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Blakenstein is a Progressive/Goth/Metal band that combines dark riffs, energetic fast, melodic guitar, hook, and strong soaring female and male vocals, often compared to Black Sabbath meets Nightwish with lots of shred.
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 our first single “Sanctuary” was released globally on Versailles Records “Guitar Wizards” compilation, released 1-14-14 by Best Buy. Not only do we maintain our status in the top 10 on Reverb Nation; our songs TREND every week for the past 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 will be re-recorded with "The Cinderblock" DJ Chavez on Drums and 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 & Vocal is Blakenstein-Blake Nelson who is also the Music Director and Visionary of Blakenstein. Blakenstein-Blake Nelson has won numerous Guitar Solo awards; has been named in the top 5 Lead Guitarist's Globally by Head Banger Magazine, Aardsnock Magazine & others, Blake was also given the title "Guitar Wizard" by Versailles Records on the Guitar Wizards CD released Globally at Best Buy on1-14-2014 along with guitarist's of Ozzy, Dio, Megadeth, Guns n Roses, Lync hMob, 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 opposite of Amy Lee & all the other female singers. Although she has her own signature style; her influences are Annie Lennox, Nightwish, & Dio.
W e 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 an X-treme fast double bass player while maintaining a nice jazz/fushion of his own; adding another unique element to Blakenstein.
Blakenstein is doing 2 things. Our new creation/event which will be called The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball. Darkest Jack and Dead McMaim from Darkest Radio & Kreepy Kastle TV will be hosting are shows. Booking and managing us. .
1. The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball
2. Blakenstein Concerts
The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball will always be hosted by Darkest Jack & Dead McMaim –Darkest Radio/Kreepy Kastle TV and we will be bringing in as many Goth/Monster Celebrities, SAG Actors, Pro Comedian Roasters, Pro Goth Puppeteers 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, Comic Roasters, Creepy Puppeteers & Goth/Monster Vendors). This Blakenstein EVENT is like a Grand Old School “MASQUERADE BALL” full of Goth/Monsters/Freaks/Whimsical Characters/Girls in Lingerie, & The Unusual, Blakenstein always brings the SHRED and an intense live visual performance. And we have decided to let our FANS bring in the atmosphere of an old time “Masquerade Ball” that is a true feast for the eyes to people that do not even like that type of music. Lots of people will come for the visual excitement of Blakenstein fans and all the Professional Actors coming in.
Even though the “Masquerade Ball” is in the making at the moment; we still encourage ALL Blakenstein fans that love to put on their Garb to wear your favorite costume of any kind whether it is Monsters, Creepy Clowns, Renaissance, Baroque, Pirates, The Unusual, Funny, Lingerie, Whimsical ;anything goes! Our fans ARE A HUGE PART OF THE VIBE of this amazing EVENT that will be soon EXCLUSIVE. It's come as you are for everyone; dress up or casual.
We want to bring back the theatrical and what a better way than to involve our fans in being part of the show. Also, everyone gets an opportunity to be on Kreepy Kastle TV; take photos with Darkest Jack, Dead McMaim, The Undertaker, Joey the Douche. Monster Celebrities, Comedians Roasters, Goth Puppets, and Blakenstein and you never know just who may be at a Blakenstein show or what experience you will have at any particular “Blakenstein Masquerade Ball” or Concert as it will be always changing. One thing is: OUR FANS ARE HALF OF THE SHOW. Dress up and get your groove on.
Secondly; we will also be doing “Blakenstein Concerts”. Our stage show will be the same, but we will not be bring our entire entourage of Professional SAG Actors, Celebrities, etc. We will throw down the shred and put on a killer theatrical show always with our Storyteller/Narrator “Dead Mc Maim”. The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball needs to be exclusive to 1 club in Hollywood & one in Orange County because it’s going to be too huge to do at smaller clubs.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that we're going to shred, entertain and break the concrete wherever we play. And always feel free to come in costume whether it’s a Blakenstein Concert or The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball. ALL Blakenstein shows are an event to remember.