- ALMANAC announce first headline tour!


In March, ALMANAC, the symphonic metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE-guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album »Tsar« - but this emperor has only just started to rise - and in early 2017, ALMANAC will climb onto their horses for their first headline tour ever.

"Hello, dear metal friends!", states bandleader Victor Smolski. "I am happy to be able to invite you to our first headline tour of ALMANAC in February 2017! But first of all we want to shoot a big 'thank you' over to you after such a great feedback to our debut »Tsar«! Being nominated for the best debut album of the year at the Metal Hammer Awards was a huge honour for us. And after a great tour with ORDEN OGAN and shows at many festivals in Europe, ALMANAC have grown together as a band. On the upcoming headline dates we will not only perform the songs from our »Tsar« album, but also tracks from my time with RAGE and LMO. We'll be supported by the power metal diamonds GLORYFUL and the opener will be LICHTGESTALT, a great metal band with a soft gothic touch. And of course you can also prepare your eyes and ears for some special guests! This will be a big and diverse party in your town. Check the dates below and we hope to see you on tour!"

06.02.  D         Munich - Backstage
07.02.  H         Budapest - Barba Negra
08.02.  SLO      Ljubljana - Gala Hala
09.02.  CZ        Prag - Nova Chmelnice
10.02.  D         Cottbus - Gladhouse
11.02.  D         Berlin - Badehaus
12.02.  D         Flensburg - Roxy
13.02.  D         Nuremberg - Hirsch
14.02.  D         Frankfurt - Nachtleben
15.02.  D         Essen - Turock
16.02.  D         Siegburg - Kubana
18.02.  NL        Arnhem - Willemen 

Watch the tour trailer here
: https://youtu.be/D9FPIqWim70

But you can also see the band on the following festival dates:

26.11.16  RUS     Moscow - Aria Fest
17.12.16  D         Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
07.01.17  CH       Wasen - Ice Rock Festival

Purchase the digital version here: http://nblast.de/AlmanacDownloads

More on »Tsar«:


'Self-Blinded Eyes' OFFICIAL VIDEO:

'Self-Blinded Eyes' Get »Tsar« here: http://nblast.de/ALMANACTsar



After 15 years and 10 CDs as guitarist, producer and composer for the German heavy metal institution RAGE, Victor Smolski now continues his musical career with his new group ALMANAC; a new musical concept combining heavy metal with classical music, songs written especially for a band and orchestra plus several male and female singers sharing the lead vocal job. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski is joined in this new group by former LMO band members Jeanette Marchewka (vocals) and the symphony orchestra Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. New in the line up are bass player Armin Alic, drummer Michael Kolar and keyboardist Enric Garcia. Two high-class singers David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) complete the extremely prominent line up. For all the members of ALMANAC, »Tsar« is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound all make ALMANAC a compelling and absolute listening experience.

Andy B. Franck - vocals
David Readman - vocals
Jeannette Marchewka - vocals
Victor Smolski - guitars
Armin Alić - bass, fretless bass
Michael Kolar - drums
Enric Garcia - keyboards, piano
feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia



- ALMANAC album "Tsar" is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016


ALMANACS debut-album "Tsar" is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 in the category "Best Debut". The band-members are very happy about the nomination und are looking forward a lot to the award ceremony on September 16th in Berlin!!! ALMANAC also wish to say a huge, huge THANK YOU to all their fans and partners for their amazing support!!!

Victor, David, Andy, Jeannette, Armin, Michael und Enric



- Adrenalin Junky -


Hi Adrenalin Junkies!

Playing big festivals with ALMANAC you get a lot of adrenalin. But even more adrenalin I got with my new record in skydiving: jump from 3.500m and 2.500m! of free fall. At the end of free fall the speed was approx. 220 km/h! This was fucking great!

Thanks to Marcos and crew! See you on festival tour!






- Porsche Sports Cup & 24h Race -

On 21th and 22th of May Victors race car, supported by "Beckers Rennsport Team", goes to Hockenheimring, where Victor will take part at the Porsche Sports Cup event. This race is a great chance to be prepared for the 24h race on Nürburgring circuit, which will start one week later. Everybody who wants to visit Victor and the team at the "Green Hell" will find them in paddock / box 21, start number 168.

