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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 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. 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