Rush of Death
Few artists have left their mark upon the pairing of an electric guitar and orchestra quite like Victor Smolski. For more than 15 years, the guitar wizard from the very heart of Belarus shaped the sonic tapestry of RAGE before finally starting his own project ALMANAC. There – no surprises here – he continued working on the perfect amalgamation of metal and classical music, spiced with enthralling historic themes.
After establishing ALMANAC as an uprising metal force with his first two records “Tsar” (2016) and “Kingslayer”(2018), Smolski boldly reshaped the band, and is starting from pole position into what will be a very exciting heavy metal year. “We've been on the road a lot,” Smolski says of the last years. “So much, in fact, that some of our members couldn't make do. They parted ways with us amicably because they realized that we wanted to go for it full throttle. They couldn't do it which is why they gladly made room for what is now the strongest ALMANAC incarnation ever.”
ALMANAC in 2020 consists of musical director Victor Smolski (guitars, cello, sitar, piano, keyboards), vocal tag-team Patrick Sühl and Jeannette Marchewka, bass player Tim Rashid and drummer Kevin Kott, with GAMMA RAY bellower Frank Beck and growl god Marcel Junker adding additional vocal oomph. “Once again, this line-up change really propelled us onwards. Suddenly we had all the time we needed to rehearse, to experiment, to just be spontaneous. And somehow by accident,” he laughs, “we got way more heavy!”