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Blakenstein is a Progressive/Goth/Metal band that combines dark riffs, energetic shredding dual guitar, hook, and strong, soaring female vocals, often compared to Black Sabbath meets Nightwish with lots of shred.
We are a very theatrical band looking to “in the big picture” have actors on stage along the lines of Phantom of the Opera/ Jekyll & Hyde/Underworld/Van Helsing while we throw down intense, catchy, Epic – Progressive/Goth/Metal music that would pertain to each scene. So, Blakenstein could very easily transition to being a Smash Hit at places like The Pantages/Broadway circuit, or show on the Vegas strip.
A live Blakenstein Metal stage show is a high-energy, theatrical feast. 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.
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 has performed live at festivals in excess of 80,000 people. , 2nd Lead Guitarist Martin Doty (formerly of Hangar 18, Night Stryke), and Drummer Jorge Iacobellis (formerly of Hirax & Michael Schenker Group) and shared the stage with several bands the likes of NEVERMORE, GAMARAY, TESTAMENT, CAGE, THIRON, EXODUS, ANGELES DEL INFIERNO and others. .
As the owner of "Mr Drums", a specialized drum shop, it became a must visit to artists like Billy Cobham, Eric Singer, Nicko McBrain, Carmine Appice, Greg Bissonete, Charlie Bennantte, John Dette, Dennis Chambers, Alex Acuna and others. He promoted and produced international bands on tour such as KREATOR, SICK OF IT ALL, VIPOR, RATOS DE PORAO and TESTAMENT. He assisted in the tour productions with KISS, IRON MAIDEN, MACHINE HEAD, Jerry Lee Lewis, MOTORHEAD, EXODUS, SEPULTURA, RAMONES, POISON, REO Speedwagon, SLAYER and LA GUNS.
Here’s a video clip of Jorge on a small kit at the NAMM show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GqQa_Kn1qE#t=193
Jorge is proud to be artist drummer for DW DRUMS, REGAL TIP DRUM STICKS,AXIS Percussion, REMO DRUM HEADS, MEINL CYMBALS, AUDIX Microphones,ANVIL Case,SKB, MAXONIX ,and DANMAR Percussion, and can be found on their websites. Jorge has been invited by these prestigious companies to sign autographs during the NAMM shows. At the 2009 NAMM show, Anvil Case voted Jorge as their number one artist of the month.