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Online Lessons


Hello everybody!
From December IŽll offer online lessons for guitar, song writing, arrangement and all other music topics youŽre interested in. You can book personal lessons or order gift vouchers. For your personal offer, please, contact me: victorsmolski@music-and-web.de

 

ALMANAC T-Shirts available at Big Gun Festival Shop

Pre-sale for next confirmd ALMANAC show has started


At the Russian Big Gun Festival Shop all ALMANAC T-shirts are available now. Here you find a link to the online shop:

https://big-gun.shop/

The pre-sale for the next confirmd ALMANAC shows has started. As the tickets are limited, just get your ticket soon.

https://www.hoppegarden-hamm.de/

 

ALMANAC - News in August!

Hi there.... The corona lockdown doesn't mean that we idle away our time. We're already busy writing new songs and besides that, something special is coming in October!

 

Victor Smolski's pick chains


At Rockys merchandise, you can order different Victor Smolski pick chains. The ALMANAC pick chain stainless steel, Victor Smolski's pick chain with checkered flag or a package with Victors DVD School Of Metal are available there.

https://www.rockys.eu/plektren/victor-smolski/

 

ALMANAC headliner tour and rescheduled tour with Lordi


End of 2020, ALMANAC are going to play some Headliner Shows, before starting the rescheduled tour with Lordi in February 2021. The good thing about it: there will be even more dates and cities! So after all this weird months we're looking foward to seeing you on tour in February 2021!

As a kind of warm up show, ALMANAC will rock the Hoppegarden in Hamm with a real long setlist! So check the dates section and get your ticket...

 

2 ALMANAC songs - Instrumental Version

Yet another workshop! Here's an instrumental version of the ALMANAC song "Predator" from the current album "Rush Of Death". Sheet music for guitar is included! You can also check out the instruments in detail:
Left channel: Guitar - Right channel: Bass - Center: Drums


Here's an instrumental version of the ALMANAC song "Blink Of An Eye" from the current album "Rush Of Death".

Left channel: Guitar - Right channel: Bass - Center: Drums

https://youtu.be/ZDPX3c2MgrA

https://youtu.be/yUYJ4BwAmA8

 

RUSH OF DEATH becomes album of the month


At the online magazine Schweres - Metall.de ALMANAC's album "Rush Of Death" was choosen to become album of the month March. In many other national and international magazines "Rush Of Death" has also become brilliant reviews. We're really proud!

Here you find the review in German language: http://schweres-metall.de/index2.htm

 

RUSH OF DEATH TOUR T-SHIRTS exclusively available at the NUCLEAR BLAST online store!


Due to the corona crisis we made our tour with Lordi only halfway through and had to cancel a lot of shows. The RUSH OF DEATH tour shirts, which were printed especially for this tour, are now available at the NUCLEAR BLAST online store at a special-offer price! So if you didn't make it to one of our shows in March: this is your chance!

Get your strictly limited shirt now if you would like to support ALMANAC in weird and crazy times! Cancellation fees are not to be expected in an act of nature like this, so we really appreciate every little act of support right now!

Get your limited tour shirt: https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/bandmerch/t-shirts/.html

Get »Rush Of Death« in various formats, here: https://nblast.de/AlmanacRushOfDeath

 

"Rush Of Death" enters the charts!


Recently, Victor Smolski's ALMANAC unleashed their third studio album »Rush Of Death« via Nuclear Blast - and the record has entered the charts in ALMANAC's home country Germany at #67, in Switzerland at #54 and in the Japanese Disc Union Charts at #5.

Victor Smolski comments: "A big thank you to all our fans for your support! We are really happy about the chart entry and also about your feedback on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. We will continue to post videos, so stay tuned! The atmosphere at our recent concerts has been absolutely amazing! Sadly, we have to take a break from touring now, due to Corona, but we will reschedule all our shows. I also hope you like our CD + DVD package! See you!"

Get »Rush Of Death« in various formats, here: https://nblast.de/AlmanacRushOfDeath

 

ALMANAC - rest of tour postponed!

