Origin: International
Genres: Power Metal

Almanac  


Almanac was formed by longtime Rage guitarist Victor Smolski, shortly after his departure from said band in 2015. He recruited a pair of big-name vocalists in David Readman (Pink Cream 69 and others) and Andy Franck (Brainstorm, Symphorce), and he also brought along Jennette Marchewka, who'd he'd worked with in the Rage side project Lingua Moris Orchestra, thus constructing the quite rare triple-lead-vocalist lineup. Musically, the 2016 debut Tsar is a symphonic Euro power metal album, with several nods to Smolski-era Rage as one might expect. The vocalist aspect is somewhat overstated -- the vocals are quite good, but while Readman and Franck are both individually excellent, they don't really distinguish themselves from each other, and Marchewka seems relegated to backup status most of the time, so the possibilities of incorporating three distinct voices doesn't quite materialize. That's a minor nitpick when assessing the album as a whole, however, as Smolski's songwriting proves quite adept and the musicianship and presentation is solid across the board. Too soon to tell if this band progresses beyond project status, but Tsar is a worthy debut.

Current Members

Jeanette Marchewka

vocals

Andy B. Franck

vocals (Brainstorm, ex-Symphorce)

David Readman

vocals (ex-Adagio, Pink Cream 69, Tank (Tucker/Evans version), Voodoo Circle)

Victor Smolski

guitars (ex-Rage)

Tim Rashid

bass

Enric Garcia

keyboards

Michael Kolar

drums

Athanasios Tsoukas

drums

Former Members/Guests

Armin Alic

bass


Discography



Tsar 
2016 Nuclear Blast
  1. Tsar
  2. Self-Blinded Eyes
  3. Darkness
  4. Hands Are Tied
  5. Children of the Future
  6. No More Shadows
  7. Nevermore
  8. Reign of Madness
  9. Flames of Fate
  • Jeanette Marchewka
  • Andy B. Franck
  • David Readman
  • Victor Smolski
  • Armin Alic
  • Enric Garcia
  • Michael Kolar

Reviews:   Metal Storm 

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