Timo Tolkki’s INFINITE VISIONS announce Pawel “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz as their drummer

Ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki proudly announces that Pawel “Pavulon” Jaroszewicz joins the band on drums, completing the INFINITE VISIONS lineup. Pawel is best known for his playing with extreme metal bands, including Hate, Vader, Decapitated, and Antigama (and most recently, performing with Belphegor on their 2019/20 USA & European tours) .

Pawel states, “I am happy to announce that I will be a part of Timo Tolkki’s Infinite Visions. Although not many associate me with this style of music, it always had it’s place in my life alongside the more extreme genres. It will definitely be an interesting experience to see what I can bring to the table and hopefully create some new quality music with a distinct sound.”

Pawel first came to the recent attention of Infinite Visions through the Stratovarius drum audition videos he made several years ago (video links below). The band were very impressed with his performance, and thereafter asked Pawel if he would like to join Infinite Visions!

Stratovarius drum audition – “Father Time” :   https://youtu.be/cI5iZ1eE3hw

Stratovarius drum audition – “Coming Home” : https://youtu.be/A9GXimkXPIU

And here is a drum playthrough video for the Hate song, “Into Burning Gehenna” – https://youtu.be/lT2QatZVGvE

Pawel’s endorsements include Tama drums, Meinl cymbals, Wincent Drumsticks, and Czarcie Kopyto Pedals.

For more information about Pawel visit his social media sites:

Web site – www.pavulon-drummer.com

Facebook –  www.facebook.com/pavulondrummer

Instagram – www.instagram.com/pawelpavulonjaroszewicz

YouTube – www.youtube.com/c/PawelPavulonJaroszewiczOfficial

Infinite Visions’ lineup includes Timo (guitars), Jari Kainulainen (bass), Jorge Segersbol (vocals), and Jimmy Pitts (keyboards). The band is currently recording a demo which will be presented to labels worldwide, and features 5 songs from their upcoming album, “Union Magnetica”. The band plans to tour and perform select festival dates after the album is released next year.

For more information about Infinite Visions visit the band’s social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/TimoTolkkiInfiniteVisions

https://vk.com/timotolkkiinfinitevisions

 

 

 

Timo Tolkki’s INFINITE VISIONS Unveils Band Logo, Reveals Album Title

INFINITE VISIONS, the new band formed by ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki, has unveiled their logo. Created by Georgi Georgiev of Moonring Art Design, it features Timo’s “trademark” fleur-de-lis symbol, as well as some other familiar elements — but with a twist.

The debut album by Infinite Visions will be titled “Union Magnetica” and feature 10 songs, including “Sonata Black”, “Voice Of Tomorrow”, “Dangerous”, “Infinite Visions”, “Miranda”, and “The Master Of Hell, A Slave In Heaven”. There will also be an additional bonus track for different territories.

The lineup consists of Timo on guitars, Jorge Segersbol (Ancestral Dawn) – vocals,  and Jimmy Pitts (Eternity’s End) – keyboards, with a bassist and drummer to be added soon. The band is in the midst of recording a 5-song demo to be presented to labels worldwide.

In concert Infinite Visions will perform songs from throughout Timo’s career, including material from their upcoming debut album, as well as Stratovarius classics, and tracks from Revolution Renaissance, and Symfonia.The band plans to begin recording their debut album at the end of this year, with plans to tour for the album when it is released sometime next year.

For more information visit the band’s social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/TimoTolkkiInfiniteVisions

https://vk.com/timotolkkiinfinitevisions

Ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki digitally releases first two solo albums, Classical Variations And Themes & Hymn To Life

The first two solo albums from ex-Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki — Classical Variations And Themes(1994) and Hymn To Life (2002) — have finally been made available on all digital platforms. These out-of-print albums contain some of Tolkki’s most emotional and inspired work. Classical Variations And Themes is a predominantly instrumental effort, with Tolkki demonstrating his neoclassical guitar composing skills on such tracks as “Flying Samir,” “Capriccio In A Minor,” and “Lord Of The Rings”. The album also has two songs with vocals, both sung by Tolkki: “Fire Dance Suite” and “Soldier’s Prayer.”

