Here you find two links to our facebook pages, where you can follow studio recording of ALMANAC!
Victor confirms participation in "Vivaldi Metal Project" as a guest musician.
Axxis DVD "25 Years of Rock & Power" with Victor as a special guest will be released on 9th of October.
Check new workshop dates!
Nuclear Blast News:
For all the members of ALMANAC, the new band of guitarist Victor Smolski, this debut album is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter that has now begun. Traditional metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound make ALMANAC for an absolute listening experience.
“Fans with an interest in deeper subjects including history and culture will also be able to dive into a new world with our first album, which combines historic and modern parallels that will surprise many”, explains Victor Smolski, “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 our voices.”
Victor Smolski comments: “The first phase is already done, now we are currently engaged in working on the arrangements of the songs. We're thrilled about this first release and of the many albums to come commencing from spring 2016, also we are very eager to let loose the mighty power of ALMANAC to the people, on many different platforms as possible as well as on stage.”
The recordings in studio will begin mid September and be documented in a Vlog. Here's a first video message for the fans from the band: :
Now, time has come to give Victor up to his second passion: the motor sport especially the Nürburgring circuit.
Victor is going to start at the 6 hours race on 05th of September in class SP5 in a BMW of Beckers motor sport team with an ambitious target: „I would like to win my ninths class victory at the VLN series.“
On Friday, 31st of July and Saturday, 1st of August ALMANAC musicians are going to play workshops at the Metal & Movie Market at 6:00 pm including Meet & Greet !
"Live is like a calendar puzzle", Victor talks about his new Metal-family ALMANAC in an interview with "Die Glocke".
Victor is going to play as guest musician at some Freetime Reloaded shows in Cologne and Bergheim, more concert and workshops you find at "Dates".
At the heat race on Nürburgring circuit Victor reached a fantastic 4th position.
"I'm very glad to announce that ALMANAC is confirmed for Winter Masters Of Rock, the largest rock festival in Czech Republic.
This will be the first show where we´ll also present new songs. I´m looking forward to have a lot of fun on stage!
"Thanks to everybody for great support in India! It was an exciting clinic tour with a lot of impressions and I hope we´ll come back with ALMANAC to play some festivals. Now I need some days to recover from the hot temperature and spicy food and then I´ll be ready to rock my native country Belarus."
18.06. Minsk / Club Coyote
20.06. Minsk / Republic Club
Push the pedal to the metal! Ceck the current issue of the Grip Motor magazine 05/2015 and find out the parallels between making music and driving cars! Together with the Ralley Team Quer Victor comes back to the Nordschleife circuit.
More at motorsport...
Few weeks ago, Victor Smolski presented his new band ALMANAC, now Victor signd a contract with Nuclear Blast.
Bottom Row will be responsible for booking - so the well-tried partners will be the new also.
The recording sessions for the upcoming debut album are set this year, too.
"I’m totally motivated to present you our new album with such an amazing line up in 2016!“, so Victor.
The band already debuted live on the 'Music fair Frankfurt' in April, presenting the new line-up for the very first time.
First impressions of ALMANAC with all members can be watched here:
"Night Of Electric Guitars" with Thomas Blug and Uli Jon Roth, David Readman (vocals), Raoul Walton (bass), Bernie Wittmann (keys) and Wolf Simon (drums) were two fantastic shows! Thanks to all musicians and fans for a lot of fun on stage!
"We had a lot of fun on the Agora Stage and I was really blown away about the fantastic performance of the musicians. A big thanks to all of you - that rocked! Also a big thanks to all the fans who came to support us. We're looking forward for the next shows! During summertime we'll work on new music and we plan to go into the studio this year. Stay tuned for the latest News."For all who don't know yet, here's the line up of ALMANAC:
Andy B. Franck – Vocal
the baptism of fire is close: On Frankfurt Music Fair I´ll present my new band ALMANAC.
