The rumours on the fan pages were true: Power Quest is back. Not only has the band announced their comeback after three years, but they are also working on new material for the sixth Power Quest album.
UK power metal outfit Power Quest will be calling time on their 12 year existence in 2013. On behalf of the whole band, keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams, released a statement regarding this decision.
Following a successful first show with new vocalist Colin Callanan in Wakefield in November, UK power metallers Power Quest are pleased to announce they will be returning to Europe in March 2012 as special guests of German power metal legends Freedom Call. Prior to that tour, Power Quest will be starting 2012 by headlining Day 1 of the Arctic Festival in London, at the Bridgehouse2, on Friday, January 6th, 2012.
"We are pleased to finally reveal the identity of the new Power Quest frontman! Please welcome Colin Callanan to the Power Quest family! Colin, 31, is from Galway, Ireland and will make his live debut with the band in Wakefield on November 27th. The show will be streamed "live" on the internet as well! Previously Colin has been heard fronting his own projects "Dark Crystal" and "Karuna".
Steve Williams commented:
"We are thrilled to welcome Colin into the band. He impressed each and every one of us at his audition a couple of months back and he really understands what Power Quest is all about. His voice and personality are exactly what we have been looking for. Welcome aboard brother!"
"Survive", a brand-new track from UK melodic power metal band Power Quest has been made available for streaming over at MySpace.
"Survive" comes off the band's upcoming new album Blood Alliance, which will be released at the end of March in Europe and April 5th in North America through Napalm Records. More album details were previously reported over here.
Power Quest have announced a handful of headlining UK tour dates in May, in support of their upcoming Blood Alliance. In addition the band also confirmed for Hammerfest III on March 19th, taking place in Prestatyn, North Wales.
Blood Alliance will be released in Europe at the end of March, and in North America on April 5th. More album details are available here.
Keyboardist Steve Williams commented: "We are really excited to hit the road again, it's been way too long for our UK fans and we finally return to Glasgow as well! The demand was so high, we couldn't miss that. And we are also working on a few European dates. So - 2011 will see a lot of us, that's for sure!!"
UK based melodic power metal crew Power Quest have completed their new album Blood Alliance and are ready for an ambitious and busy 2011. Not only will the UK 6-piece have its 10 years anniversary coming up, but Blood Alliance will see the light of the day in early 2011. Firstly it is released in Japan on January 19th via Marquee/Avalon. The European release is expected towards the end of March, with the USA release in early April.
Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams had this to say, ahead of revealing the tracklist for the new record: "Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th Power Quest album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"
Before entering the studio next month, Power Quest have issued another update on the new material:
"Just a month to go now until Power Quest return to the studio to record Blood Alliance, the follow up to 2008's Master of Illusion. All songs have been selected and a couple of the titles are "Rising Anew" and "Time to Burn". There will be 9 songs on the album proper with 1 bonus track as well. The band plan to have recording wrapped up during the first week of October.
Power Quest mainman Steve Williams commented: "I don't actually ever recall being so excited about an album as I am about Blood Alliance. I just can't wait for everyone to hear it!"
It's been close to two months now since Power Quest parted ways with vocalist - Pete Morten and guitarist - Ben Randall. The UK power metal outfit have, however, found and announced their replacements as they continue to work on Power Quest's 5th studio album, Blood Alliance.
Chitral "Chity" Samapala whose style has been compared favorably with Ronnie James Dio, Klaus Meine and Johnny Gioeli; and also who is well known and highly regarded worldwide in the Rock and Metal scene having recorded, toured and made guest appearances with the likes of Avalon, Faro, Civilization One, Firewind and Red Circuit, as well as fronting his own band, will be taking over vocal duties.
Power Quest main man Steve Williams comments: "I'm thrilled to have recruited a vocalist and frontman of Chity's calibre. I've known Chity for a couple of years and we have often talked about working together and now we have that opportunity. We have already recored 3 new songs with himand they just sound immense."