See you there!



- ALMANAC Festival Dates -

Since ALMANAC presented their Debüt-CD »TSAR« most successful on European-Tour, many festival shows have been confirmd now.

Infos at the "Dates Section"!



- ALMANAC on European tour in March / April -

ALMANAC, the new symphonic metal band formed by Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE), will release their debut record »TSAR« on March 18th through Nuclear Blast. In support of their new album, the band will be touring Europe as special guest with ORDEN OGAN and MANIMAL from the release date onwards.

Find all dates at the "Dates section"!



- RockHard presenting video to the song "Self-Blinded Eyes" -
- Single release on February, 5th -
- "Monsters of Metal" DVD -
- ALMANAC at Summer Breeze -
- New Workshop dates -

The video for "Self-Blinded Eyes" premieres today exclusively on www.rockhard.de - check out the link below to watch the full clip in advance!!



Watch out - just a few day to go until the first single by ALMANAC, "Self-Blinded Eyes", will be released on February, 5th!
Here comes a preview of the cover artwork for the single.


The "Self-Blinded Eyes" video will be also available at the 10th issue of the NB "Monsters of Metal" DVD: 81 clips at two DVDs and one Blu-ray in Digibook!.



On 17th of August, ALMANAC will be part of the Nuclear Blast Label night at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl.




At the Dates Section we've added some more workshop dates.

The Rheinische Musikschule Köln presenting the workshop „Rock & Metal Guitar“ with Victor Smolski in co-opperation with the Szeneclub

This workshop offering to ambitious E-guitarists of the guitar scene as well as for students and music docents.
From now on, interested persons can subscribe obtional as active participiant or as a lurker, sending an e-Mail to:
Mail: musikschule@stadt-koeln.de
Subject: Workshop Rock Metal Guitar
Active participant have to pay € 50,-
For the workshop, 30 places for active participiant will be reserved.
These participant places will be allocate by date of receipt.
Passive participant have to pay € 30,-
Account holder: Stadt Köln Stadtkasse
IBAN: DE89 3705 0198 0093 1329 75
Keyword: Workshop 10.04.2016
Purpose: 403/RMS
Workshop duration:
12:00am to 8:00 pm, doors open at 11:30am
The active participiant have to bring their own instrument with one.
Underground Köln, Vogelsanger Straße 200, 50825 Köln



- ALMANAC - New Website online -
- ALMANAC - Firts T-Shirt available -

Beside the ALMANAC Facebook page there's an ALMANAC website online now, where you can find all the infos on the band and the "Tsar" album, along with pictures, up to date news and upcoming tour dates....

Have a look at:



Nevertheless, you can get the first ALMANAC T-shirt via Nuclear Blast Online shop on 22nd of January, ore pre-order the »TSAR« digibook bundle with exklusive T-shirt plus signed photo-card! (Release date of »TSAR« 18th of March)




- ALMANAC - press reports -

Lately, ALMANAC has invited the international Rock and Metal press for a »Tsar« listening session at the amazing and history-charged Dierks Studios. Here some short statements as well as the first press reports:


“One of the best pieces of music made by Victor Smolski. It’s the next step for the power metal history. Best modern way how to play classic metal style!“

“This impressive record breathes freedom, yet it is a marriage between classic and metal that really rocks heavily… Kudos for the heaviness, the vocal abundance and the overwhelming guitar skills of Victor!“

“Victor Smolski succeeds again with »Tsar« where power and elegance are no way inferior to RAGE and LMO!“

"Tsar" bietet von Anfang bis Ende Metal (!) ohne jegliche Längen: kompakte Songs mit orchestralem Zierrat und tollen Gesangsstimmen, einen Sack zeitloser Melodien und selbstverständlich überragender Handwerkskunst, die nach einem echten Bandgefüge klingt.

