Scar For Life

Scar For Life

 Lisbon, Lisbon, PRT
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Scar For Life is a Portuguese hard rock band from Lisbon, formed in 2008 by guitarist/composer Alexandre Santos. As of 2016, the band has released four studio albums, a compilation, a number of singles, and a live album.

In August 2015, Scar For Life opened the Portuguese heavy metal festival Vagos Open Air, alongside such bands as Black Label Society, Destruction, Overkill and Within Temptation.

Biography

Known for his work and composition in REDSTAINS, guitarist Alexandre Santos founded the Portuguese melodic rock/ metal band SCAR FOR LIFE in 2008. Creating songs from the most vitriolic, groovy assaults to soft acoustic pieces, and with a penchant for memorable hooks and vocal melodies, SCAR FOR LIFE embraced all of the influences that make it emotional and powerful.

The debut album, Scar For Life, was released in July 2008, recorded at UltraSoundSystem studio facilities, with Daniel Cardoso as mixer and drummer (now in ANATHEMA). The reception for the debut album was very positive, called passionate and ‘honest [with] a clear vision of their sound and identity (Metal Invader) and filled with ‘ace musicianship, and infectious energy’ (Metal Imperium).

SCAR FOR LIFE opened for RAMP, headlined multiple shows and played several acoustic showcases in stores around the country. Live & Acoustic, an acoustic performance from one of these showcases, was available on iTunes and Amazon.

Recorded in May 2010, It All Fades Away was the band’s second release and the media reaction surpassed the first album. Considered Album of the Year by Brazilian Collector's Room webzine, one of the top ten Portuguese metal albums of the year by several webzines and ‘deserving of any praise they get because their music speaks for itself’ by My Global Mind.

Released in September 2012, the third album by SCAR FOR LIFE, 3 Minute Silence was by far the most ambitious work to date. Exploring a heavier and more melodic side of SCAR FOR LIFE, 3 Minute Silence features guests such as violinist Anne Vitorino d’Almeida, Finnish singer Kari Vahakuopus (CATAMENIA) and British keyboardist Ged Ryland (ex-TEN).

Five years into their career, in 2013 SCAR FOR LIFE released a compilation, Retrospective, for free download. Featuring one new track, SCAR FOR LIFE promoted the compilation with live performances in London and Portugal.

The year 2014 was one of some major changes in the line-up. Singer Rob Mancini and Teen Asty (guitar, bass) joined the band to record the new album titled Worlds Entwined. The epic new work, mixed by Swedish producer Martin Kronlund, featured special guests such as Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH/DIO), Mikael Carlsson (LOVER UNDER COVER) and Neil Fraser (TEN).

The album gained again extremely good reviews and was voted top 10 album of the year by several magazines. In Spring 2015 the line up was completed with Tiago Ian on bass and Ricardo Reis on drums.

SCAR FOR LIFE opened the Portuguese heavy metal festival Vagos Open Air in August 2015, alongside bands like BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DESTRUCTION, OVERKILL and WITHIN TEMPTATION. In September 2015 Rob Mancini left the band in order to pursue solo projects and SCAR FOR LIFE are preparing for a Portuguese tour in 2016 with a new vocalist and new material.

Discography

WORLDS ENTWINED (2014)

RETROSPECTIVE (2013)

3 MINUTE SILENCE (2012)

IT ALL FADES AWAY (2010)

SCAR FOR LIFE (2008)

Set List

KILL THE PAST

BLEEDING GUN

IT ALL FADES AWAY

MY DARKEST JOURNEY

COLD BLOOD

NEVER SMILE AGAIN

LOST

HERE COMES THE NIGHT

BETWEEN US

OLD MAN

WHITE SHADES

BURN IT ALL

3 MINUTE SILENCE

ONE MORE DAY