ALMANAC – Victor Smolski’s (ex-RAGE) new band – stands for a new dimension of symphonic power metal, featuring three singers Jeannette Marchewka (Lingua Mortis Orchestra), Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69). Having recently announced the release of new album Kingslayer on November 24th, the band has just premiered the official video for new track ‘Losing My Mind’. Check it out below:
Victor spoke about the video: “When we discussed filming our new music video ‘Losing My Mind’ at a Moravian castle, I had no idea that we would have the entire newly renovated area of a huge baroque mansion, including its unique French-style park at our disposal. For every band, the size of the stage is very important, and here I found myself completely taken aback. We could choose any of the dozens of rooms and adjust it according to our needs. We started filming early in the morning and ended long after midnight. But the result is more a short film than a music video. All thanks to the truly amazing film location – Holesov chateau.”
Screenwriter and director Marek Dobes says: “It is always good to know the members of the band as well as possible before shooting. I have been working with Victor since he collaborated with RAGE. We shot together the clip for ’21’ which installed them back to the first music video league. Later I was in charge of presenting ALMANAC in a short promotional documentary made during one of their first international concerts. at which time I had the opportunity to get acquainted with the other members of the group. Even then, I realised they were personalities I can show in a music video not only as a musicians but also as actors, which is not as common as you would think. A dramatic role cannot be played by everyone. And whenever you build a story around the members of a group, you take a risk. But I’m glad I decided to do it, all four members of ALMANAC were born for the camera and film lights.”
Pavel Plch who plays the lead role of deceived husband, who also choreographed the fight scenes, said: “In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate on video clips such as NIGHTWISH – ‘Sleeping Sun’, and I’ve fully exploited my previous experiences for the ALMANAC music video. I was surprised by the fact that the cameraman decided to record the duel scene with a distortion lens, which we had to adapt to the whole concept of a duel. The result, however, is worth the work. For me this ALMANAC music video belongs within the top ten projects that I could ever help on as a choreographer. Maybe even in the top five due to the fact that only one single sword broke in my hand, despite all the increased fighting efforts in the battle scene.”
In March 2016, ALMANAC unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album ‘Tsar’, followed by a European tour along with Orden Ogan, as well as their own EU headline tour in spring 2017. The band have completed the recording of their second album entitled ‘Kingslayer’ but have today informed fans that the release will be pushed back a few weeks to November 24th, 2017. To bridge the gap between now and then, the band have posted a trailer covering the recording process of their new offering. Watch here:
“Our second strike is complete,” reveals guitar player Victor Smolski, who goes on to explain that “’Kingslayer’ is the logical follow-up to ‘Tsar’, just more compact, heavier and faster. The experience now under our belts gained from our many live experiences, including the two tours and festivals, has been fully implemented in the studio. The band have grown closer and stronger, you can feel this unified energy within the new tracks. We took a lot of time and gave our very best. ‘Kingslayer’ is a crafted metal album with a lively power sound!”.
ALMANAC recently played at the Masters of Rock festival, where they debuted the first two new tracks live, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Children Of The Sacred Path’. The performance was filmed and will be part of a bonus live DVD, which will accompany the limited edition of ‘Kingslayer’.
02. Children Of The Sacred Path
03. Guilty As Charged
04. Hail To The King
05. Losing My Mind
07. Kingdom Of The Blind
09. Last Farewell
10. Red Flag