very day.  He is a great player but also a special person that inspires me so much, and now I'm so happy that everything I do myself makes him so proud, so it's very cool. Later on I had the same experience with Andy Timmons and he is also someone with whom I have a special bond. What a player and a beautiful human being!

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Lords of Black:  Sacrifice


Growing up in Spain, did you study the classical or Flamenco guitar in your youth?  Please tell us about that part of your life?

I studied classical guitar, not to be mistaken with Flamenco guitar, which is very much different. Yes, it was when I was a kid and into my teens when I started to study the electric guitar. I still play classical guitar from time to time and I try to put a little of that in every record so that way I get not too rusty.  The intro to the album title song "Alchemy of Souls" is a little example.


You have represented Ibanez on stage and as a clinician.  What are some specs about the guitars that you use that you are proud of?

I've been playing Ibanez since I can remember! I grew up with Satriani, Vai, Gilbert and all those guys filling the incredible Ibanez brochure catalogues.  Remember those? So it was pretty obvious that I was going to go Ibanez. Fortunately later on I become one of their artists and the relationship has been great. I mainly use RG's and AZ's models, but you can't find an Ibanez guitar that isn't friendly to play and inspirational.  That's the main thing with Ibanez I would say, the fact that any of their guitars are very playable and enjoyable.


You really worked with some talented vocals on the Restless Spirits project.

You bet! Yes, the Restless Spirits project has been a great opportunity for me to show me in a different territory producing stuff that  is closer to some of the bands I love like Journey, Bad English, Giant, and Toto. Having Deen Castronovo playing drums on the whole album and lead singing on three songs has been a blast.  Also having one of my all-time favorite singers like Johnny Gioeli, and not forget about Kent Hilli, Alessandro del Vecchio, Dino Jelusic and Diego Valdez participating. They were absolutely phenomenal on their songs! Can't wait to start another album!

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Who are a few guitarists that you credit with shaping your musicianship?

I'd mention at least twenty! ahaha, but to keep this short, I'd say that what inspires me is not only the playing itself from those guys but their personality and character which of course you feel in their music and playing when you pay attention.  So I'd say that Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Ritchie Blackmore were my first influences and then I discovered Yngwie and that was the beginning of the end for me.  Of course all those "Shrapnel Records" guys especially Tony Macalpine, Vinnie Moore, and Jason Becker. Then from the more bluesy and fusion camp I'd mention Michael Lee Firkins, Richie Kotzen, Scott Henderson, and Shawn Lane.  I can keep going!  Once again Joey Tafolla, Andy Timmons and also John Petrucci who is not only an inspiration but a good friend as well.


Thank you Tony!  Best wishes to you on 2021!!!

Thank you! Wishing you the best too!


Boston Rock Radio Journalist Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA. You can learn more about Tom at

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