Valley Village, CA
Singer and guitarist Scott Von Heldt (aka: SVH) joins a new breed of heavy music and offers up a glimpse into the future of the primitive. From entrancing tribal rhythms to unparalleled vocal incantations, SVH has long been admired by his peers and continues to push the envelope to create music with unrelenting passion and intensity.
Scott broke out into the original metal scene of Northern Ohio at the age of 17 by releasing his first solo guitar record To Each His Own. SVH went on to join local metal giants Vatican (later renamed Marquis de Sade) and soon became a local guitar legend with the release of his second solo record Cries of Silence. In 1994 Scott gave his full attention to the formation of his new band Theater of Madness. The group went on to dominate the local music scene, releasing their debut CD The Demo and opening for national acts ranging from Quiet Riot, Slaughter, and LA Guns, to metal masters more in their vein such as Suffocation, Anthrax, and Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson among many others.
After many years of trudging through the trenches in search of a record company, Scott formed his own indie label Dead City Records and began work on Mantra, the debut from a new and improved version of his former band now named KURAI.
In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles and went on to join Ivan de Prume (White Zombie) and Martin St. Pierre (Cirque du Soliel) in the creation of HEALER, a band combining the elements of world music with modern metal! The bands debut Awakening has been hailed as one of the most original CD's released this decade and continues to garnish rave reviews. SVH recently lent his
extreme vocal abilities to the Sheesh E.P. by local thrash/funk quartet Baron Von Sloth.
In February of '09 SVH was chosen as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for former KoRn guitarist Brian "HEAD" Welch. The group toured lightly throughout 2009 and spent most of 2010 touring the US and Europe. In 2011 SVH did his last show with Head in New Zealand before resuming work on his solo career.
He is an instructor at Burbank Music Academy as well as a staff writer for the popular guitarist social network ShareMyGuitar.com and the new tattoo and music culture magazine Tattooed Music. Scott continues to add a unique sentiment to heavy music by infusing raw intensity with spiritual insight and global awareness.