Power Quest

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Power Quest
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Power Quest 2012
Background information
Origin Southampton, England
Genres Power metal, progressive metal
Years active 2001–2013, 2016-present
Labels Napalm
Associated acts DragonForce, Threshold, Blind Guardian, Arthemis, Dendera, Shadowkeep
Website www.power-quest.co.uk
Members Steve Williams
Ashley Edison
Paul Finnie
Rich Smith
Glyndwr Williams
Andy Kopczyk
Past members Andy Midgley
Colin Callanan
Dan Owen
Gav Owen
Adam Bickers
Sam Totman
ZP Theart
Steve Scott
Alessio Garavello
Andre Bargmann
Gavin Ward
Andrea Martongelli
Francesco Tresca
Bill Hudson
Oliver Holzwarth
Pete Morten
Ben Randall
Chitral Somapala

Power Quest is a power metal band based in the United Kingdom, the line-up consists of vocalist Ashley Edison, bassist Paul Finne, drummer Rich Smith, keyboardist Steve Williams and guitarists Glyndwr Willams and Andy Kopczyk.

Biography[edit]

2001-2008[edit]

Power Quest was conceived in March 2001 by keyboardist Steve Williams, who had recently departed London power metal band DragonHeart (later called DragonForce). Steve Scott (another former member of DragonHeart, and also ex-Shadowkeep) was approached regarding bass duties. Steve was keen to work with his former colleague and accepted the offer. The original intention was for Power Quest to be entirely based in Southampton, but, other than guitarist Adam Bickers, no other interested musicians in the city could be found. For the second guitar slot, they managed to secure the services of their former DragonHeart bandmate Sam Totman, at least in a short-term capacity as his commitment lay with his own band.

The newly founded band recorded a two-track demo which was uploaded onto MP3.com in August 2001. Recording was supported by ZP Theart on vocals and Sam Totman along with Adam Bickers on guitar and Steve Scott on bass.

In April 2002, vocalist Alessio Garavello was recruited to the Power Quest ranks. He was recommended to the band by Maurizio Chiarello, label manager at Underground Symphony Records. Alessio flew over for a photo session with the band in May 2002 and returned in June to lay down vocal tracks for the new album. He was accompanied by the guitarist of his band, Arthemis, Andrea Martongelli, who recorded a few guest solos on the album - now named Wings of Forever. Following the album's release, he was recruited as a full-time member to replace Bickers who left to pursue a career as a doctor.

In January 2003, drummer Andre Bargmann was recruited into the Power Quest ranks. Bargmann left the band in July that year, following the release of the second album (Neverworld). His place was filled on the tour by Last Hours of Torment drummer Gavin Ward, and eventually on a more permanent basis by Francesco Tresca. Sam Totman also left after the release of Neverworld because of increased activity in DragonForce.

In November 2004, the band played a show with Dream Evil and Labyrinth in London, and then later in the month the band headed back to Thin Ice studios to record three new songs for the "Magic Never Dies" album. In November and December 2005, Power Quest toured on their 'Magic Never Dies tour', playing various dates in the UK, notably The Marquis in London on 25 November. The band followed this with a 'Magic Never Dies Tour part II'. In August 2006, Power Quest announced that current Alessio Garavello would be taking up a second role as rhythm guitarist, as the band had been without a second guitar player since Adam Bickers departure in 2003. In October 2007, an official Napalm Records MySpace blog post announced that Power Quest have signed to Napalm Records.[1]

In December 2007, keyboardist Steve Williams had announced on the Official Power Quest forums that there would be five guest appearances on the forthcoming album, Master of Illusion. The first of these was announced as guitarist Bill Hudson from North American power metal band Cellador, who will be providing guest instrumentation on the track "The Vigil".[2] The second of these was announced as keyboardist Richard West from British progressive metal band Threshold, who will be providing a keyboard solo on the track "Human Machine".[2] The third was revealed as Jorn Viggo Lofstad, from Norwegian progpower metal band Pagan's Mind who shared the stage with Power Quest in their 2006 tour. Fourth was announced as Chris Neighbour from UK thrash metal band FourwayKill.[3] The final guest was announced on the newly redesigned Power Quest website as Bob Katsionis from Greek power metal band Firewind who would provide guest instrumentation on "Save the World".[4]

