RAPHAEL MENDES (ICON OF SIN): “That’s My Dream, To Tour Europe [And] The USA”

Icon of Sin

From One Icon to Another

It’s not everyday that a viral video turns into a record contract, but when you have a powerful voice that’s similar to a Heavy Metal icon, people are sure to notice. Frontier President Serafino Perugino came across Brazilian singer Raphael Mendes’ video series “What If Bruce Dickinson sang…” and he was so impressed he decided to form a band around Mendes.

That band is Icon of Sin. Their debut self-titled album is set to be released on April 16, 2021. Now, I know what you’re thinking, so put your pre-conceived notions aside. Just because Mendes’ pipes are Dickinson-esque, Icon of Sin is not an Iron Maiden clone. The band is a throw back to classic metal, but manages to carve out their own sound. I had the chance to speak with singer Raphael Mendes ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • ICON OF SIN - Icon of SinDiscussion of their self-titled debut album
  • How movies and video games inspired Raphael’s lyrics
  • Is Icon of Sin a studio project or do they plan to tour?
  • How his viral YouTube videos landed him a record deal
  • Does he get any criticism for his vocals sounding like Bruce Dickinson’s?
  • Has anyone in Iron Maiden ever commented on his “What if Bruce Dickinson sang….” videos?
  • … and much, much more!

Icon of Sin is

Raphael Mendes – Vocals
Caio Vidal – Bass
Sol Perez – Guitar
Mateus Cantaleãno – Guitar
CJ Dubiella – Drums


  • 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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