Almanac was formed by longtime
guitarist Victor Smolski, shortly after his departure from
said band in 2015.
He recruited a pair of big-name vocalists in
(Pink Cream 69
and Andy Franck
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
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
is a worthy debut.
Reviews: Metal Storm
- Self-Blinded Eyes
- Hands Are Tied
- Children of the Future
- No More Shadows
- Reign of Madness
- Flames of Fate
- Jeanette Marchewka
- Andy B. Franck
- David Readman
- Victor Smolski
- Armin Alic
- Enric Garcia
- Michael Kolar