Lineup changes, Blood Alliance, and split[edit]

In June 2008, in a press release, the band announced that former Cellador and current Coldera guitarist Bill Hudson, who had previously contributed to the Master of Illusion album on the track "The Vigil", had joined as joint lead guitarist alongside Andrea Martongelli.[5] In January 2009, bassist and founding member Steve Scott decided to quit the band to remain more permanently in New Zealand,[6] leaving Steve Williams the only original member of the band. The band found a replacement bassist, Oliver Holzwarth, from prominent power metal band Blind Guardian.[7] In April 2009, Steve Williams announced the departure of joint lead guitarist Bill Hudson, citing Bill's current location and costs as practical problems for the band.[8] In July 2009, lead singer Alessio Garavello left the band after 7 years and 4 studio albums to pursue a different musical direction with newly formed alternative rock band A New Tomorrow.

On 28 September 2009 a new line up was revealed. This lineup conisited as Pete Morten on vocals (vocalist for My Soliloquy, Metalloid, and Nightmare World and touring guitarist for Threshold), Andy Midgley on guitar (guitarist for female-fronted prog/symphonic metal band Liquid Sky), Ben Randall on guitars (winner of the 2008 'Most Promising Young Guitarist Award' at the international Guitar Idol competition), Paul Finnie on bass (ex-stage manager for Power Quest and former bassist of post-punk band The Wake), and Rich Smith on drums (touring drummer with Vader, Dark Funeral, Old Man's Child, Green Carnation and The Blood Divine also ex member of Thunder Force and electro-rock/industrial band Aphemia).[9] The band ended 2009 touring the UK with the Michael Schenker Group.

Following a few gigs with the new line-up, it was then announced on 15 March 2010, the sudden departure of front man Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences.[10]

Previously, in February 2009, it was announced that writing had begun on Power Quest's 5th studio album with demo recording for the record label to begin in March/April 2010 and with recording and production for the album in October 2010 at Foel Studios, Wales. In May 2010, the band announced the arrivals of Sri Lankan vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala and British guitarist Gavin Owen.[11] It has been announced in a press release in August 2010, that nine tracks will appear on the album with one Japanese bonus track. The track listing was confirmed on 18 December 2010.[12] In November 2010, mixing for the album was scheduled to occur at a studio in Vicenza, Italy, but was disrupted by floods to the area which damaged the studio, delaying production.[13][14] On 10 January 2011 release dates were announced, with the album available worldwide by 5 April 2011; earlier for some areas.[15]

In October 2011, after 17 months and an album release (Blood Alliance) with Power Quest, vocalist Chitral Somapala left the band on amicable terms.[16][17] In November, the new vocalist was announced as Colin Callanan of Irish power metal band Karuna.[18]

Touring with the new front-man, Power Quest embarked on a European tour throughout March 2012 with original and founding member Steve Scott on bass guitar filling in for Paul Finnie's temporary absence.[19] Power Quest joined German power metal band Freedom Call on stage in Switzerland and Germany, culminating in an appearance at Power Prog & Metal Fest 2012 in Belgium.[20]

On 10 January 2013 keyboardist Steve Williams announced the split-up of the band citing financial reasons and lack of record label support.[21] The band's last performances were at the Camden 'Underworld' in London, UK on 31 May 2013,[22] and Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derby, UK on 10 August 2013.[23] Alessio Garavello and Adam Bickers made special guest appearances at both dates.

Power Quest Returns[edit]

After a 3-year hiatus whilst working with Eden's Curse, Steve Williams announced that the Quest had unfinished business and that the band were to reform with a new lineup. This was announced via the band's Website and YouTube channel [1]

A new EP, Face the Raven will be released on 10 September 2016,[24] same day as their performance at The Underworld Camden.

