Ride the Sky
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|Ride the Sky|
|Genres||Progressive metal, power metal, symphonic metal, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Helloween, Gamma Ray, Masterplan, Ram-Zet, Dionysus, Beyond Twilight, Tears of Anger, XsavioR|
|Past members||Kaspar Dahlqvist|
The ground work for Ride the Sky began back in 2006 when drummer Uli Kusch started swapping musical ideas with vocalist Bjorn Jansson. Uli left Masterplan later that year and was asked by Bjorn and Benny to do some guest work on the next Tears of Anger album. Uli was impressed with the music sent to him, and started sending some of his own compositions back to them. The three musicians decided to put all their work to play in Ride the Sky. The trio hired bassist Mathias Garnås, and keyboardist Kaspar Dahlqvist, in order to, according to them, to "Gain the highest caliber of talent to complete the band". They have so far released one album entitled New Protection, on metal label Nuclear Blast records. The band combines strong traits of progressive metal, power metal, and symphonic metal, with strong influences from 80's hard rock.
On November 17, 2007, on their website they announced that Kaspar departed from the line-up due to personal reasons, and that Ram-Zet's Henning "Zet" Ramseth was to replace him on keyboards and rhythm guitar for the rest of the tour.
On April 22, 2008 the band stated in their blog on MySpace that they have officially broken up, saying "There was not much media focus and together with a minor support from the record company, we came to the point where it was just not worth the work to even try to complete a second album."
- Bjørn Jansson – vocals
- Uli Kusch – drums
- Benny Jansson – guitar, backing vocals
- Mathias Garnås – bass guitar
- Kaspar Dahlqvist – keyboards
- Henning Ramseth – keyboards, rhythm guitar
- New Protection (2007)