Hymn To Life is a very personal record, with Tolkki chronicling on several songs his feelings towards his father (who committed suicide when Timo was a young boy). The album also features guest vocal performances from Michael Kiske (Helloween) on “Key To The Universe” and Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) on “Are You The One?”, with Timo handling lead vocals on all the remaining tracks of this diverse release.

Timo also recently renewed his relationship with ESP, rejoining the guitar manufacturer which made the iconic instruments Tolkki played on Stratovarius’ classic releases and performed live on stage with. Timo is endorsing the ESP E-II HORIZON-III and LTD H3-1000FR guitar models.

Tolkki is currently writing and demoing songs for the fourth Avalon album, as well as finishing writing songs for the debut album of his new band, Infinite Visions (who will be including an updated version of “Fire Dance Suite” on the release, with Jorge Segersbol handling vocals).

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) releases play-through video for “Demon Angel”

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) has released a play-through video for “Demon Angel”, a track from his 3rd all instrumental solo album, Path Of The Hero.

The influences on the album range from Neoclassical and Heavy Fusion to Power and Progressive Metal. With 9 tracks and a total playing time of only 35 minutes this is the shortest of Muenzner’s three solo albums so far, purposely done to keep in the tradition of the late 80’s Shrapnel Records albums.

In the video Christian is wearing a special glove, and as he explains, “Since 10 years I suffer from a neurological disorder called focal dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions in my fretting hand. I am wearing this musician’s practice glove as it helps a bit to reduce the symptoms of my left hand dystonia; because of the texture of the material the brain gets slightly different sensory information from the fingers, and the dystonic impulse is not triggered as heavily as without the glove. I only use it when I play really difficult stuff. It’s a good tool, although the effect wears off over time.”  

Path Of The Herofeatures Eternity’s End bandmates Jimmy Pitts (keyboards) and Hannes Grossmann (drums; Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist). The album was released in Japan and South Korea through King Records on March 11 and comes out in the rest of the world on March 20 through Muenzner’s own label, Shredquarter Records.

For more information:

https://www.facebook.com/ChristianMuenznerOfficialSite/

Ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki announces Vocalist & Keyboardist of his new band Infinite Visions

Guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius) is proud to announce Jorge Segersbol (Ancestral Dawn, Pegasus) as vocalist and Jimmy Pitts (Eternity’s End, Northtale) as keyboardist for his new band INFINITE VISIONS. They are joined by Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody, Avantasia, Sieges Even) on drums.

The band is currently recording a 5-song demo to be presented to labels worldwide. Songs include “Dangerous”, “Sonata Black”, and “Voice Of Tomorrow”.

Jorge recently recorded a medley of two Stratovarius songs, “Paradise” and “Before The Winter”, to let fans hear what they can expect when Infinite Visions goes on tour and performs songs from throughout Timo Tolkki’s career. Infinite Visions will not only play material from their upcoming debut album, but also Stratovarius classics, and tracks from Revolution Renaissance, Symfonia, and Avalon.

In what can only be described as “Destiny”, ten years ago Jorge recorded a cover of the Stratovarius gem “Black Diamond” with his previous band, Nautiluz. The Stratovarius material — along with two songs from his band Ancestral Dawn — can be heard here:

Stratovarius medley:  https://youtu.be/tvhaohI8JH0

Nautiluz – “Black Diamond”:  https://youtu.be/CcrBsF-kZLo

Ancestral Dawn – “StormHaze”:  https://youtu.be/ofmvagn3zAs

Ancestral Dawn – “Enter The Shaman”:  https://youtu.be/O2OkYD6-zeE

Jimmy’s much in-demand keyboard heroics are on display in these playthrough videos of songs from Eternity’s End and Christian Muenzner:

Christian Muenzner – “The Talisman”:  https://youtu.be/WTNYe-HaIIc?t=170

Christian Muenzner – “Shadow Over Innsmouth”:  https://youtu.be/NnhlxTDrDsY?t=221

Eternity’s End – Neoclassical shredding:  https://youtu.be/W7cun-cLZk0?t=36

For more information visit the band’s social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/TimoTolkkiInfiniteVisions

https://vk.com/timotolkkiinfinitevisions

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) releases play-through video for “Knight Rider”

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) has released a play-through video for “Knight Rider”, a track from his 3rd all instrumental solo album,Path Of The Hero.

