Guitar Wizard - BLAKE NELSON; is the creator; Lead Guitarist, Lyricist, Vocalist & Composer of the great Progressive/Goth/Metal band known as Blake Nelson's "BLAKENSTEIN"
Blake is a self-taught, genius-musician who plays his guitar purely from his heart, and inner rock instincts. Blake began shredding on guitar at an early age, jamming hard with the great drumming of "Slayers" own David Lombardo.
Blake was also the Lead Guitarist/Vocalist in several successful multi-selling recording/headlining acts including "Deceiver", "Dezire", "Captain Black", and his own band creation; "Oil" with former Lead Vocalist Ron Rinehart of Dark Angel.
On Lead Vocals; is the stunning voice of Arminta. Arminta is the former Lead Vocalist for Blaq Lilly and has a long list of touring & recording. Arminta is a schooled, trained "serious, intense" Vocalist. Arminta has her own style; her influences are Tarja Turunen, Annie Lennox, Amy Lee, Dio. Arminta is the forefront sound of Blakenstein.
Also on Lead Guitar we have Martin Doty. Martin is also a self taught, guitar wizard in his own right and plays purely from his heart, and inner rock instincts. Anything else to be said about Martin is almost exactly the same as Blake's past musical ventures. We met Martin through our bassist Melanie. They used to play together in Hangar 18. Martin has a very similar background as Blake. Very solid, swift, fast, melodic and all the bells and whistles in between. Martin's style is about as hard to explain in words as Blake. Together they are a FORCE to be reckoned with.
On Bass Guitar; we have the very well known seasoned veteran Melanie Sisneros, formerly of The Iron Maidens, Hanger 18, & Crescent Shield. Melanie has toured the world and plays along the lines of Steve Harris, Geezer Butler, Mudvayne. Melanie is not a one finger basic bassist. She plays very technical with a thick thumping sound and locks in super tight with our drummer, which is an accomplishment within itself. INSANE bass playing wraps it up for Melanie.
On drums; we have the double bass master Jimmy Sotelo. Jimmy has a long resume of accomplishments with LA bands and consistently does session work. And, yes he plays a huge double bass kit; yeah baby! Jimmy's influences are David Lombardo, Dave Weckl, Neil Peart, Bill Ward, etc. Jimmy is one of the best True OG drummers on the scene. Jimmy is the Thunder of Blakenstein & with Melanie; it's double Thunder. Jimmy & Blake: THUNDER & LIGHTNING!!!