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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. 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. The unmixed tracks which will be re-recorded with Drum Master "Jorge Iacobellis" 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 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!
The newest addition to Blakenstein is Daniel Burnham formerly of Dark Prophet on Bass Guitar. Daniel is aggressive and his influences are Les Claypool, Geezer Butler, Stever Harris, Cliff Burton. Daniel adds the low bottom end that the Blakenstein Lair MUST have.
On drums, we have Drum Master Jorge Iacobellis (formerly of Hirax & toured with Michael Schenker Group) and shared the stage with several bands the likes of NEVERMORE, GAMARAY, TESTAMENT, CAGE, THIRON, EXODUS, ANGELES DEL INFIERNO and others. .
Blakenstein - Uses Mesa Boogie Extra Large Rectifier Cabinets with Full Armor, Mesa Boogie Tri-Axis System, Mesa Boogie Stereo 2/90 Power Amp, Rocktron Intellifex, Sennheiser G2 Evolution Wirless, Roland DTR-1 Digital Strobe Tuner, Furman AR-1215 Power Conditioner, Mesa Boogie Shock Mounted Rack Case, Ground Control Midi Pedals and USA Jackson Randy Rhoades semi-V neck throughs with floating tremelos.
Daniels gear: Modified Carvin BR810 Cabinet, Rack mount SVT-4 Pro 1600 watt Amplifier, Line 6 Bass POD live Processor, & Schecter Stiletto Custom 5 String Basses
Jorge's gear is endless. He's endorsed by DW Drums so he has 3 Nine piece double bass DW kits; an array of cymbols, including a Large gong, mics, triggers; he's endorsed by Anvil cases, Axis and the list goes on.