The influences on the album range from Neoclassical and Heavy Fusion to Power and Progressive Metal. With 9 tracks and a total playing time of only 35 minutes this is the shortest of Muenzner’s three solo albums so far, purposely done to keep in the tradition of the late 80’s Shrapnel Records albums.

In the video Christian is wearing a special glove, and as he explains, “Since 10 years I suffer from a neurological disorder called focal dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions in my fretting hand. I am wearing this musician’s practice glove as it helps a bit to reduce the symptoms of my left hand dystonia; because of the texture of the material the brain gets slightly different sensory information from the fingers, and the dystonic impulse is not triggered as heavily as without the glove. I only use it when I play really difficult stuff. It’s a good tool, although the effect wears off over time.”

Muenzner is a much in-demand guitar player for live shows, and starting January 30 he will be performing as 2nd guitarist with SERIOUS BLACK on their European tour with HAMMERFALL and BATTLE BEAST. In addition, Christian has been recruited by vocalist Wade Black (ex-Crimson Glory/ex-Leatherwolf) to join his new band, the WADE BLACK PROJECT. This summer the band will tour Europe and play all of the greatest songs from Wade’s past, including CRIMSON GLORY, LEATHERWOLF, and SEVEN WITCHES classics.

Path Of The Herofeatures Eternity’s End bandmates Jimmy Pitts (keyboards) and Hannes Grossmann (drums; Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist ), as well as bassists Jerry Twyford and Linus Klausenitzer (Alkaloid, Obscura). The album will be released in Japan and South Korea through King Records on March 11 and the rest of the world on March 20 through Muenzner’s own label, Shredquarter Records.

Ex-Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf vocalist Wade Black Recruits Guitarist Christian Muenzner For New Band

Guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End/Alkaloid/ex-Necrophagia/ex-Obscura) has been recruited by vocalist Wade Black (ex-Crimson Glory/ex-Leatherwolf) to join his new band, the WADE BLACK PROJECT. Wade states, “This band will play all of the greatest songs from my past: old Crimson Glory and Astronomica !! Leatherwolf – World Asylum!! Seven Witches – Exilld!!”.

The band’s lineup is completed by Jan Bunning (Paragon) – Bass, Gabriele J. Palermo (James Rivera) – Rhythm/Lead Guitar, and Dave Chadrick (Deathriders/Raven) – Drums.

Christian enthused about joining the band, ” I’m SUPER STOKED to be part of the line up of the WADE BLACK PROJECT, the singer of Crimson Glory, Leatherwolf and Seven Witches. We will perform songs of his discography as well as some older Crimson Glory classics this summer, I can’t wait!”

Muenzner will be releasing his 3rd all instrumental solo album, Path Of The Hero,in Japan and South Korea through King Records on March 11 and the rest of the world on March 20 through his own label, Shredquarter Records. The album features Eternity’s End bandmates Jimmy Pitts (keyboards) and Hannes Grossmann (drums; Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist ), as well as bassists Jerry Twyford and Linus Klausenitzer (Alkaloid, Obscura). With 9 tracks and a total playing time of only 35 minutes this is the shortest of Muenzner’s 3 solo albums so far, purposely done to keep in the tradition of the late 80’s Shrapnel Records albums. The album was co-produced and mixed and mastered by Hannes Grossmann.

Here is a play-through video of Christian performing “The Tell-Tale Heart” from his 1st solo album, Timewarp.

Guitarist Christian Muenzner To Release Third Solo Album, Path Of The Hero

Path Of The Hero is the 3rd all instrumental solo album by guitarist Christian Muenzner (Eternity’s End, Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist), following the 2014 album Beyond The Wall Of Sleep. The album features Eternity’s End bandmates Jimmy Pitts (keyboards) and Hannes Grossmann (drums; Alkaloid, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist ), as well as bassists Jerry Twyford and Linus Klausenitzer (Alkaloid, Obscura). With 9 tracks and a total playing time of only 35 minutes this is the shortest of Muenzner’s 3 solo albums so far, purposely done to keep in the tradition of the late 80’s Shrapnel Records albums. The album was co-produced and mixed and mastered by Hannes Grossmann.