Due to obvious reasons the remaining shows of our tour with Lordi have been postponed to summer. The show tonight in Leipzig will be the last show for the time being. WE'LL BE BACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Thanks to each and everyone of you who came to one or more of our shows - we're more than happy! Here are some impressions from our shows in Hamburg and Berlin.

 

ALMANAC - released new lyric video for title track 'Rush Of Death"!

Today, Victor Smolski's ALMANAC have unleashed their third studio album »Rush Of Death« via Nuclear Blast, and yesterday also kicked off their "KillecTour 2020" with LORDI. To celebreate the occasion, the band have released a new lyric video for title track 'Rush Of Death'.

watch the video here: https://youtu.be/kloxLSZCIHw

Victor Smolski comments:

"Rush Of Death" is the title track of our new CD and it's very dynamic, powerful and full of suspense. It fits perfectly into the overall concept, between really heavy songs like 'Predator' and the orchestral "Suite Lingua Mortis Teil 2". To me, the new ALMANAC CD is the absolute highlight of the 5 year history of ALMANAC. Hard riffs, dynamic songwriting, monumental orchestral arrangements and adrenalin-soaked stories - all in perfect balance.

"There's a lie that all drivers tell themselves. Death is something that happens to other people, and that's how you find the courage to get in the car in the first place. The closer you are to death the more alive you feel." - James Hunt/Formula1 race driver.

"There is no friendship out there. When you race, you have to fight. That’s it." - Niki Lauda/Formula1 race driver.

Get »Rush Of Death« in various formats, here: https://nblast.de/AlmanacRushOfDeath

ALMANAC are also pleased to announce a new member: guest vocalist Frank Beck (GAMMA RAY etc.) is now a full-time member of ALMANAC and can also be seen and heard on stage throughout the tour that kicked off yesterday. „After a fantastic time working with Frank during the recordings of "Rush Of Death" we invited him, to join us on our headline tour in February. He's a great addition to our shows! His charismatic voice and stage presence fits perfectly into our band and we are very excited to announce Frank Beck as a new member on stage for all upcoming shows."

 

ALMANAC - reveal live trailer with bonus DVD content!

In a week, on 06.03.2020, Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", via Nuclear Blast and kick off their "KillecTour 2020" with LORDI. Today, the band unveils a new live live trailer featuring some content from the bonus DVD, that will be released with the new album.

Watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/JKIT71lr8SE

Get the single digitally here: https://nblast.de/Almanac-BoughtAndSold

 

ALMANAC - release 'Self-Blinded Eyes' live video!

In only two weeks' time, on 06.03.2020, Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", via Nuclear Blast and kick off their "KillecTour 2020" with LORDI. Today, the band unveils a new live video for the song 'Self-Blinded Eyes', that was recorded in Minsk.

watch the video here: https://youtu.be/BY_zS0fxP5g

Get the single digitally here: https://nblast.de/Almanac-BoughtAndSold

Victor states:
"'Self-Blinded Eyes' is a song that is now well established in our setlist and we'll definitely play it on our upcoming tour with LORDI in March, together with our new songs. This live version was recorded and filmed during our most recent tour in my hometown Minsk. As a bonus DVD for our new album release "Rush Of Death", we compiled an extensive package of live material from our tours throughout 2019: from atmospheric recordings at the sold-out club show in Belarus to the bombastic concert at the Jeonju Stadium in Korea, which was our absolute highlight of 2019. It also contains some great footage of ALMANAC shows at Metalfest Open Air in Pilsen/CZ and Big Gun Festival in Moscow/RUS. All recordings are 100% live - without any touch-ups or corrections (which is quite rare in today's DVD market). We hope you have fun listening and watching our music!"

 

ALMANAC - talking about the musical development and the singers on the record

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band gives another insight on the album, the musical development and the work with different singers on the record.


Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xD6OEbHzPo

 

ALMANAC - release single and lyric video "Bought And Sold"!

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, they release the second single named 'Bought And Sold', together with a lyric video.

watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJCGklYI5dI

Get the single digitally here: https://nblast.de/Almanac-BoughtAndSold

Victor states:
"Rush Of Death" is not only the heaviest ALMANAC album yet, it is also like a best-of of my musical style: heavy guitar riffs, bombastic orchestrals, multi-facetted melodies and fast solos. All those who liked my 'Suite Lingua Mortis', that I wrote for the RAGE album "Speak Of The Dead", can find the orchestral second part, "Suite Part II" on the upcoming ALMANAC album. The powerful song 'Bought And Sold' is one of five songs dealing with the history of gladiators.