Power Quest have issued a short update regarding the upcoming new album:
"We can now reveal that the forthcoming fifth Power Quest record will be titled Blood Alliance. Work on the new material continues apace and the songs that have been demo-ed so far are sounding awesome and true to the PQ tradition of catchy, melodic metal.
Thanks to everyone who applied for the vacant guitarist position in the band. We had a huge amount of applicants from all over the world and unfortunately couldn't reply to each and every one of you. Those shortlisted for audition have been informed via email and we look forward to seeing you on May 2nd in Derby."
Power Quest have parted ways with their vocalist and guitarist, for a change. Here's the official word from the band:
"Power Quest has parted ways with frontman Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences. Needless to say: ''the split was amicable and everyone in the Power Quest family wishes Pete and Ben all the very best in their respective musical endeavors."
A new vocalist has already been found and the band is hard at work rehearsing new material with him. In the meantime, Power Quest is looking for a new guitarist to join the line up. Dedication, commitment and drive are essential, as is the ability and desire to tour and rehearse (one weekend per month in the U.K.) as required. Experience is obviously an advantage but is by no means essential."
UK metallers Power Quest have issued the following update:
"Power Quest are pleased to announce that they will be returning to the recording studio on July 5th, 2010 to begin recording their 5th, as yet untitled, album. This will be their second offering for Napalm Records and will be the first to feature the new look Power Quest line up.
Recording will take place at Remaster Studio in Vicenza, Italy and will be produced by Nick Savio. This fantastic studio was where the majority of the Master of Illusion album was recorded. Band leader Steve Williams commented, "It's going to be great to be back in Italy and to be working with Nick again and I'm expecting to run into one or two very familiar faces during the recording process!"
Following the departures of long standing members Steve Scott (bass) and Alessio Garavello (vocals) earlier in 2009, guitarist Andrea Martongelli and drummer Francesco Tresca have also decided to call time on their tenure in Power Quest just last week. The band played a last time together last weeked, and now a whole new line-up was revealed by only original member Steve Williams.
The following statement is courtesy of Bravewords.com: "We are very pleased to finally reveal the all new Power Quest line-up. A farewell to members Alessio Garavello, Andrea Martongelli and Francesco Tresca was given at Saturday's final show at Metalfest UK in Dudley. The band's finally performance took the Metalfest crowd by storm as they tore through a blistering set of Power Quest classics.
Power Quest have issued the following announcement regarding the departure of vocalist Alessio Garavello:
"We are very sad to announce that Alessio Garavello will be leaving Power Quest after the festival shows in September. Alessio has been the voice of Power Quest ever since the 'Wings of Forever' album back in 2002, and has also had two stints of playing rhythm guitar in the band as well. In that time he has established himself as one of the top power metal vocalists in the business.
"Founding member Steve Williams commented: 'I have to say I was surprised when I got the call from Alessio telling me the news. I can hardly believe it is 7 years since a fresh faced, 21 year old Italian came over to record for the first time. We didn't know it then but it was the start of a great friendship, which will transcend band membership and all that. We always say in PQ that you only get one life and you have to make the absolute most of it. Sometimes that involved difficult decisions such as the one Alessio has made. I fully respect and support his decision and wish him all the best in his future musical endeavours. I'd like to thank Al for all his hard work and commitment to the cause over the years and, following the departure of Steve Scott earlier this year, it is truly the end of an era.'
English power metallers Power Quest have posted the following news:
"We are sorry to announce that after 10 months Bill Hudson and Power Quest have parted ways. The split was extremely amicable and was down to the fact that both parties were struggling with the logistics of Bill being based in LA and the rest of the band in Europe.
Power Quest keyboardist and founder Steve Williams commented: "Unfortunately the timescales and costs involved were too great for us to be able to manage in the current climate. We remain the very best of friends and certainly do not rule out a collaboration between myself and Bill in the not too distant future. We all wish him the very best for the future with Circle II Circle and his other projects and we look forward to him joining us on stage at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in September!"