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It all happened on a sunny 23rd of August in Spain, when
Roland Grapow (ex- Helloween, Masterplan) and Mario
Lochert (Emergency Gate, ex - Visions of Atlantis) had a
conversation backstage over a cool beverage, talking
music business – you know, what musicians usually do.
For quite a while, Mario had had the idea of bringing
together 6 musical masterminds to form a band floating
around his head.
After a few initial concerns about igniting various
conflicts when getting together in that configuration,
eventually Mario was able to convince Roland of his
Back in Munich, Mario immediately contacted his friend
of many years, Thomen Stauch (ex- Blind Guardian, Savage
Circus), telling him about his idea. Thomen was sold and
joined the bunch right away.
After that, Jan Vacik (ex- Dreamscape) and Dominik
Sebastian (Edenbridge) were quick to agree to a
collaboration, too. With that, a new band was born,
consisting of five highly motivated musicians!
Initially, it turned out to be quite a task to bring
these full-time musical workaholics together in one
studio at the same time. However, against all odds, they
got together on short notice in January 2014.
Needless to say, when they arrived at the “Dreamsound
Studios” Munich, none of the blokes had any idea yet
where exactly their musical venture would take them.
After a long night, accompanied with numerous anecdotes
from the world of music and a solid amount of beers (which,
of course, were just “meant to keep the vocal cords
smooth”), the band started the songwriting phase!
Everyone was on the same wavelength, as if they had been
working together in this configuration for decades.
The fact that they were able to collectively write songs,
without any pressures and in an awesome environment,
gave wings to these 5 maniacal musicians and got their
juices flowing to create something outstanding.
Everyone was literally bubbling with ideas and as soon
as 7 days later, they had written eight roughly
structured songs, building a foundation for a powerful
and melodic Power Metal record!
Yet what good can awesome songs do without a voice to
carry them? After a few considerations as to a fitting
singer for the band, the newly formed group contacted
the US-based Swedish expat “Urban breed” (ex-Tad Morose,
ex- Bloodbound, Trail of Murder). After exchanging just
a few emails and samples, the answer was loud and clear:
“Ok, I’m in, if you really want it!"
After a short wait, he submitted his first song ideas
which fit in with the existing songs seamlessly.
These 6 musical warriors are currently working on their
first album, which is planned to be released in early
2015, as the band intends to showcase their talent in
the very same year on various tours and festivals –
Thomen, Roland, Mario, Urban, Dominik & Jan
(c)Serious Black 2014