Release date announced - cover artwork and tracklist revealed! - 12 / 2015
Victor Smolskis new band, ALMANAC, will release their debut album called »TSAR« on March 18th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Victor Smolski himself was responsible for the production of the record. Mixing was done by Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann (ORDEN OGAN).
The cover artwork was created by famous Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (WISDOM, ANNIHILATOR, TYR, DESTRUCTION, ELVENKING,...)
The tracklist of »TSAR« racks up as follows:
02. Self Blinded Eyes
04. Hands Are Tied
05. Children Of The Future
06. No More Shadows
08. Reign Of Madness
09. Flames Of Fate
Mastermind Smolski commented on it: "»TSAR« is the absolute best of and the highlight in my musical career. I had never so much fun during producing a CD. Incredible teamwork and a hundred per cent merciless. Push the pedal to the metal!"
Pre-order NB-exclusive editions here: http://geni.us/AlmanacTsarNB
For all the members of ALMANAC, »TSAR« is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional power metal in conjunction with bombastic orchestra sound and world music with a modern sound all make ALMANAC a compelling and absolute listening experience. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski is joined by the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia.
Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with »Tsar«, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many. From the warlike nomadic horsemen in the steppes of Russia, to the tsardom, Ivan the Terrible, warlike Cossacks who dominate the Tatar, the siege of Constantinople and the Mongol invasion are stories about battles, wars, intrigue, conquest, terror, power and love that can be heard vocally using the different styles of the singer's voices.
Official Youtube channel - 12 / 2015
ALMANAC now has an official Youtube channel! This is the place where you can find all the ALMANAC videos at one place and where we of course will be posting more new videos in the future... If you have a Youtube channel of your own, please SUBSCRIBE!!! We are looking forward to seeing you and connecting with you on Youtube!
Thanks a lot for support, Sir Dieter Dierks - 12 / 2015
We wish to say a huge thank you to Sir Dieter Dierks for his support during the production of "Tsar"!!! It´s a huge honor for us to have worked at the amazing and history-charged Dierks Studios, where many legendary albums have been created, such as some of the most successful Scorpions- and Accept-albums!
Thanks a lot, Sir Dierks, we had a blast!
ALMANAC back from Winter Masters Of Rock - 11 / 2015
Thanks a lot Metal freaks in Zlin (CZ) for your support and the amazing atmosphere during the ALMANAC show at Winter Masters of Rock!
See you again on tour in 2016...
News out of the studio - 11 / 2015
The studio recordings for the first ALMANAC - album have been finished, now we started with the mix.
As promised, here's the first studio-trailer!
Follow studio recording of ALMANAC on facebook - 09 / 2015
Here you find two links to our facebook pages, where you can follow studio recording of ALMANAC!
ALMANAC in studio - 09 / 2015
Nuclear Blast News:
For all the members of ALMANAC, the new band of guitarist Victor Smolski, this debut album is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter that has now begun. Traditional metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound make ALMANAC for an absolute listening experience.
"Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with our first album, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many", explains Victor Smolski, "From the warlike nomadic horsemen in the steppes of Russia, to the Tsardom, Ivan the Terrible, warlike Cossacks who dominate the Tatar, the siege of Constantinople and the Mongol invasion are stories about battles, wars, intrigue, conquest, terror, power and love that can be heard vocally using the different styles of our voices."
Victor Smolski comments: "The first phase is already done, now we are currently engaged in working on the arrangements of the songs. We're thrilled about this first release and of the many albums to come commencing from spring 2016, also we are very eager to let loose the mighty power of ALMANAC to the people, on many different platforms as possible as well as on stage."
The recordings in studio will begin mid September and be documented in a Vlog.
Workshop and Meet & Greets with ALMANAC musicians on Wacken Open Air 2015 - 07 / 2015
On Friday, 31st of July and Saturday, 1st of August ALMANAC musicians are going to play workshops at the Metal & Movie Market at 6:00 pm including Meet & Greet !
ALMANAC confirmed for Winter Masters Of Rock - 06 / 2015
"I'm very glad to announce that ALMANAC is confirmed for Winter Masters Of Rock, the largest rock festival in Czech Republic. Winter Masters of Rock will be held on Sunday,
November 15th in Zlin, in the Sports Hall Euronics. This will be the first show where we'll also present a new song. I'm looking forward to have a lot of fun on stage!
ALMANAC under contract with Nuclear Blast - 05 / 2015
Few weeks ago, Victor Smolski presented his new band ALMANAC, now Victor signd a contract with Nuclear Blast. So a well-tried partner will be the new also. The recording sessions for the upcoming debut album are set this year, too. "I'm totally motivated to present you our new album with such an amazing line up in 2016!", so Victor. The band already debuted live on the 'Music fair Frankfurt' in April, presenting the new line-up for the very first time.
ALMANAC mastered their world premiere show ! - 04 / 2015
"We had a lot of fun on the Agora Stage and I was really blown away about the fantastic performance of the musicians. A big thanks to all of you - that rocked! Also a big thanks to all the fans who came to support us. We're looking forward for the next shows! During summertime we'll work on new music and we plan to go into the studio this year. Stay tuned for the latest News."
For all who don't know yet, here's the line up of ALMANAC:
Andy B. Franck – Vocal
David Readman – Vocal
Jeannette Marchewka – Vocal
Michael Kolar – Drums
Armin Alic – Bass
Victor Smolski – Guitar, Cello
Enric Garcia – Keyboards
Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia
ALMANAC baptism of fire - 04 / 2015
"Hi everybody, the baptism of fire is close: On Frankfurt music fair I'll present my new band ALMANAC.
ALMANAC is the continuation of the concept, which I started back in 2013 with Lingua Mortis Orchestra. Some of the well-known faces of LMO stay the same: Jeannette Marchewka as well as the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. On top of that I am proud to announce that we also have two outstanding male singers joining us: Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69)! All of them offer me the possibility to add more variety and a new musical dimension to the new tracks arrangements. I've also decided who plays bass and drums, but this is still a little secret till our performance in Frankfurt. ALMANAC will perform on April 16th at 5.30 pm on the Agora Stage.
Furthermore, I plan to enter the studio even in 2015 and record our debut album. More info will follow about that shortly.
On April 17th and 18th - Meet & Greets at 2:00 pm at ENGL - Hall 4.0/H39 and from 5:00 pm at CORDIAL - Hall 5.1/B68.