On the day of the HammerFest warm-up gig in Portsmouth, Steve Williams announced the departure of guitarists Dan Owen and Gavin Owen from the band and the subsequent cancellation of the performance. For their HammerFest appearance Andy Kopczyk of I AM I and Benjamin Ellis of Scar Symmetry stepped in as temporary replacements[25]. Kopczyk was later confirmed as a permanent member of the band, along with Glyndwr Williams of Triaxis.[26]

Band personnel[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Steve Williams - keyboards (2001–2013, 2016-present)
  • Ashley Edison - lead vocals (2016-present)
  • Paul Finnie - bass (2009–2013, 2016-present)
  • Rich Smith - drums (2009–2013, 2016-present)
  • Glyndwr Williams - guitars (2017-present)
  • Andy Kopczyk - guitars (2017-present)


Former Members[edit]

  • Andy Midgley - guitars, backing vocals (2009–2013)
  • Colin Callanan - lead vocals (2011–2013)
  • Adam Bickers - guitars (2001–2003)
  • Sam Totman - guitars (2001–2005)
  • ZP Theart - lead vocals (2001-2002)
  • Steve Scott - bass (2001–2009, live tour in 2012 filling in for Paul Finnie's temporary absence.)
  • Alessio Garavello - lead vocals (2002–2009), guitars (2005–2008)
  • Andre Bargmann - drums (2003)
  • Gavin Ward - drums (2003)
  • Andrea Martongelli - guitars - backing vocals (2003–2009)
  • Francesco Tresca - drums (2003–2009)
  • Bill Hudson - guitars (2008–2010)
  • Oliver Holzwarth - bass (2009)
  • Pete Morten - lead vocals (2009–2010)
  • Ben Randall - guitars (2009–2010)
  • Chitral Somapala - lead vocals (2010–2011)
  • Dan Owen - Guitarist (2016-2017)
  • Gavin Owen - guitars (2010–2013, 2016-2017)

Timeline[edit]

Note: Drums on the first studio album were provided by a drum machine, but credited to 'Scott Michaels'.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NapalmRecordsBlog". NapalmRecords. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "GuestAppearance1". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 19 December 2007.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "PQForumPost" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "GuestAppearance4". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "GuestAppearance5". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "BillHudsonJoinsPQ". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "SteveSLeavesPQ". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "PQannounceNewBassist". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "POWER QUEST Parts Ways With Guitarist BILL HUDSON". BlabberMouth. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "New Power Quest line up revealed!". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "POWER QUEST Parts Ways With Singer, Guitarist". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "UltimateMetalForum". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Power Quest - Unveil New Album Tracklisting And Cover Art". Metal Storm. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "UltimateMetalForum". SteveWilliams. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.ilgiornaledivicenza.it/galleries/Fotogallery/1472/1/
  15. ^ "POWER QUEST: 'Blood Alliance' Release Dates Announced - Jan. 11, 2011". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Chity Somapala leaves Power Quest". Steve Williams. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "POWER QUEST Parts Ways With Singer". BlabberMouth. 
  18. ^ "New Power Quest Frontman Revealed!". Power Quest. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Original POWER QUEST Bassist To Rejoin Band For FREEDOM CALL Tour". Blabbermouth. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "PPM Fest 2012: Bands". PPM Fest Event. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "POWER QUEST Calling It Quits". Blabbermouth. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Power Quest London May 31st 2013". Steve Williams. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/news/index.php?/archives/581-TEN-MORE-REASONS-TO-ROCK-OUT-AT-BLOODSTOCK-THIS-SUMMER.html
  24. ^ "POWER QUEST Reveal New EP Details; Artist Studio Video Streaming". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Power Quest Official FaceBook Page Post". PQ FB Page. March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  26. ^ https://www.facebook.com/powerquestofficial/posts/10155704085610616

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