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.'

"Here's what Alessio himself had to say: ''After a long journey together with my band mates in PQ I've decided to choose a different musical path. We've passed through so many experiences and good/bad moments together that will always be part of me and of my life, and this has created a really strong friendship between us. It's been some awesome years of recording and touring and it is sad to write these lines, but it's for a good cause: PQ needs to be fronted by someone that really deserves to be in the first row singing those great songs. It was me for 7 years, now its time to pass the torch. I just want to thank from the bottom of my heart Steve, Andrea, Francesco and Oliver, all the great musicians that has been part of PQ and every fan that loved what we've created playing together!! A big thanks to our great manager Manuela and our road crew Simon and Paul. You simply rock! It's time for me to face different musical challenges and to see where I'll head with my new rock band in London!''

Power Quest are starting the search to find a world class vocalist to front the band and to jump straight in to working on the 5th Power Quest record.


Source: power-quest.co.uk
Band profile: Power Quest
 
Posted: 10.07.2009 by Abattoir



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Maelgron - 10.07.2009 at 14:49  
Wow, I'm shocked.
Maybe I never loved Alessio's vocal style, but his voice is a big part of the Power Quest sound IMO. Or maybe I just have to get used to a different vocalist . I really wonder who will they pick as the new singer.

Cheer up PQ, and good luck Alessio
The Shape 1973 - 10.07.2009 at 16:53  
Never liked Power Quest, as too cheesy even for me.
Hope new vocalist smells less like Stilton.
Baz Anderson - 10.07.2009 at 18:38  
Yeh, I am surprised. Who else can sing "Far Away" like he did?
Glad I saw them a couple of times with him.
Warman - 11.07.2009 at 03:48  
Nooooo! This is the only cheezy Power Metal band I can listen to. They started out as something me and my friends laughed at, but after many listenings (and beers) they suddenly became quite nice to listen to.
Lord_Regnier - 11.07.2009 at 07:43  
Garavello has left his other band, Arthemis, too.
No one seems to know here. It's why I post the info. Since many weeks, I use this board only to get info but never log in normally. Too many douchebags for my taste.
GT - 14.07.2009 at 20:34  
Not liking this bit of news. I really liked him. Hope they'll find a good replacement

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