Blakenstein is an ALL ORIGIANAL; YES ALL ORIGINAL Progressive/Goth/Metal band that combines dark riffs, energetic fast,melodic guitar, hook, and strong soaring female and male vocals, often compared to Symphony X meets Nightwish meets Phantom of the Opera with lots of shred and a very intense Visual Performance. Our Guitarist has won numerous worldwide awards for being on the fastest guitarist in the world and yet still maintains nice melodic leads when needed. His last award was in 2012 on The Guitar Wizards CD along with the guitarist from Ozzy, Dio, Megadeth, Metal Church, George Lynch, Whitesnake, Guns n' Rose, Kiss, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy and more. Blake's song "Sanctuary" is the only song on the CD that is an ALL ORINIAL SONG
A live Blakenstein 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 have been TRENDING every week for over 2 years. 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. Arminta on Lead Vocals, Blakenstein on Lead Vocals & all Guitars. Also; the songs will include keys, electronics & sound fx. Side note to musicians: I want not allowed to play through my own gear when recording Sanctuary and had no say on Production; so I can honestly say that the live version is WAY heavier with my guitar tone, different arrangements and of course my chilling screams and growls of pain.
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 is Blakenstein-Blake Nelson who is also the Composer, Music Director, Lyricist, 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 (Sweden) & others. Blake was given the title "Guitar Wizard" by Versailles Records along with the 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); is a highly trained Vocalist from the folk music genre and has performed live at festivals in excess of 80,000 people. This is Armintas 1st band as a Metal singer and she is killing it and has created a new fresh style of Female vocals in metal. Arminta is sort of opposite of the Amy Lee Soprano type vocalist & all the other female singers. Although she has her own signature style; Arminta is a combination of Dio, Annie Lennox, and Nightwish.
And we have our STORY TELLER "Dead McMaim" from Darkest Hours & Kreepy Kastle TV. The band does not talk on stage; our Story Teller/Narrator is a Master Teller of Tales and does ALL the speaking which adds a heavy sense of our show being like a Goth/Metal play.
Also adding to our visual performance are our Team Members. "The Grace of Bondage" which appear as 10' Tall Necromancer Clown with Sexy Human Female Zombie Puppets on strings. A True visual Feast.