Blakenstein is a Progressive/Goth/Metal band that combines dark riffs, energetic shredding guitar, with lots of hook, and strong, soaring female vocals, often compared to Black Sabbath meets Nightwish with lots of shred.
Blakenstein is doing something new & different (we can down scale depending on the club size). Darkest Jack & Dead McMaim from The Undead Radio & Kreepy Kastle TV will be hosting all of our shows & we are bringing in as many Goth/Monster Celebrities as possible (Peeps like unto: The Undertaker; the Host of Dearly Departed Tours In Hollywood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Macch9HiBP8&feature=youtu.be , Wilkinson the Butler, & more Characters from Kreepy Kastle TV, etc., as well as bringing in Goth/Monster vendors). A Blakenstein show is an EVENT that is like a Grand Old School “MASQUERADE PARTY” full of "Metal", Goth/Monsters/Freaks/Whimsical Characters, & The Unusual, Blakenstein always brings the SHRED and an intense live visual performance. And our FANS bring in the atmosphere of an old time “Masquerade Ball” that is a true feast for the eyes.
We encourage ALL Blakenstein fans that love to put on their Garb and want to be part of the “Blakenstein Masquerade Ball”; to dress up and bring on the vibe. It's come as you are for everyone; dress or no dress up. There is something for everybody at a Blakenstein Event.
All bands’ out there are playing concerts; but this is a TEAM effort to create a traveling “Masquerade Ball/Party” The sky’s the limit for our Monster Lovelies. We are bringing in something new and exciting the club scene which is many times; just boring.
Blakenstein is consistently ranked in the top 10 on Reverb Nation’s Metal charts, and their first single “Sanctuary” was released globally on Versailles Records “Guitar Wizards” compilation, released 1-14-14 & is distributed by Best Buy. Not only do we maintain our status in the top 10 on Reverb Nation; our songs TREND every week for the passed year. Even the unmixed tracks that are posted up will actually give you a better insight as to what Blakenstein sounds like when compared to Sanctuary which was a co-effort with Blakenstein/Blake Nelson & Rob Berzon-Producer/Studio Musician.The unmixed tracks which will be re-recorded with "The Cinderblock" DJ Chavez on Drums & Daniel Burnham on Bass.
The band boasts experienced stalwarts of the Metal scene, including band founder Blakenstein-Blake Nelson (formerly of Oil w/Ron Rinehart of Dark Angel; Oil sold over a million records worldwide) on Guitar & Vocals; Blakenstein-Blake Nelson is also the Music Director & Visionary of Blakenstein. Blakenstein-Blake Nelson has won numerous Guitar Solo awards; has been named in the top 5 Lead Guitarist's Globally by Headbanger Magazine & others, & was given the title "Guitar Wizard" by Versailles Records on the Guitar Wizards CD released Globally at Best Buy on 1-14-2014 along with guitarist's of Ozzy, Dio, Megadeth, Guns n Roses, Lynch Mob, Alice Cooper Kiss, Aerosmith, Metal Church, Whitesnake & Thin Lizzy.
Lead Vocalist Arminta (accomplished folk performer); Arminta is a highly trained Vocalist from the folk music genre and has performed live at festivals in excess of 80,000 people. This is Arminta's 1st band as a Metal singer and she is killing it and has created a new fresh style of Female vocals in metal. Arminta goes the oppostie of Amy Lee & all the other female singers. Although she has her own signature style; her influences are Annie Lennox, Nightwish, & Dio.
We have Daniel Burnham formerly of Dark Prophet on Bass Guitar. Daniel is aggressive and his influences are Les Claypool, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, Cliff Burton. Daniel adds the low bottom end that the Blakenstein Lair MUST have. Fresh new bass riffs which include slapping and traditional metal bass playing.
On Drums we have "The Cinderblock" DJ Chavez from Provider, Dark Prophet and a host of other seasoned bands. DJ is super fast on the double kicks while maintaining a nice jazz/fushion of his own; adding another unique element to Blakenstein