‘Tsar’ release date announced;
cover artwork and track list revealed
Victor Smolski’s new band, Almanac, will release their debut album called ‘Tsar’ on March 18th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Smolski himself was responsible for the production of the record, with mixing completed by Sebastian ‘Seeb’ Levermann (Orden Ogan).
The intricate cover artwork was created by famous Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (Wisdom, Annihilator, Tyr, Destruction, Elevenking…).
The track list of ‘Tsar’ is as follows:
02. Self Blinded Eyes
04. Hands Are Tied
05. Children Of The Future
06. No More Shadows
08. Reign Of Madness
09. Flames Of Fate
Mastermind Smolski commented on it:
“’Tsar’ is the absolute best of and the highlight of my musical career. I had never had so much fun while producing a CD, it was incredible teamwork – and we were one hundred per cent merciless.
Push the pedal to the metal!”
For all the members of Almanac, ‘Tsar’ is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional power metal in conjunction with bombastic orchestra sound and world music with a modern sound – which all make Almanac a compelling and absolute listening experience. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski is joined by the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia.
Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with ‘Tsar’, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many. From the warlike nomadic horsemen in the steppes of Russia, to the tsardom, Ivan the Terrible, warlike Cossacks who dominate the Tatar, the siege of Constantinople and the Mongol invasion are stories about battles, wars, intrigue, conquest, terror, power and love that can be heard vocally using the different styles of the singer’s voices.
You can watch the first ‘Tsar’ studio trailer HERE.
The band played recently at Winter Masters Of Rock in Zlin, Czech Republic. You can watch a documentary about Almanac‘s trip HERE.
Andy B. Franck – vocals
David Readman – vocals
Jeannette Marchewka – vocals
Victor Smolski – guitars
Armin Ali? – bass, fretless bass
Michael Kolar – drums
Enric Garcia – keyboards, piano
feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia