West New York
Current Line up:
Black Troops - Vocals/ Bass
Charles G. - Lead Guitar
Justo Valdez - Rhythm Guitar
Frank Cepeda - Drums
FireHaze is a band formed by four guys based in New Jersey, US. The vocalist and bass player Black Troops, was born in Cuba as were Justo Valdez and Charlie Gonzalez , the only member born outside of the Caribbean Island is Frank Cepeda who born in Ecuador.
The band formed when Black Troops and Charlie met in West New York, NJ. They decided to start a heavy metal band. After some back and forth, FireHaze, as a name, came to the table. Justo joined the band in mid 2013, when he arrived to New Jersey to play a show with his former band Escape and decided to stay in the northern state. Being a very experienced guitar player, within a matter of months he quickly and professionally learned the band's set list, helping to improve its core sound rather than modifying it. The last member joining the crew was Frank in June 2015.
FireHaze has been a very active and creative metal band, bringing to the scene something that is not normally seen in a local circuit. These innovations include bringing Metal and Symphonic elements together. From its early starts, the band has included everything from a cello, to a whole variety of percussion sets to their live shows. Being the culprit their song MEMORIES, the band’s second single out of their upcoming Ep: Silenced, which mix FireHaze’s aggressiveness with a very powerful, yet dark orchestration. The result was a song that is far from what local bands are doing currently in the Metal scene. On the other side, the first single, SILENCED is a very straight forward Metal song, which is focused in aggressive riffs and a speed that keep the listener on his toes throughout it’s length.
In the visual media field, FireHaze has always been characterized by it’s top quality material, either being posters, banners or music videos. Having achieved surprising attention for an uprising band, FireHaze’s first official music video, ENEMY, was their first self producing video.
A second music video for the single SILENCED, will see day light in 2016. Just as the first one, this video will be, once more, produced by the band in its entirety. Following the band’s already well stablished tradition of doing it all by themselves, FireHaze is also taking care of it’s official website. At www.firehazeband.com, the band has it’s portal to the world.
Ultimately, FireHaze ambitions have always been to reach the top, and although they know that being signed to a mayor record label does not guarantee anything, they are more than convinced that to achieve full stardom, they will need a little push. Consequently, they intend not to let any opportunity pass by without trying as hard as they can to leave a huge footprint in the Heavy Metal World.