„Ein Power Metal-Feuerwerk par excellence! Ein orchestrales Feuerwerk trifft auf unfassbar abwechslungsreiche Gitarrenarbeit. Die Mitbewerber dürfen sich warm anziehen… Es bleibt nur eine Frage offen: Wie kann Album Nummer zwei das toppen?“

„Viel heavier als gedacht - ich hatte mehr russische Folklore erwartet. Komplexe Songs, die trotzdem schnell „zünden“. Das Drei-Sänger-Konzept überzeugt dank komplett verschiedener Gesangsstile und Klangfarben. Freue mich schon darauf, es noch einmal in Ruhe zu hören - zu entdecken gibt es ja mehr als genug!“

„Sehr bombastische, druckvoll produzierte Platte! Härter als das neue AVANTASIA-Album. Good work!“

„Mehr „Metal“ als erwartet. Experiment mit den drei Stimmen macht die Individualität von ALMANAC aus. Vielseitiges und doch eingängiges Album. Homogene Einheit trotz vieler Individualisten. Ausgezeichnete Produktion. Erster Favorit: 'No More Shadows'!“

„Fette Metal-Scheibe mit tollen Gesangsarrangements und jenseits von nervigem Symphonic Metal. Enthält viele Überraschungen und keine Füller oder Langeweile. Viele Uptempo-Songs mit fetten Gitarrenriffs gefallen!“

My Revelations Rock Tribune



- ALMANAC - studio making-of »TSAR« episode #3 -
- ALMANAC bonus DVD content -

ALMANAC, the new band of Victor Smolski, will release their debut record »TSAR« on March 18th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the third and last studio trailer for the upcoming album has been launched.

Watch the clip here:


If you missed episode #1 and #2, watch them here:

episode #1

episode #2

The band have also announced the content of the bonus DVD (more than 2 hours playing time), which will be featured in the digibook version of »TSAR«:

Bonus DVD - Chapter overview:

01. Self-Blinded Eyes
02. Tsar (Lyricvideo)
03. Making-of »Tsar«
04. The Making Of 'Self-Blinded Eyes'
05. Winter Masters Of Rock
06. Instruments & Techniques
07. Bandinterview
08. Outtakes
09. Studio Bits
10. B-Roll
11. Unity Music School
12. Credits



- Best wishes for 2016 -
- ALMANAC - studio making-of »TSAR« -
- R.I.P. Lemmy -

Hi everybody!

I wish you a fantastic new year 2016! 2015 was a great year for me with a lot of awesome experiences, the birth of my new band ALMANAC and unbelievable moments during studio recording for our CD "TSAR". It was the highlight in my musical career and I'm looking forward to get your feedback after release on 18th of March 2016!

Today, the band reveals the second studio making-of »TSAR«, watch it here:


And here are some more videos:


Thanks for you support and see you soon!

Greets Victor



- ALMANAC - Release date announced -
- "TSAR" - Cover and tracklist revealed ! -

Victor Smolskis new band, ALMANAC, will release their debut album called »Tsar« on March 18th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. Victor Smolski himself was responsible for the production of the record. Mixing was done by Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann (ORDEN OGAN).

The cover artwork was created by famous Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (WISDOM, ANNIHILATOR, TYR, DESTRUCTION, ELVENKING,...) (see below for better quality!).

The tracklist of »Tsar« racks up as follows:

01. Tsar
02. Self Blinded Eyes
03. Darkness
04. Hands Are Tied
05. Children Of The Future
06. No More Shadows
07. Nevermore
08. Reign Of Madness
09. Flames Of Fate

Mastermind Smolski commented on it:
"»Tsar« is the absolute best of and the highlight in my musical career. I had never so much fun during producing a CD. Incredible teamwork and a hundred per cent merciless. Push the pedal to the metal!"

Pre-order NB-exclusive editions here: http://geni.us/AlmanacTsarNB

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 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.

More on »Tsar«:
ALMANAC Official Youtube Channel:


The band played recently at Winter Masters Of Rock in Zlin, Czech Republic. Watch a documentry about ALMANAC's trip here: https://www.youtube.com/

Booking - ITM Agency, Germany: fsuepfle@itm-agency.com


Andy B. Franck - vocals
David Readman - vocals
Jeannette Marchewka - vocals
Victor Smolski - guitars
Armin Alić - bass, fretless bass
Michael Kolar - drums
Enric Garcia - keyboards, piano

feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia

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