Muenzner states: “This entire album happened very spontaneously. I had originally not intended to make another instrumental guitar album any time soon, but inspiration hit me and the ideas came to me very fast, and I wrote and recorded the album within a couple of months. I think among my 3 solo albums this is my most compact and focused work and definitely contains my best playing so far. I feel I have improved a lot with my technique, phrasing and melodic sensitivity since my last solo effort 5 years ago.”

The influences on the album range from Neoclassical and Heavy Fusion to Power and Progressive Metal. The song “Discovery” was co-written by Hannes Grossmann and contains a section that was originally intended for an Obscura song when Muenzner and Grossmann were still in the band. “Nocturne” is an arrangement based on Franz Liszt’s “Liebestraum No. 3”.

The album will be released in Japan and South Korea through King Records on March 11 and the rest of the world on March 20 through Muenzner’s own label, Shredquarter Records.

Path Of The Hero– Tracklisting
1. Knight Rider
2. Demon Angel
3. Blades Of The Brotherhood
4. Deep Space #11
5. Nocturne
6. Discovery
7. Wing Commander
8. Marchers Of Vallahala
9. Path Of The Hero

 

REVEAL release live video from Morgana Fest performance

REVEAL have released a live video of “You Will Rise” from their performance at Morgana Fest on September 14, 2019 in Oviedo, Spain. This show marked the debut live performance of songs from REVEAL’s 2nd album, Overlord, which was released earlier this year. Overlord features some very special guests:

Derek Sherinian from Sons of Apollo (Ex-Dream Theater and many others): Keyboard solo in ‘It’s only a show’.
Chen Balbus (Orphaned Land & The Secret Saints): Guitar solo in ‘The Name of Ra’.
Marcos Rodriguez from Rage: First solo in ‘Path of Sorrows’.
Saeko Kitamae (Metallium, Saeko): Additional lead vocals in ‘It’s only a Show’ (digital bonus track version).

In addition, the cover artwork was created by the famed illustrator and designer Felipe Machado, who has done artwork for Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Rhapsody Of Fire, and many others.

For more information, visit REVEAL’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/RevealOfficial/

STRAVAGANZZA To Record Live DVD

 

Stravaganzza will be recording their show on September 28 at La Riviera in their hometown of Madrid, Spain, for the first DVD release of their 16 year career.  The band states, “Stravaganzza will offer a very special concert to record their first live DVD. It will be an incredible concert: A two hour show — the biggest the band has ever done — will be recorded for the annals of the band’s history.A string section, choir, special guests, and many surprises will all be a part of this epic event!”

One of the most popular bands in their native Spain as well as Latin America, Stravaganzza’s sound uniquely combines goth, symphonic, extreme, and progressive metal. Formed in 2003, the band has released four critically acclaimed albums and one EP: Primer Acto (2004), Sentimientos (2005), Hijo Del Miedo EP (2006), Requiem (2007), and Raices (2010). Next year they will be recording a new album, which the band promises will be their most ambitious work yet.

Stravaganzza features in its lineup one of the best vocalists and frontmen in the Spanish-speaking metal world, Leo Jimenez; and a renowned guitarist, composer, and symphony conductor in Pepe Hererro (Pepe was the conductor of RAGE’s Lingua Mortis Orchestra for their festival shows this year, including performances at Wacken, Masters Of Rock, and Rock Fest Barcelona). The band is completed by virtuoso musicians Patricio Babasasa (bass) and Carlos Expósito (drums).

The band’s videos have gotten millions of views, including “Hijo de la Luna” (25 million views) and “Deja de Llorar” (6 million views).

Hijo de la Luna –  https://youtu.be/iQiQYbTA0sw   

Deja de Llorar –  https://youtu.be/Er-2tpaQ_Vo


To close out this memorable year for the band, o
n November 16 Stravaganzza will be the headliner at Damask Metal Fest to be held in Barcelona. The festival lineup includes Finntroll, Primordial, Orphaned Land, and Melechesh.

For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/stravaganzzaoficial/