SoulSpell – A metal opera

From Theocracy’s page I hit a Soulspell video on youtube, and if you like Soupergroups and collaborations like Avantasia you will love this one.

A Legacy Of Honor was released in 2008 followed by the second album The Labyrinth Of Truths in 2010. The project has appearances from metal heavyweights such as Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Savatage), Jon Oliva (TSO, Savatage), Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, etc.), Edu Falaschi (Angra) and Nando Fernandes (Hangar). Music is composed by the Brazilian drummer Heleno Vale

Unfortunately, for me, the website is in Portugese only, but you can check in to see the line up that is very interesting, or you can visit their myspace for some English info http://www.myspace.com/soulspellmetalopera, or read an interview with Vale here http://www.ytsejam.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9145 and here http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2146/120/.

The third album has been released just these few days ago,

Hollow’s Gathering cover art

1.Hollow’s Gathering
2.A Rescue Into the Storm
3.To Crawl or to Fly
4.Anymore
5.Adrian’s Call
6.Change the Tide
7.From Hell
8.The Keeper’s Game
9.The Dead Tree
10.A Whisper Inside

http://www.soulspell.com

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Helloween

Helloween – the mother of all power metal bands or as they call it, ‘German melodic speed metal’ .

The Germans have released 13 albums and a best of for the 25th anniversary of the band since their beginnings in 1984

Former members have gone on to found numerous bands, including Gamma Ray, Iron Savior, Masterplan and Unisonic.

Currently they are working on the follow up to the 2010 release ‘7 Sinners’ therefore they will only play one show in Europe this year and one is announced for Japan in Fall.

Need I say more? No, just go listen and for more info check out their homepage

http://www.helloween.org/

Avantasia

Avantasia is the solo project of Tobias Sammet, singer of the German band Edguy and also a kind of supergroup.

It started out in 1999 as a one-time studio-recording project for a ‘metal-opera’, but was called back to life in 2008 for a tour, more albums were relased and now it is official – work on a new album has begun and a release date set for sometime 2013.

The music can be best described as power metal with lots of different influences like classical music, a little prog, acoustic rock and hard rock.

Guest musicians appearing on the recordings and for the touring read like a who-is-who of metal and hard rock:  Michael Kiske (Ex-Helloween), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Timo Tolkki (Ex-Stratovarius), Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Saviour, Unisonic), Alice Cooper, Roy Khan (Ex-Kamelot), Eric Singer (Kiss), Amanda Sommerville, Jorn Lande, Alex Holzwarth (Ex-Rhapsody), Sascha Paeth (producer of Kamelot, Epica), several members of Edguy, uh and many more.

A short overview of releases:

  • The Metal Opera:
    • 2001: The Metal Opera
    • 2002: The Metal Opera Part II
  • The Wicked Trilogy:
    • 2008: The Scarecrow
    • 2010: The Wicked Symphony
    • 2010: Angel of Babylon
  • The Flying Opera – 2011; live double CD and DVD

Check out Tobias’ homepage for more info and links (German and English):

http://www.tobiassammet.com

and now delve into the music and enjoy, this is quite a unique experience:

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is an Australian band formed in the early 1990 ies

They released four albums, the last one in 2007. They put out some really nice power metal tunes, others I’d label as rock pure and simple.

Vanishing Point were the first unsigned band ever to play the prestigious Wacken Open Air and shared the stage with a who’s who of the hard rock and metal world, including Iron Maiden, Nightwish, DragonForce, Helloweeen, and Joe Satriani, to name just a few

They are giving away a lot of their songs for free here: http://vanishing-point.com.au/vp/downloads/

According to their home page they have just found a new guitar player and are recording their next album – if, as they say it is going to be harder and with a tinge more prog to it – it is indeed something I look forward to
On the whole a band well worth checking out

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