ALMANAC is the continuation of the concept, which I started back in 2013 with LMO. The well-known faces of LMO stay the same: both female singers Jeannette Marchewka and Dana Harnge, as well as the Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. On top of that I am proud to announce that we also have two outstanding male singers joining us: Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69)! All of them offer me the possibility to add more variety and a new musical dimension to the new tracks’ arrangements. I´ve also decided who plays bass and drums, but this is still a little secret till our performance in Frankfurt. ALMANAC will perform on April 16th at 17.30 CET on the Agora Stage.
Furthermore, I plan to enter the studio even in 2015 and record our debut album. More info will follow about that shortly.
On April 17th and 18th - Meet & Greets at 14:00 CET at ENGL - Hall 4.0/H39 and from 17:00 CET at CORDIAL - Hall 5.1/B68.
Interview with Victor in Russian magazine “In Rock”
Workshop with Victor in Czech Republik
check the dates for more shows
Victor plays at the 3. International Guitar Festival “From Classic to Rock” on a fantastic sold out show in Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
“It was a great pleasure for me to play on such a great festival and I would like to thanks all my fans who have been there.
"Straight To Hell Or To Paradise"
English e-book version
Since end of January the English e-book version of Victor Smolski's book "Straight To Hell Or To Paradise" is available at Amazon. The slightly other biography about Victor will present fascinating insights into the metal - and classic world, into the fascination motorsport, interviews with Andy Siry (Nuclear Blast) and Peavy Wagner (RAGE) among others, first time original notes and tabs from RAGE songs, everything available on more than 300 pages with more than 200 pictures. At Amazon you can get the e-book to a price of 16,99 Euro.
Here some reading out of Victors book "Straight To Hell Or To Paradise".
Mike Borrink / "ROCK HARD" magazine:
"...this detailed insight into the life of a good-natured crazy genius is highly readable..."
"He provides a disarmingly honest take on his career progression (from early family life to his first musical steps, right up to the beginnings of professional fame) and lots of handy tips about guitar personality, being a musician and practicing. But he also looks at the temptations of the music business in a sober, objective way without pointing the pedantic finger. A book to browse which will prove to be great worthwhile reading for any rock guitarist."
"For somebody who dreams of a career as a professional musician it serves as a compendium that confronts the dream with the facts..."
"guitar & bass" magazine / 11. 2014:
"Fans of VICTOR SMOLSKI, the virtuoso string artist from Belarus, can pick up a whole lot of details from the just published STRAIGHT TO HELL OR PARADISE.
In this book written by Axel Werbach, the Rage guitarist and solo artist eloquently talks about coolness, success, peace, beliefs, ignorance, privacy, politics & society, rock music & groupies, touring life, practicing and of course his other passion: motorsports.
Axel Werbach (Autor):
Composing songs for the next CD, driving races on Nürburgring circuit, set up the upcoming concert-tour, planning lessons at his "Unity Music School", compiling the setlist for the next "RAGE" and "Lingua Mortis Orchestra" concert, getting free for privat and family activities, giving interviews for the media world, writing notes for classical scores, next to that mixing a power-metal-song in studio, playing at Wacken in front of 80.000 people, teaching 20 students in his masterclass, playing a guitar-workshop at the music-fair… Here we are talking about the guitarist, the ambitious hobby-race-driver and father of a family Victor Smolski, who loves doing all this voluntarily and real successfully.
The first Dates for “A Night of electric guitars” are confirmed. More dates will follow soon.
On stage Thomas Blug, Uli Jon Roth and Victor Smolski
featuring: David Readman (vocals), Raoul Walton (bass), Bernie Wittmann (keys) and Wolf Simon (drums)
Check out the "Dates" section.
Here you find parts of Victors interviews with the Japanese Burrn and Young Guitar Magazine
From 15th up to 18th of January 2015 Victor will start at the Ice race in Austria in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee together with the team “Quer”.
Victor as guest at the anniversary show of Axxis.
“I wish you another 25 years of fun and success! Victor”
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