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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 & Phantom of the Opera with lots of shred.
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 a year. 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 “TheTroll” DJ Chavez on Drums, Arminta on Lead Vocals, Blakenstein on Lead Vocals & all Guitars. Bass will be done either by Blakenstein or someone of stature that is available. Also; the songs will include keys, electronics & sound fx.
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.
On Drums we have “The Troll" 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/fusion style of his own; adding another unique element to Blakenstein. DJ is a mixture of Tim Yeung, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Sepultura, Bill Ward, Gene Hoglan & Godsmack.
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.
Blakenstein is doing 2 things. Our new creation/event which is called “The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball” and Blakenstein Concerts.
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 “The Grace of Bondage” Puppeteer Group is already part of the Ball. Also 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, Metal Sanaz, Death Rock Joey, more Characters from Kreepy Kastle TV, Comedian Roasters, & Goth/Monster/Unusual 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. Lots of people will come for the visual excitement of Blakenstein fiends and all the Professional Actors coming in whether they like our type of music or not. It’s an EVENT and Grand Experience.
The “Masquerade Ball” is in the making at the moment at full speed. We did a test run/prototype of The Ball on May 29th and it was blistering fantastic. We are currently seeking a Venue that is large enough to Host the event which will happen once a month starting in Hollywood and eventually to Orange County.
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 - “Dead McMaim”. The Blakenstein Masquerade Ball needs to be exclusive to 1 club in Hollywood & 1 club in Orange County because it’s going to be too huge to do at smaller clubs.
We encourage ALL Blakenstein fiends that love to put on their Garb to wear their favorite costume of any kind whether it is Monsters, Creepy Clowns, Renaissance, Trolls, Hobbits, Elves, Baroque, Pirates, The Unusual, Funny, Lingerie, Whimsical; anything goes, even at our concerts. Our fans ARE A HUGE PART OF THE VIBE of a Blakenstein Concert; it's come as you are for everyone; dress up or casual. For ALL that love wearing costumes and getting crazy; let’s bring on the vibe now and build up the excitement prior to the Official launching of The Masquerade Ball. No reason to wait to have the time of our lives.