It's the thirst for blood that leads the audience to the arena. It's the craving for sensation that paves the way for the bloodstained show. Whoever may win this fight - the theatre of pain and its actors are real. The blood is real, the torture is real, death is real. Take your wooden seat and let the secutor draw the sword. You may say it's a heroic fight or you might think it's a game played by the rich men for the sake of killing. Let the show begin. When death becomes a feast the human essence shows its real face. When human beings become puppets the audience is pleased. The fight is over and you're back in your cell waiting for your next opportunity to live or die in the sand. What's on your mind when the only way out is the fight when blood flows into your muscles for the purpose of being a death machine and finally being killed."

 

ALMANAC - Writing & Recording 'Rush Of Death' (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, they unveil the second album trailer, in which Victor talks about the songwriting process and the recordings of the upcoming album.


Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/jtcEBsvqmGg

 

ALMANAC release live video for 'Hands Are Tied' taken from the bonus DVD of the upcoming album!

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band release a live video for "Hands Are Tied" taken from the bonus live DVD, that will be included in the upcoming album release.

Check out the live video here:  https://youtu.be/XYanGKGiPsI

Victor states:
"As a bonus DVD for our new album release "Rush Of Death", we compiled an extensive package of live material from our tours in 2019: From atmospheric recordings at the sold-out club show in Belarus to the bombastic concert at the Jeonju Stadium in Korea, which was our absolute highlight of 2019. There will also be some great impressions of ALMANAC shows at the Metalfest Open Air in Pilsen/CZ and the Big Gun Festival in Moscow/RUS. All recordings are a 100% live - without any touch ups or corrections (which is quite rare on today's DVD market). We hope you have fun listening and watching our handmade music!"

 

ALMANAC - Line Up & Artwork for 'Rush of Death'

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album, "Rush Of Death", on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band unveil the first album trailer, in which Victor gives more details about the line-up and artwork of the album: "Rush Of Death".


Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/pPghvaUJOGM

 

ALMANAC lyric video for first digital single released - pre-order available

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are set to unleash their third studio album "Rush Of Death" on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has unleashed the lyric video for the first single, 'Predator'.

 

Watch the clip here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8y_o4ufXUY

Victor states:

"Hi everybody, it's time: Today the first single of our new album "Rush Of Death" is released! After two warm up records ALMANAC has now reached its full power! If you like handmade music in top quality, you will not be disappointed! The best experiences in songwriting from my over 30 years of concert and studio history with Mind Odyssey, RAGE, Lingua Mortis Orchestra and ALMANAC can be heard on this record. Brutal riffing, bombastic orchestration in the "Suite Lingua Mortis Part2", great melodies in excitingly packaged songs! Support us with your pre-orders of our new CD and we thank you with a mega show at our concerts in February and March. We have given everything to present you the best possible record. I am really looking forward to your feedback! Here is our single "Predator" - a little foretaste of a musical journey through the "Rush Of Death" - hell!"

The tracklist of "Rush Of Death" :
01. Predator
02. Rush Of Death
03. Let The Show Begin
04. Soiled Existence
05. Bought And Sold
06. The Human Essence
07. Satisfied
08. Blink Of An Eye
09. Can't Hold Me Back
10. Like A Machine

Bonus-DVD
LIVE IN KOREA AT JEONJU ULTIMATE MUSIC FESTIVAL, August 3rd, 2019, Jeonju Stadium
01. Morituri Te Salutant
02. Prelude Of The Souls
03. Innocent
04. Hands Are Tied
05. Children Of The Sacred Path
06. Down
07. Empty Hollow
08. Hail To The King
09. Soundchaser
10. Self-Blinded Eyes
 LIVE IN BELARUS/MINSK, March 16th, 2019, Club Republic
11. Innocent
12. Self-Blinded Eyes
13. Hands Are Tied
 LIVE IN KOREA AT JUMF, August 4th, 2018, Jeonju Stadium
14. No More Shadows
 LIVE IN RUSSIA/MOSCOW AT BIG GUN FESTIVAL, July 28th, 2019
15. Soundchaser
 
Pre-order »Rush Of Death« in various formats, here: https://nblast.de/AlmanacRushOfDeath

ALMANAC won’t be resting on their laurels with live shows either – they’re set to present tracks from "Rush Of Death" to fans in spring 2020, when the band joins the Finnish Horror Metal maniacs LORDI on their European tour.

