ALMANAC in studio

Greets from the studio!

Since a couple of days we are in the Heyday studios in Wuppertal to record the second ALMANAC album. Everything goes perfect during drum recording! "Zacky" nailed all songs on his "Monster Pearl Kit" with incredible energy and so we finished drum recording already. I like "Zacky's" drum sound and his great ideas for songs arrangements very much.

Greets, Victor


ALMANAC at Bang Your Head 2017

ALMANAC is also confirmed for the "Bang Your Head" festival in Balingen - so there are two festival shows at that weekend...


ALMANAC at Masters Of Rock 2017

ALMANAC is confirmed to play at the 'Masters of Rock' festival. This show will be recorded and published as bonus DVD on the limited first edition of the upcoming album.

Victor comments: "We are very happy and delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year's edition of 'Masters of Rock 'festival in Czech Republic!!! This show will be a very special one which will include a premiere of new song material from the second ALMANAC album and which will be recorded for a live DVD. We are also working on some special surprises exclusively for this 'Masters of Rock' festival show!!! Looking forward to seeing y'all there..."


ALMANAC announce first headline tour!

In March, ALMANAC, the symphonic metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE-guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album »Tsar« - but this emperor has only just started to rise - and in early 2017, ALMANAC will climb onto their horses for their first headline tour ever.

"Hello, dear metal friends!", states bandleader Victor Smolski. "I am happy to be able to invite you to our first headline tour of ALMANAC in February 2017! But first of all we want to shoot a big 'thank you' over to you after such a great feedback to our debut »Tsar«! Being nominated for the best debut album of the year at the Metal Hammer Awards was a huge honour for us. And after a great tour with ORDEN OGAN and shows at many festivals in Europe, ALMANAC have grown together as a band. On the upcoming headline dates we will not only perform the songs from our »Tsar« album, but also tracks from my time with RAGE and LMO. We'll be supported by the power metal diamonds GLORYFUL and the opener will be LICHTGESTALT, a great metal band with a soft gothic touch. And of course you can also prepare your eyes and ears for some special guests! This will be a big and diverse party in your town. Check the dates below and we hope to see you on tour!"

06.02.  D         Munich - Backstage
07.02.  H         Budapest - Barba Negra
08.02.  SLO      Ljubljana - Gala Hala
09.02.  CZ        Prag - Nova Chmelnice
10.02.  D         Cottbus - Gladhouse
11.02.  D         Berlin - Badehaus
12.02.  D         Flensburg - Roxy
13.02.  D         Nuremberg - Hirsch
14.02.  D         Frankfurt - Nachtleben
15.02.  D         Essen - Turock
16.02.  D         Siegburg - Kubana
18.02.  NL        Arnhem - Willemen 

Watch the tour trailer here:

But you can also see the band on the following festival dates:

26.11.16  RUS     Moscow - Aria Fest
17.12.16  D         Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
07.01.17  CH       Wasen - Ice Rock Festival

Purchase the digital version here:

More on »Tsar«:


'Self-Blinded Eyes' OFFICIAL VIDEO:

'Self-Blinded Eyes' Get »Tsar« here:



After 15 years and 10 CDs as guitarist, producer and composer for the German heavy metal institution RAGE, Victor Smolski now continues his musical career with his new group ALMANAC; a new musical concept combining heavy metal with classical music, songs written especially for a band and orchestra plus several male and female singers sharing the lead vocal job. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski is joined in this new group by former LMO band members Jeanette Marchewka (vocals) and the symphony orchestra Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. New in the line up are bass player Armin Alic, drummer Michael Kolar and keyboardist Enric Garcia. Two high-class singers David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) complete the extremely prominent line up. For all the members of ALMANAC, »Tsar« is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound all make ALMANAC a compelling and absolute listening experience.

Andy B. Franck - vocals
David Readman - vocals
Jeannette Marchewka - vocals
Victor Smolski - guitars
Armin Alić - bass, fretless bass
Michael Kolar - drums
Enric Garcia - keyboards, piano
feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia


ALMANAC album "Tsar" is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 - 08 / 2016

Our Debut-album „Tsar“ is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 in the category „Best Debut“. We are very happy about the nomination und are looking forward a lot to the award ceremony on September 16th in Berlin!!! We also wish to say a huge, huge THANK YOU to all our fans and partners for their amazing support!!!

Victor, David, Andy, Jeannette, Armin, Michael und Enric



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