TONY HERNANDO (LORDS OF BLACK): “[RONNIE ROMERO And I] Realized That We Are Stronger Together Than Separated”

Ronnie Romero and Tony Hernando of LORDS OF BLACK (Live at Trillians, Newcastle, U.K., December 6, 2016)
Photo: Mick Burgess

Spanish Power Metal Act Decries There is Hope in a World of Chaos

Lords of Black was formed by two world class Spanish musicians, guitarist Tony Hernando and vocalist Ronnie Romero. The band self-released their self-titled debut in 2014. Lords of Black got the attention of several record labels after Romero was chosen by Ritchie Blackmore to front the latest version of Rainbow. Now signed by Frontiers Music, Lords of Black released II in 2016 and Icons of the New Days in (2018). 2019 looked to be a rough year for the group as Ronnie Romero announced his departure in January.

Lords of Black continued their live show commitments with a couple of different singers until the Covid-19 lockdowns began. Earlier this year it was announced that Ronnie Romero had returned to Lords of Black. It was said that guitarist Tony Hernando had written such a powerful album, that Romero just couldn’t resist. On November 6, 2020 Lords of Black releases their fourth album Alchemy of Souls, Part 1 [review]. I had the chance to speak with Tony Hernando about his latest album. We also discussed what lead to the loss and return of Romero, his musical endeavors during Lords of Black’s downtime, our love for the band Giant, and what he has planned going forward.

Lords of Black is:

Ronnie Romero – Vocals
Tony Hernando – Guitars
Jo Nunez – Drums
Dani Criado – Bass

Band Links:

Official Site


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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