Headliner Shows

01.02.  D        Hamm - HoppeGarden
15.02.  D        Dusseldorf - Pitcher
29.02.  D        Bocholt - Alte Molkerei
 
»KillecTour 2020« with LORDI
 
05.03.  F          Epinal – Souris Verte
06.03.  F          Paris – La Machine de Moulin Rouge
07.03.  NL        Sneek – Bolwerk
10.03.  GER     Munich – Backstage
12.03.  GER     Hamburg – Markthalle13
13.03.  D         Berlin - Kesselhaus
14.03.  D         Leipzig - Hellraiser
15.03.  D         Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
18.03.  D         Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
19.03.  D         Nuremberg - Hirsch
20.03.  D         Memmingen - Kaminwerk
21.03.  D         Regensburg-Obertraubling - Eventhall-Airport
22.03.  CZ       Prague - Roxy
25.03.  D         Cologne - Essigfabrik
26.03.  CH       Pratteln - Z7
27.03.  D         Heidelberg - halle02
28.03.  CH       Schaffhausen - Kammgarn
29.03.  NL        Amstelveen - P60
 
ALMANAC dokumentierten ihre Zeit im Studio in diversen Videoclips:

Clip #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkIdNjK4C4&list=
Clip #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip2GVFkbSaE&list=
Clip #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip2GVFkbSaE&list=
Clip #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx566J8-4y8&list=
Clip #4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYjtiynZWuI&list=
Clip #5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epmqTK5VhJI&list=
Clip #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-xfLnV4yLw&list=
Clip #7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ0JRroqFpE&list=
Clip #8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz1FA5ulDok&list=

 

 

ALMANAC announce new album "Rush Of Death" !

Victor Smolski's ALMANAC are pleased to announce the next piece of big news for the band – that their third studio album "Rush Of Death" will be released on 06.03.2020 via Nuclear Blast. The epic cover artwork has also been revealed today.

Victor has made a statement regarding the news,
"The new ALMANAC line-up has been working out very well indeed, and following on from our latest headline tour and festival run in Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia and Korea, it seemed the perfect time to enter the studio. I spent a lot of time on the song writing and I contemplated a lot on what has influenced my style throughout my thirty plus year career. There’s the hard riffing in tracks like "Unity" and "Soundchaser" of RAGE, bombastic orchestration in "Suite Lingua Mortis", plus the versatile vocal parts and crazy solos in Lingua Mortis Orchestra. You can find all these influences on the new ALMANAC album "Rush Of Death", which some people might find surprisinglyheavy. It is a very guitar-intensive record which consists of two parts: one half with energetic metal songs without orchestration, and the other half (no less harder!) contains an epic "Suite Lingua Mortis Part 2" recorded with the same symphony orchestra as the original Part 1 of "Speak Of The Dead" by RAGE. Album guestsFrank Beck of GAMMA RAY and Marcel Junker have enriched the vocals with their versatile range of singing. Lyrically, we’ve remained true to ourselves and have researched the history thoroughly. As an adrenaline junkie, I found that the theme of “gladiators” has tied in very well with the songs, but this time, we transferred the issue to the present - portraying racing drivers as modern gladiators. I’m very familiar with the dangers of being behind the steering wheel: with eleven 24 hour Nürburgring races under my belt, including various victories, but also fails, I have already fought many hard fights. We as a band also took ourselves to the limit in the studio, staying true to the motto: "pedal to the metal!"

ALMANAC won’t be resting on their laurels with live shows either – they’re set to present tracks from "Rush Of Death" to fans in spring 2020, when the band joins the Finnish Horror Metal maniacs LORDI on their European tour.