|Power metal has been declared dead many times; however, it is still alive and breathing. Not only that, there is still room for innovation. With their first album A Spark Of Deity, Solar Fragment already brought a fresh and modern twist to traditional melodic metal.
In April of 2011 Solar Fragment released their second full-length album, In Our Hands, a continuation of their epic journey through sound, holding on to the band's trademark of keeping things fast, melodic, and traditional, yet fresh. It is the second phase of their quest to fuel the flame of power metal.
All 10 tracks on the album reflect the band's creative development over the past years. One fine example is vocalist Robert Leger's extraordinary voice. Having his roots deep in Irish folk music, Robert manages to reach a new peak of performance. He is living proof that power metal can very well go without high pitched screams. It is about the strength within the voice plus the harmony and the energy of well-composed vocal lines. Having already been compared to Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch for his performance on A Spark Of Deity, Robert was given the opportunity to team up with the legendary vocalist on "Inside The Circle".
The guitars played by Manuel Wiegmann and Marc Peters again teem with emotional yet powerful melodies. The foundations laid by Sascha Schiller on drums and Dominic Serwe on bass create a volatile mix of catchy and diversified songs that are still providing the heaviness that every metal fan is craving.
Now for a brief history lesson: After getting together in mid-2004 the band quickly became a substantial part of the German power metal underground. Both the demo recordings and their full-length debut immediately gathered them remarkable international feedback and praise. After splitting up with their label, Sleaszy Rider Records, the band immediately started composing new songs. Almost 10 months of writing and demoing later, the band wound up in the renowned Kohlekeller Studios to complete a new and exciting chapter in their history - In Our Hands. With their new recordings Solar Fragment also found a new home: they are now a member of the Scarlet Records family.